I Feel Like I'm Going Crazy. Anxiety, Depression, Parania, Confusion, Memory Loss, Mood Swings, "high" Feeling, Can't Stop Crying

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I have been taking Lyrica for about 3-4 weeks, low does of 50mg twice a day for cervical disc problems (neck) nerve pain. I am female, 42 years old. I FEEL LIKE I'M GOING MAD. Almost immediately I started experiencing a "high" feeling, and feel very disconnected to everything around me. I have trouble concentrating and sticking to any task, which is making working very difficult (I am a journalist/writer). My doctor warned me I might feel very drowsy after taking it, but I have the opposite problem - I cannot sleep. I average about 3/4 hours a night if I'm lucky. I feel very groggy when I wake and have been experiencing such violent, disturbing dreams that I constantly wake in a highly anxious state. My dreams scare me. In then I am behaving very violently to people around me. When I wake, I still have these "feelings" towards other people and myself. My mind races. I am scared I might behave inappropriately – shout, scream at or even hurt someone. Sometimes I feel euphoric, crazily manic and high, then I feel so low I cannot stop crying. I am crying as I write this. I have spent hours reading Lyrica forums, which does nothing to alleviate my worries about this drug. I have had some problems with coordination - particularly my hands/fingers (trouble typing - not ideal in my job). My neck problems already causes enough problems with the nerves in my hands. Also, I bleed continually (sorry guys). I have the contraceptive implant and before Lyrica it meant I only had very light periods about once every three months. Now it's constant and heavy. I am constantly hungry. In the first two weeks I put on about 9lb. To try to combat the weight gain everyone talks about I'm fighting urge to eat all the time. My memory feels shot to pieces. I cannot remember anything. The other day I was on the bus travelling down my street and I didn't recognise any of the buildings. It was like I was seeing them for the first time, although I knew this was where I lived. The confusion is frightening. It's like I have no control over my mind. I have started writing notes everywhere to help. I also have constant thirst. I've had alcohol a couple of times and its effects have been scary - sleepwalking, constant need to urinate through the night, when staying with friends, they woke in the morning to find me asleep on the floor in their room. I AM SCARED OF WHAT IS HAPPENING TO ME. Regarding the pain Lyrica was prescribed for, it is better (it had been very debilitating) but is this worth it? Does it get better? Do the side-effects lessen as your body gets used to this drug? I cannot go on like this. I have a history of depression and this is making me feel worse. Some days I feel so bad I do not want to face tomorrow. Should I come off this drug (the first thing that has helped my pain in years) or stick with it? Does this sound like your experience of Lyrica? I feel so crazy, like I should be locked up in the madhouse. My thoughts and feelings are out of my control. I worry I won't be able to carry on working. It's a struggle to try to be "normal" each day. On weekends I am spending all day in bed. The exertion of coping through the week is so exhausting (combined with the lack of sleep). PLEASE, CAN ANYONE HELP ME?

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Verwon Says:

Have you talked to your doctor?

Those are definitely not all normal side effects and you should talk to your doctor about them immediately.

It really doesn't sound like this is the right medication for you to use.

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Forgot what love laugh life feels like Says:

I am on here searching for answers aswel, you read my mind exactly. I have been depressed ( low mood all day 24hrs) for about 2 yesrs after having gone through alot of stress repeatedly and an abusive relationship etc . Then this past December, after a very stressfull weekend, out of no where came this anxiety which I had never experidnced before. Long story short, this anxiety has been and is so debilitating I can no longer work and just getting by and many days dont leave the house and feel as though I 'cant' answer the phone. The last 3 weeks has been the worst yet I feel as though Im going 'crazy' and so irritable and havnt been able to sleep hardley which makes my anxiety/depression generally worse. Dont talk to any friends, cant remember anything it seems like..I'm at the same point I really dont know what to do I want to scream and cry like a maniac. Tried meds they sort of helped but stopped them 2 months ago and seemed to be coping till now. Have an apt with a psycologist this week, tried another few months back and seemed after 5 sessions @ $180 each had not even broke ground.
Sorry for the long story! Thanks to whom ever took the time to hear my (her⬆) story.

