I Have An Irritated Or Damaged Nerve In My Lower Back Which Causes Chronic Pain. Do You Know Of Any Promising Treatment Or Medications On The Horizon For This?

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Asked by ReneeBird

I Have An Irritated Or Damaged Nerve In My Lower Back Which Causes Chronic Pain. Do You Know Of Any Promising Treatment Or Medications On The Horizon For This?

I have had all the tests, mri's, ct scans, myleograms, emg's. And treatments, spinal cord stimulator trial, pain pump, acupuncture. Nothing has helped. Everything looks fine on reports, nothing shows impinging on a nerve, however, chronic pain is there. Klonopin helps the most. I've tried elavil and lyrica and they didn't help. Is there anything new on the horizon for irritated or damaged nerves? I know they are doing research. I had one doctor tell me that they would probably help paralyzed people walk before they would be able to help with my nerve!

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You are not alone. Alot of people have normal MRI results but are in substantial pain. This is probably because your pain producing circuits in the brain have gotten tuned up too high and your pain inhibiting circuits are turned down too low.

Have you tried cymbalta? That drug can be helpful for some people with this problem. A treatment called Trans-cranial magnetic stimulation - may be quite effective as well. A drug that increased GABA concentrations was off the charts effective in reducing chronic pain but the FDA disapproved it because it was in liquid form and people were accidentally taking too much and kicking the bucket - but hopefully drug companies will keep working on that.

One drug that might be helpful for you if you can get is medical marijuana - not smoked but eaten in candy form. Dr. Clauw believes it works far better than opioids for people in your condition.

I have an article coming out on Dr. Clauw and people like yourself who do not respond well to traditional pain drugs. Look for it on phoenixrising.me.

Keep looking for answers! The medical profession is slowing catching up to people in your situation.