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lesleyx2 - May 27

i was told 3 mouths ago i have fibromyalgia and all the pain relf meds dont help that much but been told pregabalin is good any one on it and does it help thanks xxxxxxx


axxie - May 27

Hello lesleyx2, welcome to our site, I'm sorry you have fibro, some days you control it, other days, it rears its head & it controls you.

We are all in the same boat, we try to learn from one another. Don't be afraid to post your bad & good days, or whaterver you did that simply is working, you never know it might work for us also.

OK pregabalin is the same as Lyraca, it's a epileopsy therapy that calms the nerve pain, it helps with the neurotransmitters, it acts like a nerve calming agent, so very good for fibro people.

I was on Lyraca (same thing), I didn't like it, beside I gained weight so rapidly, I did not know how it happened, I also had problems with euphoric mood, confusion irritability and had no sex drive. I also had excessive fluid retention (swelling, I looked like a blow fish).

Whatever you do please do not use any herbal remedies such as St. John's wort.

I quickly changed and I'm now on Cymbalta, I like it much better, does not affect your sex drive, lost 15 lbs, from the time I got used to it.

I hope your doctor also gave you something to sleep (sleeping aids, pills). You need to sleep to better rest your body.

You may not have these problems and I wish you luck and let us know how you feel. Good luck to you.


DoxieLOVA - May 28

Hi there! I am fairly new at this whole Fibro thing as well...I have had symptoms for years but was just diagnosed more recently.

I have tryed Lyrica (Pregablin) and Cymbalta (duloxetine) and honestly I have not recieved much relief. While on the Cymbalta I gained almost 40lbs! The Lyrica helped with my neck pain sfor a very short period but now the pain has returned. My Rheumatologist told me that the Lyrica only works for about 70 % of patients. Unfortunately I am now relying on Vocodin HP (Hydrocodone APAP) which can be addictive BUT I say whatever gets me through each day.

I hope this helps a little...


axxie - May 29

Hi two both, have anyone suggested Savella, new on the market, they have very positive results and has been out in the Europe for 18 years. It somewhat like cymbalta, except it's taken in two doses.

Lists of drugs that you may want to try:
Adapin (generic name: doxepin)
Cymbalta (generic name: duloxetine)
Desyrel (generic name: trazodone)
Effexor (generic name: venlafaxine)
Elavil (generic name: amitriptyline)
Lexapro (generic name: citalopram)
Pamelor (generic name: nortriptyline)
Paxil (generic name: paroxetine)
Prozac (generic name: fluoxetine)
Zoloft (generic name: sertraline)

Some physician prescribe anticonvulsive drugs to relieve pain and tenderness. Anticonvulsives can calm hyperactive pain fibers and effectively reduce anxiety. (These drugs may be very sedating)

Anticonvulsives include such medications as Neurontin (generic name: gabapentin)
Lyrica (generic name: pregabalin)
Topamax (generic name: topiramate)
Lamictal (generic name: lamotrigine).
These drug class is one of the most promising new therapies for fibro.

Anti-anxiety medicines) can alleviate some symptoms of fibros, these drugs can also induce a level of calmness to combat the high stress that many people suffering from fibro experience.

Some anti-anxiety drugs are:
Valium (gen name: diazepam) & Xanax (gen name: alprazolam), both of these are scheduled drugs because of their potential for addiction.

Others who are not scheduled drugs and don't have the potential for addiction) are:
Klonopin (gen name: clonazepam)
Restoril (gen name: temazepam)
Paxil (gen name: paroxetine
Prozac (gen name: fluoxetine) to treat anxiety.
Some of these anti-anxiety drugs some people need higher doses of drugs because of the high level of anxiety in the body).
This class are highly sedatine and they may cause nightmares, and the greater concern of these drugs may be habit forming particularly Xanax (gen name: alprazolam, they have the potential to become addicting if not taken properly (habit forming is a lower level of addiction)



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