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Severed Nerve... Ouch Help!!! Severed Nerve... Ouch Help!!!

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Unread 05-05-2003, 08:39 PM
Severed Nerve... Ouch Help!!!

HELLO SISTERS,

I SURE HAVE MISSED YOU BUNCHES. I HAVE NOT HAD ANY TIME TO GET ON THE INTERNET. SO I APOLOGIZE. BUT I WANTED TO DROP ALL OF YOU A LINE AND SAY HI AND LET YOU KNOW WHAT HAS BEEN GOING ON.

WELL I HAD MY SIX MONTH CHECK UP FROM MY TAH/BSO/APPENDECTOMY. EVERYTHING WENT FINE EXCEPT FOR ONE THING,LAST WEEK I STARTED HAVING SEVERE PAIN IN MY RIGHT LEG WHERE IT HAS BEEN NUMB SINCE SURGERY AND THE DR. SAID HE IS PRETTY SURE IT IS A SEVERED NERVE AND DOES NOT KNOW IF IT CAN BE FIXED AND SINCE I REALLY CANT AFFORD ANY MORE DRS. RIGHT NOW I JUST DONT KNOW WHAT TO DO EXCEPT TAKE THIS MUSCLE RELAXER HE GAVE ME.

IF ANYONE CAN HELP ME LET ME KNOW. AND HOW LONG WILL THIS PAIN LAST AND WILL IT EVER HEAL THE RIGHT WAY?

THANKS LOVE YA BUNCHES NICKY
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Unread 05-05-2003, 09:29 PM
Severed Nerve... Ouch Help!!!

I just saw a pain specialist today who prescribed Neurontin for nerve pain. I don't understand what a muscle relaxant would do for you except relax the muscles you are probably tensing because you are in pain.

I don't know if your pain will go away or not, but I do know that you can have nerve damage and have the pain go away. It takes a long time though. At least that's been my experience.

It seems to me you might be well advised to see a who knows more specifically about nerve damage and pain management.

I'm sorry you are having all this pain!
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Unread 05-06-2003, 01:16 AM
Severed Nerve... Ouch Help!!!

I've been dealing with a severed nerve since 1992, and know exactly what you are going through. I was supposed to have a Pelviscopy and possible lysis of adhesions with LASER ONLY. I signed a release for LASER ONLY and ended up being cut with endoshears. I never even made it into the laser room. My beloved Gynecologist of over 17 years saw a band of adhesions on my intestines and abdominal wall .... something he had never seen before, and decided to cut my intestines loose from my abdominal wall. He ended up cutting a five branch nerve ... I can't remember exactly what it's called ... something to the effect of Ilio Lingual, Sacral, Femoral bla bla. Anyway, I ended up with total loss of feeling from my upper right thigh to my knee, and also have Lymphedema. The numbness turned into pain and I was put on Tegretol. When I had a bad reaction to that, I was put on everything from Elavil, Prozac, Zoloft, Diludid, Methadone, Neurontin and Oxycontin. Since I am allergic to Codeine, I got sick from all of the pain meds. I tried a Tens Unit, and Bio Feedback and have finally come to terms with the fact that I will have to live with my pain. Since my hysterectomy, I have lost the feeling from my knee down .... so I am now numb from my thigh to my toes. The pain is moving around with a vengance, but I had been warned before my hysterectomy that having any kind of abdominal surgery could cause more nerve damage.
I did have my severed nerve positively diagnosed by two Neurologists and a Thoracic Surgeon. The tests weren't horrible, but time consuming. I did find out that if the nerve is not severed, it is possible to get feeling back and for the pain to go away ..... I wasn't that lucky. If you are really having severe pain, and don't feel any improvement within a few months ... seek help from a Thoracic Surgeon. It's so hard to diagnose a severed nerve ... they don't show up in MRIs or CAT Scans. I feel for you .... nerve damage is the pits and most doctors don't want to deal with the pain that results from it. Muscle relaxers can help a little, but maybe more as a sedative....they don't actually help the pain. The only total relief I have had was from the Demerol and Nubain I had after my hysterectomy. The IV Demerol caused me to vomit for the first 24 hours. I was then switched to a low dose of Nubain, which caused no nausea or side effects. Too bad it doesn't come in pill form!!
I wish you lots of luck in fnding pain relief!! If you do find something that works .... please let me know!!

Nancy
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Unread 05-06-2003, 06:29 AM
Severed Nerve... Ouch Help!!!

Nicky,
It's good to hear from you sweetie. I'm sorry to hear about the severed nerve. I've been told that I have nerve damage, not in my leg, but my ilingual (sp?) nerves.

There are some nerve meds out there that may be able to help. Neurontin, has mentioned above, is one of them. There are numerous others also. I was taking one awhile back called Gabatril.

Perhaps your doctor isn't knowledgeable about these meds, it may be time to see a Pain Mgmt doc.

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Unread 05-06-2003, 11:28 AM
THANK YOU ONCE AGAIN..

THANKS SISTERS I HAD A ROUGH NIGHT LAST NIGHT I WAS UP AND DOWN WITH MY LEG IN SO MUCH PAIN AND YOUR RIGHT (JOSELLE) THE MUSCLE RELAXER DID NOT DO MUCH BUT UPSET MY STOMACH SOME. I GO BACK TO THE DR. IN 4WKS AND THEN HE IS GOING TO SEND ME TO NERVE SPECIALIST. OH YEAH! THIS ROAD GETS EVEN LONGER. JUST WHEN I THOUGHT I WAS DOING BETTER **BANG** I GET HIT WITH SOMETHING ELSE.

