Nov 15, 2012 - 2:09 pm
I haven't posted as much lately, just being busy with life and some light treatment.
One of the last posts I made was about how well Acupuncture works. Most of the responses were positive so I gave it a go. Didn't help at all.
The problem I have is when my Dr. did my rt neck dissection he disturbed my scapular nerve to get to the cancer underneath it. He told me my shoulder and arm pain may last 2 years. No narcotic drugs helped nor any NSAIDS like Aleve. To tell you the truth it was really wearing me down and it was hard to stay positive with a knife stabbing me between my shoulder blades.
Finally my PCP asked if I ever tried Gabapentin (Neurontin). Nope, never heard of it. Anyway, he put me on it and viola, it reduced my pain by about 60% which is really good. Then he gave me a script for physical therapy. After two weeks my pain is almost completely gone.
So that is what this post is about. Gabapentin for nerve pain followed up with PT. Funny this is, it was my regular primary doctor who did all this, not my cancer team. Either way it is good news.
Prayers to all of you still suffering from this terrible disease. My problem is very small compared to most of you still going through treatment.