I am also on Lyrica , but not for fibromyalgia. I take it for the severe nerve damage in my low spine.
Lyrica is a good pain medication and it has had really good outcomes in the treatment of fibromyalgia. Like any new medication, PM doctors start at a low dose and then gradually increase it. I believe the standard dose is around 300mg a day for fibro, but am not sure. Lyrica tends to make some feel "drunk" or a bit "out of it" for a day or two while your body adjusts to the medication or increase in dose. Give it a bit of time to see how it is going to effect you. Most PM doctors start someone on Lyrica at either a 25mg dose twice a day or 50 mg twice a day to see how you tolerate it , and then increase it as you report back. I take 600 mg a day. 200 mg, three times a day. That is the maximum daily dose of Lyrica.
As far as taking you off vicoden goes, he may have taken you off it because of the fact that you have been on it for so long, accompanied by the fact that you said that you take more tylenol with it, he may have had concerns over the amount of tylenol.
If I were you, I would give the Lyrica a chance, you may find that you either don't need as much vicoden as you were taking or you may find that you can take the Lyrica and that will cover the pain levels that you have.
If this does not work well for you, call your PM and discuss your options with him. After all, that is what you pay him to do.
Best of luck to you,
PLIF/TLIF Fusion w/Instrumentation L4-5 Spondololysthesis L4-5.Laminectomies L4-5, foraminal stenosis L3-4, L4-5, L5-S1, herniations L3-4, L4-5, L5-S1, central canal stenosis L3-4, L4-5 and L5-S1
POST OP CES 3/30-06
Neurogenic Bladder and Bowel, bilateral numbness legs and feet
Revision for failed Back surgery, pseudoarthrosis L4-5, hemilaminectomies L3-4, L4-5, L5-S1, bmp added to revision fusion, replaced two bent screws that were reversing out of vertebrae - August 2, 2007
On going back pain and neuropathic pain, failed back surgery, consult for scs, decided not to do that at this point.
Adhesive Arachnoiditis also......just what I didn't need..9/08- adding bilateral ulnar neuropathy with severe compression to the mix. They want me to see a surgeon for ulnar nerve surgery, but I'm not biting.
I've seen enough surgeons over the last few years.