Ahh...thanks for sharing more...It does sound like a nerve pain medication would really help with both the Fibro, spine issues, and the Diabetic Neuropathy...So I can see why she is choosing that as a medication..And being that you don't have insurance...she choose the least expensive one which is good too.
If Neurontn doesn't work out...there is always Cymbalta or Lyrica to try...
But I don't see why she won't "add" a muscle relaxer to take in addition to the nerve pain..That way you can hit the different type of pains....The Vicodin/Lortab being an opiate doesn't do well for muscle or nerve pain...but is just meant to "dull" the feeling of pain and not make you care as much about it...
So....most people are on a couple of different type of meds for each issue.
If you can afford this DR....why can you not afford an appt. with a Pain Management Dr.? They should have the same office fee. And many Dr.s will negotiate the price with you if you tell them you don't have any insurance...
It seems like unless you are in line to get more surgery soon...that finding a good PM to deal with the chronic pain would be a good plan.
That is who I have been seeing since my last surgery in 2006. And he is SO great about working with me on price. I only go see him in person every 3 months and only pay a $75 office visit. He does Acupuncture for free for me as well....
Are you permanently out of work and filing for disability and/or to get Medicaid? Or are you trying to find another job to get health insurance?
And I will be 44 this year and have been falling apart since 32! LOL...So I can empathize...This stinks to have to deal with this stuff:(
SB and "the pup who snores loudly"
ACDF C5-C7, (no hardware), with autograft bone Nov. 2001
(reabsorption of bone 2 years later...still lost in body..expect to burp it out at anytime..haha"))
ACDF with hardware, allograft bone Nov. 2005
Anterior and Posterior CDF, allograft bone with BMP, removal of old hardware, use of titanium plates, rods, screws, & kitchen sink (lol) Oct 2006