Prescriptions of the drug pregabalin to treat sciatica have skyrocketed in recent years. But a new study shows it brings only side effects, and not relief for sufferers.
Many people with moderate to severe chronic pain find it difficult to move around. By contrast, HIV-positive people who had chronic pain are still active.
Unrelieved pain contributes more to human suffering than any other disease.
Lyrica, the brand name for a medicine called pregabalin, is an anti-epileptic drug most commonly used to treat chronic nerve pain - a type of pain caused by abnormality in, or damage to, the nerves.