Medicaid and Medicare to adopt CDC guidelines as Law

So the wonderful CDC guidelines in America that basically state that pain is a patient’s problem that they must learn to live with may now become official law with Medicaid and Medicare. Once established, only end-of-life/hospice patients will be allowed access to pain medication. This is despite recent acknowledgement that pain patients rarely become dysfunctional addicts and that most rely on pain medication in order to have a functioning life and good quality of life.

Check out Vice’s full article HERE.

Does Signing a Pain Contract Feel Like Signing Away Your Dignity?

What it’s like signing those contracts just to get the medication you need for a decent quality of life.

Read the article on Pain News Network

Vegetarian

Vegetarianism is a broad term to cover several different diets that primarily consist of plant-based foods and often exclude animal based foods. I will give a brief rundown of the different types of most common vegetarian diets.

Whether the choice is moral, allergy based, religious or culturally based, or just personal preference, I will go over what the diets generally consist of and what they exclude. I will also go over the dangers and precautions of these diets. Remember, as with any other lifestyle or medical choice, your diet should be what is best for you; that means what is best for you consciously as well as what is best for your body. Changing an adherence in order to prevent further medical complications is a decision that is up to you to make, but something you should acknowledge when you are considering a dietary change. I also remind you to talk with your doctor, do your own research, and make sure your body can thrive with the diet you choose.

Ovo-Lacto Vegetarianism: Plant based diet that also includes eggs, dairy, and some animal by-products*.

Ovo Vegetarianism: Plant based diet that includes eggs, but not dairy. (May or may not contain animal by-products*)

Lacto Vegetarianism: Plant based diet that includes dairy, but not eggs. (May or may not contain animal by-products*)

Veganism: Plant based diet that excludes all products and by-products* made from animals.

Raw Vegan Diet: Plant based diet using only fresh and uncooked produce, nuts, and seeds.

Fruitarianism: Eat only fruits, nuts, seeds and plant matter that can be taken from a plant without harming the plant.

Buddhist Vegetarianism: Plant based diet that excludes any animal flesh or animal by-product* and allum** vegetables.

Jain Vegetarianism: Plant based diet that consume dairy and some animal by-products* but does not include eggs, honey, or root vegetables.

Pescetarianism: Plant based diet that includes some animal by-products* and seafood. Considered a “semi-vegetarian diet.”

Pollo-pescetarianism: Plant based diet that includes some animal by-products*, seafood, and chicken (white meat only). Considered a “semi-vegetarian diet.”

Pollotarianism: Plant based diet that includes some animal by-products* and poultry. Considered a “semi-vegetarianism diet.”

Macrobiotic Diet: Diet consisting of whole grains and beans only.

Sattvic Diet or Yogic Diet: Plant based diet that does not consume animal products or by-products*, honey, eggs, allum** vegetables, red lentils, durian fruit, mushrooms, fermented foods and sauces, any alcoholic beverages, green tea, black tea, chocolate, nutmeg, cinnamon, and any other stimulant spices and peppers, blue cheese and other fermented and aged products.

*Animal by-products include sugars refined with bone char, gelatins made with collagen and materials from animal bones, baking soda or any other product tested on animals, apple juice and alcohol clarified with gelatin or bone char, cheese made from rennet from animal stomach enzymes, or any other product made with anything from an animal or tested on animals

**Allum vegetables include onions, garlic, shallots, scallions, leeks, and chives.

(Diet specifications were pulled from the Vegetarianism Wiki page as they had the most centralized and simplistic listings to explain the individual differences in the various vegetarian lifestyles.)

Vegetarian diets are usually based on a moral obligation to eliminate products that are obtained through the death or harm of animals (and sometimes plants). Medically, a vegetarian diet is rarely ever suggested as there are very few issues that a plant-based diet can directly assist with. Because of the lowered consumption of fats and salts, the diet can be beneficial to those with heart disease issues and medical issues related to the heart and high blood pressure. I did not list a source for this information because there is research saying both it is better and that it is worse. Conflicting research means that they either aren’t sure, or that the tests have been biased and only looking at the issues from one angle. The only medical issue that has been confirmed as being reduced by a vegetarian diet is heart disease.

With the proper nutritional balance, a vegetarian diet can be a healthy lifestyle for an adult. Finding a proper balance is the major issue and can be the downfall of those seeking an animal-free diet, but is not unobtainable. A vegetarian diet is not suggested for omnivorous and carnivorous animals, nor is it safe for children. There are several reasons for this, and I will go over them. I know this is a highly debated issue, and many will not be fond of me saying this. Unfortunately for those who believe I am incorrect, the science and medical studies done thus far agree with my reasoning’s (or should I say, I agree with theirs).

