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A 37-year-old female asked:

Was addicted to opiates for years bc chronic nerve pain (crp) now on suboxone. pain intolerable. had surgery, lyrica, (pregabalin) gabapentin, (can't take nsaid - bleed.) non -narcotic suggestion? any help at all?

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Dr. Matt Wachsman
Internal Medicine 37 years experience
Pain or addiction: For addiction, the psychological and social issues are most important, group (mainly group) and individual counseling with Suboxone works in the majority. While I cannot say in your particular case, nerve pain, is treated with practically Any pill that damps down nerves (anti-epileptics--lyrica/gabapentin/others; Lidocaine or Lidocaine like drugs--amitryptiline)
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Dr. James Schuh
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Alternative therapy: Have you tried acupuncture? Are you exercising regularly? Also, meditation could help.
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Dr. Andrew Shiller
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 27 years experience
Think holistically: Medications are one way of controlling nerve pain. Pain is a complex holistic process. You may be able to decrease need for meds by addressing other issues. That includes nutrient status, stress or emotional trauma that may have accompanied or pre-dated the injury, and movement and use of the limb. It's a complex topic. You might look for a doc who does integrative or functional medicine.
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Last updated May 29, 2017

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