In light of The New York Times article on Lyrica, (
What is Fibromyalgia and what does it have to do with me?
I lived with a diagnosis of Fibromyalgia for 2 years before being re-diagnosed by a rheumatologist as having Benign Hypermobility Syndrome (Ehlers Danlos III). Fibromyalgia is a widespread pain illness. The symptoms are vast and not everyone diagnosed has
I have heard some doctors say it is nerve based --
Fibromyalgia has never had a "cure". Doctors usually recommend managing it with a cocktail of miscellaneous prescription drugs including a low dose anti-depressant (helps to break
What is Lyrica and what does it do?
Pfizer released Lyrica a few years ago for nerve pain associated with diabetes and for seizure disorders. My doctors mentioned that it was being tested on Fibromyalgia patients. In 2004
If this drug was found to have dangerous weight gain as a side-effect (which we all know causes o
There are already MANY prescription medications doled out for this diagnosis that result in dependence. I finally gave in and took Hydrocodone when I was in severe pain. Luckily I have always been terrified of dependence and was very mindful when I was taking it and never got up to
So what worked for me?
- The extreme pain you are in and
many tests you are subjected to for ruling out o the r illnesses. the
- There is a huge controversy surrounding whe
r it is a real or phantom illness – which doesn’t help if you are trying to explain to your family and friends that you are in REAL pain. the
- The experience of having chronic pain and feeling unable to participate in your own life causes ENORMOUS amounts of stress which exacerbates ANY dis-ease.
- The lack of sleep (due to pain) contributes to
feeling of dis-ease and makes pain worse. (This is the sleep/pain cycle) the
- You are told essentially “
re is nothing you can do” and to “manage your pain” by drugs. HERE is where I strongly disagree – you CAN help yourself. the
I was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia and later with what many would consider an even more debilitating disease that has a lot of similar characteristics as Fibromyalgia. I have been pain and pain pill free now for a year. I had to do it myself. No doctor aided me in coming up with options for my well-being. It took me saying and believing I would heal myself and finding
Wait, Are you Saying Fibromyalgia and
No! My pain was as real as it came. I was not happy to be crawling out of bed hysterically crying, passing out from pain or to question whe
I am saying your mind is SO powerful and can be USED as a tool to heal. I have written about some of
Please, if you or someone you know is debating taking Lyrica, stop and evaluate o
So Under No Circumstance should ANYONE take this drug?