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What meds are best for nerve pain/damage down leg ?

Mouldy68MMouldy68 Posts: 2
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:50 AM in New Member Introductions
Hello everyone,
Interested in what works best for nerve pain and nerve damage for the sciatic nerve? I am 4 weeks post op for lumbar fusion revision surgery and had extreme leg pain prior to surgery for a year. Doc said I will have a chronic recovery as nerve was quite inflamed and rubbed raw (L4 level) as observed during surgery. I had a previous 360 2 level fusion (l4-S1) and did not fuse at L4 with broken hardware. I have tried neurontin and Lyrica. Both wipe me out and give blurred vision.
Anything else worth trying?
Thanks in advance and god bless.
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  • My PM got me on Ultram er and on Gabapentin and on vicodin for nerves damage Also I have SCS unit. Its does help.


    Jim
  • I use Cymbalta for nerve pain and sciatica and works well for me. I also use an infrared platinum heating pad on my leg and foot for relief as well as pain meds. Best wishes. Charry
    DDD of lumbar spine with sciatica to left hip,leg and foot. L4-L5 posterior disc bulge with prominent facets, L5-S1 prominent facets with a posterior osteocartilaginous bar. Mild bilateral foraminal narrowing c-spine c4-c7 RN
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  • I was not able to tolerate the initial titration using 300 mg caps, so we used the same titration with 100 mg caps to start. I was able to tolerate Neurontin and slowly build to a level where I have excellent coverage for sciatica.
  • dilaurodilauro ConnecticutPosts: 10,776
    of choice when it comes to dealing with nerve pain.

    I've used both, but I had some bad negative effects when my Lryica dosages was increased.

    I've been on Neurontin for several years now and have had zero negative impacts.

    I started with a low dosage of about 300mg a day, over time worked up to about 2600mg a day and currently I take 600mg in the afternoon and 600mg at night.

    Without neurontin, my nerve pain was very difficult to control.

    Everyone is different, so I would suggest talking this over with your doctor. He/She is in a much better position to recommend what is correct for you.
    Ron DiLauro Veritas-Health Forums Manager
    I am not a medical professional. I comment on personal experiences
    You can email me at: rdilauro@veritashealth.com
  • could not tolerate any of the nerve meds - was in a walking coma and scared hubs to death. So for me, it's only pain meds and SCS (spinal cord stimulator). Most days, it works great. Occasionally, I just endure. Nerve pain never stops, just 24/7 burning, searing. I wish I could tolerate the nerve meds - I know folks who got off all other meds and just take a nerve med. Not me.

    Hope you find something that works for you.

    Cheri
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  • could not tolerate any of the nerve meds - was in a walking coma and scared hubs to death. So for me, it's only pain meds and SCS (spinal cord stimulator). Most days, it works great. Occasionally, I just endure. Nerve pain never stops, just 24/7 burning, searing. I wish I could tolerate the nerve meds - I know folks who got off all other meds and just take a nerve med. Not me.

    Hope you find something that works for you.

    Cheri
  • hi and welcome to the forum! :H we are here to offer you support and answer what questions we can. i find Lyrica, a nerve pain medication, to work very well for me.. as advised before, a good pain specialist would be of help to you with this.. please be patient with the medications as they may take your body some time to adjust to. good luck to you! i hope you find something for sciatic pain relief soon. Jenny :)
  • Thanks everyone for the great feedback!!!!!
  • nerve pain is hard to deal with. work with a good pain management doctor is the first step. i tried neurontin and kepra and had the double vision and felt like i was drunk 24/7. i'll tell you cymbalta helped but gave me too many side effects and was very horrible to withdraw from for me. was a nightmare.
    topomax helped,but again, too many side effects. i am now on lamictal and that works well for the pain, i do feel a little forgetful but not like i was on neurontin, it cut back my narcotic use to very small amt.
    it is like a chemistry experiment, you just try until you find the right one, a good pm doctor will help you with this. good luck!
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