Several years ago, I was diagnosed with severe neuropathy in my hands. ONLY my hands. The pain is excruciating and after much ado about medical crap it was decided tough noogies and I was prescribed Hydrocodon for the pain. Initially I had to take two pills a day. The pain would be intolerable, I would take a pill and the pain would slowly fad but even then, be so uncomfortable I would sit on my hands or put them under my arms is traveling. I do not think it reduced the pain but was more like sucking my thumb.
Eventually I had to up my medication and because our government got into the pain business, I had to go to a pain specialist as my family practice doctor could not prescribe more than two pills a day.
To give you a feel for my reaction to Hydrocodone It deadens the pain but does not give me any feeling of being high or like a happy pill. Just does it pain job, That’s It. No fun pain pills.
So, they send me to Dr. Kirit Bhalani assessed my pain and sent me for testing at my neurologist and as the pain got worse pushed my meds to three pills a day and allowed for a fourth pill for extreme days which were frequent now. There were days when I just laid on my hands in bed and prayed for sleep of some relief. The fourth pill helped and made me feel life was worth living and that I could live normally and be relatively pain free.
He discussed options and I opted for a spinal injection to block the nerve pain. Unfortunately, this did not work, and my neurology office suggested a regimen of Lyrica. Dr Bhalani decided my Lyrica could be changed from 100mg x 3 to 150mg x 3.
I can not tell you how glad I am to have found these wonderful people (Kirit Bhalani, MD & Dawn Tucker, APRN).