Sometimes it can be difficult to differentiate, nerve pain, from joint pain, to deep muscle pain. All my Dr suspects I'm dealing with. I keep a log of my symptoms and most if them seem to be nerve pain related ( I think?). I'm currently switching from Lyrica to Neurontin for nerve pain, the Valium helps relax my muscles and reduces spasms, but I'm also taking Percocet 7.5-325 mg every 6 hours. I've been on Percocet pretty consistently since last July and it use to help at least take the edge off. My pain has worsened over the past several weeks ( my surgeon will increase my Neurontin once I'm completely off the Lyrica if no improvements) but the Percocet doesn't seem to touch the pain like it used to. I have backed off from taking it every 4 hours to every 6 hours. I plan on discussing my pain meds with my PCP this week but I don't know if I need to try a different pain med or just kick it completely since narcotics don't help with nerve pain. I know that no one can answer this question or advise me on what I should be taking, I'm just not sure I even need it anymore. Maybe my body has built somewhat of a tolerance to it. My mom is a nurse and said that sometimes pain meds are more effective if you take them before the symptoms reach such an intense level as apposed to taking them when the pain is already hitting full force. Even when it does help some it doesn't seem to last very long, sometimes 20-30 minutes of very minor relief. I don't expect much advice, I just feel better writing out my thoughts.
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