There are a few issues with a vegetarian diet that you have to take into consideration.

The first is that it is a lifestyle change and one that can be expensive and difficult to jump right into. Cheap processed foods, quick meals, fast food, and many household staples are not vegetarian-friendly. Don’t beat yourself up if you are unable to toss every single thing and start all over if it is a new lifestyle for you. You also may be in a household where the transition is only occurring for some of the members and not all. This can cause aggravation and, in some cases, temptation, but remember your choices are yours, not anyone else’s. This goes two ways. They have no right to judge you or make it more difficult for you. The second way? You have no right to push your lifestyle choice on someone else or judge them because of the decisions you have decided to make. Call that a pro-tip.

Another problem with a vegetarian lifestyle is that the human body needs certain nutrients that either can’t be found in plant-based foods, is in a much lower concentrate in plant-based foods, or can have difficulty with absorption due to a plant based diet. If you do not take care to make sure your body is getting and absorbing all the nutrients you need, you may end up facing severe health issues. Malnutrition, malabsorption, hyperhomocysteinemia (a blood disorder from vitamin deficiency and an inability to properly absorb folic acid or folate), anemia, vitamin and mineral deficiencies, indigestion and gastrointestinal issues, bone problems, and eating disorders.

So what do you need to make sure you are getting enough of that is not typical of a vegetarian diet?

Calcium (bone strength and structure): Fortified soy milk or almond milk and/or supplements.

Iron (blood production): Black beans, cashews, hemp seed, kidney beans, broccoli, lentils, oatmeal, raisins, spinach, cabbage, lettuce, black-eyed peas, soybeans, sunflower seeds, chickpeas, tomato juice, tempeh, molasses, thyme, whole wheat (if you have GERD,Hiatall  hernias, a Nissen Fundoplication procedure, sensitivities to gassy or acidic foods, then beans, lentils, greens, broccoli, and tomato are not the best option and can cause further medical issues).

Folic Acid (folate is the name of the natural source, used for brain function and mental health): Fortified foods and supplements (often has absorption issues with plant based diets).

Omega 3 Fatty Acids (brain growth, organ health and function, block inflammation, helps immune system): Fish and/or supplements.

Protein and Polyunsaturated Fats (muscle growth, strength, energy): Pumpkin seeds, peanut butter, sunflower seeds, almonds, pistachios, flax seeds, soy, oats, and walnuts.

Vitamin B (B12) (energy conversion, cell metabolism, necessary for body function and health): Fortified yeast extracts, fortified grains, and supplements.

Vitamin D (mineral absorption, intestinal health and function, calcium disbursement, bone health, immune system health): Fortified foods, supplements, and sunlight.

Fortified means that the mineral, vitamin, or nutrient has been added to the food. Basically, consuming something that is fortified means that it is supplemented by having that added to it.

As long as you pay attention to your body’s nutritional needs, a vegetarian diet can be safe for you to follow if you do not suffer from the following medical conditions (this doesn’t mean you can’t be a vegetarian with the following conditions, only that it is much more difficult and can become unsafe rather quickly if you are not careful):

Celiac Disease: Because people with Celiac Disease often suffer from malabsorption (issues with absorbing nutrients) and can’t have the majority of grains easily accessible on the market, a vegetarian diet can be rather difficult to adhere to safely. Most supplements also contain gluten as it is used as a binding agent and colorant in many pills and tablets.

Diabetics: Fruits and carbohydrates are often a good chunk of a vegetarian diet. His can make it difficult to eat a balanced diet when your options are vegetables and grains, seeds, and fruits are carefully monitored and consumed. The limitations can make a healthy balance hard to obtain.

Some auto-immune diseases and issues with malabsorption: Supplements (and fortified foods, which are ones that are supplemented) are the best way to get the right amount of Vitamins B and D, Omega 3s, Folate and calcium. These are necessary to help your immune system, especially if it is already weakened, and assist with energy and mental health.

Bone diseases: Vitamin D and Calcium are imperative for good bone health. There are contradicting test results in this area, but for the most part, there is concern of bone loss or weakness when a person does not have a proper intake of D and calcium.

