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Help...Cannot get correct dignosis and Pain Relief!

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • June 13, 2010
  • 06:40 PM

Please help...

My husband was in an accident a little over 2 years ago. He broke 9 ribs on the front left side and cracked some ribs in his back on the left side. The ribs have now healed but he has permanent pain. The pain moves and is different all the time but it is with him ALL THE TIME. He says he feels like he is being stabbed with a knife most of the time and sometimes it feels like his ribs were just broken yesterday. Sometimes he says he feels like something is moving inside him. We have seen 3 different pain management doctors, 2 chircopractors, a kinesiologist, acupuncturist, neurologist and a gastronologist. No one has any answers. Steriod and thoracic epidural shots didn't work at all, oxycoton, loratabs, pain creams and patches, Cymbalta, etc don't provide any relieve what so ever, the only thing that takes the edge off is Lyrica and it does very little. His doctors say he has intercostal neuralgia but aren't 100% sure. He has a multiple MRI's and X-rays and the doctors say they can't see anything odd. He is only 33 and is extremely depressed now and cannot continue to live in this much pain for the rest of his life. We are newlyweds and life is miserable. It is all he can do to get up and go to work everyday. We cannot travel, sitting in the car hurts him, laying on the couch hurts him. He barely sleeps because of the pain and wakes up multiple times at night with cold sweats. I'm not convienced that he has nerve damage because none of the pain treatments for nerve damaged have help. I'm wondering if anyone has any suggestions or can lead me in the right direction for doctors.

Thank you for your time.

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  • There are certain anti-convulsants (anti-seizure) meds that can work to ease pain of chronic neuropathies and neuralgias. I have seen gabapentin work in similar situations to ease pain in patients with a similar presentation. You may want to ask your physician about this.
    gregtfish 67 Replies Flag this Response
  • There are certain anti-convulsants (anti-seizure) meds that can work to ease pain of chronic neuropathies and neuralgias. I have seen gabapentin work in similar situations to ease pain in patients with a similar presentation. You may want to ask your physician about this. Greg, im no doctor but isnt Lyrica (pregabalin) stronger then gabapentin when one compares those drugs?? As Lyrica is gabapentins successor drug. I came across that info the other day.. i take this to mean the gabapentin wont work as well as the Lyrica? being the older, less potent vension. Here's gabapentin/pregabalin info http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lyrica............................. to the poster. If you end up trying everything else (im glad greg has given you some suggestions to try).. keep up hope as there is stronger pain killers even if it means he needs injections. Bad pain doesnt have to be something someone is constantly living with. I know someone who has fibromyaliga (yeah i know different illness to you) but what im getting at is her pain was extreme, so she's been on morphine injections since about 18yrs old which has made her unlivable life livable again. I think the issue often is getting a doctor to believe just how much pain you are in.
    taniaaust1 2267 Replies Flag this Response
  • Sorry, I must have missed that in your post, and you are correct. My apologies.
    gregtfish 67 Replies Flag this Response
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