Here is My Question:
What's the best medication for nerve pain and one with less side effects? I have tried Lyrica, Neurotin, Cymbalta and am tapering off Amitriptyline due to weight gain.
There are many approaches to the management of chronic neuropathic pain (nerve pain) but none of them involve only the use of drugs which, as you’ve found, are at best partially effective.
I find that a combination of mindfulness training, gradually increasing activity, judicious use of pharmacological agents and perhaps medical marijuana, if available to you, are particularly effective.
Pharmacological agents include those you mentioned and additional medications all well known to neurologists and pain specialists. While you search with your neurologist or pain specialist for a medication that helps take the edge off the pain, also start looking into the other therapies I mentioned. There are even mindfulness training classes on line.
Revere (Rip) Kinkel MD
Professor of Clinical Neurosciences
Director of the Multiple Sclerosis Program
Clinical Neurosciences Director
University of California San Diego
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