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  • Meds For Neuropathic Pain?

    I'm thinking that a lot of my pain may be neuropathic... can those of you that have had success with meds for neuropathic pain please let me know what has worked for you or what has'nt? Thanks

  • #2
    I'm thinking about Gabapentin... have heard that it has helped out some people.

    Although my eyes get really red and painful when working on the computer for a while everybodies telling me that I don't have major signs of dry eye so I'm thinking that I may have a problem with the nerves sub surface.

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    • #3
      I can relate

      I have seen several Doctors in NC, at least 10, and even though I am told my eyes don't appear that dry based on minimal corneal staining and sometimes no staining, I have constant pain in both eyes. Sometimes they are sharp enough I have to stop what I am doing until the pain decreases. I ended up seeing a neuro-opthamologist at the Mayo Clinic who was of no help and basically said I am having "ghost" or "referred" pain. What on earth! I have beed dealing with dry eyes and constant pain for a year and I am glad I came across this site. I was told to take Lyrica or Neurontin. I tried Lyrica for a month and the pain was the same. I am not a big fan of meds and currently take none. However, you may find some relief. Another great article I found on this site was "Pain without Stain" and it clearly discusses what you and I and several others are going through. We have Doctors dismissing the pain since they don't have the answers. I actaully had an opthamologist shout at me and tell me to get a psychiatric evaluation. I left his office in tears.

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      • #4
        Chemia

        That is a horrible experience for you to have; I say that because it's something I've been through myself. Doctors didn't completely deny that there was something wrong with my eyes but they couldn't understand why I was making such a `big deal' out of it.

        It didn't help that I had seen a lot of different people - so the argument always seemed to be along the lines of "Dr So & So couldn't find that much wrong either....". This had gone on for years and years.

        Thankfully now, I'm seeing someone who has taken more of an interest. My visit to him yesterday was a positive one because the treatment seems to be helping. He is a nice enough chap but a little on the intense side so it was good to see a smile on his face when efforts on both sides seemed to be paying off. It can restore your faith.

        Aaron
        I was prescribed an antidepressant for neuropathic pain - I think it was something called Amitriptyline. Tricyclic antidepressants can cause drowsiness as a side-effect; this was something that I experienced quite badly so I had to abandon them. I felt generally much worse in myself and my eyes were not any better. Perhaps I should have given them longer but at the time I didn't feel that it was something I could cope with.

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        • #5
          neuro pain

          Hi Aaron I had lasik on 1/29/2008 and for about 8 months I was unable to work due to severe eye pain the drs all thought it was just dryeye however I went to bfs and Dr Rosenthal said it was neuro pain he sent me to a neuro eye doc who put me on amitriptyline. It has helped me a lot I was able to return to work I still have some days my eyes bother me but not anything like the servere pain I had before. I wish you the best of luck hang in there it will get better this board helped me a lot. ding

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          • #6
            My life came to a sudden hault

            Originally posted by irish eyes View Post
            Chemia

            That is a horrible experience for you to have; I say that because it's something I've been through myself. Doctors didn't completely deny that there was something wrong with my eyes but they couldn't understand why I was making such a `big deal' out of it.

            It didn't help that I had seen a lot of different people - so the argument always seemed to be along the lines of "Dr So & So couldn't find that much wrong either....". This had gone on for years and years.

            Thankfully now, I'm seeing someone who has taken more of an interest. My visit to him yesterday was a positive one because the treatment seems to be helping. He is a nice enough chap but a little on the intense side so it was good to see a smile on his face when efforts on both sides seemed to be paying off. It can restore your faith.



            Aaron
            I was prescribed an antidepressant for neuropathic pain - I think it was something called Amitriptyline. Tricyclic antidepressants can cause drowsiness as a side-effect; this was something that I experienced quite badly so I had to abandon them. I felt generally much worse in myself and my eyes were not any better. Perhaps I should have given them longer but at the time I didn't feel that it was something I could cope with.
            I go through the same thing with doctors - they can't understand why I am making such a big fuss. I am a 39 year old healthy female who was diagnosed with dry eyes after contact lens problems. I had been wearing them for 18 years and then overnight my eyes turned red. I was told I had an allergic reaction to either the contacts or the solution. A year later I am still suffering. My life stopped. All I do when I am not working is sleep. I stopped watching TV or reading as my eyes start aching me. Does MGD cause that many problems?

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            • #7
              Originally posted by ding View Post
              Hi Aaron I had lasik on 1/29/2008 and for about 8 months I was unable to work due to severe eye pain the drs all thought it was just dryeye however I went to bfs and Dr Rosenthal said it was neuro pain he sent me to a neuro eye doc who put me on amitriptyline. It has helped me a lot I was able to return to work I still have some days my eyes bother me but not anything like the servere pain I had before. I wish you the best of luck hang in there it will get better this board helped me a lot. ding
              Did you have problems with the appearance of your eyes or was it mainly just the pain?

