Re: shoreline or anyone
Hey Jay, Elevil is an antidepressant where the meds I mentioned were anti seizure meds, both have an effect n nerve poain but the anti siezure meds are believed to ne more effc=ective than antid's.
The last surgery relieved the leg pain from my back problems and pain that wasn't relieved is now compltely numb. I can literally put cigs out on my thighs andd feel nothing at all.I haven't done this on purpose, but I have fallen aslepp and burned myself quite severely =by dropping a cig in my lap several times. Forytnately the smoke woke me up and the depbreeding process was simple and pain free due to damge to the L2 nerve roots.
I actually see this as a good thing because nothing really helped the pain in my legs prior to surgery due to the severity of the nerve compressions. My surgeon says the nubness wqs from positioning from the last 12 hour surgery but nobody seems to by that including my other docs. He must have severed nevres during the last surgery. Fortunately they haven't grown back. When it comes to nerve pain, I never found opiates to provide the least bit of relief for nerve pain, they would sedate me before they would relieve the pain, but you can't spend the rest of your life sedated.
When it comes to antiD's and anticonvulsants, it's something you have to play trial and error with every med in both classes. One anti D may not help at all where another may. Same with anti seizure drugs, you can't take one version and conclude the entire class wouldn't be effective. If the first one you try doesn't work, you have at least a dozen different ones you can still try. I can't believe they want to do an ablation procedure before trying an antiseizure med or doing a test block to see if it would even help.
Lyrica actually got FDA aproval for the treatment of some types of nerve pain where all the others are simply known to be effective and their use is considered off label but they have been used for at least 15 years for this off label purpose. Before opiates were used on chronic non malignant pain, all they used were antiD's and anti seizure meds and of course the psych stuff, lots of PT and relaxation techniques and distraction techniques along with procedures like nerve ablation and blocks.
Good luck, Dave