I alluded to this yesterday, but I am really, really stressed out about the medication that (the mean neuro) and now the pain management specialist wants me to go on. That medication is Lyrica.
I feel really overwhelmed about all of the information that is out there about this medication. While I understand people who have negative side effects on medications tend to be more vocal, it doesn’t mean they are wrong. Right? And these side effects are worse than what I experienced on
Dopamax Topamax, which was a nightmare, caused me to not be able to think straight, drive, and I ended up losing my job due to my performance while on it.
I think that losing short term memory and never recovering it is a BIG deal. I think having brain fog and not being able to recall basic words is a BIG deal. I use my brain daily as a PhD student, I need to be able to think and write!
I also think gaining 60+ pounds is a BIG deal, especially since I am trying to lose weight.
I also think serious issues with depression, anxiety, and suicidal ideation are BIG deals, especially as someone who is depressed and anxious. The last thing I need is to become more depressed and anxious!
Out of all the google searches I’ve done since this medication was mentioned to me, I have only found a handful of people have had good experiences. (Of course, if you are doing well, you probably aren’t venting on the internet.)
There’s even a lawsuit in the US about taking Lyrica off the market.
I just don’t know which is worse now, the headaches, or the potential for the above issues. That being said, my biggest fear (if I decide to take it) is that it will work for the pain, but make me unable to function. I also fear that by not taking it, and trying I won’t be taken seriously by the medical professionals who are treating me.
I am having such a hard time figuring out what I am going to do. I go back in 2 weeks to talk with the GP once the notes from the PMC are in. Hopefully by then I will have come to a decision.