My Experience with Fibromyalgia and Lyrica

My most recent experience with Lyrica. I had tried twice before but could not function and work while I was on it. The Doc asked me to try again at 25mg. After the first week or so I was so wierded out it was scary. After the first week, I tried to keep a log of how I felt each day, here is my log (I had to go back and correct a lot of spelling errors and unfinished words):
Doc wanted me to try Lyrica again.
Third try with Lyrica: down from 75mg to 25mg

Started writing log approx. 8 to 10 days on lyrica.
(These are approx. days as I cannot remember exactly).
First few Days: No pain relief. Dizzy. Head is in a Fog.
Next few Days: No effect on pain. Dizzy. Foggy as heck. Can’t think…
approx Day 12: Same, very hard to work when you can’t think or remember stuff.
Day 13: Can’t seem to function, hard to remember anything. Very Stiff and sore. Feel nauseous, but hungry at same time. Night-sweats.
Day 14: Not dizzy but Fog has turned to Mud. Pain seems to be worse. Feeling like flare is coming on. No energy at all. Want to just sleep but can’t (hurt too much).
Day 15: Can’t fnction normally (for me). Feelings of depression. (Am I losing my Faith?) Tightness in chest, feels hard to breathe. Might have some blanks in memory.
Day 16: Feels like a Full blown flare. Haven’t felt this bad in years. Just want to
crawl into a hole. Wife is worried about my moodiness. Can’t stop eating, even when I feel stuffed. Loose bowels. Stinging sensation all over extremeties (like needles).
Day 17: Mud-brain. Had to close store and go home. Pain levels are thru the roof. Bad stomach cramps, and loose bowels (extremely loose). (Chihuahua effect kicked in) shaking all over (hurts like hell). Extreme depression (not like myself).
Day 18: Stopped taking lyrica. Already feeling 60% better. Thinking better but still in a fog. More emotionally stable. Pain is back down to about 7. Made it through entire day of work (barely). Could not think again by end of day. I DON’T THINK I WANT TAKE LYRICA ANYMORE! This is my third try, with same results! Each day seems to get worse instead of better. Is it side-effects? Don’t know.
Next Day: Feeling much better. Mood has leveled. Pain has leveled. Able to concentrate better. All "funny" feelings are starting to going away. Had to be the Lyrica! Same as last 2 times. Now I remember why I stopped taking it the first 2 times. Night-sweats.
2 days off Lyrica: Called Doc’s assistant again (forgot if I had called before- she said I had). She said to stop taking the lyrica.(already did). Pain back down to normal (4 or 5), I can live with this. May have had some withdrawls. Headache, shaky, weak, stomach and bowels still messed up. Overall, feeling So much better. My optimism is back and "The Lord is my Shepherd". Started spacing out a little after 3pm but kept working til 5 pm.
Now about 5 days after stopping Lyrica, I am beginning to remember things I did and did not do while I was on Lyrica. I felt useless and worthless. I forgot to place orders, and schedule jobs. I felt stressed out all the time. Did not know what I was doing half the time, and did not even care. I lost my temper with a co-worker (not like me at all). And a number of other things that were not my nature to do. I will have to do some apologizing to the people in my life. I was hoping Lyrica would be a miracle, but it was definitely a Flop. Could it be a coincidence that I would seem to have a flare everytime I took lyrica. Anything is possible; But not all things are probable!
I have heard that this medication has helped many people with Fibromyalgia: As for me, Lyrica is a scary medication.

Charles Beason


About Charles Beason

Flooring Consultant/ Estimator, Bi-vocational Pastor of Oasis Missionary Baptist Church, Internet Business Owner, Webmaster.

Posted on May 23, 2008, in Fibromyalgia and Business, Area Rugs and Home Decor, Info, Q&A, FAQ and more. Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

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