I'm getting ready to take Lyrica for the first time and I'm worried. I have never had weight problems. I have never had problems with anxiety and depression. I do not want to loose focus because I'm in the middle of a Master's Degree Program for Counseling. The side affects scare me, but the pain in my back and hip doesn't go away from the narcotics they have given me, and I hate the way they make me feel. Then you add to it, that the pain is getting worst. It speads from my back to my hip, down my leg and into my knees. I loose feeling and balance. I have hot flashes, and bladder problems from what ever is going on with my nerves after a back injury. My concern is how likely am I to experience the side affects and how bad would it be for me to stop it if it starts to cause side affects that are intollerable?