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How to calm the nerves

AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,550
edited 06/11/2012 - 7:25 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery

I wondered if anyone had any tips or advice on calming down nerve pain?

Is there anything we can do to help ourselves?

Is there anything that you have discovered is a BAD irritant?

I suffer with latent pain, in my back and irriated leg pain and find my triggers hard to identify. Some yes, many no.

Stretching the nerve seems to set it off bad, vibrations too.
Pain killers work so far but on a bad day, not much. Suggestions?

I am thinking that I am inadvertenly making myself worse!


  • Stress definitely doesn't help so I would avoid as much as possible if possible. I take klonopin for anxiety but a very low does. I've read that some on here take valium or some other sedative for their nerves. I was also told that lyrica or cymbalta can help with nerve pain. When my nerves are flared up the pain pills don't touch the pain. I try to just take an extra does of klonopin (clonazepam), a couple of vicoprofen and snuggle up with my kitties and watch a lifetime movie or something and sleep it off if possible.

    Hope this info helps.
  • :) hi! :H if you are having nerve pain you should try one of the medications for nerve pain like Lyrica. i have been on it for almost a year and it has done more than anything in years for my sciatica. =D> talk to your doctor about this. there are some natural calming herbs for the nerves like chamomile flowers and valerian root. I) they work well in teas at bedtime or in capsules. your pharmacist might be able to give you info on this. good luck! Jenny :)
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  • Have you asked your doctor about this?

    Keep in mind that you are still early in your recovery (3 months), so be patient - it will probably go away in time.

    My surgeon told me that my pain is now mostly related to inflammation. He gave me a set of stretches an exercises that will help, but also told me to start taking Advil (or another over-the-counter anti-inflammatory) to help reduce the inflammation.

    Please, don't jump into anti-inflammatories without discussing it with your doctor first. There are many different viewpoints regarding when fusion patients can start taking them after surgery. Mine said to start at 3 months, others say don't do it for at least 1 year. The best thing to do is follow your own doctor's instructions.

    I hope your pain starts decreasing soon.
  • My meds keep it under control for the most part, but I know what you mean - every so often (maybe once a week) the meds just simply do not touch the pain. Stress is an automatic trigger for me, but not sure what else triggers it. And sorry to say, have not figured out how to calm it other than deep breathing, massaging the area where I feel the nerve irritation, staying still.

    Stretching and phys therapy can also trigger it for me but I need to build my muscles so I see it as a "necessary sacrifice" so to speak.
    Jan 2009 L5-S1 ALIF
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  • OK, my pain is pretty bad today, non-responsive to usual med options, so I shouldn't be talking...but sometimes distraction can help, or focusing on something else. I read this on this site somewhere, for example focus on an unrelated body part i.e. your hand, imagine it feeling warm. Try to focus only on input coming in from you hand. Another mental game if you have ever had twilight anesthesia for procedures and can recall that sensation when you feel the anesthesia "hit" and you relax, try to imagine yourself back in that state. Trying to lower your breathing rate & pulse through meditation can also sometimes work.

    Triggers - any prolonged sitting, standing, physical therapy, major changes in barometric pressure make it worse for me.
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  • you may think I'm nuts, but here are some of my triggers.

    Pork of any kind. I noticed this because last summer, many new barbecue places opened up where we live. I went on a "kick" of eating that for several weeks. I was doubled over in pain. Started a food diary and realized that every time I ate pork (ham, pulled pork, etc.) I had major nerve flares that night and next day. Also, I know gluten (bread, anything with flour) is known to cause inflammation. I have been eating gluten-free since September, and have really noticed a difference if I "cheat". If I eat any of those, my nerve pain is guaranteed to flare.

    I posted recently about a cream that a naturopathic doctor gave me called Inflamyar. I didn't take it seriously and thought it was for muscle aches. But one day, I thought I'd try it for the nerve flare. I was shocked that in 15 minutes, I had noticeable relief. I looked it up online and found much info, including that Lance Armstrong swears by this cream.

    Some people claim that a sugar-free life (but avoid artificial sweeteners with a vengeance!!!!) makes a huge difference. I haven't noticed that, but I also can't imagine eating no sugar at all. lol

    Distraction is the biggest thing I do to manage the pain, since opiates don't work that great. This is why sleeping is so hard for me - just me and the pain, with no distraction. I stay up all hours until I am just delirious, even taking a sleeping aid.

    Do you think that sounds crazy? lol
  • A while back, my neurologist tried to convince me that certain foods trigger pain episodes (much like Cheri's pork trigger). It has been long understood that migraines can be triggered by certain foods. Studies found that certain diets could help with fibro pain. A former co-worker (who has fibro) and her husband decided to take the neurologist serious (we had the same doc) and went on a very strict diet. Within one month her pain was tremendously reduced and within 3 months she was off all pain medications. I saw it before my very eyes and it was remarkable!

    Mark does have a point though, that you are still not that far out from surgery and time has a way of healing things.

    My most favorite way to help when I hurt, is my pets. I have a dog and a cat and both are just incredible care givers.

    Hang in there,

  • I beleive there is some truth in this food idea.

    I accidently discovered, after my fisrt operation (I was eating really healthy) that tomatoes set me off. I mentioned it to my PT who suggested i research the deadly night shade family of foods.
    I did in fact play with the food group by eliminating it and add it back and yes, it is defo a irritant! Definately.
    Red wine too. I am not too bad on rose or white.

    Bread - I'll have a play with that.

    Lyrica - can you beleive this - I have to pay for a trial (to see if i get side effects) then if i can tolerate it, I have to apply to NHS putting my case as to why i should have it before they will let me have it. =))
    I did not tolerate gabapentin - felt very poorly and so not too keen to jump back there again, but if this is my only chance.

    I am just under 3 months post op.
    I have had a cr*p week. Weeks like this make me wonder "WHY?" and I get quite sad with it all. :''( as I can't see an end.

    The supposed spacer that caused my nerve irritation has been removed and I can only hope that it settles down. I am still sooo restricted in life. It feels like if I try and do anything I exacerbate my pain scenario.

    I appreciate the commens about stress. I try hard not be be stressed - I do get stressed when I can't get the pain under control, in fact I fear this. Other wise, I reckon I have a good attitude.

    Thanks for your ideas.
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