Lyrica for sciatic nerve pain

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I just started taking Lyrica for sciatic pain secondary to herniated discs. I've taken two 75-mg doses so far. On the second night, I was awakened by excruciating pain in my right leg, worse than what I was having pre-Lyrica. Has anyone experienced an increase in his/her nerve pain after starting Lyrica?
i've been on Lyrica for about 4 years for fibromyalgia - it has been a miracle drug for me. i have missed doses at times, but have never had anything like you described. sounds like maybe sciatica to me. the sciatic nerve runs down your leg.
Keep the faith, and by the way, Lyrica has worked very good for me. Its not a cure all for my neuropathic pain but its dependable, has helped me a lot. I take it 45 mins before I get out of bed, I go back to sleep quickly so I dont feel the extreme pain from moving. When my second alarm goes off 45 mins later I can get up and walk to the bathroom without falling, crying, pain from inhaleing deeper and expanding my chest. Instead I just moan a bit LOL till I ajust to amblitory mode.
I was on Lyrica for quite a while for nerve pain (I've tried a lot of different meds.) I was like duckandcover's wife. I couldn't make the connect from my brain to my mouth. I slurred words, I had trouble word finding, and I sounded drunk. I hated it. No one ever told me there would be withdrawals, and I don't think I experienced any, but I did have the oxycodone so maybe that covered the withdrawals. I hated what Lyrica did to me. It did help my nerve pain a little bit though.
Hello, has your doctor prescribed a nerve pain medication for you? Nuerontin, cymbalta, Lyrica, and things like that can help calm the nerve pain. Also a muscle relaxer may help as well. Good luck.
I have tried both Neurontin and Lyrica for facial nerve pain from a badly botched root canal. Neurontin seemed to work for awhile but made me really stupid. Lyrica never did anything except make me cry all the time. I finally found some relief with Tegretol XR (extended release). You may also want to try a homeopathic whatever called "nerve fix". I've never been a fan of natural supplements because they go thru no FDA approval and when I did take them they didn't seem to work.
I am currently trying to detox off of the narcotics for the first time which is no picnic. I still take Lyrica for nerve pain which has been a lifesaver drug for me, and valium at night for spasms as needed. I guess I wanted to share my story with you because I really really believe that if you have the RIGHT team you can better yourself through exercise. I still see my pain management doc, chiro, PT and spine doctor on a regular basis and they all know each other now.
I've had chronic sciatic pain and numbness progressively worsening. My left foot and back of my left leg are constantly in severe pain and numb to the touch. I've been on Neurontin and Lyrica at high doses, neither working. The only thing that seems to lessen the pain and let me relax a little is narcotic based pain relievers in higher doses. (Hydrocodone 10mg) 3x a day - 2 pills at a time.
When I followed up with my regular doctor, he suggested that perhaps the initial injection may have swelled up and hit my sciatic nerve. (He said that if the injection had been directly to my nerve it would have been quite painful, and I don't recall having pain during the procedure, just gradual numbness.) He started me on a course of prednisone for the possible swelling, and referred me to a neurologist. The prednisone didn't seem to help.
My mother has pain in her left calf and buttocks area due to sciatic nerve. She is on Neurotin and it was suggested for her to have a cortizone injection in her spine(pain management). We would like to know if this is something that an 85 yr old woman should consider having, what the risks are and if it's successful in relieving her pain. She is also diabetic and we would like to know if this injection will affect her sugar.
Gabapentin and Lyrica are anti-convulsants that are used off-label to treat nerve pain and they are very effective for this type of pain...much more so than opioids. Cymbalta is a anti-depressant that has shown promise in reducing nerve pain as well. So these are some medications to discuss with your doctor. X-rays don't image soft tissues well and many X-rays don't detect disc problems or other soft tissue problems because of the poor resolution.
Cymbalta actually worked for me after I had a major back surgery...i had alot of nerve damage in my sciatic and the cymbalta helped me while they were doing procedures to ease the nerve pain such as epidurals and rfas...however getting off of it was not the easiest thing I ever had to do...my dr lowered the dose and got me off of it safely but I was still going through some moderate withdrawals like shaking and nausea but they only lasted a few weeks and I was fine afterward...
can anyone help please, I am a 41 year old female, I had a car accident in 2006, which left me with herniated discs in both neck and back. I have constant sciatic pain in left arm and leg, and also pain in lower back, and pain in left side rear rib area, i am on a mixture of medications which do not relieve this pain at all.
the tests. I was also put on Lyrica and Elavil for the nerve pain and to help me sleep. Thankfully the Elavil, at only 10 mg. has given me the sleep I so badly needed. I still need my walker in the morning as my legs hurt so much and feel so weak. I don't feel better until early afternoon after I have taken my narcotic meds along with Motrin, tylenol and the Lyrica, and I have to have a couple of doses of the tylenol and Lyrica in me before I am relatively pain free.
