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Can anyone desribe the "ditzy" feeling when switching from Neurontin to Lyrica? I am finally sitting down at my laptop and trying to sort through the nerve pain meds... A few years ago a podiatrist severed my lateral plantar nerve in my right foot (lawsuit pending) and two surgeries later (3 months post op on the most recent one), we have removed part of the tibial nerve, but are still taking meds until the nerve pain "calms down".

A couple questions--how did your doc decrease the Neurontin and increase the Lyrica? How long did that take? Also, what helps the ditzy feeling and how long does it last. When I increase the Neurontin, I feel very tired for the time of the increase, but it helps when I keep myself busy--but take a nap when I need it. I am a grad student and want to make the best choice to make a med switch timewise... Could I start it on a Friday? Over Thanksgiving?

Thanks for the help,
Aloha Karyn! I think Sunny answered your question about the tapering off part the best. I've been off NeROTTON for over a year, yet I still sometimes have what I call a NeROTTEN hangover. It's not as bad as it was a year ago, but I did not have a replacement drug to calm the burning, stabbing, knife-like nerve pain that us RSD'rs experience. I was pretty tired all the time, incoherent, not know where I was going, or losing my thought in mid sentence. Like I was drunk 24/7.Or like being a dizzy dumb blonde. Ditsy>>is dizzy times three :D It took me a good 6 months to overcome the drug and they had me on 600 mg. times 5 a day. As most RSD'rs, we are desperate to try anything. I think it's great that you can decrease the Neurontin and take Lyrica at the same time. Almost makes you wonder what they will come up with next.
If Sunny said her husband switched right away--I would go that route. Once you stop the Neurontin, you might even have more energy. I read somewhere that 10% of the population with RSD have type A personalities. I'm a type A and that's why my lawsuit took so long to prove to the work comp people that I had RSD said my attorney. Sounds like you are also a type A, and I wish you the best in your studies and endeavors. Just remember the less invasive of a procedure you have done, is more better because of the risks involved outweigh the procedure. I wish you luck. Aloha Skooze :angel:

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