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Well, I went to my appt. yesterday and was able to be assertive about my needs. I spoke articulately and with confidence. I am not always able to do this, but with the help of these boards and some meditation, I did it.

I am now on Lyrica for the nerve pain. I hope there are no nasty side effects to it. I am in management and need all of my faculties working in order to be effective.

One interesting note: I thought Tramadol was a non-narcotic. I am confused because pain management told me if I need it I can have it prescribed by my pcp. However, the dr also considered it to be a "step backwards" in my recovery. I'm not sure how to sort all of that out.

So, my plan right now is to give the Lyrica a shot and try to stay away from any b/t meds stronger than Extra Strength Tylenol for now. I'm not sure how long it will last, but your advice and the list of things to consider will certainly help in the choices or decisions I am faced with as I continue on this journey.

Thanks again! You are all wonderful!

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[QUOTE]I am now on Lyrica for the nerve pain. I hope there are no nasty side effects to it. I am in management and need all of my faculties working in order to be effective.

Glad to hear your doc gave you something for the nerve pain. Lyrica can have some sedative side effects, but not everyone experiences that.

[QUOTE]One interesting note: I thought Tramadol was a non-narcotic. I am confused because pain management told me if I need it I can have it prescribed by my pcp. However, the dr also considered it to be a "step backwards" in my recovery. I'm not sure how to sort all of that out.

Tramadol is not an opiate/opioid, but what some docs fail to tell their patients (because they don't realize this themselves) is that with long-term use, you would need to titrate down to prevent withdrawl. I've read some posts here in the past where people who didn't know, and stopped cold turkey, had a rough time of it. Is this what you've been taking along with your BT meds?

[QUOTE]So, my plan right now is to give the Lyrica a shot and try to stay away from any b/t meds stronger than Extra Strength Tylenol for now. I'm not sure how long it will last, but your advice and the list of things to consider will certainly help in the choices or decisions I am faced with as I continue on this journey.

I'm not sure what you've been taking for BT, but if it is an opiate/opioid med and you have taken it regularly for a long period of time, you should also titrate this med down. If you were only taking it a couple of times a week or something, then it shouldn't be an issue.

Best of luck with everything. Keep us posted as to how you are doing. CMP/MM