During the past week and a half I had been having pretty bad muscle tightness, especially in my legs. I tried stretching, I tried icing, I tried taking ibuprofen, I tried everything. I told the advice nurse and the rheumatologist that if I could I would have taken my left leg off at the hip, kind of like a mannequin. My left leg was killing me! My rheumatologist attributed it to the fibromyalgia. Apparently, my fibromyalgia flare this time decided to include muscle tightness.
So my rheumatologist told me I should take muscle relaxants, 2 of them 3 times a day, and to double my dose of Lyrica to 2 pills 2 times a day. So I started with the muscle relaxants... ahhh, relief! It felt a lot better pretty quickly. Since I know my body can react pretty dramatically to changes in medication I decided to take the muscle relaxants for a few days with my regular dose of Lyrica and not increase the Lyrica at the same time. That was a good call!
This morning I started my double dose of Lyrica... oh boy, what a day I had. I'm so glad I was able to be at home all day and not have to interact with others. I don't know what kinds of things would've come out of my mouth. Here are some thoughts I had though
I'm not kidding when I say I think I felt the rotation of the Earth.
At one point I could feel my heart pumping in my chest, not the usual baboom, baboom like the pulse but could actually feel the contraction of my heart muscles.
I could feel my hair falling out (a side effect of the methotrexate).
I could hear my thoughts developing in my head, kind of like my brain having a conversation with itself.
I'm so grateful that I have a friend close-by with kids at the same school as my son. I was able to text her and ask her for a ride to pick up my son. She's wonderful! She gave me a ride there and gave us a ride home. She lives a few minutes away and I'm so glad she was willing to go out of her way for us. There was no way that I should have driven my car today.
My husband and I decided that I'll contact the rheumatologist and discuss these side effects of a double dose of Lyrica with him. I don't think any benefit from it outweighs the risk of me being loopy all day. It's like being under the influence and there's no way I can go through like that. I need to be able to function throughout the day. Maybe a double dose at night? I don't know. For now, I'll laugh at the craziness that was my day. By the way, I wish I could stretch like the mannequins in that picture.