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I'm taking 75mg of lyrica twice a day for nerve damage in ball of foot ( no neuroma ). 1week and no improvement. How long before it starts to work?

I'm taking 75mg of lyrica twice a day for nerve damage in ball of foot ( no neuroma ). 1week and no improvement. How long before it starts to work?

May not work: You need to have your foot re-evaluated by another foot specialist. It's best to know what caused the nerve damage to that area of your foot first, prior to treatment. This may be simply from bad foot mechanics or shoes.

Dr. Olav Jaren
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Nerve Damage (Definition)

A complete nerve transection will leave an area totally numb. The distribution of the numbers depends upon where the nerve was cut. A partial nerve injury may leave the area tingly or incompletely numb. Finally even if the nerve is not cut the swelling and bruising to the tea can affect the nerve as well. Usually we consider sharp penetrating injuries as likely having nerve lacerations when sensation is lost. A hand surgeon can examine the hand and pinpoint the site or extent of nerve injury and recommend ...Read more


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I'm on gabapentin due to bad nerve damage. I want try lyrica (pregabalin). Will my doctor keep me on both meds or do I have to pick one?

I'm on gabapentin due to bad nerve damage. I want try lyrica (pregabalin). Will my doctor keep me on both meds or do I have to pick one?

Have to pick one: They are both relatives of each other with similar modes of action - therefore it would not help to be on both. You may however tolerate one better than the other. Other meds to try include Cymbalta (duloxetine) or Elavil - these could be combined with gabapentin. Hope this helps.

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Nerve damage in ball of foot.When i press is certain spot it send electric shocks on toes.Tried injection, on lyrica but not woking. Wiil it heal?

Nerve damage in ball of foot.When i press is certain spot it send electric shocks on toes.Tried injection, on lyrica but not woking. Wiil it heal?

Neuroma: You may be suffering from a neuroma due to long history of improper footwear or prolonged weighbearing. Need to see a podiatrist for further exam and treatment.

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Nerve damage in ball of foot, when i press in certain spot it sends electric shocks in toes. Mri normal. Tried injection. On lyrica not helping?

Nerve damage in ball of foot, when i press in certain spot it sends electric shocks in toes. Mri normal. Tried injection. On lyrica not helping?

Neuropathy : Neuropathy may not be seen on MRI. Especially of small distal nerves. Symptoms may be consistent with tarsal tunnel compression. Recommend seeing physiatrist (PMR medicine) or podiatrist.

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Does Lyrica (pregabalin) calm overactive nerves ?

Does Lyrica (pregabalin) calm overactive nerves ?

Lyrica (pregabalin) mechanism: Lyrica (pregabalin) blocks the neurons (receptors) which are in a hyper-excited status. These excited neurons only become the main cause of neurologic pain as experienced in central peripheral neuropathy.

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Does Lyrica (pregabalin) help with inflamed nerves ?

Does Lyrica (pregabalin) help with inflamed nerves ?

Maybe: Lyrica (pregabalin) reduces irritability of nerves that are damaged or inflamed. That often results in less pain. Like most medications, it works in some people, and not in others. Careful adjustment of the dose is often needed to reduce pain without causing side effects. Some people have side-effects that they can't tolerate.

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Is there surgery to repair nerves?My nerve pain is not controlled while i'm on lyrica (pregabalin) 150mg/twice daily and 2mg dilaudid at night. I need relief! help

Is there surgery to repair nerves?My nerve pain is not controlled while i'm on lyrica (pregabalin) 150mg/twice daily and 2mg dilaudid at night. I need relief! help

Maybe!: I would need more information to provide an completely accurate answer. In general nerve pain results from improper repair of nerve. Depending on what is causing the nerve damage and where, surgery may be performed to relieve the cause or block the nerve.

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How does Lyrica (pregabalin) work on nerve type pain ?

