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Is It Common To Take Topamax For Nerve Pain
The brain and spinal cord communicates with what is occurring in the internal organs and limbs by nerve fibers where are like electrical wires with insulation (myelin) and the "copper" (axon). Within brain and spinal cord these nerves connect to other nerves via synapses on both axons and dendrites. A nerve can carry information regarding sensations, and ...Read more
Combination: Actually, a drug combination treatment approach may prove more efficacious than single drug treatment. Both drugs are typical for neuropathic or "nerve" pain. The side effects of using both drugs together would be compounded and should be considered when prescribed together. ...Read more
Neuropathy: Pain generated by nerve problems can be due to compressive lesion (radiculopathy or pinched nerve) or metabolic or immune nerve condition (neuropathy). This could be treated with medications like cymbalta, lyrica, (pregabalin) amitriptyline, nortriptyline, tegretol, and neurontin. Removing the offending problem should be the main goal. For example, in diabetic patients weight loss and strict sugar control. ...Read more
Varies: Some patients report improvement soon after they take it. Under dosing is not uncommon. Its a generally safe medication with few drug interactions and works better at higher dosage, side effects permitting. ...Read more
Is lyrica (pregabalin) ok to take long term ? Heard different opinions. Taking it for nerve pain. 300 mg per day.
Lyrica (pregabalin): A “new and improved” version of gabapentin, used as an anticonvulsant. Have been widely used for both paroxysmal and continuous neuropathic pain conditions such as postherpetic neuralgia and diabetic neuropathy as well as trigeminal neuralgia and atypical odontalgia. The drugs of choice for those patients who are taking other medications or have liver damage. Great regiment. ...Read more
Does nerve pain from shingles usually take longer than a week to go away? My condition seems to be improving but random nerve pain is still at a 8.5/9
Can take longer: You may wish to consult to a pain specialist, since interruption of the pain cycle may help the healing process move along better. ...Read more
Brain/Spine Injury: Pain can be the result of an irritated nerve or facet joints or other injury typically in the lumbar spine (low back) which are caused by herniated disks, spinal stenosis or degenerative disc disease, etc requiring further evaluation by a spine specialist. Other pain syndromes can be from spinal cord injury or brain injury or just injury to a limb resulting in complex regional pain syndrome. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
4-6 weeks: Initially the symptoms last 4-6 weeks and if your body heals like it supposed to then pain relief starts. However disc herniations which are the cause of majority of sciatica symptoms last for 6-9 months and therefore people can have pain during that time as well. If not better after 6 weeks see a spine specialist to evaluate this further. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Neuralgia is a condition in which there is a sharp, unexpected pain along a nerve that is due to the irritation and damage of that nerve. Chemicals, diseases such as diabetes, medications, previous surgery, and trauma are potential causes of neuralgia. Numbness and weakness of the muscles supplied by the ...Read more
Is indicated to treat epilepsy, but mainly a second line or adjunctive agent, and also useful to prevent migraine headaches. Has several adverse effects including: kidney stones, narrow angle glaucoma, metabolic acidosis, heatstroke in kids, paresthesias, slowing of speech and cognition, drowsiness. ...Read more
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