Often times we ask our Doctors to give us something to relieve pain, infections and many other reasons.
We put our trust in his hands knowing he is going to give us the best medication for what ever ails us.
We take our script to the pharmacy wait to be filled off we go home blindly believing taking this drug will be the cure.
However how many people actually stop question either your Dr. or the pharmacist about side effects , and what if any interactions might occur if taken with other meds you may be taking.
We pop a pill expect to feel better instantly. Sometimes the results are not what we expected.
In February this year I woke up one morning put my foot on the floor and there it was the most excrutiating pain I had ever felt, The pain ran right through the sole of my foot into my heel. It felt as though I had just stepped on a hundred straight pins at once that hit every nerve on the bottom of my sole. I was in agony! I had to get up , I had no other choice I had to try walk otherwise I'd be stuck in my bed. I wrapped my foot with tape found a heavy sock wore that to cushion my foot. At least it softened the pain. This pain continued unrelenting in fact it became worse over time. The pain was so intense the only way I could walk was with a walker or cane. I had Neuropathy.. I live alone there was no one here to help me..
I called my Dr. he was kind enough to make a house call prescribed "LYRICA"
After a few days taking the pill I felt a minor amount of relief. Reassured that it will go away I continued to take the drug.
I was sitting in my living room I swore I saw a Lynx run by my front window... I was hearing people in my house in fact one morning I called the police because I believed someone had entered my house some things were disturbed. They checked looked around no one was there both doors locked with dead bolts screen door locked. No way of entry. I felt stupid.
I would be sitting in my chair I would suddenly find myself falling to the floor Though I had lost control. This was occurring with more frequency. One week the ambulance was called to my place 5xs.. I had fallen I couldn't get up my foot was still very painful. I'd sit on the floor sometimes for hours trying to figure out how to get up.. I had no choice but to call.. I'd be sitting at my desk suddenly be startled after hitting my face on the desk so hard my glasses dug into the bridge of my nose cutting it.
I confided this to a friend they told me the Lyrica was getting me high and it was creating hallucinations bizzare thoughts and was causing me to black out... I was stunned , I had never in all my years experienced anything like this. My Dr had taken me off immediately and I decided to fight this Neuropathy through wrapping my foot soaking keeping it warm and hope for the best. The pain did eventually subside..
A perfect reason why WE must be our own advocates! At no time was I informed of these possible side effects. Or was I given information for side effects from my GP and Pharmacist. I blindly was taking a drug that could have had serious consequences.
I ask questions now on.. I want to know what side effects are possible not just the same familiar listing but the hidden ones that at times say "Could cause death"
I am sure that LYRICA is an excellent drug and does what it's supposed to for the majority, however there are some like me who have a low tolerance to whatever chemicals are used to produce it. Below is a link for side effects.
Side Effects Lyrica
We have to make certain we know what we are taking, what may be good , is not always the case.
My Neuropathy is getting better I still periodically have some pain in my foot but the relief is no more hallucinations seeing a Lynx run across my yard or strangers in my apt. The strangest was having conversations with people who were not there.... That's scary!! Take Care Alli.......xx