In August, I was (finally) diagnosed with a ruptured L5-S1, central rupture. I had been suffering from horrible back pain and even worse radiculopathy for almost a year. I saw a pain doc on Oct 1, and he did an epidural injection. It took about three days for the injection to work and lasted about another 8 days before it was kaput. The pain doc also put me on Neurontin and naproxen. I called last week, after giving the meds a full two weeks to work, and said that I was still having quite a bit of pain. He upped my Neurontin to where I will eventually be taking two capsules three times a day (300mg capsules, I think) and switched the naproxen to diclofenac twice daily. I don't know which medicine is making me an absolute idiot, but one of them is! What's worse is that they are neither one doing a real good job at managing the pain. I am still working on getting the Neurontin to the full dose he recommended.
I am a teacher and need to be on my toes, and quite honestly, I hate the way I feel. I had better luck with Advil and hydrocodone. Those never made me feel dopey. I go back on November 11, possibly for another injection, but in the meantime, I just wanted to ask...will my body adjust to these medications or am I destined to feel detached, fuzzy, and dull the entire time I take them?
Thanks for any and all advice!!