I must warn you this blog post may contain ramblings about my encounter with Lyrica but it will give you an insight of its side effects.

Last Saturday morning, I had my Annual Physical Exam done. I was putting off going to the clinic because I hate clinics, hospitals especially doctors (sorry if you are). I was traumatized when my appendix was removed at the age of six years old. My husband had to literally drag me to the clinic for it to be done with.

At the clinic, a nurse checked my vital signs, weigh me and extracted my blood for blood chemistry tests. Then, I waited for my name to be called by the attending physician.

When it was my turn, the doctor asked some series of questions about my medical history. Then I told her about my accident almost two years ago and still feel some itchy tingling sensations in my arms and shoulders. It is during at night that I am too aware of this feeling.

The doctor’s eyes were squinting in deep thought. Her brows furrowed because deep lines appeared on her forehead. She was looking far away as if to Study my condition first. Then, she wrote something on her pad and instructed me to take the medicine three times a day.

It was almost noon when we got home. After fixing our lunch and eating, I popped the medicine in my mouth. A few minutes later I was sleepy and I had to lie down in bed.

Later in the afternoon, we had to go to the grocery to buy some things. I was starting to get dizzy and I thought I was only hungry. We ate our dinner first and I took another pill as was instructed. A few minutes later, I had a sudden splitting headache. It was like someone was rocking me to and fro if I close my eyes. I was convincing myself that I was okay in order to be done with the grocery shopping.

Halfway through shopping, I told my husband that I am not feeling well. I felt that I was slowly falling into an abyss. We had to pick the important items and immediately went to the cashier. My vision was then starting to get fuzzy.

I slept once I hit the car seat. All I remembered after was my husband woke me up and he had to drag me up to the bedroom. I told him to call up my sister who knows a doctor and to ask what happened to me. My voice was too slurry to speak and my brain was too fuzzy. I was even hallucinating when I closed my eyes.

I was prescribed the wrong medicine. The doctor should have warned me about the side effects. I was instructed to sleep on it in order for the medicine to wear off. I must remain in a Static position in order not to feel the dizziness.

Last Monday, I went back to the clinic but to a different doctor. I was told that I do not need to take Lyrica for me to get better. All I needed were vitamins for the nerves.
The doctor’s prognosis was some of my nerves have been damaged by the accident. Some nerves will heal but some may not.

I was told I was still lucky for getting better after the accident (I will share my story about the accident on another blog post.). Others were not that fortunate. Maybe in time, I will be fully recovered.

What Lyrica is used for

Lyrica is used to treat neuropathic pain, which is pain caused by an abnormality of, or damage to, the nerves.

Lyrica is also used to control epilepsy. Epilepsy is a condition where you have repeated seizures (fits). There are many different types of seizures, ranging from mild to severe.

Lyrica belongs to a group of medicines called anticonvulsants. These medicines are thought to work by controlling brain chemicals which send signals to nerves so that seizures do not happen.

Lyrica also has pain relieving effects.


Image courtesy: https://pixabay.com/photo-2035389/