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Reply #212: Yeah, that sucks :( Neuropathic pain is the hardest to treat, too. I know [View All]

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LiberalLoner Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon May-16-11 10:19 PM
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212. Yeah, that sucks :( Neuropathic pain is the hardest to treat, too. I know
about nerve damage because I'm still recovering from Guillain-Barre Syndrome that struck me down two months ago. I've improved rapidly but there are some residuals and I really don't know if I will recover 100% or not. I guess I just have to wait and see.

I hope that he has found a drug or a combo of drugs that works well for his pain without bad side effects.

I understood what Taverner said about oxycodone...they gave that to me in the hospital for the severe GBS pain I had and there was no way I could ever function on that drug. It was a blessing for me at the time because it put me to sleep as well as relieving the pain somewhat (even two oxycodone didn't make the pain go away completely!) but I can't imagine trying to work or do much of anything on that stuff.

I really wish very much that we had better drugs to deal with chronic pain. I read a few years ago they had found some new substance, excreted by sea snails or some weird thing like that, don't remember exactly, but there was great excitement because it was a powerful pain reliever that did not cause any intoxication and did not cause physical dependence. I kept hoping they could get this miracle substance to market soon but I haven't heard anything about it in recent years so...maybe it didn't work out the way they hoped.

We have to get better about treating chronic pain though. Too many patients have been left in too much pain. It isn't right to punish patients just because there are drug abusers who abuse drugs.

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