I have been suffering from nerve pain and am not sure how to treat it. What medication works best for nerve pain? Thanks.
Neuropathic pain - caused by an injury to the nerves - is not particularly easy to treat. Doctors do have, however, a wide variety of drugs in their toolkit that can work for people with neuropathic pain.
These drugs generally attempt to turn down the activity of the injured and overactive nerves. (Notice that these tend to be 'anti' drugs).
Tri-cyclic anti-depressants and SSRI's - given in much lower amounts than for depression - can be helpful. Cymbalta is a new anti-depressant that recently came on the market that may be effective. These drugs reduce the pain through their interactions in the central nervous system.
Ant-convulsants (anti-seizure) such as Neurontin and Lyrica work directly on the nerves to try and calm them down. They work on the idea that the nerves are kind of in a seizure.
Other drugs include narcotics and alternative treatments such as B-12 shots. Check out the page below for some more alternative treatments. Good luck!
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I recently contracted an infection that dern near killed me. I have had both knees replaced and the infection set up in one of my knees---end result---67 days all in with a revision done on the one knee affected---almost three months without a knee---gaping hole in back of knee, septic----was in really bad shape. While in the hospital, the standard procedure they seemed to think works the best is to drug you into submission with antidepressant/anxiety---i was a lunatic on these meds, had no short term memory at all, severe mood swings, sever panic attacks---after being released from the hospital, developed shingles with accompanying buzzing in entire leg---unbearable---couldn't put one word in front of the other---was a total basket case. A little over a year later---I take only hydrocodone 10/650---I took myself off all other meds---especially neurontin---what worked the best, the DEA around here hounds the doctors and patients about---the combo that worked well was klonopin/hydrocodone/soma---half of my pain now is from muscle spasms which soma relieves---but they won't write the prescription---I started taking fish oil along with vitamin B complex---along with high potency vitamins---my ears stopped ringing---I have better pain control with the hydrocodone, and only intermittant nerve pain that is tolerable---going off the neurontin not only decreased my nerve pain, but my skin is clearing up---weight is going down, sleep is improved, mood is much better, ears quit ringing and there are days that are just wonderful (the weather affects me more than anything)...I cannot take anitdepressants---anything that affects the serotonin levels at all seems to so adversely affect me that I am just batty---eyes dialate, panic attacks, severe headache, bright lights of any kinds is intolerable, skin rash and severe vertigo---is seems that the DEA is way too much in the doctors business---I also suffer from PTSD----and have for years---I took myself off all anti-anxiety meds after 15 years because of the hassle from the doctors---and I really need that med---all in all tho----the meds side effects only complicated things rather than improve things---the one thing I would dearly love to be back on is any kind of muscle relaxer---I also suffer from DDD C2-C7. After 63 days of high powered IV antibiotics, what part of malabsorption do doctors not understand? I'm tired of fighting with them and being treated like a criminal because I have unrelenting pain---screw them---If I can stay on the hydrocodone and take vitamins and be far better off---why won't they just leave it be? It is my understanding that hydrocodone is the one medication that works so well because it works on both the CNS and the peripheral receptors. So what is the big damn deal with the FEDS anyways if you have a medically based reason to be taking it? But try the vitamins---it helped me tremendously, not right away but within about a month---and that is not what the docs want to hear---so do it yourself and keep a log---also neurontin decreased the effectiveness of the hydro, caused weight gain, sinus and chest congestion, and serious skin eruptions---not counting the serious short term memory problems/cognitive function---but you know what the doc said---neurontin in not a regulated drug so they prescribe it for about anything you can imagine---my opinion is that it is a very dangerous drug and has damaged a whole lot of folks out there---but tell that to the feds and the docs!!!!
Interesting! I am a cancer suvivor that left me with horific nerve damage near my trigiminal nerves, my upper neck and hehind my ears. I thought I was going to jump of a window! All my docs and family kept telling me it was in my head and there was nothing wrong with me!! I saw over 20 diffenernt types of physicians and ruled out over 30 other reasons. Finally a neuroligist listeted to me and had me have multple contranst MRI and cT scans, and vula you could clealry see the damage. I jut like you was put on all these medications, I couldn;t figure out what was working and what was not! I was a walking zambie. I alsocouldnot rememeber anything short orlong term memories. as you can tell I can hardly tyeo or spell. I have neuropghy in both my arms and hands and ist; so frustrating. I also was on Lyrica, gained the wieth and took myself off. I was also put on cympolta, which for me was a winner within 3 weeks. I agree with you about the neurotin, it sucks! It does nothing at all! They need to take it off the market! It's been six years of hell for me. I have been in rehab 3 times for refusing to come off my meds (my husband) they all dischagred me early saying that I was not a drug addict. I had real pain and needed medication to stabilize it. One doc put me on 250 mg of morphine a day! I was already wacky enought.I thought I was going crazy! Everything looked like cartton figures. I could not even feel my own body if I hit myself! I was dead and alive at the same time. Thanks God I got a second opoonion and I was taken off the morphine in one day using whats called subutex our also suboxone, They use it to help people get off street drugs, but also iuse it for people like is. It is a man made opiod but man does it work!!!! My current pain list is :cymbolta - Xanax (ativan) - subutex and sleeping pills. i am still not normal but I can at leat get out of bed and be some what a living thing. I wish you good luck and please feel fre to e-mail me back. Knee pain, neck and ear pain it's all the same. it's nerve pain and you would think that by now we should have a standard regeient for nerve pain by now. What the heck! we went to the moon how long ago?
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I have had 2 back operations of which the last one left me with 8 screws and 4 clamps which holds 2 steel rods running the length of the lower lumbar region. Since the operation I have experience nothing but serve pain, some days it feels like someone is pulling my toe nails off. I am constantly in pain where some days I just want to give up on life as I don't have the energy to face another day. I have tried so many different medications which just don't seem to be working. I am suffering with chronic depression and pain. Everyday when I wake up in the morning my body is in spasm and takes me at least half an hour to get out of the bed as I can't stand on my feet right away as its to painful.
I am currently on the following medication which does not seem to do much.
5.Lyrica (The Dr tried me on this and it worked for 2 days wonderfully, but on the 3rd day I started getting migraines so I had to stop.)
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