I have been on moderate dosages of Lyrica for a few years now along with a cocktail of other medications to deal with my chronic pain. Recently my pain levels have increased to where the pain meds were not too effective.
The doctor has now moved my medications from more of the Opiate type numbing drugs to more of the neurological pain blocking drug. I have moved from 300mg per day to 450mg per day of Lyrica (max allowed) and added 300mg of Gabapentin.
I also take 40mg of Oxyneo 4 times a day and a couple of percocet 4 times a day plus a muscle relaxer and anti inflammatory twice a day.
The result of this medication change is that I now feel like a walking zombie. I feel so over medicated where I feel like I am floating, I'm dizzy and unstable on my feet and I feel drowsy all the time and can barely keep my eyes open. My eyesight has deminished and I have shaky eyes. The pain levels are less but its not like the pain is not there, its like the intensity is less and the pain is in the background. My pain levels were rated between 7 to 9 while on the other medications and now they are more like the 5 to 7 range
I hate the way these meds make me feel though and I am not sure what is worse, the medications or the pain. All I know is that the quality of life with chronic pain is poor.
Has anyone else had experience with the continuous use of a mix of neurological pain blockers like Lyrica and Gabapentin combined and whether this over medicated feeling ever goes away? In reading some webpages, the feelings I'm experiencing are known side effects so I think these feelings may not go away.