This is excellent! Needs to go with the general information files.
This is an incredibly valuable piece of information and it should be made available to all! Are you considering it for the Health Pages Quix?
Absolutely. I was just making sure that everyone saw it first. It is going under the TREATMENTS section.
Thanks for posting this - from personal experience with my heart meds for angina I know it has taken time (7-8 months) to find the right combination and strength to effectively eliminate my chest pains. It has tested my patience at times, but the idea that I couldn't just dump drugs into my system without problems was pretty clear. Thanks for sharing this. - Laura
I was on neurontin earlier this year and am now on lyrica.
Just wanted to testify that my experiences are in agreement with the above. I always started at a lost dose and worked up. Though I got some relief in a few days, it does take longer to get the full effect.
I know at first I had a lot of Q's about the different ways to treat "normal" vs. neurogenic pain, this entry is wonderful in summarizing what to expect.
Thanks Quix & Paindoc38 !
Thank you Quix, for reaching out to Paindoc!
Thank you Paindoc for providing us with this useful and important information!
I am taking this to my prescribing doctor on my next appt. in a week. She has been prescribing less and less pain medication per HOUR. She has taken me from every 4 hours to ever 6 hours. For whatever reason. I have had huge re-bound pain. This is NOT acceptable. More pain is NOT an option.
Thanks so much for this article and thank you Paindoc.
I wanted to share a story that I think is relevant to this thread.
This spring, I started having ear pain on both sides. I was checked over and over for ear infections (to which I am prone), but was always clear. I also had painful (burning/aching) paresthesias in my arms and legs that had started before the unexpained ear pain. I tried OTC pain killers, but they did not touch these discomforts.
I finally got an Rx for neurontin. Almost immediately, I started sleeping better. Then, a lot of my paresthesias were improved, and the ear pain was greatly reduced.
A few weeks later, I was feeling overall very good, my paresthesias were being well-controlled by the neurontin. But then my R ear started to hurt again, very much so! At first, I thought it was the same "unexplained" ear pain, just somehow still hurting through the medication.
But it was the ONLY pain I was feeling anywhere, and was only in one ear. So I did go back to have it checked, and this time, it WAS infected. I got anti-bacterial steroid ear drops, and then the pain quickly subsided.
So for me, this case really demonstrated how neuropathic pain and "regular" pain do NOT respond the same to medications. I know this is a question that has come up on the forum before, so I thought I'd place it here.
I had just seen my new neruo that had just moved here in town and I got too say that she asked me more Q about ms them my other one did that I know of in Anch and she is all ready ordering more mri's of my head with contrast on the 3.0 and was giving neuropathic pain killers but I'm still not to sure to take more meds as I seem to be on so many as it is, that I really just deal with the pain but now I'm not so sure and may be I will give it a try, but I really hate trying out new meds