Anti-seizure: Lyrica (pregabalin) is an anti-seizure medication. It decreases nerve firing. As a result it is often used for neuropathic pain conditions – ones that often have shooting for electric type symptomatology – such as sciatica. Hope this helps.

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What is the max dosage of Lyrica (pregabalin) for idiopathic nerve type pain ?

100mg - 3X/day: But you need to follow YOUR doctors directions and they'd start at a lower dose (50mg) and increase over a week or so. Same for stopping. This is not a DIY project or an OTC drug. Be smart! Work w/ your doctor to be safe.

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Was prescribed lyrica (pregabalin) for "nerve repair". However, it seems to be described online as a product more for suppressing symptoms. Which is true?

Was prescribed lyrica (pregabalin) for "nerve repair". However, it seems to be described online as a product more for suppressing symptoms. Which is true?

FDA indications: Lyrica (pregabalin) has many approved indications, especially for diabetic nerve pain. It can control certain seizures also. It helps by controlling symptoms and events. It does not cure underlying conditions, and, in no way, acts to "repair nerve" (although metanx may do this a bit?). Sounds like there is a communication issue. Clarify with your doc.

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How long does it take for lyrica (pregabalin) to take effect for nerve pain?

How long does it take for lyrica (pregabalin) to take effect for nerve pain?

Varies: Some patients report improvement soon after they take it. Under dosing is not uncommon. Its a generally safe medication with few drug interactions and works better at higher dosage, side effects permitting.

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How accurate can lyrica (pregabalin) tablet with armotriptyline cure nerve problem and shingles?

How accurate can lyrica (pregabalin) tablet with armotriptyline cure nerve problem and shingles?

Nerve pain: Lyrica (pregabalin) can be very effective for nerve pain. The mechanism can be to stabilize the nerve from irritability. Once the nerve is slowly stabilized then less burning and shooting type pain will occur.

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Is lyrica (pregabalin) ok to take long term ? Heard different opinions. Taking it for nerve pain. 300 mg per day.

Lyrica (pregabalin): A “new and improved” version of gabapentin, used as an anticonvulsant. Have been widely used for both paroxysmal and continuous neuropathic pain conditions such as postherpetic neuralgia and diabetic neuropathy as well as trigeminal neuralgia and atypical odontalgia. The drugs of choice for those patients who are taking other medications or have liver damage. Great regiment.

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How effective is Lyrica (pregabalin) for preventing nerve pain?

Nerve pain: Lyrica (pregabalin) has been one of the medications that has shown reasonable responses in treating nerve pain.

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Is there anything other than lyrica (pregabalin) for nerve pain that doesn't have side effects like lyrica (pregabalin)?

Is there anything other than lyrica (pregabalin) for nerve pain that doesn't have side effects like lyrica (pregabalin)?

Sure...: There are a number of medicines for nerve pain. These include Gabapentin (neurontin), Elavil (amitriptyline) and the tricyclic antidepressant class, Cymbalta (duloxetine) (from the snri class), and narcotic pain medicines. Make sure you ask your physician about your options.

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Lyrica (pregabalin) works well to control my nerve pain however side effects are horrible. Is there a similar medication with less side effects and less pricey?

YES, SEVERAL: You could perhaps have less adverse effects with some of the newer designer Gabapentin products, such as horizant, or gralise. Another option is Cymbalta or savella, (milnacipran) and lastly perhaps a compounded pain creme.

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Is lyrica (pregabalin) a good treatment for nerve pain?

Yes: Lyrica (pregabalin) is an effective medicine for treatment of various neuropathic or nerve generated pain such as post herpetic neuralgia (shingles). As with all anti-neuropathic medicines the response varies from patient to patient.

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Nerve (Definition)

The brain and spinal cord communicates with what is occurring in the internal organs and limbs by nerve fibers where are like electrical wires with insulation (myelin) and the "copper" (axon). Within brain and spinal cord these nerves connect to other nerves via synapses on both axons and dendrites. A nerve can carry information regarding sensations, and ...Read more