Hello. I know about debilitating pain. I have degenerative disc disease. It wasn't that big of a deal for 40 years...I'd just go to the chiropractor when I couldn't take the pain (should NOT wait that long) and be good to go for months, if I didn't do something stupid.
In your posting, there's no history of treatment other than drugs.
Does anybody know what's causing your pain?
Have you seen a Neurologist for a NCT-Nerve Conduction Test?
If you've had no major accident effecting bone structure, discuss chiropractic with your doctor....most M.D.'s today do acknowledge the benefits.
Is Arthritis a factor?
Has anyone considered Fibromyalgia?
Talk to your Dr. about Cymbalta, Lyrica.
Consider any kind of exercise. If you have Medicare, there's a benefit, Silver Slippers, that give you a free membership to any health/fitness facility that participates. If so, go for the one with all the good stuff: pool, sauna, whirlpool, etc. The one I found offers everything from Aquasize to Zumba. And Yoga, which is good for mind, body & soul.
Consider Flector Patches & Voltaren Gel. They contain the same medication, a strong NSAID (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug). I've gotten relief with both forms, but they're pricey.
Now, that's what I'd call a 'honey-do' list. If you need support, take someone with you to the doctor(s). Many people are reluctant to question a medical professional. Remember, practicing medicine is just that.
Make a list before seeing a doctor. I never go without one because I hate getting home & realizing I forgot to bring things up. If you're not happy with your doctor's attitude, cooperation, answers, anything.......there's a lot o' fish in that sea. Just sayin'. Hope you feel better! God bless.
A recently new medication, pregabalin (Lyrica), which is similar to Nurontin (gabapentin) is considered tobe the top of the line medication for treating neuropathic pain, today.
However, neuropathic pain, expecially peripheral neuopathy is very difficult to treat. Best results are achieved through mutlple modes of treatment. Interventional techniques can be helpful Consult with an interventional pain doctor (credentialed from the Board of American Pain Medicine) where you'll find the initials DABPM after their MD, and see what he has to say.
Don't give up. As a prior poster noted, you are just beginning to scratch the surface of pain treatment.There are many alternatives yet to explored.