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Lyrica

meydey321mmeydey321 Posts: 2,435
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:42 AM in Fibromyalgia
Hi guys, I've been told I have fibro and I've been given Lyrica 75mg 1-2 at night. How long does it take to build up in your system and how soon can you expect relief? I feel so terrible and now it's just one more problem I gotta deal with. I'm so glad that this forum topic is here too..
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  • sunny1966ssunny1966 VIRGINIAPosts: 1,385
    I'm sorry that you've got something else to deal with. I hope that the Lyrica works for you really soon. I don't really know because I only took it for almost three weeks. It made my vision so blurry I had to stop and still almost a month later my vision hasn't cleared. I have this problem with a lot of meds though. I've heard a lot of people say it's a great drug. I hope you can get relief soon. You've really had a rough time of it but you're always so helpful to everyone. If I can help you in anyway, let me know my friend.
    Debbie
  • I always enjoy your posts and you always help and support everyone here. I'm sorry the Lyrica didn't work out for you.
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  • I'm sorry to hear you have fibromyalgia now. I started getting relief in a few days but the Dr. kept increasing the dose and I had so many side effects so I stopped taking it. I hope you start to feel better soon. Take care. Charry
    DDD of lumbar spine with sciatica to left hip,leg and foot. L4-L5 posterior disc bulge with prominent facets, L5-S1 prominent facets with a posterior osteocartilaginous bar. Mild bilateral foraminal narrowing c-spine c4-c7 RN
  • So are you not on Lyrica at all anymore? Does the Cymbalta help you? I'm kind of confused that the Cymbalta hasn't helped me with fibro; I've been on it for over a year. It's weird huh? I've been told to rest, eat right, avoid stress (yeah right). I just can't wait until the deep muscle aches and fatigue subside. Where did you buy your infrared heating pad? I desperately want one now.
  • I bought it at a little drugstore in a town close to where I live but you can buy them it online hopefully less than $200. It penetrates 2-12" in your muscles and joints opposed to a heating pad that only heats 1/2" of the muscle under your skin.

    Moist heat is good but always be careful if you have any numbness as I burnt my back not too bad but the ones a PT use are good. But Thermacare makes the infrared platinum flexible pad can velcro on your back or leg, 2 size straps and can't burn you on low heat but can't be used with an SCS but can be used on hardware. I got a prescription so I didn't have to pay sales tax for the pad. The gold infrared is rigid and doesn't bend like platinum.
    Cymbalta helps the sciatica but not completely but the recent injections are helping though that tingling is forever present.
    I hope this treatment works for you but let the Dr know of any side effects.
    DDD of lumbar spine with sciatica to left hip,leg and foot. L4-L5 posterior disc bulge with prominent facets, L5-S1 prominent facets with a posterior osteocartilaginous bar. Mild bilateral foraminal narrowing c-spine c4-c7 RN
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  • :H Do you have trouble sleeping? How long have you had fibro and how were you diagnosed?
  • I don't have fibro. I just saw your topic on Lyrica a med I'm familiar with. But I know sciatica in my leg and back pain and I have elbow issues and minor neck issues. But my Dr. says I don't have fibro as you have to have 13? tender points at different areas over your body but I don't have that many.
    I have trouble sleeping and end up taking a sleeping pill mostly although I feel sleepy the next day because of that..Hang in there. Charry
    DDD of lumbar spine with sciatica to left hip,leg and foot. L4-L5 posterior disc bulge with prominent facets, L5-S1 prominent facets with a posterior osteocartilaginous bar. Mild bilateral foraminal narrowing c-spine c4-c7 RN
  • I started getting some relief after a few days. After a week it helped. First week though I also had to deal with hands and feet swelling and itching. Once I got past that it helped me with nerve pain. I don't have fibro. I tried taking it at night also to help with the side effects. I wasn't taking any other meds with it.

    Longer term side effects are short term memory, lack of focus, and weight gain.

    That was at the same dose you are being told to take.

  • I am so sorry to hear you have been diagnosed with Fibromyalgia. My twin cousins were diagnosed with this about 15 years ago. They are doing really well these days, but finding the right combination of medications years ago... was challenging to say the least.

    When I first started taking Lyrica, I noticed relief within a few days. I did have the blurred vision side effect at first, but it went away after a week. My PM doctor switched me over to Neurontin after a couple of month, to see if the Neurontin would lessen the swelling in my fingers. I still have the swelling, but it doesn't hurt me. Both of these worked wonders on my nerve pain, so I hope you get great results. My twin cousins take Lyrica and it helps them, too.

    I highly recommend the infrared heating pad, too. I have the same one that Charry does and I can't imagine living without it.

    Take good care, Meydey...

    Tammy
  • Tammy, I'm glad that your twin cousins are doing well on Lyrica. It's something else that they both came down with fibro at the same time huh? Does it run in your family? Do you take Lyrica for fibro and nerve pain? I wish I could get my hands on an infrared heat pad but I heard they cost about $200.
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