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I started experiencing neuropathic pains three years ago. ( I had for several years had strange feelings on /under my feet . Feeling of tightness as if encassed in some iron boot I guess. The real pains started Three years ago, immedately after a hip replacement operation. I had developed a bad gait ( sort of twisted)and I presume that as I began to walk straight once more my spine started to readjust and due to wear of the vertebreas and thin disks( I am 77 years young) pressure was put on the nerves( I also suffer from chronic lumbago) and burning, singing and cuting pains started all over my body. I was first prescribed a variety of painkillers which were not of great use. I then saw a consultant neurologist in Liverpool ( I live in the Isle of Man) After a thourough examination and the result of a scan, he suggested pregabalin and amiriptyline , gradually increasing the dosage over a period of several weeks and I have been following this therapy with a degree of success. I still suffer a certain amount of pain, especially towards evening. Usually a sudden cutting pain where there is contact with the skin. I readjust my garments and massage the erea. So I wear loose garments. I find that sitting too long aggravates the condition so I keep myself busy with various activities. I cycle weather permitting ,all the year round ( I never suffer back pains whilst cycling ) I get involved in various music activities. Throughout my worst moments I have always found music, listening or participating ( I play the recorder in groups and sing in sevderal choirs), a great comfort and aid to pain management. Focussing the mind on pleasant and beautiful things is for me a great help and comfort. I am not very religious though I attend church, in the choir. Meditation also helps.
I don't know if any of my experience can be of any help to others but I hope so.
Suzanne Rose Ramsey Isle of Man
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