I take Lyrica, very successfully! I have been taking it for approx 6 months and I had not one single side effect, and it's a good thing because I have severe medicinal allergies...sigh, so there isn't much that I can take. That being said, it has been helpful with the nerve pain, but I definitely need it increased, because the pulsating, shocking, electrical type pain is happening more frequently.
I am not a medical professional and I can only say how it has helped me. I hope this helps!! Sherrie xx
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I haven't tried Lyrica, but have talked to a couple of people who did and they had very bad reactions from it. One said it really threw her for a loop and the other said she couldn't even get up and walk across the room after taking it without feeling she was going to fall down.
I take amitriptoline and also use melotonian. They both help with getting more restful sleep.
I heard that melatonin supplement is good to help you sleep on Dr Oz but have not tried it myself yet to verify results.... my doctor prescribed gabapentin for me...she said it is similar to lyrica but generic. It is supposed to help with my fibro pain and my numbness and tingling but she did not mention anything about it helping with sleep. I am an insomniac, never get more than a couple of hours sleep at a time but lately do seem to get a more restful sleep and able to sleep a little longer so am noticing some improvement in my sleeping....not a lot but some....better than before definitely...it could be from the new prescription but not sure cuz I take a lot of supplements too. Recently started taking L Carnitine that is supposed to be good for fibro but forgot for which specific symptoms...also am doing more walking exercise too so that may be helping....maybe a combination of those new things helping....
My GP responded somewhat negatively when I asked about it. According to her the same compound that is in Lyrica has been around for a long time. It has been used for "what they used to call Neuralgia and it deadened nerve endings for pain relief" was her comment. She then asked if I had asked my eye doctor if my glaucoma could stand a script. When I asked he said he really didn't want me on it because it masked too many symptoms in the optic nerve. So, my personal experience never got off the ground, but I will say I didn't sense much enthusiasm from either doctor.
Have you inquired about B-12 shots or a true sleep aid script? My niece takes a reduced dose of a non addictive valium prescribed by her neurologist and hasn't had any side effects.She was able to cut her anti depressant script to half because of more rest.
I know you have probably heard this all before but do the survey on your sleeping enviroment,(light, noise and temperature) lay off electronic devices for at least 2 hrs before bedtime and go to bed actually sleepy not just drowsy.
My eratic sleep patterns caused a recent flare and I have gone back to a very ritualist bedtime behavior. You are so right to seek help to get your sleep.
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