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I'm on Lyrica 150mg twice a day. It took time and patience to work up to that dosage. When I first took it, I stopped and told the doc there was no way I could take it. Since it has helped so many, my doc wanted me to give it my best shot. So I decided I would only take it at night. When I felt I was pretty used to it, I added the day time dose over a long weekend. Every time I increased the dose, I did it at night until I was used to it, then added the day time increase. By doing this, I was able to work up to the 300mg a day.

But I don't think there is anyone on this board who knows of just one thing that helped so completely. Most of us are treating the neuropathy with a combination of things. For me it is diet (very low sugar, no white bread, no flour), exercise (I belong to Curves and do Dance Revolution at home), supplements (B12 injections, Fish Oil, MSM, Os-cal, multi-vit, etc), biofeedback (I had to learn how to do that), and prescribed medications (Lyrica and Combunox for severe pain). Each thing helps some so the whole thing amounts to periods of having little pain.

I still get periods of severe pain, usually at night. I'm still trying to figure out what triggers these episodes. If I can find that, then maybe I can do something to prevent them. The real key is to be proactive in your healthcare. Research this board and articles on the internet. But always check with your doc before adding any supplements to ensure they won't interfere with your other medications.

Kalpha, the medication should start helping in about 2 weeks but it really takes the amount of time you need to increase your dosage to the optimum level. In the meantime, if you are in such pain, your doctor should give you something to tide you over. The problem is that most docs will say that narcotics will not help at all. There are hundreds of people who will say yes it does. Don't hesitate to ask your doctor for pain relief. The Pain Relief Act was enacted to help people in pain. It is your right to have your doctor at least try to offer you some relief.


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