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Hi diet, he wouldn't prescribe you anything for nerve pain, it's time you do move on to someone else, what is it with these docs, nerve pain is very difficult to handle, I was in the same boat you are with meds, my pain doc. wouldn't prescribe anything but narcotics for me and after a year it was doing nothing, until I went to my family physician and he said get off of them, and he gave me lyrica, and I must say I take one pill at night, and I'm sleeping like a baby and my pain rarely, and I mean rarely wakes me up at night, I think in the last two months I've maybe woken up three times with pain, needless to say I have not gone back to my pain doc.

I'm so sick and tired of all these docs. sending us to pain management, this is my own personal feeling, and I wish that they would be more honest with us as patients.
I agree with you that maybe, just maybe he should have fused the level L4, and always remember this I don't think any doc. would ever tell any patient that maybe they made a mistake, at least I don't know of any.

YOu poor thing, you've been through so much, and now you have this, just be careful increasing your activities, you have pain now, and increasing might cause you more problems, so please do it very slowly.

Please keep us posted, I'll be thinking about you.
Tulip15
[QUOTE=123dietdrpepper;3373544]I sent an email to my GP asking him if he was familiar with topomax or cymbalta in the treatment of nerve pain and if not would he mind checking into it before our appt on Monday. I explained that I was hopeful if we could get onto a nerve med maybe we could reduce the narcotics.

Hang in there pepper, I hope you get some better information soon, and some good medication. I don't know alot about nerve medication, wishing I did! I already take topamax and have for about 3 years for the preventation of migraines. I was told I could not take Lyrica because of the topamax, I dont know about any other nerve medication. When I called the surgeons office a few days before xmas in horrible nerve pain they said they could not help me, nice huh! :(

With my insurance a pm doctor is the one I would see to handle long term chronic pain, not my GP. I just didn't expect to have leg trouble after the surgery.
I hope they find a good nerve medication for you that is well tolerated,

Lori
QUOTE=123dietdrpepper;3373544]I sent an email to my GP asking him if he was familiar with topomax or cymbalta in the treatment of nerve pain and if not would he mind checking into it before our appt on Monday. I explained that I was hopeful if we could get onto a nerve med maybe we could reduce the narcotics.

[FONT="Comic Sans MS"][COLOR="DarkGreen"]Diet, BTW, I'm on topamax for nerve pain and LOVE it. I've been on it for almost 3 mths now. I've been on other nerve meds in the past - neurontin (didn't like, bad side effects) and lyrica (didn't have any bad side effects), but my newest PM wanted me to try topamax mainly b/c lyrica causes weight gain and topamax causes weight loss. Since starting topamax I've lost 25 lbs without effort, it just curbs my appetite. Most nights, I have to remind myself to eat something - now, I do have a toddler and it could either be the topamax or that I'm just too busy chasing after him but either way I'm down a few dress sizes. I've also seen a difference in the feeling I have in my left leg and foot since starting the topamax. For the last 2 years my left leg and foot have been numb due to sciatica and no other nerve meds have given me the slightest feeling in my leg or foot but since starting the topamax I've had some feeling come back. It's not a painful feeling and it doesn't last but it's definately a step in the right direction, considering doctor's have told me for 2 years that I'll never have feeling in my leg or foot again. I'm sorry I babbled on, I just wanted to throw my 2 cents worth in. Take care.[/FONT]
Emily - I told them then I would call them to schedule when I had my calendar in front of me. ;)

Deb - yes DDP is my drink of choice. I should have stock in it beause I drink so much of it.

Roy - you did not offend me in the slightest. I think my doctor truthfully tried his best and really worked hard to solve my problems but for some odd reason he has given up on my back. I wonder if he was just super frustrated because I kept having problems one after another and my nerve pain has never gone away. I wanted to ask him if he has given up completely or if I had done something but I was afraid of causing any problems. I wanted to end this appt on good terms.

I also wonder if he was receiving pressure from my HMO to get me off meds or to resolve my problems. I have no clue and may never know but right now I just need to move on -- I feel that if he is feeling frustrated or upset with me in some way that I am not geting the best care I deserve.

He has perscribed nerve meds before but I reacted to lyrica, neurotin, palemor and elavil. My reaction to neurotin was very serious and was life threatening. That might be playing part into the prescribing the nerve medicine but he said that he has never perscribed the topomax and cymbalta so I guess I have to trust him on it.