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Old 04-28-2005, 10:28 AM   #1
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Neurontin for DDD?

Has anyone had any relief from Neurontin for the burning pain from DDD? Any other drugs that work besides narcotics? I'm already taking Lortab. I'm also considering acupuncture---has anyone had any luck with it for pain control?

 
Old 04-28-2005, 10:42 AM   #2
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Re: Neurontin for DDD?

I imagine the Neurontin is due your docs concerns about there being a radiculopathy involved in your pain presentation. Do you have pain that radiates from you back to the leg(s)? If so, then this is the reason that he/she may have prescribed the neurontin.

Neurontin is an anticonvulsant (initially developed for epilepsy). However, if you think of epilepsy you know that it is due to a chemical process that causes hyperactive signal at motor nerves causing unwanted movement. There are certainly other types of seizures but this helps with my analogy.

Pain secondary to radiculopathy is caused by irritated spinal nerves. Your nervous system is sending pain signals at a ridiculously high rate. Neurontin is believed to slow down and normalize those signals. There is much discussion to this day on how they work, so I won't even go there.

Good Luck!

 
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Old 04-29-2005, 07:07 AM   #3
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Re: Neurontin for DDD?

I don't have any leg involvement....mainly discogenic pain. I honestly think my GP doesn't have a clue...I have to wait until I get into another pain clinic.

 
Old 04-29-2005, 09:34 AM   #4
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Re: Neurontin for DDD?

That would be a good idea because now I have no idea why you are on Neurontin. Just to give the guy a chance...maybe he is worried about you developing a radiculopathy. Just a stab. I agree on getting a good PM doc.

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