Re: stump pain
I lost 3 fingers on my right had via a snowblower on 2/10/2010... I experience both phantom and stump pain from my index, middle and ring fingers... I've been on the happy narcotics... percocets, vicodin, oxy contin... gave me the itchies, constipation, but left me dopey and numb all over... and wanting more and more to maintain control of the pain! Went to Tramadol--- narcotic like 50 mg every 6 hrs... but they made me weak, loss of appetite, and terrible insomnia... was going backwards on those buggers. I'm now on Neurontin 900 mg/ 3x a day... they tapered me up from 1200 mg 2x a day... seems to do the trick... I still feel the stabbing, burning pain on the remnants and in the stumps, and they make me a bit groggy, but that is all manageable... on the10 scale I would put my discomfort right now at 2-3. I am able to do more daily personal tasks and go to therapy via train in Philly at The Hand Center where my surgeon practices. Here's hoping you will find the mix which works best for your challenges. Early on a resident doctor at Jefferson Hospital in Philadelphia told me right after my 5 and half hours of surgery that "pain is a thief... it takes away your daily functions and disables you... work hard to keep it manageable!" I have follwed his advice in continuing to explore remedies which prevent the"pain thief" from robbing my scant quality of life after my accident. My best wishes and prayers are with you...