Gabapentin or Pregabalin

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Which is best for trapped nerve pain in the lower back which causes leg pain, numb/pins & needles in feet.

I have been told by specialist that there is nothing that can be done and that I will have to live with the problem.

Perhaps there are other suggestions for this type of pain.

I would be glad of any help.

?Thanks.

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    I have nerve damage in my feet, peripheral neuropathy, and the doctors put me on gabapentin but it does nothing to help the pain so I am weaning myself off of it. I'm trying to get something that will help but the neurologist says that nerve damage is hard to figure out and he is doing the best he can do. I think the doctors give out antidepressants like candy because they get bonuses from the drug companies for passing them out. I have tried cymbalta and lyrica but those made things worse. I don't know why they don't give me anything for the pain in my body but I know they could if they wanted to. Healthcare has gone downhill.

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      What happened to our gabapentin discussion. It went a bit astray somewhere along the line. Please let me know how you get on at your next gp / hospital appointment.

      Best wishes

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      I'm not sure where it went, my neurologist appointment is in about 2 weeks I think but I will let you know where it goes. I'm imagining he will want to increase the gabapentin but I am going to tell him it does nothing for me and he will probably reply that I need to be on a higher dosage for it to work. I am also going to ask about marinol or tramadol or anything that will actually help with body pain. I already know what he is going to say but it's worth a shot.

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      Tramadol did nothing for my back or nerve pain. Gabapentin is the better one for nerve pain at a high dose , if you can stand the side effects. That's why i only take 2 at bed time now. I also take codydramol every 4 hours for the back pain , and sometimes ibuprofen. Not very healthy but when in pain i don't have any option and at least i sleep through the night. I think tiredness makes pain seem worse. Hope you can find something to help your pains. Like you said healthcare definitely going down hill. 10 minutes and that's your lot. No time for you.

      Best wishes.

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      When I was on gabapentin, I said it wasn't working, and the dose was increased. After another two months with no improvement, we tried amitriptyline and gave it a fair trial. No good. I already started RFA before trying Duloxetine. That did have positive effects, but also gave me tremmors, and occasionally made me dizzy. So we quit that.

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      i developed severe pain to the right of my stoma, soon after having inguinal hernia repair.  Have tried nortriptyline, topamax, gabapentin  300mg , 3 x a day, lyrica 150, cymbalta  60 mg, venlafaxine 75 mg, and cbd also.   No relief, and also went with ultra sound guided steroid injection, nerve block ,  rfa, and more recently boston scientific spinal cord stimulator, all to no avail.   Its a burning stinging senation, worse by sitting, driving , or laying on my back.   Next to try would be spinal cord stimulator by Nevro, which my pain doc said is good for abdominal nerve pain.  Any other suggestions, and seemed like the quality of life could lead to some improvement.  take care
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      It might be a good idea to ask for an EMG/ NCV test. (Electromyography/Nerve Conduction Velocity ) When this was done on me, to diagnose my meralgia paresthetica, it's results were inconclusive. But everyone is different. It may give someone an important clue. Couldn't hurt. Good luck.

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      Spoke to my pain doc and neurologist and both said my nerve pain by abdomen doesnt show on any nerve or diagnostic test.  Am thinking about nevro spinal stimulator and still investigating.   Good luck to u too
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      The neurologist here along with my PvP insist that it is about the only thing they can give me that will work at all, of course I know they are full of crap. There are a lot of meds they could give me
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      I was also led to believe that anti depressants were the only thing to treat neuropathy. Doctors are actually told to recommend anti depressants before anything else. If you refuse one anti depressant, they are instructed to offer you another.  They are also reluctant to prescribe opiods because of fear of addiction, even if they know they would help your pain.

       I found though, that warm weather helps and cold, wet weather triggers it.  I am going on holiday to Italy next Monday and I will be away until September and that will mean three months free of neuropathy with all the hot weather I will get!

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      I had tried cymbalta and lyrica which made things a lot worse so then they put me on gabapentin. I had also tried celexa with no luck
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    I use to take gabapintin but it really did no do anything I could tell.so I started taking supplements which did work at first but I am happy with now. My daily routine mow is pure turmeric powder,super b complex,omega 3 and Kratom. It seems to help me also DB foot cream helped also medical marijuana. I one time I tried a wearable queel unit but that didn't work for me but they did refund my money with no problems. I tried everything I could find. I do realize that i will never get rid of the pain and I do have to live with it. So just to the best I can.

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