Am experiencing nerve damage from recent hip replacement surgery. My foot, knee and thigh are always at varying degrees of burning and throbbing. My hip , however, is doing well. I am allergic to neurontin and have scoliosis and lumbar osteoarthritis and every extra 5 lbs makes my spine ache, so Lyrica( from what I’ve read) is out of the question. I have been prescribed Robaxin and oxycodone #60 ( surgery was 8/12) every 6 hours and I stagger them. Taking Tylenol with the Robaxin ;but it doesn’t do much but take the edge off the nerve pain that breaks me out in a cold sweat in the wee hours. Ice is now my best friend. Any advice is appreciated in advance.
Alternative nerve pain medicine to Lyrica or Neurontin?
Question posted by AKarst on 19 Aug 2022
Last updated on 13 April 2023 by SouthernBelle92
When you first mentioned that you had "nerve damage" after having hip surgery, it reminded me of what I "thought" I had following a simple arthroscopic knee surgery many years ago. It turned out to be something completely different, and I thought I would share my journey with you, just to let you think about the possibility that it could be much more than nerve "damage".
It was your remark about the varying degrees of "burning and throbbing", and I am curious if the burning and throbbing in your entire leg started out in a small area and eventually spread to encompass your entire leg, or had the burning and throbbing in your entire leg was there from when you awoke from surgery?
If the burning and throbbing seemed to spread, say, over a couple of weeks, you may want to consider looking at a medical condition called Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS) aka Reflex Symathetic Dystrophy (RSD) to see if that better explains your condition. It's considered a rare condition that was first observed during the Civil War in wounded soldiers and was called "Causalgia" at the time. Up until the recently it was poorly understood, and rarely studied, but it is finally getting the medical communities attention it so rightly deserves!
I suggest you look it up, and see if it might apply to your condition, too!
Wishing you ONLY, and ALL the best!!
I suffer with extreme nerve damage as well. It's a tough pain to treat, well for me anyways. Especially if it's chronic pain for life.
After trying all medications for nerve pain, my doctor decided to try opioids.
The medication that has helped me is called Metadol. It's methadone. I always thought that methadone was used for heroin addicts to treat their withdrawal symptoms, and it is... but it's also used for pain in many cancer patients and patients with nerve pain. Research Metadol, and consider giving it a try. It helped me a lot with next to no or very little pain. Hope this helps... if not I can offer other types of medications too.
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