Hi, Sherry! I am sorry to hear the Epidural wasn't the answer for you. It didn't work for me either, but I was hopeful that after you had a little initial relief it might get better for you. I did try Lyrica, but without any success at all. They started me with a lower dose (I don't remember how much - sorry) and then when it didn't work they kept bumping it up and up and up until it became clear it just wasn't going to work for me. I didn't really have any side-effects that I noticed from this one though, so that was good. When they tried neurontin, it didn't do anything for the pain, but it made me unable to remember my own name or complete a simple sentence! UGH! I couldn't get off that stuff fast enough.
I've heard some people have really good success with Lyrica, so hopefully it will help you. But if it doesn't, ask your doctor about
Zonegran. That is what they've got me on now for the nerve pain, and it is the first one they've tried that actually helps! I'm going to ask the doctor if I can increase it again at my next appointment since the burning has come back with this latest flare, but before that, it had really seemed to settle it down a bit! And here is the best part... Zonegran is NOT a brand new drug that costs loads of $$$. It has a generic (zonisamide) so it's super inexpensive. Also some other news that some people may like is that it does not have weight gain as a side-effect. Quite the opposite, actually, although I've not noticed a difference one way or the other. I actually haven't noticed any side effects at all with this stuff - just a decrease in the nerve pain. My only wish is that it worked on all the other pain too!
I am glad to hear the swelling and redness have gone down for you, though. That had me a bit worried for you. I will still hope and pray the the epidural will increase in effectiveness if that is possible and I hope you get some relief soon.