Anemia and Blood disorders: Iron, protein and Vitamin D are necessary for a well functioning blood and cellular system growth and health. Anemia is common among those that adhere to a strict vegetarian diet, as most produce containing the mineral contain a substantially lower amount than what is found in animal based foods.

If you have any medical issue that puts a burden on any bodily system or is from any form of deficiency or malabsorption, please talk to your doctor before you go on a die that excludes large portions of your nutritional intake. When I say doctor, I do mean a medically qualified physician and not a nutritionist or natural health specialist or the like. They may mean well, but as I have explained, I can find articles both supporting and contesting parts of any diet and they are medically sound.

The truth is, EVERYONE is DIFFERENT. Different bodies, different body types, different medical issues, different medicines, different systems, and different lifestyles. What is healthy for one may not be healthy for another. You and your doctor know about everything that would have an effect on your body, and you know more than anyone else in the entire world. Do what is right for you, mentally and physically, and take care of you.

If you have any questions or comments, please contact me. Remember, I am not a physician or licensed medical doctor. I do have medical experience, as both a health care worker and as a patient, and I am a writer and researcher who relies heavily on science. My information is simply information and how you use it is up to you. My opinion on these matters does not reflect in my writing of them. My goal is to be informative and to help everyone with this information to the best of my abilities.

Resources:

Harvard Medical Information on Vegetarian Diets

Mayo Clinic- Vegetarian Health Information

Cannabis

Cannabis, Marijuana, CBD, etc.

What is cannabis? No, really?

It is a plant, often called marijuana. The plant grows as a weed (a common slang term) in many areas that have decent agricultural weather. There are varying strains, strengths, and uses for the plant.

What does cannabis do?

It all depends on what kind you are using and how you are using it. There are 2 main strains: Indica and Sativa. Indica is the strain most often used for medical purposes while Sativa is used more commonly for recreational purposes. You can read about the two on the Indica Page and the Sativa Page when they are put up.

How do people use cannabis?

There are several different ways, depending on what is being used and what it is being used for. People smoke it in bud or flower form, use drops of CBD oil, or use edibles (food or candy infused with cannabis oil).

MYTH VERSUS REALITY

Can cannabis treat medical conditions?

Yes and no. Cannabis has many benefits on the human body, but every body is different and on different medications, have different mentalities, different sensitivities, and different situations. What can cannabis help with?

  • Nausea
  • insomnia
  • appetite
  • stress
  • anxiety
  • seizures and convulsions
  • inflammation
  • mild pain

These benefits then have a domino effect with certain conditions. The different inhibitors prevent spacity and convulsions of muscle and other internal tissues making the plant beneficial to people with issues such as Tourette’s, epilepsy, asthma, and other health problems that stem from those conditions. The lowering of inflammation helps with gastrointestinal issues, headaches, arthritis, and conditions in which inflammation causes pain or immobility. The help with nausea and vomiting benefits people with immunological issues, gastrointestinal issues, morning sickness, motion sickness, side effects of antibiotics and medical treatments, cancer, HIV, and other issues that cause problems with nausea, vomiting, and loss of appetite. Lowering stress and depression is helpful not only for the psychological conditions, but for chronic pain conditions in which stress can often cause physical reactions that amplify the pain.

Now, this is a very simplistic and general breakdown of what it actually does. The CBD receptors can do a lot more and can help with many more conditions and symptoms, but this is the general basics. I didn’t go deep into the science of it, at least not yet, but I am working on a full book on The Fine Print of Cannabis and hope to have simplistic and in-depth details about the plant, the benefits, the conditions it helps, how it helps, and the cons of using the plant.

Can cannabis cure diseases?

This one is still being worked on. As of yet, no. Cannabis can be used to neutralize many, and sometimes all, symptoms of a disease or condition, but it has yet to actually completely cure any disease or medical condition. Once the patient is no longer using cannabis, as with any medicine you stop taking, the symptoms will return.

Does cannabis help with all anxiety and depression?

No. This is one of the areas in which cannabis can have a two-sided effect. Anxiety can come in several forms, as can depression. Both can be a mental problem stemming from trauma in one’s past, a physical problem with an imbalance of certain chemicals or damage to certain areas of the brain, or both.

Because of the duality of the conditions, anxiety and depression can be alleviated with the use of cannabis, or they can actually be worsened. If you have ever been prescribed medication for anxiety or depression, you know that one of the side effects to watch out for is the heightened feelings of depression or anxiety, nervousness, paranoia, and suicidal and/or homicidal thoughts. Depending on a person’s chemical balance and mental reactions, cannabis can have the same rare, but plausible, side effects.

