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Unread 04-26-2008, 02:18 AM
Nerve Damage

I also have nerve damage though I've been dx'ed with RSD or CRPS, which is a little different re/ some treatments, same re/meds. I received 50 % pain relief with 60mg. Cymbalta, yet we are each unique in how we respond to meds. I also use Lyrica, Topamax, and Duragesic (fentanyl) patches. I gained 15 lbs. on Elavil and stopped it due to a family history of diabetes. I've had 2 lumbar sympathetic nerve blocks, which gave me full pain relief for a week +. Some members of my RSD online group have had 100s of nerve blocks done with marcaine and Depo-Medrol. Pulsed radiofrequency was recommended by one pain doc but my insurance did not cover it. Best of luck to each of you. It's trial-and-error, so just keep trying. Don't give up.
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Unread 04-27-2008, 04:30 AM
The Road Less Traveled>Nerve Damage

Do you mind saying which meds you take? I had both of my surgeries through a 9" vertical incision in my belly as I was not a candidate for a lap either time, though I would have preferred one. The first was to remove a postmenopausal complex ovarian cyst the size of a bowling ball. The next was to remove the lower third of my sigmoid colon as a result of a very rare complication of a hysterectomy called a colovaginal fistula, which resulted in RSD. I am curious about HBOT (hyperbaric oxygen treatments), prolotherapy, anything as I currently feel as if I am sleeping away my life from the SE of my meds. How about you? The Bean
Unread 04-27-2008, 07:09 AM
Nerve Damage

Im sorry that you have pain, and feel sleepy all the time.
I take vicodin 3x(10mg) daily, and percocet in the evening(which is when my pain is the worst) i think all pain meds make you tired when you first start them, you body will get used to it. My pain meds dont make me tired, actually when the pain is lessened I have more energy. Take care, email me anytime, I rely on support, so I dont feel so alone!

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