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Lyrica

Does anyone know if the Lyrica, in any dose, has any affect on the Flexeril or the Trazadone that I already take?  I go to my GP Halloween and have many questions to ask and would like to have some ammo to take, too.  He's the one that diagnosed the fibro, but with all of the research that I have done, we may go back to the two-heads glare.  Thanks ahead of time for any help.
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I take a "cocktail" of drug to help me sleep...klonopin(antianxiety), remeron(antidepressant for deep sleep),and tzanandine(muscle relaxer).  When I added Lyrica to the mix, it really messed me up.  I woke up feeling extremely "off" and very confused. It wasn't until the late afternoon did I feel halfway decent.  I know you're supposed to give it time to work, but as long as I stay on these particular meds, I KNOW I won't be trying it again anytime soon.  Believe me, it was pretty rough...even on the lowest dose!  But you just might react differently, who knows?  It's worth giving it a shot, for sure.  I know it's hell dealing with all this pain!  Good Luck.
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The Pharmacist is the person to ask these questions.  If you have to take any meds, make the pharmacist into your best friend.  Doctors don't usually know all the answers when it comes to meds and updates on meds.
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Can't talk to the pharmacist until I get a straight answer from the Doctor.  My pharmacist has never heard of Lyrica and I just bet that the Doctor hasn't either, but, thanks for you input.
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iv been on lyrica for 5 months now and am 450mg in a non flare and 525mg a day in a flare i also take diazapam which i dont like but am still working on finding something else to aid me to sleep i tried the zopicloine (cant spell) and had a very bad reaction and im sure it was to do with coming off the diazapam to go on this sleeping pill which did nothing but give me heart palpations and the next day i felt awfull my lips were puffy and i lost my taste buds i would not try that again so im back on the diazapam and im really low again and im sure its to do with the combo of lyrica nad diazapam but im not sure about your drugs.
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I was on diazapam and flexeril at the same time, also trazadone and clonazipam.  You would think that the above combination would at least allow me to sleep 6 or more hours, but oh no, I got 4 if I was lucky.  I'm having a flare up today.  I can never tell from day to day what is  going to happen and it's getting very discouraging.  I guess I'll just have to see what my GP has to say on Wednesday.  Does anyone have swollen and aching knees?  My leg knee if so swollen that when I walk it plays out on me and I nearly fall down.  Now I have a brace on and it seems to help.  I can't tell by reading website if this is a symptom or not, I just know that it hurts alot.  
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If your pharmacist has not heard of Lyrica, find a different pharmacist.  Lyrica, Flexeril and Trazodone can be taken together TO THE BEST OF MY KNOWLEDGE.  As always, care is needed and caution is advised...just follow doctor/pharmacy instructions.
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This illness seems a cruel one as you really dont know what is coming form day to day. Im coming off the diazapam which is a mucsle relaxlant and addictive to temazpam which is a seditive and aids sleep i wonder if you would be better with that at night.

Im startded a antidepressant at the moment been putting it off for agaes but just so low and doctor said it would help with my sleep, its been an awfull start iv had body shakes and dilated pupils and it knocks me right out till gone three in the afternoon, im told ill get used to it and stick with it, iv got a huge headache like a hangover and iv not drunken for years!!!

iv had knee problems for two years now rheumy took a xray and called in some knid of condition and sent me for PT its come back alot since these constant flares in may as i cant do the exercises the PT gave me, i tried to get back to see her but my GP would have to do me a referal and im already under a neurologist as they have not found the cause for my sx.I would get it looked at as it could be fluid building up on the knee.

oh well back off to sleep, get some rest before kids get home.

take care
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I too have a knee problem, it being full of fluid. This just came on a few weeks ago.  Wonder if it can be related to the car accident I was in this past July? Plus, the fibro??
I get to go to an orthopedic surgeon next Tues.  Dr. refused to put me on Lyrica as he says that its for neurosis (?) and fibromyalgia is just a symptom of a greater problem called stress.  ANY ONE OUT THERE AGREE WITH HIM?????.  Anyway, he has doubled up on my trazadone and said valium would probably be the next PILL.  Nothing for aches and pain though.  This is the same Doctor who diagnosed the fibro.  I feel like I just got slapped.  Next Monday, I have an appointment with a chiropractor that has been giving seminars on "living with fibro".  I missed the seminar because of the flu.  I just bet that my insurance won't cover this either.  My GP is stuck on me seeing a massage therapist for STRESS RELIEF.  Tired of this already.  I guess I have had this for years.  Take care.
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If your doctor looked more closely at lyrica or pregablin as it is lyrica is a brand name, he would realise that lyrica is prescribe to stop mild sezisures, diebitic neuropathy and shigle nerve pain and all neuropathic pain, so if you have nerve pain then it is great but it is not a pain killa as such its complicated and is to do with the transmitters from brain to nerve along those lines its nots really for muscle pain or aches and pains but saying that if you go the lyrica website there are many people with fibro it has helped there pain lessen and there have been studies on this.

