I hate taking narcotic! Since failed back surgery in 2008 use a cane with nerve damage L5S1. Pain Dr. gives me Oxycontin 10mg. TID Gralise 600mg. 3 tabs daily. Hydrocodone PRN that I use 3x/dly. I there any alternatives to to narcotics for me??? I still have to monitor all that I do everyday. I am disabled do to this damage. Do acupuncture/ stretching etc.Past epidurals caused Adrenal issues that I am still dealing with so that was discontinued.Have stimulater implant since 2010 that I love. Will see my pain Dr. in a few weeks so want alternatives to better manage my back pain.Fusion site "leaked" so nerves are "crazy" down there, Rt. leg and back pain variable but overall feeling of "lead" from waist down is so debiliatating. Just searching for options.
Has your doctor talked about drug options such as Cymbalta, Lyrica, or Gabapentin. I am taking Lyrica for fibro nerve pain. These drugs work on some folks that have neuralgia or nerve related pain better that others. These drugs also help with anxiety due to chronic pain. Getting off of the opioids would be a good move, since these require regular dosage increases to achieve the same pain relieving effect, as time goes on, not to mention the side effects (gastrological). Search the "Does Lyrica work well for nerve pain" for additional info.
Long term pain is horrible and at times very hard to deal with as a patient and hard to treat as a prescriber. It sounds like you could try talking to your doctor about Compound pain management creams. Compound creams are a great choice for alternative management therapy. They have different medications combined to treat pain and are applied topically and absorb into the skin. some options you could try is a combo like ketamine, ketoprofen, lidocaine, gabapentin cream. Ketamine topically is used to as a anesthetic, the ketoprofen is a anti-inflammatory, lidocaine is an anesthetic. the gabapentin helps by treating the nerve pain. This is just a suggestion though. At my pharmacy we see a lot of patient's in the area that have long term pain issues and we have seen a lot of improvement with these creams.
If you have any other questions about compounds feel free to contact me
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