Zabu, a couple things...
First off, raising your meds so soon after just starting them may not be the wisest idea; you already have such a great improvement on what you're on. Also you have to be aware of limits of stuff in your system; your Doctor will know what's best, but be sure to do your part and follow her directions. Alot of times it's hard to adjust to a set schedule for when to take your pain pills, but believe me, to do otherwise is to wreck havok on your treatment. I didn't get to try Lyrica personally, though I did try Cymbalta. I've also been on Vicoden, Loritab, and now I'm on Percoset. From experience my doctor has tried to provide me with the highest, and safest doseage possible for me so I can still function (I'm a single Mom) while balancing how many pills per/day. It's a constant negotiation process, and once your PM helps you discover what exactly is the problem you'll be better able to tailor a drug treatment from there.
Now the biggie. The fact that you found here is a big goal, one that took me years to do. I looked for local groups and never found any, but it took me over three years before I started looking online for a chronic pain support group. You have found probably the best bunch of people a hurting person could ask for. They're sympathetic, carring, kind, considerate, and always there for you. So don't feel alone.
I know you're scared about your issue being a chronic disease. You know when I first started having chronic pain I never thought for a second that I could have something along those lines. I just knew I'd seen every specialist out there and no one could tell me what was wrong, much less fix me and make the pain stop. For almost 3 years I just wanted someone to be able to figure out what was wrong, and to fix me. Well I finally got my wish, my Pain Management doctor figured out what was wrong with me.... and it's not something he can fix, and it's not something that will ever go away, and ... it'll only get worse with time as it's already proven to me it will. It took me awhile to accept it, to accept how radically my future and my life had changed; the life I had versus the life I have are so opposite. I was angery, I was sad ... I still have days like that. Don't bottle it up. Talk to people, even if it's only to post here ... people are here for you.
Keep us up to date on how things go, and always stay in touch with this family. Whether it's to ask questions or just to talk, to ask about if someone has the same issue, a new treatment, meds, whatever. I'm sorry you're hurting.... but I'm glad you found here.
Originally injured 10/26/2007 - Initial diagnosis; Tendonitis
Spent next year seeing specialist after specialist; Bone, Muscle, Hand, Neurologist, Chriopractor, Physical Therapist...
Went through a battery of tests, multiple MRI's
11/16/09 I was finally diagnosed CRPS - Stage 2
Permanently disabled, on Percoset.
February 2011 successful SCSU trial
No surgeon willing to do my SCSU Implant