Yoga Magazines with Lyrica Ads: No Thank You

I've made the decision to not renew my subscription to my pop yoga culture magazine once it is done. There are some things that I like about it. I like seeing the yoga poses. Sometimes I get new ideas for new modifications and different poses to try which are great for my practice and for the classes I'm teaching. I also enjoy reading about new products and about how people have gained new insight in their life through yoga. I love that stuff. Fill a magazine with yoga pants and yoga poses and I'm a happy customer. 

The reasons I am not renewing my yoga magazine subscription is much more serious and disappointing. Yoga is about unity with all aspects of the self. It's about healing from within and becoming your true self. So when I open a yoga magazine I expect to see content about this. I would never expect to see advertisements for a drug called Lyrica. For those who do not know, Lyrica is one of those medications where the commercials have more fine print than actual commercial. The ad takes up a whole front and back of a page. The back is solely dedicated to the side effects and warnings. Take a look:

 Why is this even in a yoga magazine??? 

Why is this even in a yoga magazine??? 

Many of you don't know me, but when I first injured my arm, Lyrica was my doctor's drug of choice. It is meant for people with nerve pain and can often be prescribed to those who have nerve pain from diabetes, fibromyalgia and any other nerve pain. I had nerve pain in my arm after my injury and it was awful. It felt like my arm was in a fire constantly. My heart goes out to anyone who has to suffer through this for any length of time. It's not fun. I'm so sorry if any of you are going through this. It's not okay that you feel like this. I started on Lyrica and had no relief and no symptoms. Slowly my doctor increased the dose each visit to try to find me some relief. There was this point where I had no relief and no symptoms and then it was like overnight, everything changed. I got to a dose whereby the symptoms all started coming at once. I was so completely physically overwhelmed that it took a toll on me, emotionally. I remember trying to walk and my ankles were so swollen and sore. They felt like balloons and that if I put too much weight on them, that they'd just pop. Honestly, I was starting to hope they would pop for some relief. The doctor had me wearing compression socks that I had to special order because my ankles were so swollen. I had other symptoms but the swelling was the worst for me. It was hard to get out of bed. It was hard to walk. I only wore flip flops because nothing fit. I remember going back to my doctor, hobbling like I had broken ankles and my doctor didn't know what to say besides that I had to learn to live with the side effects or the nerve pain. I'm not blaming him. He can only say what he knows. He doesn't know everything. He's a smart man and he cares but he had no idea what kind of effect this was having on me. I was feeling pretty hopeless.  

I am in much better shape now and Lyrica free. I don't share this to say that Lyrica is bad. I know that for some people, Lyrica is what they need. But what I question is why there's an ad for it in my yoga magazine??? It's not what I consider to be a wellness product. It's not a yoga related product.  If I wanted to read about modern medicine, I would read a more science related magazine.  

It is my hope that we can one day have a magazine that isn't just selling ad space to make money. Let's sell ad space to yoga related companies because in a yoga magazine, that's what people want to see. Those Lyrica ads are, in my opinion, out of focus for a yoga magazine.  

All this being said, I would always encourage you to speak with your doctor about possible treatments and definitely about how your medications make you feel: physically and emotionally. If you don't think something is a good fit, then speak up and ask for more help. If you are on Lyrica and it's working, this is great news and I'm glad you found something that works. This post was not about my opinions on if someone SHOULD take perscriptions from their doctor. It's about why I don't really care to see medical ads in a magazine about yoga. It just doesn't feel like the right fit. And because of that, I've decided not to renew. Sorry yoga magazine. I just can't do it anymore.