I have severe painful neuropathy in my hands & feet. Looking for a medicine to help tolerate the pain.
You can try a number of drugs designed for neuropathy or anti convulsants? If none of these work, and you've given them a reasonable chance, there's always narcotics. That said, one of the problems with narcotics is that your brain becomes acclimated to them after a time and they don't work as effectively. You can increase the dose or switch to another type of narcotic with your doctor's guidance. I've been through all of the drugs and partially completed a Pain Management program and still haven't gotten sufficient relief. So, currently I take a moderate dose of tylenol and codeine. It barely helps, but it does take the edge off of the pain just enough that most days are tolerable. A spinal cord stimulator may help you too. This requires surgery and programming of the electronic signals the stimulator sends to the brain to mask the pain signals.
These have an approximate success rate of 60% defined as subjectively reducing pain by 50% or more. Again, this also didn't work for me, but 60% success, though low, is worth a try if all else fails. There are a number of manufacturers who make these products; your GP could recommend a neurosurgeon to discuss them (and maybe other types of pain relief?). Recently two new stimulator models (one from Nevro and the other from St. Jude Medical) have hit the market in Europe and Australia and will likely be approved in the U.S. shortly. Because I live in Australia, I have access to them and my surgeon is very optimistic about the new technology these stimulators have which is more effective at pain reduction than the old style stimulators. I've done a fair amount of research on these advanced models and, though statistical data is limited because they're so new, they have two advantages (at least) over conventional spinal stimulators: 1st is that their success rate is in the 80% plus area and secondly is that there is solid evidence that either of these newer models are capable of reducing pain that the current base model can't. I wish I had a simple, short, helpful answer to your pain problem but I don't. OTOH, you may be fortunate and discover that one of the oral medications works fairly well for you. No one likes to hear bad news when they hurt, but if nothing seems to help, a formal Pain Management Program, alluded to above, may be your only viable option. Good luck.
I have the same thing going on but mine is from diabties they guess and I have taken every different pill so far and the only one that helps me is 750mg vicoden three times a day and only lasts about two hours a pop but everyone has ruined the name of the pill so doctor afraid to give me anymore so stuck in house in pain hate to be around people. Hopefully lyrica will work for you or neurotin.
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