Hi everyone. For the past six months or so I've been taking Lyrica 300 mg daily to deal with some of my chronic nerve pain. It's worked pretty well; the dose could probably still be increased (we were working on that), but I spoke with my neurologist about trying a switch to Neurontin for financial reasons. (Neurontin is one-quarter the co-pay for Lyrica.)
I've only been taking the Neurontin for a couple of weeks, working up to her suggested level of 900 mg per day. I got as far as 600 mg -- but a few days ago I developed an awful high-pitched squealing noise in my left ear that just doesn't quit. It's happened a few times in the right ear as well, although for just a few minutes each time. I've read that tinnitus can be a side effect of Neurontin (Lyrica too, for that matter. Has anyone ever experienced this? I'm wondering if this is going to quit anytime soon.
My PCP has been wonderful and has continued prescriptions for Tramadol and Flexeril. That's about as strong as my medications have really ever been; I've always just tried to manage at that level, but my previous ACDF has been problematic and my post-op lumbar spine pain has increased dramatically over the past month or so. (Click on my name for the gory details.)
My NS wants me to get an SCS, what with my cervical and lumbar problems, as well as 8 herniations and a syrinx in my thoracic spine, and I've been fighting myself because I really didn't want to go there... *sigh*
I have an appointment on Monday morning with a nationally-recognized surgeon to discuss the SCS. He does pain management as well, so perhaps it's time to allow myself to explore more potent medications.
Sorry to ramble, I suppose I'm just tired. If you know about the tinnitus thingy, or you have some insights to share about the SCS or pain meds, I'd appreciate hearing.
Thanks for reading.