Is cannabis addicting?

The plant is not an addictive substance, the effects of the plant are. I have seen this as being most common with people who suffer from ADHD, ADD, severe anxiety or depression, anger issues, and/or other addictive personality traits.

Once someone uses the plant on a regular basis to keep certain symptoms, habits, and issues under control, they begin to rely on the plant to continue doing so. This allows less effort and difficulty in controlling or dealing with the problems on their own. This does not mean the person is lazy or weak, just that the ease at which cannabis can help remove certain issues becomes so advantageous, that when that relief is not there, the person is no longer sure or capable of handling the issues without the assistance. There is also the fact that most issues can not be completely alleviated without the use of an outside substance.

For instance, if you use cannabis to help with an anxiety disorder, you will find yourself experiencing less and less panic or anxiety attacks, insomnia from the disorder, nausea and loss of appetite from the disorder, and an overall feeling of calm and control. Without the use of cannabis, you might get some of the mental aspects of the disorder under control, but any physical issues may remain or at least be more present than they were with the use of cannabis. You might have less attacks over time or find an easier way to go to sleep, but it will be more difficult as it is much easier to relapse into the “bad thoughts” or, if it’s chemical, you have a harder time reacting to an imbalance that you know exists, but you have very little control over.

Is cannabis dangerous?

No, unless you are allergic to it. Cannabis does have downsides, and the more it is used, especially improperly, the more likely those downsides can become a problem. The amount of cannabis required to actually “overdose” is such a large quantity that you would have an easier time, and would be much more likely, to overdose on water.

Cannabis can cause issues with memory if used prolifically over a long period of time. Smoking cannabis is not as dangerous as smoking cigarettes, due to the amount of chemicals and components in cigarettes, but you are inhaling the carbon emissions that come from a biological material being burned. This means that smoking cannabis (again, usually with prolific and long-term smoking) can have detrimental effects on the respiratory system. Issues with fertility, hair loss in men, and other conditions have not been confirmed by the medical institutes, and so those are not something I would feel comfortable stating as side effects.

Those that suffer from the counter-effects of anxiety and depression while using cannabis, could experience a panic or anxiety attack. If you are using cannabis for anxiety or depression, or really for any reason, you should start with the smallest dose or strength available, as with any medicine, to see how you will react.

PLEASE, before you try something you are not sure about, do your research, and if possible, talk with your doctor. Cannabis can react with some medications and herbal supplements, just as any other medication, and should be discussed with your physician.

Let me know if you have any comments or questions and I hope to add to this in the future. Thanks!

 

Dealing with Unprofessional Medical Professionals

I have heard this time and time again and it drives me crazy. Not because people complain, but because they have reason to. So there is one thing I want to tell you that you have to remember:

Your doctor works for YOU! Whether you pay the bill or pay for the insurance or pay the taxes that pays the insurance, your doctor is HIRED by you. You can interview them, hire them, and you can most definitely fire them!

We are what is called “professional patients.” This term has warranted some disdain in the medical field because doctors don’t like moms coming in and telling them WebMD says little Tommy is autistic and doesn’t just have the flu because he doesn’t answer him when she calls to him and blah blah blah. I get that. I have been in the medical field and when someone thinks they know what they are talking about, it is hard to convince them they are wrong or that there is another explanation.

That being said, people with chronic illnesses, especially pain related and especially since most of them are incurable, have researched the ever-loving-hell out of our symptoms, conditions, lab and procedure results, and looked for any and all explanations. We have tried exercise and diet and meditation, we have fought with the possibility that it is all in our head and we have looked for every reason, explanation, and hope there is. We, of any patient, probably know a lot more about our very specific conditions and symptoms that anyone else.

Sure, your doctor may have studied a little about Lupus or Fibromyalgia, but there conditions, like the many others of the same line, have a plethora of symptoms and possible explanations. They may know the common symptoms, the common diagnosis techniques, and the common age groups and demographics. But do they know the rarer conditions and symptoms? Do they know every test and every procedure and every symptom you have had and every possible explanation for every single one of them? Doubtful. Not that it’s their fault. They have many patients with many conditions and only specialize in certain aspects of medicine. Even specialist can be overwrought with all of the possible conditions and symptoms of their patients.

