I have both type-2 bipolar disorder and fibromyalgia. My bipolar control has been iffy the last year and a half. My MPH is reluctant to play with SSNRIs anymore since I'm on 100 mg of Pristiq -- too worried about serotonin syndrome.
Late last year, my PCP decided fibromyalgia was playing an adverse role in my mental health issues. She Rx'd Lyrica, and the results were nothing short of amazing. Within days I free of achy muscles for the first time in years. My energy level shot up, and I was living quite comfortably North of the Equator. Unless you've spent time in the Wicked Witch of the South's lair, you can't appreciate how awesome it is to live somewhere north of the equator. I actually felt hypomanic for a time, but it receded, and honestly? I'd live in Hypomania-ville for the rest of my life if I could. But the area about 10 degrees north of the Equator is a fine neighborhood.
Lyrica is expensive even with insurance. A month and a half ago, I knew I was going to run out a few days before I had to money to refill the Rx. By the second missed dose, I crashed hard and deep, down to the cold, dark crypt where the Banshees cry and promise an end to the pain. I had to miss work two days because I couldn't get out of bed. My wife, who is, like me, a nurse, was quite alarmed. When I got paid, I was able to refill the Lyrica.
I woke up the next day after restarting raring to go. I felt refreshed, and ever since, I've been full of energy, motivated to do things, looking forward to things. I do not ever want to run out of Lyrica.
Now my question is, does Lyrica have an antidepressant or mood-stabilizing effect? I know it's related to Gabapentin (which I was once on as a mood-stabilizer -- didn't work, made me uber sleepy.) Or is it a simple case of getting my pain under control gave me my life back, which in turn coincidentally lifted me above the Equator?
I'm really curious about this. I'm not above reading the PDR when I'm given a new med, but so far, the only psych use for Lyrica I've come across is Generalized Anxiety Disorder. I'd love some feedback on this.