My hand is only slightly better today, but pain level is way better. That said, the worst it has gotten under Lyrica is about a 3 on a scale of 1-to-10, where as before I was regularly hitting 8’s and 9’s and occasionally 10’s.
However, mentally I am feeling down in the dumps today and a fair amount of anxiety with absolutely no good reason for this. I think Lyrica affects me mentally in a less than desirable way, but the reduction in pain is worth it.
This is my right hand during a pain flare-up. Usually only my left hand gets inflamed but this time it’s both.
Finally my neurologist has got me on a combination of drugs that is doing a stellar job of controlling my nerve pain. I can sleep and I can function again! I am now on Lyrica and Amitriptyline. The combination does sedate me a small bit but that is minor compared to what I felt like when I couldn’t sleep because of the pain.