Rhonda, I've been getting these nerve pains too for almost a year now. Sometimes they are worse than at other times. They feel like someone has jabbed me with a hot needle, and as you said, the pain hangs there for a while.
I was taking nortriptyline(sp) for severl months, which worked really well, but it had other side effects that I couldn't handle. (Currently, I'm not taking anything.) You might try it though - it might work for you.
Also, I've read that neurontin only works if you take it on a regular basis, not just when you're having the pain. It has to build up in your system to be effective, and usually the drowsiness is just a temporary side effect. (My husband takes 2700 mg a day for peripheral neuropathy.)
I hope you get some relief soon.
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Post Edited (Shashi) : 4/13/2007 9:43:02 PM (GMT-6)