I started taking pregabalin on the evening of my last day of work last year. I did this specifically because we had a very busy period in the lead up to Christmas, and I did not want to be in any kind of vaguely altered state during this mad rush.
As it turns out, it was a good idea, as I experienced some fairly hefty dizziness during my first few days on pregabalin. I was on the lowest therapeutic dose, 75mg twice daily. My doctor advised that we had room to quadruple my dose, depending on how I responded, and we were
The week before last I had my first week of work experience, and so my first week of doing stuff, while on pregabalin. 75mg twice daily did not quite cut the mustard, and I found myself in quite a bit of pain by day two. I also found myself with absolutely no energy by the end of each day, making it home as a zombie and crawling onto the couch to put my feet up.
Last weekend I doubled my dose. This time the first couple of days involved some decent dizziness – nowhere near as dizzy as starting pregabalin, but definitely bad enough that I wasn’t keen to drive, but by the third day I was able to get around confidently.
It was immediately apparent that I had an increase in energy levels. I have been able to do more during my days without exhaustion setting in. On Thursday, I was up and moving / working / cleaning from 7am until 9.30pm, and while I was exhausted on Friday, I was no where near as achy and dead as I normally would have been.
I also have a much greater sense of peace and contentment. Fluoxetine has worked very well for taking the edge of my anxiety and depression. My resting heart rate gleefully sat at around 80-90, while my standing up and moving around heart rate would range from 95-115. My heart rate, even lying down, would very rarely dip below 80. My sleeping heart rate would be 50-60. For me, these are pretty good values. Before this I would usually have a resting heart rate somewhere in the 90s.
On amitrip (with fluoxetine), I’d have similar values, except for Tachycardia Monday, where my heart rate would consistently be over 100 (sometimes as high as 125) until about midday, and then it would go back to normal.
On 75mg twice daily pregabalin (with fluoxetine), I had fairly similar values as to fluoxetine only. On 150mg twice daily pregabalin, my heart rate very rarely goes above 100 (even when I’m standing up and moving around) and typically sits around the 70s when I’m sitting and the 90s when I’m moving. Sometimes it even goes as low as the 60s when I’m lying around! Since beginning to wear my Apple Watch (specifically for this reason) almost a year ago, I have not recorded values as good as this.
So not only is there a clear physiological effect of lowering my heart rate (I suspect by some cool actions on my central nervous system), it also has the effect of relaxing me mentally, and giving me a sense of calm, contentment, and relaxed energy I have only really experienced when on a really good holiday.
I am hopeful that this continues for the long term and it’s not just my brain getting used to the increased amount of pregabalin. If it does, I may have my life back!