I don't know about everyone's experience and I won't try to change anyone's mind. I can only speak for myself.
I have been taking Lyrica for 2+ years for idiopathic peripheral neuropathy in my feet and chronic neck pain from an auto accident. Does it work for me....Hell yes. I cannot do without it three times per day. My current dose is 300mg three times daily. Yup, it is a lot and there are some side effects that I can live with, but without it I can barely stand or turn my neck.
The dose was recommended by a top neurologist at Mayo clinic who has been studying nerve pain for many years and found that Lyrica, in large doses, can provide pain relief with manageable side effects.
The neuropathy has been attributed to the neck injury I suffered about 5 years ago. I have seen many pain specialists who provided some temporary pain relief in my neck, but only Lyrica has given me the relief from the neuropathy to enable me to get around.