I WANT TO TELL YOU THAT HEARING I AM NOT THE ONLY ONE WITH THIS HELPS ALOT.

I LOVE YOU GALS. TALK TO YA LATER HUGS AND PRAYERS NICKY
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Unread 05-06-2003, 12:20 PM
Severed Nerve... Ouch Help!!!

Geezzzzzzz.... I sure hope there is relief for us!! After over 10 years of pain, it gets OLD!!
Kim, I've read some of your other posts and saw that you are on Duragesic patches?? Are they for the nerve pain? I have problems with so many drugs that I've about given up. I just went through withdrawls from Effexor and before that, got sick from Luvox. My insurance company has decided that I'm SMI .. Severly Mentally Ill, and I'm now seeing a Psyc ... so I can get Xanax to keep me calm. My PCP used to have no problems prescribing it, but he disappeared from the face of the earth and the 3 new PCPs I've seen refuse to prescribe anything more that Vioxx. My Gynecologist just tells me to relax...yea right! One of the side effects I got from Tegretol and Neurontin was a horrible rash on my face and hands. It got so bad on my face that my skin cracked open and I now have scars. When I was put on Prozac, I got the same thing. Now, 10 years later, I have the rash back on my hands from Effexor. I'm afraid for anyone to see my hands now .... the rash looks disgusting! I go to the Psych today to find out what I get to try again .... OH JOY!! He's also a Neurologist, but doesn't have the time to go through my records to see the meds I've been on, and the effects. I've heard of Duragesic, but know nothing about what kind of possible side effects they could bring. I can deal with almost anything now ... except for nausea. The pain is getting worse and I don't feel like being a slave to it for the rest of my life. I also don't want to be prescribed drugs that cost an arm and leg and end up in the toilet. Any insight would be appreciated. Oh...I'm also getting rashes when I put my dots on my belly. When I put them on my hips or rear .... nothing. This just started when I was put on Effexor. My Gynecologist wants to switch me to Premarin ... I'm fighting to stay on the dots....AARGH!!

Thanks,

Nancy
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Unread 05-06-2003, 11:05 PM
Severed Nerve... Ouch Help!!!

Hi Nicky,

I was in error when I said Clonazepam wouldn't do anything for nerve pain. I mean perhaps it won't, but it turns out that it IS one of the many drugs that are used for nerve pain. It does work for some people, apparently. It wouldn't work immediately so please don't judge too quickly. I've just started Neurontin and have been told that I should wait at least two weeks after I get up to the minimum dose for pain before I make any decisions about it. The same may be true for Clonazepam.
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Unread 05-07-2003, 09:40 AM
THANKS!

THANK YOU FOR ALL YOUR HELP.

ITS ALRIGHT JOSELLE, I HAVE NOT TRIED THE CLONZAPAM HE PUT ME ON FLEXERIL. IT ONLY HELPS A LITTLE BIT. THEN I AM UP WALKING ALL NIGHT TRYING TO GET THE SPASMS TO QUIT. I HAVE HEARD ALOT ABOUT THE NEUROTIN ALSO. SO I HOPE IT WORKS FOR YOU. SORRY TO HEAR YOU ARE STILL ON THIS ROAD AS MANY.


THANK YOU ALSO TATOODOGS I APPRECIATE ALL YOUR HELP ALONG WITH EVERYONE ELSES..

DO YOU THINK ITS OK TO TAKE MY SLEEPING MED ON TOP OF THE MUSCLE RELAXER? I JUST DONT KNOW WHAT ELSE TO DO. MAYBE THE BOTH OF THEM I COULD SLEEP MORE..HUGS AND PRAYERS NICKY
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Unread 05-07-2003, 10:26 AM
Severed Nerve... Ouch Help!!!

Hi Nicky,

I'd ask the doctor who prescribed the meds if it's okay to take both at the same time. Sleep is a major factor in dealing with pain....I have no doubt about that! If I don't get any sleep, my pain just gets worse. Being up all night seems to amplify every little thing too. I used to take naps during the day, then I really had a hard time, dealing with the pain at night. I try to keep myself busy during the day, and stay awake until I'm really tired. When I can't keep my eyes opened anymore, I go to bed. I've also found that if I lay in bed and can't sleep, I focus more on the pain. When I have those nights, I get out of bed and either get back on my computer, or watch an old movie on TV. I usually get tired again if I get bored LOL.
I hope your meds start working for you!! Your pharmacist can tell you if the meds are safe to take together too

Nancy
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Unread 05-07-2003, 11:58 AM
Severed Nerve... Ouch Help!!!

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Originally posted by tatoodogs
Kim, I've read some of your other posts and saw that you are on Duragesic patches?? Are they for the nerve pain?
Nancy,
From what I've read about the duragesic it is NOT suppose to help with nerve pain. It does seem to dull it for me. The main thing the duragesic is for is for my chronic pelvic and abdominal pain.

There are many other meds out there that are suppose to help with nerve pain. Meds such as Neurontin, Gabatril and many others. I did take Neurontin for a time but it didn't help much at all.

I will say that I had and do have alot of other things going on with GI problems and I do sometimes wonder if perhaps I should give it another go. However, I too am very sensitive to meds and so am very leary to try anything.

I have not had any side effects from the Duragesic. It has helped me the most of anything else I have tried.

I do have an appt with my Neurologist on Friday to further discuss the nerve damage and other problems that I'm having. I'll let you know what he has to say.
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