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Hey Folks! Just Prescribed Lyrica - What Do I Need to Know?

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Old 09-22-2017, 12:11 PM   #11
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I actually do like hearing the blatant forward truth - the "East Coast" personality I've been told I have, meaning I just tell it like it is & speak my mind!

Thanks Caroline2- Care to share these supplements with us /me?
(You can PM me if you don't wish to put it out loud?) Love to hear what you mean.
Hi there, I also use a natural botanical that helps me much with pain. I'm new here and have no idea how to privately message someone. If you can instruct me how, I'll tell you what I'm taking.
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Old 09-27-2017, 09:48 PM   #13
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Frown Seriously questioning my use of Lyrica

Like so many of us, I've been dealing with chronic, severe pain for longer than I care to remember and as I get older, it gets worse. I've been to several pain management clinics with little to no satisfaction. I was just referred to yet another pain doc and after discussing ALL the meds I had been on that either didn't work at all, or stopped working after a while, she took me off a high dose of Gabapentin and put me on Lyrica 100mg. twice daily. I've only been on it for one week and I think it has helped me, but I've gained 8 ilbs.....IN ONE WEEK!!! I could not figure out what was happening as I blew up like a balloon until I saw my primary doc today and he noticed right away, then looked at the chart and told me that's what it had to be. Now I'm more discouraged than ever. I'm certainly not going to continue taking something that will have me weighing a ton for just slight pain relief. And the extra weight will cause my back to hurt even more. My pain doc did put me back on Norco 10/325 and that does help but not for any amount of time and I really don't want to go down that road of feeling like I need more and more. Has anyone investigated or tried medical marijuana? I know that it has worked wonders for some people but I'm hesitant to go down that road too. I have nothing against it whatsoever, I just wonder if it would be something I could do on a regular basis and find relief. I'm so tired of all this...like we all are. Any thoughts would be greatly appreciated and welcomed...sorry for the rant. Just kinda feelin that way tonight
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I have not tried medical marijuana. Have tried an assortment of meds, including Lyrica for a few weeks which did not seem to help. Apparently, the only thing that has really helped was when my PM prescribed opioid meds. I am addicted only for the pain relief they bring. I deliberately take less than I am prescribed which makes me feel I have the choice to lessen my pain or continue on a path that will keep increasing the meds. I have been on these meds for several years.

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Hi SailinJane

Welcome to NeuroTalk .

Recently medicinal cannabis has been approved here by the TGA (similar to the FDA) as a prescription-only drug though some details remain to be worked out.

I don't know if it is legal in Florida but, if so, it is an option which is well worth discussing with your doctors.

Best wishes.
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Dropping in to see how everyone is doing. And Gunny who started this thread. I've been thru a lot with a staph knee infection and now off those nasty heavy duty drugs. I've heard and read so many times that : More Pain Meds Cause More Pain. And I believe there is a lot of that theory.

Pain Meds Cause More Pain! The New Silent Epidemic

My daughter went thru a mess on the toxic pain meds and now so clean off them -- long hard journey. She recently had dental work and dentist had her taking ibuprofen for the healing and she had such nasty side effects, edema came on strong too. She said: Mom these pain meds are so hard on the body.

I take MSM powder for years and that helps reduce some pain.

We all have our pain issues and levels of tolerance and there is so much to TRY out there besides all the toxic ones. So much is so toxic to our bodies.

My next big try is Cosamins DS for arthritic joint issues. I found out about it in 2005 but ignored it, now it's come up strong in my view and I'm so ready for it...it's a little more pricey and I think that's what held me back. I buy mine on amazon or ebay. C
OA onset at 18, now 79. Fibro onset at 61, Hip Replacement "mess" 72 (nerve damage, IT band damage, shorter leg). Otherwise, pretty good health.

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Once I reach 3 months post this most recent surgery I am going to request a pain Mgt guided detox program with ketamine infusion for 2 days so I can get back to just relying on my Nevro stim and 1 temgesic a day. I'm not putting myself through the angst of medication withdrawal on my own again. It's hell on earth and I've done it far too many times, I'm 56 now, the thought of it makes me ill. I cried earlier this year when they put me back on endone for breakthrough pain and then in July they upped it along with Oxy, Targin, Endone, Bupranorphine & Diazepam. Highest doseage I've been in in years. Now I've developed abdominal nerve pain as a result of this last Retroperitoneal Anterior Lumbar Interbody Fusion. I feel as if I can't win. New pain mgt specialist been in this morning pre discharge and suggested Lyrica, said I've been down this path before, no thank you. I've been in hospital 3 weeks this time, my body just can't tolerate these things anymore, allegedly I'm told I came seriously close to dangerous ground in surgery after 4hrs and they had to cease so didn't complete the whole job. They wont go back in through my stomach ever again so no clue what to do now with this pedicle screw peirced thru vertebrae disc space S1 & lying alongside spinal cord. Been told never to bend or twist again... apologies didn't mean to hijack the thread. Lyrica, been there got the T shirt never again..
I can still remember what life was like before pain became my life long companion
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Originally Posted by Gunny Fitz View Post
Hello Again Friends!

First let me thank all of you who took the time to write me on my other threads regarding pain meds in "Whats After Percocet" and some of my other ones involving my exposure to an unreal IED Blast in Iraq.

I'm still seeing same Pain Management Doc who has me on :
Percocet 10/325
Oxycontin 10mg
(has brought me down from 30mg 3 months ago)

And now has prescribed me Lyrica to use for the brutal nerve pain in my Cervical Spine, which is also treated with Facet Injections and RFA too.
There hasn't been anything that makes this pain subside so now he wants to try Lyrica - starting at 75mg for a week, then moving to 150mg after.

As I do with everything else, I researched this and found a number of issues that concern me. Some of them posted in other threads here too!
Like members having serious withdrawal symptoms coming off Lyrica - is this true??

I also felt a little dizzy this am after taking it, but it was along with all my other meds at same time (none of those make me dizzy though) That is described below inside this link.

Does Lyrica make you dizzy?

And then I found this one which is almost identical to me with the person using Percocet as well. What issues do I have to look forward to here??

Lyrica for Headaches?

Reading stuff like this before starting medication does get in your head and it sounds like all horror stories to me! Are there any members who DO NOT have any issues with Lyrica and does it truly help you and your pains?
Any comments, links, or advice is always welcome my friends!
Thanks for everything!
I had monstrous results with Lyrica. Suicidal Thoughts (detached in some weird way), it generally made me feel ill, disrupted my circadian rhythm. It did not reduce my pain or neurapathy. I had trouble getting off of tis drug or the small time I was one it. I can't understand why they prescribe these horrifically expensive drugs, (for your insurance company) when their are other tried and true drugs that work, like Morphine. It's been around 100's of years, but since there is no money to be made with producing Morphine, as it's cheap as dirt, from legit sources, the pharmaceuticals come up with these drugs that are poison like. The an "Opiod" crisis is invented, and people who have pain issues are lumped together with drug addict users. What ever happened to the "Americans with Disabilities Act"? Sorry, my East Coast mentality. I wish you the best.
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