Waxing Semi-Lyrical About Lyrica

October 22, 2007

I absolutely, positively despise taking medications. But when you’re desperate, you’re desperate, so over the years I’ve experimented with this or that Rx to see if it brought relief. I’ve narrowed it down to two, in the very lowest dosages money can buy. One is Lisinopril, for the high blood pressure that sometimes goes along with fabulous Fibro, and the other is Lexapro, an anti-depressant which seems to keep me from jumping off of tall buildings when the pain starts getting to me.

On Friday, my doctor gave me some samples of Lyrica, which is touted as being the first and only Fibromyalgia drug. It’s for nerve pain, and I have to say that it seems to be helping. I hate taking anything that makes me feel not like “me,” and I’m probably not taking as much as I should, but so far, so good. I’m still my moody, cranky self, thank God. The only two drawbacks that I’ve seen so far is that I want to eat everything within a ten-mile radius, and it makes me very groggy. I’m experimenting with taking it at night, so I can sleep through the hunger pangs. This seems to help, but while I seemed to have some actually energy earlier today, I conked out at about 3 o’clock this afternoon for about an hour, and I still feel sleepy. Hopefully, this is just an initial reaction, but in the meantime, it it feels really good to have a bit of relief. I’ll keep you posted.


4 Responses to “Waxing Semi-Lyrical About Lyrica”

  1. Little Miss Says:

    Do keep us posted. My daughter noticed she’s seen commercials about fibro, but she doesn’t recall what they were about. Just that she felt it was more common than people realize. Maybe it was a commercial for this drug.

    After having been on so many drugs for too many years, and now I’m not on any, I’d prefer to not take any. I just hate taking pills. But…if I could get my old energy back, it might be worth it.

    I was once on a drug that caused that ravishing hunger and gained 50 lbs in about three months. Nice. So, to combat the depression, you gain weight, then you’re depressed about that. Go figure. I love pharmaceuticals. NOT.

    I still haven’t lost the 50 lbs. I no longer care. LOL

  2. zoeystorm Says:

    hey Im back from the abyss of who knows where but I have started on Lyrica a few weeks ago it was definately good at first now im not sure if Ive leveled off or not. Anyways good luck and keep us posted!

  3. Little Miss: I’m with you on the pill taking. I think a lot of it’s a scam, so I’m wary about this one. We’ll see. And good for you about not caring about the weight gain. There are many people who carry extra weight around and look fabulous– it’s all in how it’s carried, I think. And which is unhealthier– some extra pounds, or worrying yourself to death about it? I’ll bet it’s a draw.

    Zoeystorm: Hi!! I’m not sure about it either. I’ve had two very painful days, but I don’t think the Lyrica’s had enough time to fully do it’s stuff yet, so we’ll see.

  4. tammyrenee Says:

    I bailed on Lamictal which is basically the same thing because of the side effects. While I can manage the nerve pain and it tends to come and go, the sleepiness didn’t work at all! I nodded out for lord knows how long on the couch watching Scooby one day! You CAN NOT nod out with Kaden! Or answer the phone in my bedroom, apparently, he, he

    Tammy, I’m finding that this is working better when I take it in the morning. I don’t know if it’s working or not. I’ve had some really bad days. Maybe they would have been worse without the Lyrica, maybe they would have been the same. This is one of the many reasons I hate meds. The not knowing part.

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