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  • Lyrica??

    I would like to know if Lyrica helps with frequency or is it only for pain management? thank you.
    Formerly lorenab

  • #2
    I took lyrica for pain for sciatica. It really did help with urethral pain. HOwever, I gained major weight in a short time. The doctor changed the med to tapomax which has helped with the pain and on the side - weight loss.


    • #3

      Thank you for your reply. do you know the generic name for tapomax? I am from Australia and I can not find anything for tapomax. thanks again,
      Formerly lorenab


      • #4
        Lyrica helps a bit with frequency and urethral pain for myself. It's not 100% but it's better than nothing. I have actually lost weight. I've been on it for about a year.
        Complex Case: Severe IC 1999, Interstim 2001, Endometriosis 2001, End Stage Refractory IC 2002, Bladder Removal (Cystectomy) 2002, Gall Bladder Removal 2005, Infertility 2003, Urethra Removal, Bladder Reconstruction (Urethrectomy/Indiana Pouch) 2006, Celiac Disease 2007, Adhesion Disease 2007, Pudendal Nerve Entrapment, Ovarian Cysts, Vestibulitis, Vulvodynia, Total Vestibulectomy and removal of both Skene's Glands, 2007 and Coccydynia 2007. Fibromyalgia and, Chronic Myofascial Pain Syndrome both in my neck and knees, 2007, PNE Decompression Operation May, 2009.Multiple Chemical Sensitivities, Anesthesia Awareness (to awaken during operations)Pudendal Nerve Decompression Surgery, Revrse Uterine Sling, Sept. 2011

        "One hour at a time, this was NOT my American Dream but it has to work out somehow."

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        • #5
          I started Lyrica about 2 weeks ago. Thus far I can only take it at night because it puts me right to sleep. I would definitely recommend it to people who have problems staying asleep, however it really doesn't do anything for my pain. It's a bummer.

          Good luck finding something that works for you!


          Just diagnosed w/PFD - Oh Boy!

          What I have tried: Elmiron, Lyrica, ,Methadone, Vicodin, Norco, Cystoprotek, imipramine, xanax, hydroxizine, trazadone, a bunch of anti-spasmotics and more I'm sure I can't remember.

          What I'm presently on:
          Noritriptyline 25 mg
          OxyContin 20 mg AM - 10 mg afternoon - 20 mg PM
          Zanaflex 2 mg at bedtime
          Percocet PRN for breakthrough
          Nasonex (allergies)
          Jolessa (b.c.)
          Physical Therapy 2x weekly

          Be my buddy?


          • #6
            I keep starting and stopping Lyrica. It's very hard to take if you are taking pain meds also. It's just too much. It makes me very tired.

            What I do know is you really have to be on a very high dose. It needs to be increased a lot in order to get relief from pain. Not sure about the frequency.



            • #7
              Hi, I was just put on 100mg of Lyrica, I hope that is a high enough dose to stop the pain . He gave it to me because I now also have neuropathic pain coming from my bladder.For now it makes me very dizzy, but I hope this will go away.


              • #8
                Originally posted by lorenab View Post
                Thank you for your reply. do you know the generic name for tapomax? I am from Australia and I can not find anything for tapomax. thanks again,
                It's spelled Topamax, which is why you aren't finding it.

                I've had complete pain relief after only a few days of being on 50mg of it. It's been a miracle drug for me! Also, I'm losing a major amount of weight. :woohoo: