My daily pain is Very severe and I take Oxy 3, 40mg a day, Robaxin 750mg and Vicodin as needed 10/325 up to 4 daily, they r like candy though! I don't know if Cymbalta is worth trying due to the start up side affects as well as the side affects with stopping the med. I'm 45 and have been in law enforcement for 24 years. I'm of course getting the boot from work but at least this is covered under my workers comp. I'm at the point where I just don't want to take anymore new drugs. My PM doctor said the pain meds are only designed to take the edge off the pain and that's it. And that's what they do, they just take the edge off a little! I had another EMG the other day and this doctor was extremely rude! He was by far the worst doctor I've ever dealt with! He told me all my nerve problems was because I'm a diabetic. Which by the way I'm not a diabetic as I've had blood works done every six months with the last one completed in July and the blood glucose was fine. As well were the other values that were checked. This doctor said he doesn't know how I can walk or drive as the EMG result were really bad. He had to turn the shock level to medium and up to the max shock on every muscle he was checking. That's why I'm thinking not even starting the Cymbalta as I just don't think it will work. Any thoughts or comments would be appreciated! Thanks for any help anyone wants to through my way!
I'm really sorry to hear about your horrible chronic pain. And you should never be mistreated by a doctor, that is unacceptable! Those injuries you have to your discs, seven wow!, are the cause of this nerve pain it seems. With the disc or spinal damage the messages sent to and from your brain get jumbled and the brain sends out alarm bells about the pain, it's true you have pain, but the buggy brain is the one overreacting and it's like the pain signal is turned on full blast. So the pain drugs help interrupt this message, making life a bit more bearable until they wear off and over time we build up tolerance. I hope all that just made sense, my pain and pills make it hard to express myself!
I didn't get much relief from the Cymbalta, not enough to make it worth putting up with the side effects. I also tried Neurontin, or Gabapentin. Have you tried that or has your doc mentioned it? It is an anti-seizure med but also a nerve blocker so it can reduce the nerve pain. You have to start with a low dose and work your way up until you find some relief. It's not a cure-all, but it's tolerable, has been around longer than some of these newer Frankenstein-drugs that they push on us. You can read about it on this site, just do a search and read the info, side effects and patient reviews.
Is there any surgery that you've had? Not recommending it, just wondering. Don't be too hard on yourself, chronic pain sucks, pulls you down, wears you out, so go easy on yourself. Get lots of rest, mild exercise, yoga? Meditation? Relaxation techniques? Physical therapy? Massage?
Hope that helps! Lots of smart people on here with experience in this area, so hopefully they'll chime in. Thank you for your law enforcement service as well.
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