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A 53-year-old female asked:

I have severe neuropathy pain as a result of radiation & chemo for colorectal cancer stage iiib. taking neurontin. tried lyrica (pregabalin). nothing is helping.

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Dr. Paul Grin
Pain Management 37 years experience
See pain management: specialist. Neuropathic pain is one of the most challenging and complex pain syndromes. You should see specifically a pain management specialist to manage your pain. Take care.
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Dr. Irving Harper
Internal Medicine 36 years experience
Complex: Proper tx. for has to be multi-faceted. Other medications, such as duloxetine and venlafaxine , can be tried, as well as certain anti-convulsants. Bio-feedback, yoga and other exercise , acupuncture, and therapeutic massage might help. You should see a neurologist or pain mgmt . specialist with experience in this type of pain. Though not ideal, sometimes opiods for certain pts. is an option.
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Dr. Bennett Machanic
Neurology 53 years experience
FURTHER COMMENTS: Your nerve pain can be controlled, but you would do well to try these approaches: Lyrica, if tolerated, can work at high dosing, >400 mg daily in thrice daily regimen. Cymbalta, and Savella (milnacipran) might work, but using Gralise or Horizant may make tolerance of gabapentin better. The opioid Nucynta is approved for neuropathy in diabetes. Local compounded pain cremes with Ketamine, might work.
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Dr. Fred Gallo
Clinical Psychology 37 years experience
Therapy techniques: While pain medication can be helpful, there are various techniques that can help manage pain. Meditation, hypnosis, energy tapping, and changing your perception of pain can help. There are therapists who specialize in pain management. Also consider techniques discussed in my books, "Energy Tapping" and "Energy Tapping for Trauma".
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Last updated May 15, 2016

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