I was given lyrica for nerve pain in my legs about four years ago. I didn't take a lot of it, only about 50 mgs every other day. My pain got worse, so I asked the doctor if I could double the dose. Doubling just the first couple of times caused swelling in my mouth and around my eyes, so I dropped lyrica altogether. In no time I was hit with xanax type withdrawal symptoms: depersonalization, lack of concentration and dizziness being the most frightening. So, I asked to be switched to neurontin and he wrote out 300 mgs. three times daily for me. I took only two doses which made me disoriented, caused my mouth to get very dry, produced sores in my mouth, and the tinnitus I already had jumped higher. What do I do now?
I plan to ask to be lowered to 100 mgs. of gabapentin to see if the side effects could be dealt with. I don't want to get back on lyrica. For fibromyalgia I also take xanax and hydrocodone. Things were at least okay, with pain levels and fibro manifestations to deal with, but nothing like this hell.
At first, I reached for anti-dizziness meds, but they aren't really much help, plus they swell my prostate for which I have had two operations for enlargement already. That's when I chose to try the gabapentin, and while telling my pain manager about what I am convinced are lyrica withdrawal symptoms, he laughed and said that my small dose could not do that.
So, where do I go from here? Xanax helps some, but I already take 2 mgs daily to help with tinnitus and fibromyalgia pain. I need to be aware of my surroundings in order to work my job and to play music, but this nervous dizziness is so all consuming. Please help.