I just started taking this medication and was wondering if anyone else uses it for diabetic neuropathy? I read all the posts and haven't seen anyone who is using it for this purpose... I HATE taking meds but am on opiants for headache pain and really would like to get off of them. This med was not prescribed for the headaches, they are VERY severe in nature and I have tried EVERYTHING to help with pain... Shots, narcotics, etc, etc... I am just hoping that this med will help with my severe neuropathy which keeps me from being able to sleep more than an hour or two at night. If it also helps with the headaches that would be great but I have kind of lost hope where those are concerned. I also have SYRINGOMYELIA if anyone knows what that is or has it, let me know... They say they THINK that may be causing my headaches but are not sure. Thank to anyone who can help me with this and good luck to anyone else who is suffering in pain, it really stinks, I have had to close my salon after 20 years, gave up my harley, (driving all together) my whole life has changed. I am also hoping that it may help me with the depression that I suffer with due to illness and life changes since, as well as quitting smoking! Thanks Again, Athena
23 Apr 2013
Syringomyelia is a neurological disorder characterized by the formation of a fluid-filled cyst (syrinx) within the spinal cord. This cyst may, for unknown reasons, expand during adolescence or the young adult years, destroying the center of the spinal cord as it does.
As the syrinx expands, it affects the nerves that stimulate the patient's legs, arms, back and shoulders. In turn, the affected individual may feel considerable pain and weakness, and may lose the ability to distinguish hot from cold objects. The combination of symptoms and signs may vary considerably from person to person, depending on where in the spine the syrinx is located and how much it expands over time. Often, the symptoms develop slowly. Unless the condition is treated surgically, it may lead to neurological deficits and chronic, intense pain.
Nortriptyline can work quite well for diabetic neuropathy. I have seen many people who take it and say it can be helpful. My own father takes it and he says it has been helpful for him.
Pain does indeed stink. Have you tried a beta blocker for your headaches? I used to get really bad migraines and never found anything that worked until I was put on a beta blocker for high blood pressure and lo and behold, after about a year of being on it, I noticed my headache frequency was getting better. I used to have 2-3 a month and now I maybe get 1-2 a year! It took a long time for it to work. I think I tried a beta blocker years ago but I dont think I tried it more than a month or two back then and that isnt enough time. Something to think about anyway. Opioids can cause rebound headaches so you have to be careful with them or you can get yourself in a vicious cycle of having to take a pill to avoid a rebound headache. I have been there too! I suffer from back pain so I know what it is like to have to stop doing things you used to like to do. I hope you find some relief in the future. This is a good site for finding great people to support you when you are in pain!
- Nortriptyline Information for Consumers
- Nortriptyline Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Nortriptyline (detailed)
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