              I think the redness I get in my eyes is due to the dry eye, as the eyes get more red they get more painful so I think some of my problem is dry eye but that I probably also have some neuropathic pain.

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              • #8
                how do they tell if your pain is caused by neuropathic pain versus just dry eye? I wonder if it's something I might ask my doctor about.

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                • #9
                  Chemia

                  All this certainly caused big problems with me. Like you, things came to a sudden halt in many respects and I've never really got used to it - even though it's gone on for years.

                  I am by nature, someone who hates fuss but it was even suggested that my complaints about eye discomfort might be down to lack of the `proper attention' from my husband. I think they were trying to tell me that I was hysterical. (Hysteria earned its name because it comes from the Greek hustera, meaning uterus.) Being female, I was doomed from the start!

                  I rarely mention my eye condition to anyone at all because I usually get the same shocked response that I should even bother a doctor about it when they have poorly people to care for.

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                  • #10
                    In addition to Lyrica as a possible solution for my eye problems, I was prescribed Valtrex. This drug fights the herpes virus and is suppose to be effective to treat shingles if in fact the eye pain may be neurological in this respect. Initially I thought there was a positive response, but ultimately I didn't think so and it was discontinued. Sorry I couldn't be more helpful but I also tried approaching the problem as if it were neurological, but never found anything that seemed to indicate this was the case.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by lboogie View Post
                      how do they tell if your pain is caused by neuropathic pain versus just dry eye? I wonder if it's something I might ask my doctor about.
                      Maybe they can access the Post-Lasik nerve condition through the use of a confocal microscope excessively deformed nerve regeneration may mean nerve pain

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                      • #12
                        Aaron,

                        I am not 110% sure I can help in this discussion but I can say that I believe that anxiety adds to the effects/symptoms of dry eye.

                        Stay with me on this one: When I was at my "post-LASIK BONKERS" worst, I was watching a yoga program and I was shocked when the instructor, during a relaxation period, said to "calm the inner corners of your eyes....the ones that are nearest to your nose..." And when I tried to just relax my face and that particular area, it kinda worked to alleviate some of the dryness symptoms or rather symptoms I had perceived to be dryness. It wasn't some magical cure, more like an "Aha!" moment, where I realized I was holding a lot of tension in my face.

                        I guess what I am saying is that those of us who are walking around stressed to the max are tense in all sorts of places - not just the classic "band around the chest" tightness that we expect to feel. Because you have to be aware of your eyes and how they feel all day, I would wager that you are a walking stressball as well. Do you think you are walking around majorly stressed?

                        So whatever you take for the pain or dryness, let it be something that calms your nerves. Have you tried a low-dose anti-anxiety med?

                        I am always surprised at the amount of people who are ON something for nerves - whatever their situation is. It shouldn't be considered a failure in my opinion. It can be necessary for us to return our lives to some sort of normalcy during periods of great strife.

                        - Rose

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Sammy Bolivia View Post
                          Do you think you are walking around majorly stressed?
                          Yes.

                          Originally posted by Sammy Bolivia View Post

                          So whatever you take for the pain or dryness, let it be something that calms your nerves. Have you tried a low-dose anti-anxiety med?
                          No.

                          You make some good points, I think I get stressed out because of the eyes... I think I've been grinding my teeth as well as of late, the pain gets me really tensed up sometimes.

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                          • #14
                            Chemia and Irish eyes, doctors not understanding our pain is a HUGE problem. Luckily, we have this site (for which I am SO thankful for), and Plug A Doc where we can find docs that actually are interested and keep up with the research. It took me a while, but I found a great doc who told me that he has never yet seen a person who's symptoms matched their clinical signs. So keep looking Chemia, and I hope you will find a good doc...chances are he/she might not be in your area and you will have to travel several hours for your appt, but it's worth it. Good luck!

                            Aaron, I haven't taken pain meds, but my doc did mention he would send me to a pain clinic if we exhaust all options. Have you tried that? Make sure its a very good clinic that may have had some experience with dry eye pain (altho I am sure that would be rare).

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                            • #15
                              I do so agree with you Odydnas

                              At times, I have become so absorbed by pain that little else in life has managed to penetrate the misery. To have medics undermine it has been so insulting - and who wouldn't feel bewildered at their attitude.

                              Being able to deal with the experiences of pain can equip us with an important attribute -empathy. I have found too many doctors tend to judge rather than to understand.

                              In the poet Toni Morrison's words:

                              When there is pain, there are no words. All pain is the same

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