Citation: johnweythekylow. "Next Step: An Experience with Pregabalin & Various (exp94903)". Erowid.org. Dec 17, 2017. erowid.org/exp/94903
I've been a long time sufferer of anxiety to the point of a prescribed 5mg xanax/day. Less long time sufferer of spondylolysthesis (mouthful and a pain in my back). And extra long time user of MJ.
Today, however is my 1st experience with Lyrica, named beautifully for the harmony of effects it appears to be having on me. Aside from some dissociating dizziness, the Lyrica is having synergistic effects of ALL the other substances, despite my long use and naturally high tolerance of these drugs. Not only is it helping them work, because to be honest I've been using all but pot just to maintain normal at this point; but I crave/need/want all of these less already with a drug that should be more effective with time.
Most notably, my pain is much duller. It is my biggest problem, causes depression, mood swings, suicidal thoughts. But now I can barely feel the need for narcotics to fix it. The pain is so muted (not gone which is good so I don't further injure it) that I could probably quit my 4 x 7.5mg daily dose of hydrocodone, with less w/d symptoms than I usually experience when I take a break to reset my tolerance. This drug affects substance p which suitably is what your nerves use to tell your brain that you hurt. It does so through GABA receptors involved in my anxiety which is like some sort of magic key to all my mental symptoms.
I have such high hopes for this drug because I've tried EVERYTHING ELSE short of harder street drugs, though at times the amount of oxy or sub going up my nose had me at junkie status pretty surely. Also I'm 27 and I've already drank to the point of drying out fifths in an evening and been sober (minus few MINOR slips) now for 2 years plus. MJ will be there as my drug since I am the type of person that needs one. It'll never kill me and I'll never get tired of its many benefits to my life. It has helped me when I've reacted poorly to ALL SSRI's SNRI's, atypicals, old schools. Every antidepressant in the world gives me akathesia, mostly tremors and rest, elevated anxiety, paranoia.
T+15min (100mg of lyrica was at least 4 hours ago, an extra 50mg is coming along for the ride with everything else)
T+35 Now that I've typed all this I can feel the mild euphoria of waiting through one dose of xanax and hydro and taking 2 at a time plus a rip on the bong. It's very mild as all these drugs are already in my system when I am completely sober. I have a slight extra fog from the new lyrica but all is well.
Earlier when I was only on lyrica and LESS hydro and xanax I was less inhibited, in less pain, and happier about everything. I appreciated my wife and the work she comes home from to support my disabled ass. But I didn't hate myself for making her do it, because she wouldn't want me to. I also wasn't itching for every drug in the house she has to lock up away from me so I don't overuse.
But right now I'm extra nice feeling, not over inebriated, almost sober-er than I'd normally feel, yet a sober where I'm not in pain, panic, and sadness.
The world of medicine has screwed me so many times. It's impossible to get pain medicine thanks to doc shoppers no matter how much I limp, groan, cry in the office. I finally found some good trusting doctors and hopefully the 'magic bullet' I've been searching. So that I may handle physical therapy and have a life again. I am really looking forward to this next step.
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