I have chronic pain & numbness/burning sensations in my toes. Vicodin no longer works. I've been on vicodin for about 3 years now, I'm currently at 10mg and it doesn't take the pain away anymore. How should I discuss with my doctor about getting a stronger pain medicine and/or what else is available?
It sounds like you have peripheral neuropathy which I have. I tried neurontin (gabapentin) and it didn't work. I ended up taking 75mg. of Elavil at bedtime. Also Cymbalta works with chronic pain as well. Ask your doctor about these meds and/or upping your Vicodin to 15 mg.
All the best,
Best that you don't know what's available as making suggestions like that is a red flag to Doctors, best just to describe your pain and the ineffectiveness of the current pain med and allow the Dr to make recommendations. Much better chance of success that way both in the initial and ongoing. Hope this helps.
This sounds like nerve pain, so medications like gabapentin and Lyrica are often prescribed to calm the nerves. Some docs combine those with narcotics and both dosing and types of drugs are titrated and adjusted while trying to determine the best treatment for individual needs. Only your doctor knows what's best for you individually.
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