What does this mean? This means that you know you more than anyone else knows you. That goes for your body, your moods, the medicines you have tried that worked or failed, the diagnosis you have had that stuck or that were dismissed, the symptoms you have, the triggers you have, your family history, your medical history, and anything you could find and read and study about it. You know all this. But you can’t do much with the knowledge but go to a physician that has the means to help you do what needs to be done to give you the best quality of life. Whether that is medication, therapy, surgery, or whatever, you need their help to get it and you should have the choice of what you do and do not want to do to make your life more livable.

Now that train of thought leads to another argument that I will write about elsewhere. I believe it is up to the individual to decide if opiates, cannabis, diets, etc. is right for them. I do not believe the government, your mom or spouse, or doctor should have the right to tell you what you can or can not do to make your life better. You are an adult, or close enough (16 with a lifelong painful condition? Yeah, you can make your own choices about how you want to live life with it.) and so you have the ability and right to make those decisions and I am against any law that prevents it. But again, that’s a whole other box of worms.

My point with this is that you take enough crap and pain and aggravation being dealt the hand you have, the last thing you need is the very people that should be helping you, treating you badly. Screw that.

Now, I know (oh do I know!) the Russian Roulette of finding a doctor. You will repeat yourself fifty times, you will have to have tests done again and again, you will be questioned and disbelieved more often then you will be helped. This isn’t always a bad thing. My last PCM (primary care manager/family doctor) was very skeptical of a (at the time) 25-year-old who was slightly overweight and had nearly completed a master’s degree in neuropsychology as having the conditions I have. In fact, my first visit, she told me I was too young for Fibromyalgia. I persisted, I let her test and question me. At six months, she was asking me for my thoughts and suggestions before giving me her own. At a year, she never questioned me bringing up conditions or medications because she knew and acknowledged that I knew what I was talking about. I will never forget two years in when she came in with a student (after asking my permission, which they HAVE to do!) and told the student to throw the book out the window and listen to me. “She knows what she’s talking about and her case is not your typical essay question.” I felt so honored by her at that moment. I miss her deeply and, even though I now live a state away, I wished to hell I could still see her.

Despite the pain of finding a new doctor, do not let that hold you back from firing one who is unprofessional and that treats you poorly. Even more so, REPORT them if they are unprofessional or treat you poorly. You have to. It’s your right and your responsibility. You want something done about that crap, then take the first step. I use to hesitate, I no longer do. I have reported one facility and two doctors. I do not take it lightly and they have to seriously screw up for me to make a major report, but I will do it. You throw me out without looking at my file and call me a liar and say you are going to blacklist me because I have a pierced nose, wear dark clothing, and am under the age of 50? No the hell you are not. Judgments, discrimination, threats, and cruelty are unacceptable. Do not take that.

As I mentioned before, though, do not immediately dismiss a doctor for being careful or questioning. As many people they see with legitimate conditions, they also see people trying to scam the system. They can lose their license or even go to jail if they don’t see through the bullshit. So don’t hold the initial unsureness against them. Be persistent, intellectual, articulate, and confident. Keep notes on everything. Have a daily medical journal of how you feel, what you ate, if you slept or not and for how long, what meds you took and how you felt before and after. Keep a notebook with every doctor you have seen, every hospital you have gone to, every surgery, every procedure, every medication you have been on and are on, and every diagnosis (with dates!). I carry two notebooks with me. They are in a specific spot and if I have to go to the ER, my spouse knows to grab them. They save my ass. I can’t remember how much I slept last night, if I slept last night, so those notebooks are crucial. It took me forever to compile them when I realized I needed them, but now I try to keep up with it. I am terrible with the daily diary and miss huge chunks at a time, but the other one is crucial.

If you haven’t checked it out, patientslikeme.com is an awesome site that helps you fill out and compile all of these things online. They also have daily questions you can answer about symptoms, medicine, mood, quality of life, etc. They have print out options you can take to your doctor. They even have a weight diary. It is completely free and a big, big help.

So what have we learned? You are in control of who helps you through this. Your doctor, nurse, specialist, etc works for you and can be fired by you. You decide who treats you, who helps you, and what treatments you want to try. Remember that. There is little we can control about our conditions but who helps us through it is one of those things.

Disabilities Act in Education Page Disappears Under New Politicians (Huffington)

Though there is much division and debate with the new group of politicians running the United States, there are some issues that are concerning for anyone who is affected by the changes. The disability laws and structures applied to educational settings are important. A physical disability does not mean a mental one and vice versa. Specific assistance and leniencies are necessary for different disabilities. So why is the site that helps explain this and is used as a basis of legal grounds involving education for the disabled gone?

