4 month history of neuropathic pain and muscle weekness affecting right hand, arm, shoulder, scapula and neck. MRI scan revealed bone abnormalities affecting C5/C6 with nerve root compression. Neurosurgery carried out Christmas Eve 2013. Since the operation, there has been some improvement in muscle weakness with intensive physiotherapy. Main problem now is continuing significant neuropathic pain along the same nerve root distribution. Medications include fentanyl patches, Gabapentin, MST and oramorph for breakthrough pain. Am experiencing many side effects which is affecting my work as a medical doctor.
Does anyone have any suggestions in improving the quality of my life.
Tony try Lyrica for the neuropathic pain. I found it helpful however the ever increasing doses required to manage the pain became detrimental to due to side effects, mental alertness and drowsiness. If you can find a dose that works for you great.
You may be able to get some relief through acupuncture treatments. It worked for a while for me, however when I stopped the therapy it came back. Perhaps you can also try other holistic approaches to the weakness like dietary changes ; greatly reducing processed foods and increasing green juicing. I have discovered that I want so much to just increase my Quality of life that I keep a whole bag of "Tools" to rid myself of pain
You might try a TENS unit too. Lyrics is helpful also. "Motion is lotion" don't stop moving in a therapeutic way-this helps in many ways! Accupressure helps too, but not for long periods for me, but it helps! You can often self-apply it too. Heat packs help-use the arthritis type as they last longer. You may laugh but self hypnosis helps as well as trusting and calling on the Lord for relief (but you must be a BELIEVER for true relief) and last, a warm/hot or cold soak in a tub. I so hope you improve, much of this is simply upping your pain tolerance levels.
BK7 is correct, Lyrica can work well but finding the right dosage is difficult. There seems to be fine line between enough Lyrica to work at reducing the pain vs. too much that causes some nasty side effects. I wasn't able to find a dosage that worked and didn't give me side effects like foggy head, blurred vision, ringing in the ears and poor memory. It can take several months for your body to get use to Lyrica so don't judge the side effects too quickly.