Just want to say hello. My brother went into a coma day before yesterday. He mixed antidepressants with OTC sleep aid and is severely brain damaged and will never recover. My family needs to make a decision whether to pull the plug, and also, a harder decision as to whether to leave him on life support if he is in a vegetative state.
I certainly wouldn't want to be kept alive if I was severely brain damaged, but the decision is more my parents than mine.
Luckily, I've been slowly regaining my mental/emotional stability now that I've been off the neurontin/lyrica for a week. Seem to be recovering my memory a bit more each day. I can actually read again.
Hopefully, the writing will come back as well.
Neurontin provided better pain relief than opiates, but if I must choose between insanity and pain, I'd take severe pain.
I'm also getting a nerve block tomorrow and hope it works well enough so I can fly to LA and help my Mom with my brother.
MRI showed degeneration, spondyliousis (sp?), and a bulging disc on the left of L4, which the dr. believes is causing the nerve pain. I think it's causing it to worsen but the pain started 11 years ago and MRI's showed nothing at that time.
I read that Kava-Kava root--the strong powder you get on-line--works amazingly well for pain and inflammation, as well general mental well-being. I ordered some from iamshaman.com, as I read that they have better quality than health food stores.
I'll let you know how it works when I try it.
Thank you all for encouraging me to continue searching for a more compassionate doctor. I did find one that is okay with prescribing meds that will allow me to get out of bed and not make me insane. I'm still under-medicated right now, but I want to assuage the efficacy of the nerve block and if I'm at lvl 3 - 4, I won't really be able to tell.
Much love to you all and praying for all on this board to have minimal pain.
I feel badly that I'm not supporting my Mom right now, but I don't know how much help I would be if I'm lying around in pain.
Will I be able to travel the day after having a nerve block? I'm having in done in the Doctor's office, rather than in outpatient. Luckily, my friend is in town and can drive me.
The Powers-That-Be have thrown so much emotional trauma my way since August 12th that I literally feel like the biblical Job.
It's hard to recall that I was happy, hopeful, and functioning at 75% as recently as May of last year. I have to force myself to remember that I DID FEEL GOOD and that WITH A GOOD DOCTOR THAT I CAN FEEL HOPE AND SOME HAPPINESS AGAIN!
Thanks one more for all your support. I hope that I shall be able to give back what I have received. I don't know if I would have made it without the help of the people on these forums. My reaction to those drugs made me feel as helpless and scared as an abandoned 2 year old. (Including the tantrums! X( )
Will update on Kava and any other herbs for pain that I might be able to dig up from the apothocaries of yore.