People either seem to love it or hate it. I cannot take it, it is very hard on the liver and I'm allergic. It also increases my pain. Ifound that during my worst times, I hadto take six ultram a day each and every day and keep it in my system to have it work. Pred works for my pain. I did take a very low dose of imipramine for a long time until I developed nerve problems. It also works for fibro. I take klonopin at night, and the klonopin helps the ultram work better.
You might try a pain center, if you aren't already there. They may have more options. There are some new topical pain meds and patches and topical muscle relaxers as well that have a low abuse potential, and are more easily tolerated, if you have trouble tolerating the lyrica. I hate seeing people have to make a choice between damaging their liver and kidneys and suffering in pain. It shouldn't be that way.
I'm not the greatest case for these new antiseizure, antipsychotic drugs being used for pain. They simply made me not care and then made me sick. There are meds that increase and decrease the effects of GABA and their are anticholinergic and cholinergenic drugs, and your pain can be made worse or better so its important they figure out for sure that you don't have other problems.
Vitamin B6 helped/helps me alot, and some say B12 or other B vitamins. I'm talking about totally alleviating severe numbness in my arms. My liver just doesn't metabolize vitamins all that well due to all the meds and my illness, my kidneys aren't so hot either.
Also, bioidentical hormone replacement really helped my fibro. An MD/ob/gyn who prescribes bioidentical hormones can test your vitamins and hormones and proper supplementation really helps as well as some meds for some people. I really underestimated how great a positive change they make. It is definitely worth a try regardless, esp. if you've had a hystero or other problems. Lyrica can be hard to get off of and there have been lawsuits.
It never hurts to get the vitamin and hormone thing checked, they do seem to matter alot in my pain and others have said the same.
Ills--Sjogrens-Lupus cond., AI polygland. dysfunction 2, hyper/hypopigment, scoliosis,kyphosis,stenosis, deg.,O.A.,spine surgeries, salivary/lymphectomies, NASH, COPD, RLS, UT/GI bleeds, hystero, brain/nerve damage,TB
Meds--INH,Plaquenil, Evoxac, Metformin, Synthroid, HCTZ, HRT and Lidocaine patchs, Voltaren gel, Klonopin, Vicodin, Restasis, Albuterol, steroids