Lyrica has been advertising a lot. It is a drug for an ill-defined disease called fibromyalgia. (It is also prescribed for diabetic neuropathy.) Very real suffering, sometimes terrible suffering and disability, but ill-defined. Want to konw what the word "fibromyalgia" means? "Fibro" is connectice tissue. "My" is muscle. And "algia" is pain. Basically, it means that everything hurts.
Lyrica comes along with this ad, featuring this woman saying that she "discovered that muscles are attached to nerves, which may become overactive." News flash: The doctor who provided her discovery (really, the highly-paid copywriter of the ad) should know that everything is connected to nerves. Certainly every chiropractor knows this. Yes, the message delivered by a nerve may become hyper, but this is not a disease. This is Vertebral Subluxation Complex. Interference from misalligned, malfunctioning joints in the spine can and do cause nerves to become hyperactive. Why not adjust the cause? Why not?
Or, if you are reckless, you can take Lyrica. The ad ad does caution you to be watchful of suicidal thoughts. There are a whole bunch of side effects. Here are the ones for which you are advised to call your doctor immediately:
- blurred vision, double vision, or other changes in eyesight
- swelling of the eyes face, throat, mouth, lips, gums, tongue, head or neck
- shortness of breath
- muscle pain, tenderness, soreness, or weakness, especially if it comes along with fever
- chest pain
What do you think?
Know anyone with fibromyalgia or diabettic neuropathy? It is time that you got them in here to get checked.
Don Harte, D.C.
Marin Straight Chiropractor