Feedback requested for an MEA leaflet on the use of Lyrica/pregabalin | 19 September 2014

Our medical adviser, Dr Charles Shepherd, writes:

I am in the process of preparing a new MEA Management File on the prescription-only pain-killing drug called Lyrica/pregabalin.

I would be interested to receive feedback – positive, negative, neutral – from anyone with ME/CFS who has used this drug for pain relief, as well as what sort of pain – muscular, joint, nerve – it helped/did not help to relieve.

Comments can be placed on our website or Facebook page, or can be sent direct using the ME Connect email address:

The September MEA website quiz is on the subject of pain relief. Please cast your vote if you have not already done so.

Website poll results so far:

The MEA Quick Survey

What is the most effective treatment you have used for pain relief in ME/CFS?

acupuncture (4%, 9 Votes)
amitriptylene (10%, 22 Votes)
aspirin (1%, 3 Votes)
gabapentin/Neurontin (11%, 24 Votes)
pregabalin/Lyrica (7%, 15 Votes)
ibuprofen/Brufen (8%, 17 Votes)
paracetamol (5%, 11 Votes)
strong opiate (11%, 23 Votes)
TENS machine (0%, 1 Votes)
tramadol (14%, 29 Votes)
other (29%, 56 Votes)
Total Voters: 210

Thanks for your help.

Dr Charles Shepherd
Hon Medical Adviser, The ME Association


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