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Pain Medication

Postby lennys » Sat Nov 03, 2012 7:15 am

I have tried so many medications for the pain from my syrinx(post decompression surgery) and always come back to Lyrica, which just takes the edge off. My pain runs along the left side of my chest and is a constant 6/10. Does anyone have advice. I am pulling my hair out.I did some research and came across a medication used in Europe called Normast,used for neuropathic pain.Anyone had ago.What is helping you with pain. Jannine
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Re: Pain Medication

Postby razzle » Sat Nov 03, 2012 8:28 am

never heard of the one you mentioned .. There are several Cymbalta, Neurontin, Noritripline , Trammadol, Tegretol etc etc ...
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Re: Pain Medication

Postby razzle » Sat Nov 03, 2012 8:33 am

Drugs can be used to treat neuropathic pain. There are 3 types of drugs:
Anti-depressants eg. amitriptyline, which were developed to treat depression, have long been used "off licence" to treat nerve pain.
Anti-convulsants or anti-epileptic drugs (AEDs) such as carbamazepine, developed to control fits in epilepsy have long been used to treat nerve pain. Newer anticonvulsants such as gabapentin and pregabalin are the treatment of neuropathic pain.
Opioids such as tramadol are sometimes useful in some people for nerve pain.
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Re: Pain Medication

Postby gunflint » Sat Nov 03, 2012 11:00 am

I recently changed from Gabapentin to Lyrica. I did so because I started having the burning pain in my right arm that was pretty much under control in my left arm. This is a recent development for me. So far it's not working that well. If not for the Hydrocodone I probably wouldn't get off the couch.
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Re: Pain Medication

Postby Gill » Sun Nov 04, 2012 6:04 am

Gabapentin is the first thing I've tried, and fortunately seems to be working pretty well. It's made a huge difference in the three or four months I've used it.

I would be wary about Normast. It MAY turn out to be a groundbreaking new approach that is a breakthrough in the treatment of chronic pain. There isn't yet an adequate evidence base. You've got studies on mice, and a smallish number of small scale short-term studies on people. I don't think there's anything on long-term safety.

I wouldn't touch it on these data. What I would do is watch closely and hope for more research. I think it's legally available in a small number of European countries, officially as a food supplement.

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