Hello all -
Long story short, I severed my Ulnar nerve at my elbow on April 22nd of this year. I had surgery on May 2nd to repair it. My pain has fluctuated since the day of the accident. When I initially severed it, my ring and pinky fingers immediately went numb and the constant tingling feeling in my fingers was enough to drive me crazy, however now I would give anything to just be concerned about that. Since the surgery, the tingling is still present, but it is now accompanied by a constant burning sensation in my fingers, which is at times, nauseating. It can almost make me feel sick, but more than anything, it is so uncomfortable. I have discussed all of this with my doctor and he says this is perfectly normal until that nerve regrows back down to my fingers, which could take up to a year. He has prescribed me Gabapentin and when that didn't work, we moved on to Lyrica. I've been taking that for over a month now and I notice no difference between the two drugs except the co-pay. My question is what should I be expecting out of these drugs exactly and what else is there that I could be taking? What is the next step on this ladder? I am not physically comfortable and I am going to lose my mind if I have to go on like this for much longer. I'm sure everyone says this, but I am not a baby. I have a high tolerance for pain, but this nerve thing has completely knocked the wind out of me. Any input, advice, etc is much appreciated. Thanks so much!