Saturday, January 26, 2008

Fibro and Lyrica

I know some of you know that I have Fibromyalgia (or should it be that Fibro has me?), and are probably wondering how I get so much done... And if you aren't, then you can skip this blog post.

My Rheumatologist put me on Lyrica in September of 2007. The side effects are interesting. In the beginning it blurred my eyesight to the point that it was useless to try to read a book or directions until it was time for my next dose. Now, that has gone away. The other side effects are dizziness and drowsiness. As long as I keep moving, these don't bother me. But when I sit for any period of time, I am asleep. So, I've learned to compromise. I can get my dyed goods set up and cooking, set the timer for 40 minutes and go lie down. When the timer goes off, I get up and put the wool into the sink for a rinse. I then put it into a lingerie bag and run through the spin cycle in my washer and put on the screen to dry. While I am downstairs waiting I will generally find something else to do. I can find odd things to do in the morning for 2-3 hours, and then I lie down for 2-3 hours, and then I am back up hopefully till at least bed time... It is a vicious cycle, but it is a cycle I can live with. I am more productive now than I have been since I injured my back in 2000. Things are getting unpacked from boxes that were packed when we moved 8 years ago and put away or put in the yard sale pile. Everything is getting done in installments, but it is finally getting done.
If you click on the title of this post, it will take you to WedMD and Lyrica.

I don't know how long this will last, but I will take it while I get it. The only other problem is this medication is not cheap, and my insurance does not cover all of it. So, it is by faith that I take this medication, and pray that the Lord will take care of paying for it.

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