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elbow pain

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  • Posted By: bomber
  • February 17, 2009
  • 00:51 AM

Two years ago, I noticed a sharp pain when I rested my right arm on the armrest while driving. Within months the pain was reoccurring whether the arm was touching anything or not. The Dr. put me on Neurontin-three, three hundred milligrams each evening. This completely helped with the pain for six months. Then, one afternoon, the pain came back and would not go away. The pain is excruciating-sharp, burning and unrelenting. The best way to describe it is, if I am wearing a long sleeved shirt, and it is touching the elbow when the pain occurs, I have to peel the shirt away from the elbow as if I have an open, deep wound and the shirt is stuck inside the wound. I have had X-rays, nerve testing, and an MRI to eliminate ulna nerve entrapment. Let me explain where exactly the pain is. If I bend my arm up to my chin, the pain is located on the outside of my arm, on the bony potrusion of the left side of my right elbow. As long as I take Neurontin throughout the day, I have no pain. Isn't this indicative that there is something going on with a nerve? If I am even late taking this medication the pain comes back with a vengeance. Can a nerve be unstable and maybe when I was having the MRI it was in the correct place, but maybe migrates during the day with activity and gets pinched? My goal is get off of Neurontin because it makes me extremely sleepy, and I want to find the reason this is happening.

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