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hi there i am new to this

hi and thank you for this forum, my name is jan i am 52 years of age and been suffering for over 12 years with severe nerve pain, my gp has tryed me on several pain killers but the pain just subsides a little, the only time it goes almost completely is when i drink alcohol. was wondering if there is a drug out there that would give me the same benefit as alcohol , as i feel that i shouldnt be drinking every night as i am scared of what damage i may be doing to myself.....would appreciate an help thank you
j mcdonald


  • You are right, you probably shouldn't be drinking alcohol to ease your pain. Has your doctor tried any nerve pain medications such as lyrica or gabapentin? They work really well for nerve pain.
    Discectomies 05/08 and 04/11, fusions L4-5 Feb 9,2012 and L3-L4 June 28,2012, Staph infection washout 3/2/2012, Bulged L5-S1. SCS trial on January 17th, 2014, which was a success! Permanent SCS on February 20th.
  • I'm glad you found this site. The people here have been so helpful to me.
    I agree with RTgirl2011, alcohol can actually slow down the healing processes. I do drink a glass of wine or two a couple evenings a week but don't use it as a pain med. Self medicating with drugs or alcohol can lead to addiction and I figure I have enough problems to deal with already!
    Good luck and I hope you find relief soon. Gabapentin worked for me in the past.
    ALIF L3-5 Aug '11, butress plates added pos. Feb '12, 2013 revision decompresive laminectomy L3-SI, removal of hardware, exploration, allograft, instrumentation and possible bone morphogenic protein (BMP) 3rd times the charm!
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