Hi Chip's mom,
If you want to give me your phone number, I'd be happy to call you. (I have unlimited long distance on my phone, so won't cost me anything to call you.)
Bev, yes I tried nuerontin at increasingly high doses but it didn't work for me. That's why my pain doc switched me to Lyrica. More expensive, for sure, but seems to help me.
I definitely haven't found a magic bullet, though. I have a combination of things that helps keep my pain under control. In addition to the meds and Bellise compression bra, I really have to pace myself and try(!) to minimize my stress level. All of this has helped a lot -- I still have pain everyday but it's much, much improved and I am enjoying my life again.
I agree that a pain clinic is essential. There, you can get the proper pain meds that a primary care doc might be reluctant to give you. If you can't find a pain clinic, a palliative care doc could help. Palliative care used to be associated with dying patients, but no longer. A palliative care doc will help you get your pain under control so that you can live life to the fullest.
Hugs and hope,
Post Edited (icook) : 11/23/2009 3:40:56 PM (GMT-7)