I have been doing on some research on Lyrica. My podiatrist & PCP want me to try this drug for diabetic nerve pain. I am currently taking Neurontin (Gabapentin) for neuropathy in my feet. I am also having problems with my left hand and my PCP says that my EMG that I had done in December 2009 did show that I have neuropathy in my hand. The EMG was done to see if I had carpal tunnel syndrome and I had carpal tunnel release surgery in February 2010. I have some questions and despite doing alot of research on diabetic nerve pain (DPN) I have not been able to make a decision regarding switching drug treatment. I am in the process of tapering off Neurontin to get ready to crossover to Lyrica. The research that I have done on the internet has been somewhat disturbing regarding the feedback of patients who have taken Lyrica. I am trying to keep an open mind knowing that most people who have found the drug helpful would probably not go to the effort of stating so on a forum or bulletin board. I frequently use a couple of drug databases who encourage people to report the effects of drug treatment. Lyrica is one of only a few drugs available for the treatment of diabetic nerve pain. My research findings show that Lyrica is a very powerful drug and it has alot of side effects. 1 out of 10 people give it a good rating and most claim that it is a terrible drug and to avoid it. Once Lyrica is started, you must stay on it and taper off for safety reasons. Neurontin was effective for me but I experienced fecal incontinence while on it and my podiatrist & PCP said it would be best to get off of it. I am now undecided as to whether I want to take Lyrica. Does anyone have any experience using Lyrica or know someone who has taken it for diabetic nerve pain? My pain level is about an 8 out of 10 so I need to be on something and keeping my blood glucose under control has not made any difference in the pain level. I am also consider seeing a neurologist to seek another opinion. What other options do I have?