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    Fibromyalgia and Pain
    An_223043 posted:
    No one on this post mentions Lyrica, but it has really helped me with fibro pain. I really notice if I busy and miss a pill. I take 75mg 3 times a day, but you'd have to experiment a bit to see what works for you. I haven't had any noticeable side effects from it.
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    Caprice_WebMD_Staff responded:
    Hi and welcome,

    Lyrica is discussed quite often on our Fibromyalgia community (it's helped some, not others) and I hope you'll say hello there too.
    Treat people as if they were what they ought to be, and you'll help them to become what they are capable of becoming. ~Goethe
    annette030 responded:
    I used this and found it did not work any better than gabapentin, to which it is closely related.

    So, I went back to the gabapentin. It is also available in generic and much cheaper. I take the entire daily dose once a day 4-5 hours before bedtime. My doctor said a lot of her patients take it that way and still get good pain control.

    Can you take Lyrica all in one dose or do you have to take it three times a day?

    Take care, Annette
    Nonaof2 responded:
    I have been on Lyrica for several years now. I take 600mg daily. I am like you if I miss a dose I can really tell it. It has made a bigg difference in my life. But I still have to take several pain meds daily also. If your DRS. want you to try Lyrica please five it a chance. I felt as though I was drunk as times till my body adjusted.
    annette030 responded:
    I take gabapentin, a close relation to Lyrica and it is available in generic. I found the same as you did with Lyrica. If I miss a pill, it is noticable. But I still take other pain meds along with it. At first, I felt a bit drunk when I took it, but I haven't felt that for over ten years now. No side effects that I have noticed at this point.

    I did try Lyrica, but did not notice it was any better than gabapentin, just more expensive.

    Take care, Annette
    annette030 replied to annette030's response:
    Sorry, didn't realize I had already responded to this post.

    Take care, Annette
    Cindilou55 replied to annette030's response:
    I tried the gabapentin but found no relief from it at all. My Dr. put me on Lyrica & I have a lot less pain, I take 300 mg. twice a day & my rheumy is talking about increasing it to 400 mg twice a day. Like you, I felt a little drunk when I was first put on Lyrica & I'm sure I will if the dosage is increased too. I don't think I could stand the pain if it weren't for Lyrica (and the other pain meds I take!) Besides the Fibro I have Sjogrens (an autoimmune disease), spinal stenosis in the neck & lower spine and PAD (Peripheral Artery Disease). I'm going in the hospital in 3 days for a femoral bypass in the left leg. I have so much going on that sometimes I'm not sure what is causing the pain! I live in FL & it's very difficult getting pain meds. And it's even more difficult finding a good pain management dr.! I'm in between right now and am starting to panic cause I don't know where I will get my next rx for pain meds! Any suggestions? I live in the Sarasota/Bradenton area.
    annette030 replied to Cindilou55's response:
    If the Lyrica works for you, stick with it.

    Sorry, I live on the West Coast so I don't really know any doctors in Florida.

    Just curious, do you smoke or did you ever smoke?

    Take care, Annette
    meaningfulc1952 responded:
    This is about my experience with Lyrica. My pain mgt. dr. from 3 yrs. ago had me one this and within 1 month I had gained about 15 lbs.

    When I quit taking it and the other antidepressant drugs later on I was able to lose a lot of weight. I am only 5 ft. and had gone from 116 to 178 lbs. I had never weighed that much in my entire life!

    Currently I take only 10 mgs. of lexapro and my pain meds for chronic pain. I think that I might quit the lexapro in a few months because it has caused me to gain weight as far as I can tell.

    Has anyone else taken Lyrica and gained a lot of weight?

    Caprice_WebMD_Staff replied to meaningfulc1952's response:
    Hi Meaningfulc,

    You might want to start a new discussion on our Fibromyalgia Community asking that question; you'll hear from many with similar experiences, though some continue with the Lyrica despite that because they find it helpful.

    To start a new discussion there, hold your cursor over the orange Post Now button on the upper right and choose 'Discussion' from the drop down menu which appears. Fill in the subject line and body of the message (you can ignore the poll part if you want) and Submit.
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    ~Joseph Campbell

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