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Have you ever found yourself too low on medication and skimped until you could get a new prescription? I have.
This summer I had failed to get in one more refill on a prescription of gabapentin before it expired. I found myself counting out the remaining capsules, counting the days until my next neuro appointment, and rationing what I had left.
At first I was nervous about my nerve pain returning as I was taking half of my normal dose. A few days I did have to take the regular amount, but that was okay because I still had enough to last if I only did that every two to three days.
Then, after a couple of weeks, I found that I actually skipped a day or two here or there, not taking any pain medication. Only a few times did a hint of the pain begin to return, but it blessfully responded to a dose of medication.
By the time my neuro appointment came around, I was down to one (or none) capsules a day, which I informed my nurse. She wrote the prescription for t...
Alternative Names Neuropathy - femoral nerve; Femoral neuropathy Treatment Your doctor will try to identify and treat the cause of the nerve damage. In some cases, no treatment is required and you'll recover on your own. In that case, any treatment is aimed at increasing mobility and independence while you recover. Supportive treatment is usually given if the symptoms come on suddenly, if there is only minor sensation or movement changes, no history of trauma to the area, and no sign that nerve function is getting worse. Other treatments include: Corticosteroids injected into the area to control obvious swelling or inflammation. Pain medication, if necessary. Various other medications can reduce the stabbing pains that some people experience. The benefits of medications should be weighed against any possible side effects. Some people might benefit from surgical removal of tumors or other growths that press on the nerve. Physical therapy may be helpful to maintain muscle strength. Orthopedic a...
Neuropathy - distal median nerve
Pain in the wrist or hand that wakes you up at night
May be severe Pain may be felt in other areas, for example in the upper arm (this is called referred pain)
Sensation changes in the thumb and pointer (index), middle, and part of the ring fingers, such as:
Weakness of the hand that causes you to:
Drop things Have difficulty grasping objects
Signs and tests
Your doctor will examine your wrist and ask questions about your medical history. The examination may show decreased sensation in the thumb side of the hand. This is called the "radial" side. There may be weakness of the thumb and difficulty using it to pinch.
Tests that reveal distal median nerve dysfunction may include:
Nerve conduction tests
Tests are ...
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