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I was diagnosed with a second prolapsed disc, and I'm struggling with pain. Any ideas?

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bernie27
bernie27 Community member Posts: 1 Listener
Hi I was diagnosed with a second prolapsed disc after a mri scan in Aug.  I'm still struggling with pain . Gp has tried me on amitriptyline, gabapentin.  Had to come off both due to side effects.  I'm now on 30mg co codamol x 8 , 500mg naproxen x2 and nortiptaline 20mg night . Heat patches . Had 14 weeks of not feeling both legs  spasms in both thights pain across back .off work for 8 weeks need to get back . My shortest shift is 24hours (yes I do sleep ins ) my longest is 72 hour so as you can see in care it not easy just do what I need . Had enough now , anybody any ideas what I could try . Thanks in advance. Gental hugs xx 
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  • natz2009
    natz2009 Community member Posts: 76 Connected
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  • chiarieds
    chiarieds Community member Posts: 16,177 Disability Gamechanger
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    Hi @bernie27 - & welcome to the community. I'm sorry to read you're in so much pain. I have long-standing chronic daily pain, & my GPs have tried me on many pain meds. over the years. Just a thought, as you say you've tried Gabapentin but couldn't tolerate it due to the side effects. Speaking from personal experience, I was the same as yourself. Perhaps it might be worth asking your GP's opinion of Pregabalin, which is in the same family of meds as Gabapentin, but can be taken at a much lower dosage (yet with a similar effect on pain), which means potentially less chance of side effects. 
    I found Pregabalin helps me by dampening the pain down a bit so it's manageable; I think total pain relief alludes many of us, unfortunately. We're all different tho, & it's often a case of trial & error. I also couldn't tolerate even a very low dose of amitriptyline (nor nortriptyline) as both lowered my already low blood pressure.
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