It has helped my nerve pain alot. saying that im not dx yet and dont know what i have.


Its hard to except it can be a anti social illness and you need to find a good supportive doctor and try all thearpys that will help.

Curls has some good research on this and iv found a her amazing support.

Go to the seminar and listen to it but only you can come to your own system as fibro effects people in so many different ways.

massage therapy sounds a good idea if the insurance all covers for it.

take care
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My knees don't exactly swell. They do hurt ... and often.  Especially if I try to wear heels or sit down a lot.  I can't even get through  movie at the theater without having to shift around a lot and then by the time I get up after the movie, it's slow moving with crackling and sore knees.  My hands and feet swell more than anything.  
JLC5155 - In regards to your GP, I think you need to find another one!  By all means, if you have a great rapport with this one, then stick with it - But how can he possibly say what he did?  Neurosis is a term, and an ancient term, that is used generally for mental illness.  FM IS NOT A NEUROSIS!! Nothing infuriates me more!  That's like saying "It's all in your head."  I'd like to show him (her) a thing or two!  Stress can exacerbate FM symptoms - but FM, itself, is it's own wonderful condition. Truly, I think a Rheumatologist should be the one diagnosing FM since the diagnostic criteria are established by the American College of Rheumatology.  Not to say other specialists cannot diagnose, like Neurologists, Neuropsychiatrists, Neuromuscular Disease Specialists, etc.  But any dr who says FM is a symptom of stress doesn't understand the illness or the mental anguish that goes with it - and cannot truly empathize and treat the condition.  That's just my humble opinion.  
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Your humble opinion is well recieved.  It's hard for me to even take him serious anymore since that came out of his mouth.  I missed a seminar a few weeks ago that was given by a local chiropractor.  Today I have a one on one appointment with him to see what his opinion of this "Symptom" is.  I'm just a bit more then discouraged at this point.  I truly believe that the car accident that I had in July triggered this flair up.  Any other ideas?  I'm kinda at a lose for words and depressed now that the "pain is all in my head".
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"ANY ONE OUT THERE AGREE WITH HIM?????" - think he's the one causing stress?

I don't have time at the moment to write more - but no this is not in your head at all.  This doc seems mixed up.  Some docs are, they say one thing one moment and something else the next and patients leave feeling like they've been to a "fun" house.  Some people are like that and some of those people become doctors...  Take what you can that's good away from him - and trust yourself!!!  Yes, the car accident could have caused the flair.

All illnesses respond to stress (heart attacks, cancers, autoimmunes, etc.).  The immune system responses to stress (many studies show).  Calling this stress response is a meaningless comment.  
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Thanks for you comments.  Like I said before, if it's caused by stress, we would all have fibro.  My attorney will love this site.  Thanks alot, again!
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There's that fog agian, now it's messing with my fingers.  Thanks  for your comments.
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This is just not my day for spelling.  Fingers faster  than the brain.  FOG AGAIN.  I think you all know what I mean.  Hope the chiropractor offers some help and relief.
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After I left the house I thought of a punch line to my comment.  I don't know if it will seem funny as an after-addition like this...but I have to try:

So to quote myself and then add:
"All illnesses respond to stress (heart attacks, cancers, autoimmunes, etc.).  The immune system responses to stress (many studies show)."  Calling this stress response is a meaningless comment.

So everything responds to stress - except apparently doctors, when they're been told by their patients to stop stressing them out!!!
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I was wondering how long it takes for lyrica to get out of your system? I just found out I'm pregnant and have to stop taking it along with tramadol that I'm taking for fibromyalgia. I don't know if its one, the other or both giving me the withdrawls. And I know it says dont quit cold turkey but my family Doc. Said I habe to and made me feel like crap for asking if I should slowly work my way off of it. Any advice would be appreciated! Thanks!!! Jen
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