Reply To: Abdomen and Chest Pain

August 6, 2013 at 7:59 am

To DadwithGBS, my husband just started taking Lyrica last Wednesday, and yes, I think they are helping him. He was taking gabapentin (Neurontin), but I believe he is getting better results with the Lyrica. His Neurologist had him switch from one to the other. He also experiences a tight and cramping feeling in his legs. For pain management he was taking oxycodone, flexeril for the muscle spasms, Xanax for anxiety. He is not normally one to take drugs (except antibiotics when needed), so to see him on so many strong meds was worrisome for us. He has weaned himself off the oxycodone, and takes the Xanax only when the pins/needles/lightning bolts are unbearable – which hasn’t been for several days. This is his first experience with marijuana, which is pretty amazing for a child who grew up in the ’60s and ’70s! His ‘gold caps’ contain 25mg of THC, and (according to the sales person) affects the body more than the mind, therefore helping to alleviate pain. He usually takes this at night, which helps him sleep as well. The last three days have been pretty good, and he has been quite active walking up and down the stairs (with his afo’s for support), albeit taking the stairs quite gingerly. Sure hope better days are ahead for all.