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Old 05-30-2018, 10:22 AM   #1
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Hello all... I am new on here and am wondering if anyone has any experience on long-lasting or lingering effects of Lyrica after successfully weaning from it? I am not even sure I am posting this question in the correct area!

A little background info...I was in an MVA in 2007 with multiple fractures including C1, C3, C5 and burst fractures of T6&T8 including many of the spiny processes from T4-L1. (This is a short list of my injuries, but the most significant ones that cause my lingering chronic pain.) After various narcotics for almost a year, I successfully weaned from Fentanyl 75mcg/patch every three days, oxycotin, and oxycodone with minor withdrawal symptoms due to a very slow weaning process.

After continued nerve pain from the burst T6&T8 (compressed vertebrae), I was started on neurotin and had severe brain fog, so I was switched to Lyrica 75 mg three times a day for a total daily dose of 225mg a day. Little did I know that my brain fog lifted only for a short time and has now over five years progressively gotten worse on the Lyrica. I've also had problems with word finding, sentence pauses, memory issues, extreme weight gain even with exercise, name recall, extreme tiredness to the point of failing a multiple latency sleep study. I am in the process of weaning off the Lyrica very slowly to hopefully prevent any of the known and unknown withdrawal symptoms.

My question is this... Can anyone give me any insight into how long it takes for the brain fog to lift after successfully withdrawing and stopping the Lyrica? Will my memory return to normal when I am off the Lyrica? If so, how long have others taken to normalize? I just need to know or be reassured that my brain will start working again! If I would have known how bad my brain fog was going to get I doubt I would have given Lyrica a trial run which ended up lasting five-plus years.

Thanks to anyone that has any insight to add!
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