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Lyrica and Fibromyalgia
Fibromyalgia is a disorder that causes muscle pain and fatigue (feeling tired). People with fibromyalgia have "tender points" on the body. Tender points are specific places on the neck, shoulders, back, hips, arms, and legs. These points hurt when pressure is put on them. Other fibromyalgia symptoms may include:
  • Trouble sleeping
  • Morning stiffness
  • Headaches
  • Painful menstrual periods
  • Tingling or numbness in the hands and feet
  • Problems with thinking and memory (sometimes called "fibro fog").
Lyrica is approved to treat fibromyalgia and is especially useful for relieving fibromyalgia pain.
Lyrica and Postherpetic Neuralgia
About one million people develop shingles each year, and a number of them experience a complication called postherpetic neuralgia. Postherpetic neuralgia is pain that is present in the affected area for months, or even years, after the shingles rash has healed. The most bothersome of postherpetic neuralgia symptoms is pain. The pain with postherpetic neuralgia may be described as agonizing, excruciating, burning, sharp, electric-like jabs, burning, throbbing, or aching. This pain can result in an inability to perform daily tasks of living.
Postherpetic neuralgia treatment usually involves medication. Lyrica is one of the medications approved to treat the pain associated with postherpetic neuralgia.
Lyrica and Spinal Cord Injury
Chronic pain is common after a spinal cord injury. One of the most common types of chronic pain experienced by people with spinal cord injuries is nerve pain, which makes sense, since nerves have been damaged by the injury.
This pain is real and can be very debilitating. Nerve pain related to a spinal cord injury can be very frustrating, as it often occurs in areas that have lost sensation and/or function. Medications can be very helpful for treating this type of pain. Lyrica is one of the medications approved for the treatment of nerve pain associated with spinal cord injury.
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