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Please I need EVERYONES ATTETION I BEG OF YOU!!! I have never taken drugs my whole entire life I was very against them and always degraded and very judgmental toward ppl that even took them ;( sadly to say I GOT A ROUGH AND RUDE AWAKENING .... I got hooked 4 years ago to hydrocodene ;( even though I was born and raised in a Christian home and always good environment something inside me went wrong!!! I listen to satan!! And myself of course!! I was depressed marriage wasn't good I felt unloved unsatisfied when I stopped going to church and hanging around this one wrong person who I LET PERSUADE ME ;( into "feeling better" she called it!! So one day I took one waiting to be a new and improved person and BAMMM I started at 1 10mg of hydrocodene then in 4 years taking 10-15 10mg hydrocodene a day!!! Needless to say only made my life WAYYYY WORSE!!! Of course everyone knows that!! But thankfully I have a wonderful husband and great family to help mentally and just got on Suboxon which was very hard to find me a doctor here in missouri ... But I the other day STARTED PRAYING SOMETHING I DO VERY OFTEN BUT I REALLY NEEDED A DOC FOR THE SOBOXON .... Well I went through roughly 20 or more docs I was at the end of page for docs that prescribe soboxon in mo, I started praying and really opening up to The Lord I said lord u know me u created me u know my hearts desire u know it all and I'm tired of chasing it and living this way which u lord did not ever intend for me to or ANY OF US TO ... I called last doc and he took me ;)) praise god!! People please I beg of u open your bibles your hearts be very sincere with The Lord and he will open up doors for u that u never even thought to imagine!! He will lead u and guide u and get you through this process of time of you in need!!! He will protect u!!! He is your father he is your healer he is the beginning and the end!!! JESUS loves you all I mean he died for alllll of us!! So that we could be forgiven, PLS just open up your hearts and ask the sinners prayer.. I'll even tell you how if for some of you that do not know him or know how to: Dear lord JESUS I ask you to come into my life and forgive me of my sins, I know you died on the cross for me and rose on the third day! I love you lord and just ask him to whatever is going on with you in your lives tell him open up to him he will hear your mourning he will hear your cries people!! He loves you he's knocking on your heart to enter in!!! Please please get out your bibles and quote scriptures against anything that has you depressed or confused because GOD will heal them because GOD is not of confusion or anxiety or anything else that's wrong he's only of love forgiveness he's the almighty GOD!! I know I will have a lot of bad mouthy replies but hey JESUS loves you and so do I..!!! So please let him in he can heal all diseases and anxiety all depression and withdraws... But as for the soboxon yes it's helped me very very much!!! And gods word alone also can do that!! But god knows were all human and by no means perfect HEY that's why he died and shed his blood that's why he still lives for U AND US AND I THE WHOLE UNIVERSE!!! I don't care who u are there nothing to big that GOD CANT HANDLE!!!! He made us all of us he made this beautiful world!! Just remember satan is of the wrongs JESUS IS ALWAYS OF THE RIGHTS!!!! Let him in ;) love to all and I pray and hope this touches all of you because I was lead to write this for whoever!!! And for myself!!! Stay strong in The Lord for his love for you will NEVER FAIL!!!

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Amen! The Lord can get you thru. I was on fentsnyl patch for a year...maybe. I didn't like it once I got up to 50mcg. I stayed on for a while due to pain then decided I didn't want it anymore. I weaned down over time but once off I had about a week if withdrawal that really sucked. God bless!

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Jengobin Says:

I can understand everything that you are talking about. I was given Lyrica for diabetic nerve pain. I have ended up driving away from home about 40 miles to think and cry. I had to have the gun in my house removed because it seemed perfectly reasonable to die.
I am not this kind of person and I lost my job two weeks ago because I apparently could not control my behaviors and words. I am simply a mess. I stopped taking the meds but I continue to have trouble just existing. I feel crazy and I think that it might be better to be in a facility.

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