I was in Lyrica for a year but it didn't work for me.
I was taking it for Fibro also.
I did have bloating but mine was from impending bowel obstructions.
I didn't know it for a few years after discontinuing the Lyrica.
The thought was adhesions caused the obstruction. But what caused the Adhesions? I never had GI issues except for the history of ulcers.
They think it was a complication (adhesions) from the tram-flap abdominal surgery as a treatment for breast cancer.
If anyone was presented with this type of cancer surgery, read a lot!
Instead of putting in new beasts, they use your abdominal fat to place into the breast.
Ta-Da... A free tummy tuck! As it was presented to me.
I had no idea how massive it would with re-arranging deep muscles, etc.
I had suture lines from almost spine to spine with 4 drains.
Then, of course, both beasts had wounds from the mastectomies.
It looked great initially (6 MO) until I started to get into shape with dieting and exercise.
Something else they didn't tell me...
I was losing weight but suddenly my beasts were shrinking quickly!
I realized it was abdominal fat!
I had chemo first so I had brain fog and didn't do my usual research so I wasn't in my right mind to make the decision.
I'm sorry for going off on a tangent but I want people to know that's it's not a free tummy tuck!
I think you should maybe keep the bloating, in your mind, separate from the Lyrica. Don't let the doctor blow it off as "just a side effect" because it's changing your lifestyle.
Fibro does cause slowing down too but it's usually associated with constipation (or the opposite). Have you tried gas-Ex? It worked for me but mine wasn't life-altering.
I found that people who have chronic diseases or cancer, complaints are being discarded more than if they didn't have something other than those diagnoses.
I found also that we are skipped over and diagnosed instead with anxiety and depression! They don't need to do any of the legwork looking for the real cause.
If you had these issues, isn't it normal to have some anxiety?
If you are new to Fibro it will help to go on their site to group supports. Very good advice on what is not normal and advice from people who are also dealing with it.
Talk to your doctor or go to a GI specialist.
Try not to let it become chronic because they are harder to fix.
I'm sorry for the rant but I'm still having issues after many bowel surgeries.
People need to be their advocates.
Be well, my friend