I have just had what turned out to be my final visit to a consultant neurologist. I have been investigated for the last 2 years for what turns out to be small fibre neuropathy. The side effects from the drugs I have been given - amitriptyline, gabapentin, pregabalin - were so severe I could hardly function let alone work! I had a lidocaine infusion but that did nothing, so no more were given. I told the doc that if I was lying on the sofa all day long and not working then I could probably take these drugs, but I work, so I can't. I have now been told to take Tramadol for the pain. The consultant has said that all tests have come back negative, that I have a small fibre neuropathy and that the pain is greater than the condition I suffer from. I have 95% nerve function in my feet, apparently. I felt in a huff and unbelieved but my hubby, who was present at the appointment, said he was trying to show that I had an ailment whose pain is worse than the condition itself. Nothing can be done to cure it, no prognosis was given - I don't think they know - and he didn't bat an eylid when I told him my next appointment with the Pain Clinic was April! Sorry for rambling on, but does anyone else suffer horribly with drug side effects or am I the only one for whom 10mg of amitrip leave me zombie-like for 16 hours! Thank you. Maggie
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