Thoughts on Lyrica

Ok, my doctor has prescribed a 7 day trial of Lyrica for me, to try to help the pain in my leg.  I told him my reservations about it since I’ve seen what it does to the elderly lady on our property that we assist.  He explained that was because she was elderly and assured me I wouldn’t have the same side effects.  Now, keep in mind, folks that I don’t take medication because I am prone to side effects and I experience severe reactions to them.  For example, if I’m in so much pain I can’t sleep, I’ll break down and take a half of a Vicadin.  Not a whole one, a half of one.  Now, it does nothing for the pain at all, but it knocks me out completely.  The next day, I’m so drowsy, I’m hardly functional.  And I stay barely functional until the day after that.  That is with half of a Vicadin.  You can see why I’m hesitant for other medications.  They just don’t agree too much with me.

So, I agreed to give the Lyrica a try, because I really am wanting to get better.  With R having his migraine for 12.5 weeks now (I haven’t mentioned that in other posts, but hubby is on short term disability right now due to a severe Status Migraine), I’m left to doing most of the work on the farm.  So, in the early morning, I’m taking the dogs out, feeding the sheep, goats, chickens, and ducks.  I do my best to get the girls up, dressed, fed, and off to school.  Some mornings are easier than others.  Granted, the girls are old enough to dress themselves.  But I spend a lot of time reminding them to get dressed.  Thankfully, most of the time they pack their own lunch.  That’s just some of what I’m needed to do in the morning before I work.

Back to the Lyrica… I started it Wednesday night.  It knocked me out.  I was down for the count.  Daughter R woke about 1:30 with a nightmare.  I had to get up to check on her and I was out of it.  She’s trying to tell me about her nightmare and I”m standing there leaning on the top bunk of their bunk beds to stay upright. I get her back to sleep and I head for bed again.  Got up in the morning and my foot felt weird.  I could feel it there, but it didn’t feel like it was there.  It felt like it was in a heavy boot, but that the leg was hollow.  Though much of the tingling was gone, it still hurt, just a different hurt.  The muscles were protesting everything that I was doing at that point.

I still have been continuing with the Lyrica because I agreed to the trial, but this morning, I was afraid I was not going to be able to get out of bed.  My lower back was hurting so bad. (I have arthritis and scoliosis in my lower back that is causing pain that is unrelated to my leg)  It took me 15 minutes to just sit up in bed.  And yes, while it is chilly and raining outside, I don’t think the weather had that much impact to my arthritis. 😉 My leg barely feels like it is there and I’m completely walking around in a fog.  I’m thinking that I’m going to have to call the doctor on Monday to see if he really wants me to continue this stuff.  I’m not fond of feeling like I’m forgetting everything and not being able to remember simple words and phrases. I don’t like the sharp and dull pains at the same time in my back, hip, and leg.  Guess I need to decide which is worse, the pain I had before, or the pain I have now.

Decisions, decisions….

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