Well, either the makers of Lyrica heard all from all of us who have fibromyalgia and hated the first commercial or they just decided it was time to go with a “Spring” theme to keep us all awake. Either way, I’m not much impressed with the new version.
Let me make a “disclaimer” before I continue. I’m all for educating the public about fibromyalgia. After over 40 years of dealing with this “thing,” I’m happy to see a flicker of recognition in people’s eyes when I say I have fibromyalgia. Education is a good thing.
It isn’t such a good thing when people can’t understand why I’m not cured because of the new drug. It isn’t such a good thing when you have to explain that this drug isn’t helpful for everyone and has side effects that make it a poor choice for some. Then I see that old look in people’s eyes – that look that says, “You just aren’t trying” or “You poor helpless thing” or “You must be weird or something if it works for so many other people and not for you.”
I hate those looks. I hate the looks of pity when I tell someone that I can’t do some of the things I used to love – like gardening. If the woman in the commercial can garden, why can’t I? Why can’t I do needle work any more without getting a very real pain in the neck and a fibro flare? Why does reading a book for any length of time cause the same problems? Why does writing a letter cause pain in not only my hand, but my wrist, arm, elbow and shoulder? Why does working with the computer mouse do the same thing?
I find all those things frustrating but I continue to do them as much as I can. I’ve found that enduring some pain and flares is better than sitting around feeling sorry for myself.
That’s what I’d like to see in these commercials – some reality. Show a little pain to balance the rosy pictures they present right now. After all, this drug is not a cure and there’s always some pain. Or show before and after – so people can get some idea of what this drug is helping.
I’d love to know what others think of the new commercial. Maybe I’m just too critical. Maybe I’ve just had fibromyalgia too long.