Hi Anice, sounds like the appt went well. So terrible what happened with neurotin, but everyone is so different. I think its awful that we have so many good drugs available and no generic and then people cannot afford them. The meds I need for my crohns no generic available, so I know what you are saying. Perhaps later on your money gets better if still needed your dr can try you either Lyrica or Cymbalta. These drugs can work on nerve pain where pain meds do not.
You are too soon postop to think of a stimulator. I would have dug my heels in on that one too. You haven't even been given the opportunity to try medications for nerve pain.
Like you said, you have to eat and you need your meds. You cannot do without either. So sorry to hear about the food stamps. I am not going to get started on my high horse on that one, I just think its unfair for us that need help can't get it. We are talking something temporary not for our life times. Ok, will shut up on that one.
When I was given my Tens by the rep I was told to turn it up a little high then back it off till it was confortable. No, turning it up to high is not the way to go. You are trying to help reduce spasms not create more, so do not turn it up high, thats defeating the purpose of the machine.
Have a good weekend.
Moderator Chronic Pain
crohns disease dx 2002 & small bowel resection, still looking for remission whatever that is, chronic pain 22 yrs, added ulcerative colitis 6-05 to the mix, high blood pressure 28 yrs, aortic heart valve insuffiency, depression, osteoarthritis, osteoporosis lumbar spine, scoliosis lumbar spine, peripheral neuropathy hands & feet, COPD & on oxygen therapy, lupus & decreased circulation in both legs. Several other health issues just not enough room to list it all. Too many surgeries to list and too many medications to list. Currently on 16 different daily medications. Intrathecal pain pump implanted June 05.