For any woman that has Fibromyalgia, you know that the pain is everywhere. Its muscular, its joint pain, it feels it goes straight to the bone. This is why Lyrica is typically the first line of treatment. This is for all-over chronic pain conditions to silence some of the nerves.
As a sufferer myself, plus interstitial cystitis and hypoglycemia, I’ve made an effort to stay on top of the different chronic pain treatments. While I don’t tend to take medicines well (I’m allergic to many first line medications), I do pass on reports of promising treatments.
American Psychiatric Association (APA), University of Kentucky researcher Leslie J. Crofford’s study reveals that Lyrica halves fibro pain. For those taking the doses of 300-600 mg of Lyrica, 85% of those in the study revealed their pain was 50% better after starting treatment. Is this the magic bullet pill we’ve waited for, or is it plagued by side effects?
The common side effects of Lyrica do include dizziness, drowsiness, weight gain, dry mouth, lack of coordination, infections, headaches, and tremors. The more serious side effects can be constipation, memory loss, weakness, vertigo, back pain, hypoglycemia, nervousness, joint pain, and fatigue.
Is it worth the potential side effects to possibly half your fibromyalgia pain? Only you and your doctor can weight your individual pros and cons and make a decision that is right for you.