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Hi Pooby,

Sorry for the delay in replying. I went to the Wasser a few years ago and saw Dr.Peng. He discharged me after 4-5 visits because all he offered me was a trial of different drugs-- e.g. neurontin and the opiates. After a few treatments, he suggested I just follow up with my GP and he would inform him of the drugs he recommended I take. I stopped taking the opaties and now just take nortriptyline ( an anti-depressant that treats nerve pain ). I haven't tried lyrica yet-- I don't want to try this drug because of what I've heard-- it apparently increases the risk of affecting the genes in the sperm and fathering a child with birth defects ( imagine that !! ). I would never be able to live with myself if my wife gave birth to a child with this knowing I may have caused it. Not too many people know about this particular side effect. IF you're not a male in the reproductive years, I guess it's not important. Anyhow, my neuro says it's likely pain originating from the spinal cord. I really don't know how that happens. He's been evasive about explaining this. He says that, sometimes the nervous system undergoes "changes" after a surgery ( in my case, fusion ) and becomes hypersensitive. He says there is no compression visible on the diagnostic tests
so that pain management is now my only option. I have to get another opinion or two before I accept this. I'm trying to find out who is the best person to see about a careful 2nd opinion. I'm willing to go anywhere in the world at this point. I will pay out of my own pocket to get my life back. Any ideas of which doctor is good for another opinion? By the way, I've heard Dr.Gordon at the Wasser is good-- are you seeing him?