Whew! What a crazy, crazy month. I'm so glad that I won't have to relive that one. The good news is that I am again, after many, many moons, able to work on bears again. In fact, I finished two last week that had been sitting on my work bench for months and today I will finish a new one that I only started a week ago.
However, before my current happy situation, I was going through amazingly horrid withdrawal symptoms from Lyrica. If anyone had told me what
hell I’d have to go through with withdrawing from this medication I would never
have started it in the first place. Hot and cold chills at the same time.
Cold sweats. Feeling like bugs were crawling under my skin. Wishing
I could crawl OUT of my skin. Uncontrollable shaking. Hardly able
to sleep. Absolutely no energy. Unbelievable nausea—I was hardly
able to eat a thing. All of the
typical withdrawal symptoms one should expect from a very strong and controlled drug. I
suppose the only plus to all of this was that in 3 weeks I lost the 8 pounds that I gained over the 4 ½ months of being on Lyrica in
the first place.
I've been totally off of Lyrica for about 3 1/2 weeks now and I still have some of the horrible symptoms. I have to take another drug (woohoo!) to mask those withdrawal symptoms so that I can at least function. I tried stopping the replacement drug last week and quickly learned that my withdrawal from Lyrica is not yet at an end. Some say it can take up to 6 weeks before it is totally out of one's system.
I decided to share this with you not for your sympathy, but to warn others who might be considering going on Lyrica. When you see the advertisements for it on the television everything looks so grand. And I'm not saying that it wasn't helpful for the short time I was on it--it did keep my pain at a much more manageable level. But it didn't prevent flare-ups and it caused horrible, embarassing rashes on my face.
So think carefully before you leap to find a "cure" for the pain, because no matter how wonderful any drug is, you always wind up having to go off of it at some point in the future. No one ever warns you of what you will have to deal with when you stop taking the drug. I just wanted to warn all of you just in case any of you are considering trying it so that you don't have to go through what I experienced.
Heaps of Hugs,
P.S. Hopefully I'll now be able to blog more regularly again as my life returns to some sort of normal.