Check out the full story HERE

Costochondritis

You get a pain in your chest. It’s either sharp and stabbing or a dull constriction feeling. It kind of hurts to breathe and if you wear a bra, that thing is suddenly very uncomfortable. You will probably freak out the first time. I sure as hell did. Then you go to the ER and they do X-rays and an EKG and they run tests. They may just send you home or keep you for observation. But if they don’t find anything wrong with your heart or lungs, then what the hell is happening?

First of all, NEVER (even after you have a diagnosis of a chronic pain condition and/or costochondritis) cast off chest pain that seems unusual, sudden, or scary as just being costochondritis. It’s better to deal with the ER run around than to ignore a potentially dangerous medical issue. I just need to get that out there. You may have read a lot online, you may have even taken courses and received degrees and certifications (as I have), you may even be a medical professional, but only medical testing and rule out something more serious like a heart issue or respiratory issue.

Now that we have that out of the way and it is certain it isn’t your heart or lungs, what is it? Costochondritis was first explained to me as something similar to arthritis but in the chest cavity. It occurs when the cartilage around your ribs and sternum becomes inflamed.  There is no definitive cause, but it is very common in chronic pain conditions such as Fibromyalgia, Lupus, and CRPS. There is no cure, except rest, relaxation, and an anti-inflammatory medication (if you are able to take any) such as Ibuprofen.

What should you do in a costochondritis flare-up?

  1. This is the hardest part, RELAX. The more stressed or anxious you are, the faster your breathe, the faster your heart pumps and the more the swelling intensifies. You have to find a way to chill out. Put on a movie you can sink into or play a casual video game or read a book, put your focus somewhere else.  Aromatherapy, massage (if that is something you can stand), cannabis (if it is something you use and partake in), whatever it takes to be calm and to keep your breathing and heart rate steady and neutral.
  2.  Take off constricting clothing. Yes, your bra. Fling it, throw it, bury it, put it in the couch cushions or your bedroom floor, whatever you have to do just take that damn thing off. It will only make it substantially worse.
  3. Relax in a reclined position but not flat on your back. Reclining can help you be more relaxed but allows you to be propped up enough so you can breathe comfortably, have a regulated heart beat, and not add unnecessary pressure to your chest cavity.
  4. Do not overindulge in food or drink. A full tummy means a fuller abdomen and more stress and strain on the chest.

Costochondritis can last anywhere from a few hours to a few days. It sucks, there isn’t much you can do about it, and the world of medicine are still scratching their heads. Big gentle hugs and I hope you are able to get some benefit from this advice.

 

Mayo Clinic- Costochondritis

Pain Cream Fraud Alert (theacpa.org)

The American Chronic Pain Association warns chronic pain patients of a new telemarketing scam involving a pain cream. As chronic pain can lead us to desperate measures and a willingness to try what we can to relieve the pain, people prey on that need and find a way to abuse our needs.

Check out the full article from the American Chronic Pain Association HERE

Gabapentin

Gabapentin

Common Names: Enacarbil, Horizant

What is it for?

  • Restless leg syndrome

  • Pain from Shingles

  • Off-label use for chronic muscle and nerve pain

How is it administered? oral

Drawbacks:

  • Can cause serious allergic reactions

  • Can increase mood disorders

  • Causes drowsiness and lethargy

  • Withdraws should be slowly tapered and with the help of a medical professional

  • Should not be taken with morphine

Danger signs:

  • Severe allergic reactions

  • Extreme mood swings and suicidal thoughts

Check with your doctor before taking any medication to make sure you do not have conditions or prescriptions that will interact badly with the medicine.

Lyrica

Lyrica

Common Names: Pregabalin

What is it for?

  • Nonconvulsant to control seizures

  • nerve and muscle pain (Fibromyalgia, Shingles, diabetes, spinal cord injuries)

How is it administered? oral

Drawbacks:

  • Can not be used with oral diabetes medication

  • Can not be used with ACE inhibitors

  • can cause drowsiness and lethargy

  • Can cause rapid weight gain, water retention, and swelling

  • Can worsen mood disorders

  • Can cause an irregular heartbeat

  • occasionally causes skin problems

Danger signs:

  • Constipation, dry mouth, and dehydration

  • Suicidal thoughts

  • Swelling in throat and neck

  • Extreme mood swings

Check with your doctor before taking any medication to make sure you do not have conditions or prescriptions that will interact badly with the medicine.