Thread: Lyrica and ic pain
01-04-2011, 04:52 PM #1
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Lyrica and ic pain
I also have fibromyalgia and rheumatologist is considering prescribing Lyrica to treat FM but I have also heard that it can cause IC flares. Is there anyone here using CYMBALTA instead, and with success?
01-04-2011, 06:33 PM #2
I just wanted to tell you that I spoke with a doctor who's now a teacher at a med school here in Dallas when I was trying to set up an appt with another doctor (ok, sorry, long winded). And he's a urogynocologist who used to treat IC before he started teaching. He actually told me to take Lyrica for this never-ending pain of the IC until I could get an appt. He said he prescribed it all the time when he was still treating IC. I still had some from a migraine trial, so I started taking it. It did help with my pain BUT then I remembered why I couldn't take it. It makes my vision crazy blurry and it makes me really dizzy and light headed, kinda drunk, only not fun.
I tried Cymbalta once for a very short period of time, again for the migraine. But I don't think it was a very fair trial. I was taking Lexapro at the time. And the neuro's PA told me to ~just quit the lexapro and start the cymbalta~ So I believe the whole time I was on it I was going thru lexapro withdrawal. If you could take them together I might give it another shot. That's too many SSRI's and it just doesn't work like that.
I think the lyrica I have here is 75mg but you can start lower like 50 or maybe even 25 just to see if it helps. You'll definitely get some sleep from it. For a little while at least.
I think they are probably both good drugs, it may just depend on what your system can handle and you're already taking and antidepressant (SSRI type).
Good luck and try them both if you need to then you can know for sure.Katie-46 yr old female dx'd with IC after 15 years of symptoms off and on long term antibiotic use, GERD,IBS and now IC diet, gallbladder removed, endometrial ablation w/tubes tied
Percocet-7.5 up to 3 per day as needed
Valium-10 mg x2 per day
Phenergan-1 at night
Now recovering from acute pancreatitis
Currents treatments that help somewhat:
Being VERY still while lying down with legs elevated
01-06-2011, 01:16 PM #3
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I remember someone taking Lyrica & having great success for their IC pain. Check the old posts....it may have been leelee. I'm not sure who it is. Sorry.
01-06-2011, 03:19 PM #4
I've rarely heard of Cymbalta actually working for pain in the years I've been on this board. It might be an effective antidepressant but there should be much better treatment options for your pain other than this med.
I believe it is leelee who has had luck with Lyrica for her pain. I'm sure any med could cause a person IC flares, but I don't recall Lyrica having a big reputation for that.
Good luck, Donna. I hope you find some relief soon.In remission since Aug 2009!
New to IC? read this--IC Treatment and Diagnostic Guidelines--American Urological Association
http://interstitial-cystitis-diet.bl...nosis-and.html *** http://www.auanet.org/content/guidel...ent_ic-bps.pdf
What helped me get to and stay in remission? stress reduction, diet, time, meditation, stress reduction, stress reduction, stress reduction!--I no longer take medications for IC, PFD,VV, anxiety, or depression. Making career and lifestyle changes to reduce stress and learning techniques to manage anxiety set the stage for my bladder to heal.
My history: No history of bladder issues***Onset of IC and VV sxs Nov 2003***Diagnosed Nov 2004 based on symptoms and hydro/biopsy results***Cysto-Hydro did not give therapeutic relief, I had complications and long recovery ***Hunner's Ulcers found and removed during hydro***Symptoms: the usual~pain, burning, spasms, frequency, urgency, nocturia, lower back and upper thigh pain, very bloated "IC Belly"
Treatments that helped my IC,VV,& PFD symptoms: pyridium, elavil, tylenol 3, ibuprofen, lidocaine gel and patches, cold packs, heating pad, diet, lots of water
08-08-2011, 07:22 PM #5
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- Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia
Lyrica caused a flare
for me, Lyrica made everything worse. I was on it for 2 months, for vv. My neurologist told me to beware as Lyrica would make the IC worse. I ignored his advice and went with my vv specialists recomendation.
Bad idea. Urethra, bladder, clitoral pain. Within 2 days of coming off this med everything subsideded. Now the pain is not daily, and the clitoral pain is only provoked.
Eveyrone is different though.
TMJ Dysfunction 2009
Vulvodynia and/or PFD 2010
IC, based on symptoms alone 2010.
PCOS March 2012
Currently using: IC Diet, prelief with suspect foods and acupuncture.
Medications / treatment tried and discounted:
Fluconazole 150mg 1 per week for 6 months (yeast)
Endep 25mg - 4months
Lyrica 75mg - 2 months - FLARE
Oxytrol patch - I think this caused retention.
Countless creams, lotions and potions.
Cystoprotek - no change in symptoms
PT - for 1 year, has helped with pain with intercourse but not daily vulva pain. Seems to make daily level of pain worse.
Various herbs and supplements
08-09-2011, 09:49 AM #6
I have been on cymbalta and neuroton for about 2 months, I am doing pretty good with the pain level. I am not saying that I don't have pain, but its on the low side of the scale. I don't take any pain medication for it now.
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