Lyrica - I remember trying that after a lot of pressure from people who had seen the ads, this was 2 years ago. I didn't want to try it - new drugs are scary and I know the FDA approves meds that they really should not approve (and the drug companies are not all up front about potential risks).
At first it made me drunk and clutzy but did relieve pain - I could deal with this med. Then it made me act bold - said things to people I would usually keep to myself! Got me in trouble a couple of times. My ex-husband blamed the Lyrica for our divorce!
I did like taking it, even with the side effects, but it suddenly stopped helping with pain after only 4 months. So I stopped taking it.
I am another like Dotcom...most meds that mess with brain chemicals are just too much for me. After just one bedtime dose of Celexa I could not remember how to make coffee in the morning and had a lot of trouble with balance. Suffering from depression on top of fibro I have tried all three classes of anti-depressants and cannot deal with the confusion and mind-altering side effects that are NEVER mentioned in the side effect list that comes with the meds! Maybe it's just me. I can tolerate opiods and benzodiazapines fine, I take them and Soma, and an extremely low dose of gabapentin (200mg/day). Cannot tolerate the mind-freaks with any higher dosee of gabapentin. My son takes it as a mood stabilizer at 900mg per day and he has no problem, so again, I think I just am very sensitive to a lot of meds. Sorry, got rambling (avoiding the dishes in the sink!)
Lyrica is worth a try for anyone who has not tried it (and is not taking any meds to contraindicate it's usage). Everyone seems to have a different experience from what I have been reading over the past couple of years. We take what works for as long as it works always hoping for a real breakthrough.
Good luck trublu!
Fibromyalgia, TMJ , MPD, CFS, hypothyroid, bruxism, endometriosis, medically induced menopause (everything removed!), "clinical" depression and anxiety
Ultram, Soma, Klonopin, Lyrica (on and off), P- Thyroid , Famvir, can't tolerate SSRIs or SNRIs and most AIMs. Recently added Roxicet (Ultram tolerance and maxed on dosage). Trying gabapentin as of 4/1/10.