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12/29/08 10:01 P

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I've already had shingles, it was dreadful. It started on the back of my left thigh and before I knew it I had it from my left temple all the way to the sole of my left foot .... and then I ended up with viral meningitis. So if you can - get that vaccine!

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12/21/08 9:47 P

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don............thanks for the reminder about the shingles vaccine..........


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12/21/08 9:33 P

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Lots of useful info...especially courtesy of the Elf MD! :-)

Also, your mention of shingles reminds me to remind everyone, especially those who've had chicken pox when younger...be sure to get your shingles vaccine (zostavax)!

My health insurance provider recently wised up and began to cover it...got mine this past fall.

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12/21/08 4:42 P

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Thanks for everyone's input - especially regarding the use of narcotics for non-cancer pain. I have two weight bearing joints that are a constant source of pain & now I'm at a point not that I'm addicted, but that none of them WORK unless at massive doses. **SIGH**

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12/21/08 1:36 P

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TRAINOF4........... thanks for asking the question,have learned alot just ready this post...........


“There's a difference between interest and commitment. When you're interested in doing something, you do it only when it's convenient. When you're committed to something, you accept no excuses; only results.”

When you get to a plateau, think of it as a landing on the stairway to your goal. And maintenance is a lifelong plateau, so a bit of "rehearsal" for maintenance isn't the worst thing in the world

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12/21/08 1:52 A

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Side effects with Lyrica tend to be minimal and reversible with discontinuation. In my experience, sedation is the biggest one (most of the people with chronic pain have been gaining weight before they even started the drug!). It also has no significant drug interactions.

However, it is only moderately effective. It tends to work best with radicular pains (such as shingles). It is only about twice as effective as placebo (but even placebos are better than narcotics for chronic non-cancer pain!). It has about the same effectiveness as gabapentin (which is available generically so this tends to be better insurance coverage). Products which are more effective for non-radicular chronic pain are tricyclics, depakote, and carbemazepine (the last of which is even on the Wal-Mart $4 list).

Medical professionals need to do a better job at getting the word out to STOP prescribing narcotics for chronic non-cancer pain. Used for chronic pain, narcotics have been shown to INCREASE pain, lower overall quality of life, and decrease the likelihood of return to work.

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12/20/08 12:56 P

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The weight gain is listed in the PDR as a risk, separate from the edema issues.
Pharmacists will tell you the same.
I attended a pain management workshop about a year ago, and this was also listed as a problem. It doesn't effect everybody in that manner.

Lyrica is not a PRN drug. For maximum effect it is to be taken routinely.

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12/20/08 11:35 A

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Edema is a side effect of Lyrica, but it is also likely that some of your husband's weight gain is simply weight gain.

If he is certain he was not eating more, he should see his doctor!

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12/20/08 9:04 A

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my aunt uses it, but not on a daily basis- she uses it as a prn for peripheral neuropathic foot pain and has had few side effects- i don't know if this is an off- label usage though!
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WEIGHT GAIN!
My husband was put on it for peripheral neuropathy and gained 50# quickly. He has been off of it for 15 months and still trying to lose it. Some of it was edema. He got rid of that fairly quickly.

The uncle of a friend, who was a diabetic, gained 80 pounds between doctor's appointments. He has not been able to lose it since.

Both of these men were over weight but stable prior to taking Lyrica.
I have not known of anybody with a good experience with this product.

DH is having better luck with Cymbalta.

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12/20/08 6:04 A

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No exp here..luckily I can just take 800 mg Motrin for my Fibro flare ups...

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12/20/08 12:28 A

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Has anyone out there had any experience with lyrica as long-term non-narcotic pain control, specificall for neuropathies and fibromyalgia. What are the most noted side-effects, how long did they last?

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