DLPA sounds worth trying, especially for nueropathic pain. According to wiki's page: "Phenylalanine is a precursor for tyrosine, the monoamine signaling molecules dopamine, norepinephrine (noradrenaline), and epinephrine (adrenaline), and the skin pigment melanin."
Its something I will have to consult with a pharmacist and PM doctor about
first, since I take Nucynta, which is a single molecule medication that acts as both an opioid and potent norepineprine reuptake inhibitor (also has mild effect on seratonin).
What I have personally found with herbal supplements however is that their effects on nuerotransmitters and biochemicals (such as saint johns wart and kava kava) tend to be less dramatic than prescript
Provided I get the green light, I'll probably do a trail of this. The reason being is that their mechanisms of action are different. One acts as a pre-cursor whereas my medication acts as a reuptake inhibitor. I kind of see it like replacing the air filter AND putting fuel injector cleaner to inprove the performance of a vehicle. Hopefully a better end result through combined means.
Will also inquire to ensure seratonin syndrome isn't a major risk, but this seems to only be an issue if a very large amount of the supplement is taken: "in large quantities, interferes with the production of serotonin"
MRI revealed disc bulge and test injections revealed RA. Radio Freq procedures helped for months, but pain is up and im having the procedure done again. Currently on 75 mgs of Nucynta (tapentadol - A MOR + NRI) 2 to 3 time per day and Soma 350 as needed.
Post Edited (grainofsalt) : 12/16/2011 11:48:40 PM (GMT-7)