Seriously, this is just so I can keep track of what I’m doing with the Lyrica and how it acts for me. I know from experience that I will do a better job of that here than I will in a notebook. I wonder why that is. Perhaps I’m a secret exhibitionist?
Anyway, I had decided to wean off the Lyrica in favor of getting my blood sugar under control first. I’ll probably be starting insulin in some form. Dr. G&P wanted me to come in before my June appointment but there’s just so much I need to do around here and… well it’s generally impossible to get an afternoon appointment with him in under 3 months. It’s only an extra couple weeks.
I’ve been off the Lyrica completely about 2 weeks. It reminds me of when I decided that I could switch from prescription Voltaren (an anti-inflammatory) to Aleeve. Turns out that the Voltaren does more than I thought. Sure, I’ve still got pain in my knees while on it but wow, the Aleeve doesn’t come close to managing the inflammation. I still hurt while taking Lyrica and the side effects – including tiredness and problems with word find – are annoying, the pain difference in not taking it is extraordinary. Could still be coincidence as the pain tends to be somewhat cyclical. At any rate, I decided to go back on the Lyrica for another month and see what happens. It’s expensive, even with insurance, so it has to really benefit me. And I have to weigh the pain benefit versus the side effects. Apparently, I get to go through an adjustment period again. I hope it’s faster than the first time.
Current side effects, for the record: a fuzziness, sort of a feeling of disconnection. Tiredness. Oh, but much better sleep.