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    Posted: Feb/09/2018 at 11:20pm
What is the best medication for nerve pain? I have a bulging disc which puts pressure on my sciatic nerve.
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There are two that members have had success with over the years. Lyrics and it’s predecessor Gabapentin. Lyrica is still very expensive so if you don’t have great insurance (and we in the States don’t all have great drug coverage), ask for the Gabapentin which is not expensive. Just be sure to start on a very low dose and work up. Drs are notorious for starting people on the max amount which causes so many side effects they give up. Good luck!!

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Lyrica is gabapinton on steriods,which starts u out on too high a dose. For me anyway. Some people not.
Also alpha lipoic acid was recomended,it may be too early to tell but ill let you know.
It's a difficult pain to deal with,good luck!
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Both Lyrica and Gabapentin are excellent for treating nerve pain. Unfortunately doses are given too high to start and causes many to stop without a fair trial.

I’d never start with more than 25mg of Lyrica three rimes a day until we determine how it affects the patient. This is coming from a patient and a PA. I have begged members to start very slowly and then move up as needed   

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Lyrica has been a God send for me.  If I am late by 4 or more hours to take a dose, my arms are like being in a lighting storm.  I get electrocution shocks in both arms with Lyrica.

I stepped up from 150 mg a day, to 200, to 250, to 300, to 400, and then to 600 mg/day which is the maximum recommended dose.  It worked below my level, but it wasn't as effective as it is now.  I admit, when I first started it, for 2-3 days the walls in my office would shiver, and I saw a giant bat above my door that wasn't really there, but I was in so much pain, I was willing to fight my way through the hallucinations, and after that, stepping up to higher doses never caused any problems. Based on that, I highly recommend Stevie's prescription to start at an even lower dosage, as she said, 25 mg 3 times a day which is half my starting dose, and I bet then, you would not see your solid walls vibrating and bats flying in the air :)
Ankylosing spondylitis resulting in fusion of entire cervical, thoracic, lumbar, and SI joints, osteoporosis, 5 compression fractures, severe stenosis of spinal cord & nerve root compression, cervical myelopathy, radiculopathy, bruise & permanent deformation of spinal cord, incomplete spinal cord injury, postlaminectomy syndrome of cervical region, chronic nerve and orthopedic severe pain, and bilateral carpal tunnel. Asthma, GERD, high blood pressure, high tryglycrides, diverticulosis, recurrent pneumonia, anemia, hypertension, chronic dry eye and mouth. Need hip & knee replacement and fusion of both feet. Already had 11 surgeries including 5 orthopedic & 1 neurosurgery.

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I am glad Lyrica works for you. Anything that helps is a heavens sent. You were talking about hallucinations. I had never experienced this in my life, until the other day when I asked my doctor for a refill for my Carisoprodol, a muscle relaxant. He decided to give something different to try. Somenthing called Tizinadine. I took one and Oh my God, in no time I felt myself surrounded by a beautiful garden full of green bushes and trees in some tropical island. It was beautiful, but when I realized what was happening I got scared. The second time I tried, I found a huge dark dog walking around my bed. That was it! No more of those pills for me. Take care Jeff...Edie
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My doctor gae me 10mg of Lyrica to take at night before bed and mabey it would.last through the night, it doesn't. So I tried it before I went to bed on a night where I don't have to get up early and did nothing. I think I need a higher dose.
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Yes you definitely need at least 25mg to start. I wasn’t aware Lyrica came in 10mg doses.

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If it tells you anything, I started on 75 mg twice daily, and currently take 200 mg 3 times a day which is the max recommended dose of 600 mg.  I really didn't notice it helping until I got up beyond 400 mg per day.
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My doctor also prescribed tramadol but it makes me constipated and I have ibs so I stopped taking it. My pain is worse in the morning so if I can get through the morning I can manage the rest of the day...for now.
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Try taking your Lyrica (first dose) an hour before you get up first thing. I have to take my meds when I get into bed, during the night when pain wakes me and then again very early before I get up.

Any and all narcotics, even something as mild as Tramadol , can cause constipation. It’s important to have plenty of high fiber foods or fiber replacement and lots of water to fight off constipation—especially with IBS with constipation. It comes with the territory of fighting the pain.

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