“The Pain That Never Stops,” which ran in our March 2017 issue, elicited several helpful responses from readers who shared their experiences in dealing with neuropathic pain. That story focused mainly on interviewees’ drug choices for pain relief. Also, many of the respondents reported relying heavily on activities that distract from pain (exercise, listening to or playing music, enjoying nature, doing internet research, etc.).
But some readers contacted me after reading the article and reported using different drugs than those mentioned. One reader, Ken Braswell, wrote that he has been having good results with Lyrica (pregabalin), which was FDA-approved in 2012 for treating neuropathic pain in SCI. Tom VanderMolen also uses Lyrica regularly as one of his treatment meds, as well as hydrocodone, and when the pain gets super bad, he will use a low-dose fentanyl patch (Warning: fentanyl is one of the most powerful and addictive drugs).
Research has shown that quite often taking more than one drug for neuropathic pain is more effective than relying on a single drug. The latest research indicates that