Is There Anyone That Takes Lyrica And Feels Low Of Energy And Tired All The Time?

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Asked by ava marie

Is There Anyone That Takes Lyrica And Feels Low Of Energy And Tired All The Time?

My husband has fibromyalgia he has been taking lyrica and he feels tired and low of energy all the time he gets really moody because of it hopefully i can get some ideas how to help him feel a little better.. any information would be great...thanks

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fibromyalgia comes with a healthy dollop of chronic fatigue and on top of that, Lyrica can make you kind of dopey. The good news is that as your body adjusts to Lyrica, the dopeyness subsides. Learning to manage the pain and low energy of fibromyalgia can take a while, but is possible. We have a number of posts that can help you and your husband work through it together. Check out my post on the Spoon Theory — using this approach to managing energy can be helpful, not just for the person who lives with the condition, but also make it easier for family to understand. You may also want to check 10 tips for maintaining and building energy. It has a focus on rheumatoid arthritis, but much of it can be used for fibromyalgia, as well. We have a wonderful fibromyalgia area on our Chronic Pain site that can give you lots more information about what fibromyalgia is and how to live with it. This includes a terrific post on supplements that can be used for fibro fatigue.

Your husband's moodiness can be part of living with fibro. Being in pain and being exhausted all the time are an emotional challenge and difficult to cope with. I don't know how long your husband's had fibromyalgia, but any chronic illness takes some adjusting -; it can often take a couple of years before you settle into the right treatment and finding different ways to cope. Depression can also be a big factor in fibro, both in terms of the disease itself and also because of the changes it brings to your life. Certain kinds of antidepressants often used to treat fibromyalgia, in combination with painkillers such as Lyrica. They are used because they can help control the condition, not to treat depression, but in your husband's case maybe it would be worth looking into adding antidepressants to his medications. This may help get his fibro under better control so he — and your family — can get better quality of life and as an extra bonus, maybe deal with potential issues of depression.

When a spouse has a chronic illness, it can be really hard on the marriage. The two of you need to to find a way to work through this together and it can be a real challenge. Last year, I interviewed Gregg Piburn, author of an excellent book about being the spouse of someone with a chronic illness. He and his wife Sherri work together to help couples get through such hard times. Reading that article, as well as the book could be helpful to you and your husband.

good luck! Please keep us posted on what happens? Also, you may want to encourage your husband to visit our site for information and to meet other people who live with chronic pain.

Answered by Lene Andersen, MSW