What could you recommend to use for nerve pain other than Lidocaine patches. I have been using the patches with wonderful relief for 2 years and now Aetna says they will only cover them for post hepatice neuralgia. They even denied my doctor's appeal. Two years ago I had laminectomies of L2,L3,L4,L5,S1 after many ESIs and SJIs. I also have my sciatic nerve running through my piraformis muscle. The surgery got rid of most of my back and sciatic pain and I no longer use a walker or wheelchair.
After another MRI I went to a surgeon that does microscopic back surgery and went through with the procedure (basically he trimmed away some of the disc that was pressing against the sciatic nerve). It relieved all my pain for about 9 months and then it came back just like before. He told me at that time the only next step was disc fusion.
Hi. I've been on Lyrica for about 5 weeks. My maximum dose was 150 mg. Over the last 6 days, I've lowered the dose to 75 mg (upon the advice of my doctor), which I realize is basically like not taking anything. I've noticed over the past couple of days that my sciatic and back pain have worsened somewhat. I'm wondering if this will eventually level off or if I should up the dose. Any thoughts?
Ive been told that I have a pinched sciatic nerve. Ive done physical therapy and just got started on Lyrica, a muscle relaxer, and an anti-inflammatory. Its been 5 months and the doc out in california didn't do squat for me! I moved home out of state and I'm just now getting into an MRI! The doc in cali never got me an MRI and I bugged him about it every appointment. Nothing has truly helped with my pain...what could I do for treatment? I know nerve and back injuries are no fun to deal with.
I also have nerve pain. My hands and feet are numb and hurt. I take Lyrica and don't swell up unless I don't drink enough water or eat too much salty food. It helps a lot! I found that starting with a low dose and building up gradually was better than jumping right into a full dose. I take 50 mg Lyrica and valium (2.5mg) before I go to bed and sleep well. It knocks me out and deals with the pain at the same time.
With kidney problems, fatty liver, diabetes, and bipolar disease, what can my brother-in-law take for severe nerve pain in his legs? His PCP believes it's sciatica from his spine problems, although I'm sure the diabetes is also a likely culprit. Is there any medication he can take for the severe pain he's in?
For the last six weeks I have this very severe shock like nerve pain in my left ankle right below the bone,some times it so severe that it makes me week, I have been to numerous dr`s had x-rays ,mri`s with and without dye.I had nerve tests & shock like tests and no one seems to be able to help me. If you or anyone out there could shed some light on this very mysterious problem I would be so grateful!
Im having muscle spasms going up my back and a stabbing pain going down where my sciatic nerve is all the way down my butt to my leg. They tried to put me on Flexeril and Ultram, but that didn't work for the pain, it just put me to sleep. I am now trying out two different medications, Skelaxin and Lyrica. Skelaxin didn't take away my pain from the surgery, but relieved me of some soreness from sleeping on my shoulder weird. The lyrica made me extremly dizzy and gave me a extreme high feeling.
Had my 2nd 5 days ago, def have sciatic pain still. My 1st worked like a dream for 10 days then someone made me jump and twist accidentally and it reherniated. I'm only 29 couldn't imagine what it would be like to be 16 and going through that. Stay strong buddy hope for the best!!!
x-rays and a bone scan showed there was nothing causing the pain related to the femur bone or the replacement hip. They have suggested nerve pain. I have had sciatic pain before many years ago and it seamed to be diferant, in the back of the leg and radiating down from the back. this pain seams to be in front side of the thigh area right about where the bottom of the replacement joint would be in the femur, wich is why I had the replacement checked out.
Do you have any suggestions for other meds or treatments for nerve pain? Failed Lyrica and depression meds did not touch nerve pain. Physical therapy, tens, muscle stim made nerve pain worse. Meditation, imagery, hypnosis, biofeedback, healers, pain management/emotional counselor was helpful emotionally but did not help with physical nerve pain.
hi i am suppose to start taking lyrica for my sciatic nerve and was wondering has anyone gained weight from it?
Right now I just want an accurate diagnosis and some relief for the nerve pain. Does anyone have any ideas of what type of doctor I should see? I also just started my period today and read that that can cause the pain to be more severe. Please help! I don't know where else to turn!
I think you'll find that he/she will be much more open to prescribing something else. Lyrica is a very effect a tempering nerve nerve but it isn't effect for everyone. There are also other meds that may work better for you in that family. It may be the combination rather than any one drug that is just not working for you. I am very sorry to hear that you may be facing more surgery. My heart goes out to you. Please keep in touch and let us know how you are doing.
I had sciatic pain for last 2.5 months. MRI showed l5/S1 large disc protusion compromising sciatic nerve root. At present pain has diminished from severe to low with bed rest and some medication - Methycoval 500, Dolonex DT, Lyrica 75. Recently there is numbness in right leg and some parts of foot ( needle and pins). What could be a possible reason and what possible treatment is recommended?
I still have pain in the back where they did the procedure, i cant sit for a movie at the cinema,let alone at work,and my sciatic pain in the leg is still there. The doctor never gave me any pain meds,just panadol?!?!?! I stopped taking lyrica a few days before the procedure,and im still not taking any pain meds. He was happy with my results, but, he told me after twelve days or so, u will be 100% pain free. I was dumb enough to believe.
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