This is my first day on Lyrica, and the doctor increased my citalopram! I was wondering if anyone else is on this med and if so did you notice dizziness? I have noticed a decrease in my pain, but a weird like disoriented feeling! I am so tired of pain I can deal with this for awhile, I just was wondering if anyone else has had these symptoms and if so did they go away? So far I am willing to stick anything out as long as I can get some pain relief.
My pcp doctor also put me on Lyrica earlier this year. I definitely do not like it. Yes, it made me dizzy as well as nauseous. I stayed on it for about 2 weeks, that was all I could take. I have been on Lortab 7.5 and Zanaflex 4mg for the last five years. The doc will only allow me to have 2 of each daily unfortunately, and it was like an act of congress to convince him to give me that amount! I also take Xanax 2 mg, one at night mostly, although I'm allowed 2 daily, to sleep. If my anxiety is on "zeek out" level any particular day, I will take one during the day. I was originally diagnosed with Fibro in 1992 by a very well known highly respected Neurologist/Neurosurgeon, here in Oklahoma City. I see my pcp doctor at O. U. Medical Center and he is who I get my pain meds/muscle relaxers from. He is "pretty up" on Fibro which sure does help. What strength of the Lyrica did your doc put you on? Mine put me on the 75mg and I was to take them twice daily. Uggh! They absolutely did nothing for my pain. Now I read where the experts (?) lol, are suggesting Cymbalta for Fibro, which is, I believe, an anti-depressant. I have taken just about every anti-depressant made and have had bad reactions to them all over the years. They make me extremely shaky and nervous, and I don't need anymore nervous stuff going on for sure! Good luck and I hope my response has helped you. Abby
Just a quick comment - I have fibro and am bipolar. The pdoc gave me Lyrica for mood swings and at 200mg a day about a week later I was no longer depressed ABD the burning pain in my legs and back were diminished quite a bit. I guess it works differently for everyone.
I houp you find sonwthing that really works...hot baths really help me.
I've been taking Lyrica for about 2 weeks now. The first few days were pretty discouraging, so much dizziness, lightheaded high but tired feeling. It has subsided each day that I've taken it though. I feel like I can drive now too. The burning pain in my back and legs has subsided also. I've even got back on my stationary bike the last 3 days with no major flares. I was told that it takes about 2 months to get the full effects of Lyrica and some of the side effects will subside too. Don't give up now and do not stop without proper instructions and does reductions. Good luck
I found that by starting on a low dose and increasing it once every five to seven days helps with the dizziness and sleepiness. I found that with every dose increase I would have several days of dizziness and sleepiness, but after a few days it would go away. I am up to 450 mg of Lyrica a day and can say for the first time in years that my pain is controllable. Amount and type of activity effects pain levels, but if I control those correctly, get good sleep, I find that my pain level has gone from a seven almost every day to about a three most days. The pain does increase if I do more than I should in a particular day.My worst pain is sciatica though, the Fibro pain is minimal.
Ive been on Lyrica for 2 years. Yes--at first you are going to feel odd, but if you can just stick it out on a low dose for a month and then slowly have it increased, you will find that those "odd" feelings stop. I still have a ton of pain, quite unbearable, but when I stopped the Lyrica for 2 weeks (i ran out) I found that my pain was through the roof--so it must help somehow. I have the burning type of pain in my neck and cramps everywhere else.
*just an FYI for Cymbata:
I was put on Cymbalta a year ago. I thought everything was fine. Then as soon as I tried to stop it (because of another reason) I went through a VIOLENT withdrawal. I didn't think those could happen so soon....I had only been on it for 2 months. It was horrible. I actually wanted to kill myself--and had absolutely no remorse for it. Then about 6 months later my neuro wanted me to try it again. Because he thought it could have been the Topamax that I had stopped around the same time as the Cymbalta previously. So I reluctantly tried it again. ( i know, i know...) Well, the EXACT same thing happened all over again but much much worse. I wont go into detail. Just please-please-please be careful if considering Cymbalta. I try to warn everyone that I can about this drug. And I totally understand that it may possibly help so many people out there and not have the horrible reactions that I went through, but please be careful with it.
But try to give the Lyrica a couple more weeks kay?
My Dr put me on 25mg 4x daily for a month. Did not help at all. then he went to 75mg 3x daily Did not help. Then he went to 150 mg 3x daily, Nothing again Dr says it takes about a month to work. I was on it for six months...Please be careful of withdrawels and always ask your pharmisist what it is youve been prescribed!!!!. In my fibro grp lyrica helps 2 out of ten people. Its one of those drugs that got pushed on the market like cymbalta real fast. We are the lab rats. Dr's get a kickback for prescribing this. I know because my brother in law is a Dr. also I heard this on XM radio webmd. Then the Dr put me on cymbalta. which within three day gave me heart arithmias.The only good thing about lyrica is that it gets the word out there that fibromyalgia is real. Stats are 50% of Dr's do not believe fibro is real. Before my car accident the only thing that helped me with fibro /cfg was Vitimins and mild tranqualizer with a muscle relaxer. since fibro flares up from stress, trama and anxiety it makes sense that those would help.
Hi ! I just posted information on Lyrica in our Health Pages just yesterday.
I agree... physicians need to come around when it comes to these syndromes. It is ridiculous that my friend, who works in the medical field, works with a physician who still doesn't believe CFS is even real ! That debate has been resolved AGES ago. Sheesh ! And if you read the history of CFS... it has been around for a very long time. Fibromyalgia is also real and I know in the thyroid forum recently, I posted abnormalities that they are finding in fibro patients... one of those is the presence of substance P in the spinal fluid of fibro patients.
What the Medical field cant see they will tell you its all in your head. I am sure we have all been through this. I have had Fibro/Cfs for 15 or so years. I finally had to take it upon myself to do quite a bit of research. I was lucky enough to find a homeopathic Dr to get me started. I went from spending most of my day and night in bed...I could last perhaps 4 hours a day and if I did any activity I was down for the count for days. I had it somewhat under control for the past 8 or so years with a strict diet of healthy food, vitimins (not one a day) swimming. I was back working 40-50 hours a week. then recently I was in a MVA. Dx whiplash with pain in certain spots on my spine. MRI's showed everything was fine. as the Dr was pumping me full of narcotics. I went to Pain clinic and I was told that the 3 bulging disc 2 small one large were normal for my age and having fibro. I went to aquatic P/T for 1yr and continue, I went to boston to the Pain clinic there and w/in 5 min of saying fibro that was it for the interview. Off to another Dr they sent me. I have spent close to 8 months seeing a ruemitoligist (spelled wrong I am sure) he has tried every drug known to man. Still I am prescribed Narcotics which put the pain level at maybe a 7. Finally after telling the Dr's its my spine . Not being able to arise from bed, needing help He is sending me to the spine clinic. I am so frustrated and depressed (seeing a psychologist) The Dr teaches at Harvard med and is very good but I have found in my travels that Dr;s do not listen to the patients. This all happened in March 07 ...no income SSD is so messed up...My LTD from work denied me (CIGNA) 4 times. I could write a book. But I will spare you all.
I would like to get that article that you mention "I posted abnormalities that they are finding in fibro patients... one of those is the presence of substance P in the spinal fluid of fibro patients".
Hi ! I agree with you... the medical community has failed us. I hate to say that, but it is the truth. IMO.. the truth never hurts.. only our reaction to it does. I hope you read what Dr. Garth Nicolson wrote about lyme disease. If you missed out on his Q & A Session with us, you can find the links to those discussion in our Health Pages (look to the right of your screen).
You can find the information about the presence of substance P by googling, "Red Labs USA".
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