What is neuropathic pain?

We are all familiar with the pain - whether it be headache, toothache or muscle pain after physical exertion. But there is a very different pain, which is associated with the defeat of nerves. It is she who often becomes excruciating, disrupts a person's life for many months or years. This pain is called neuropathic. It occurs in 6-7 people out of 100. Neuropathic pain can make the performance of even the most elementary actions - wearing socks, a shirt, walking - impossible. Often people do not understand what kind of pain and how to tell a doctor about it. They can not find the words to describe it, so often these patients do not receive proper care, as well as effective treatment.

What is neuropathic pain, why does it occur, how does it manifest itself and how to start the right treatment?

According to the patient: "... It seemed to me stupid to go to see a doctor about numbness in the feet. I would like to know before that this, it turns out, is a neuropathic pain and it can be treated ... "

How does neuropathic pain occur?

Neuropathic pain occurs as a result of damage to neurons. Imagine a lot of electrical and telephone wires connecting your brain to different parts of the body. For example, when you step on the beach on hot sand, the nerves located on the foot send a signal to the brain telling you that you are stepping on something hot. As a result, you feel a burning sensation in the foot. If there is damage to the nerves, they start to work incorrectly and send excessive incorrect signals to the brain. For example, damaged nerves can tell the brain that you stepped on hotter or touched an electric wire, even if in fact you did not step on anything and did not touch anything. Nerves can be damaged as a result of many causes, such as diabetes mellitus, herpes infection, hand and foot injuries, spinal disorders, strokes, oncological diseases, etc.

Neuropathic pain is like ...

  • "... I felt that I was walking on broken glass ..."
  • ".. As if I were injected into the leg with a hot needle ..."
  • "... I have a thousand splinters under my skin ..."

Many people who have neuropathic pain often do not describe their feelings as pain. On the contrary, they can tell that they feel "a lot of needles, splinters", "goose bumps", tingling, numbness, feel "the passage of an electric current". Very often, pain can be caused by something that under normal conditions does not cause pain: by touching clothes, sheets, blankets, and even the wind blowing. Sometimes the pain can be spontaneous and very strong. But the problem is that it is "invisible". Unlike a trauma or arthritis, you do not see its cause, and it is difficult to understand what it is related to.

Characteristic sensations in neuropathic pain:

  • numbness;
  • Shooting pains;
  • burning;
  • "The passage of an electric current";
  • Tingling;
  • "Crawling crawly."

"... I can not do anything without experiencing pain. I am not sleeping. No one in my family knows what suffering I go through every day ... "

If neuropathic pain is treated incorrectly, it can lead to a significant disruption of daily life. An ordinary trip to the store can become a torment. Even the process of dressing or wearing clothes, touching bed linen can be accompanied by severe pain. Many people suffering from neuropathic pain can not sleep well and are unable to work. They stop believing in getting rid of these pains, they lose hope and many develop depression. They become withdrawn, they prefer not to leave the house, they communicate less with family members and friends.

Treatment of Neuropathic Pain

If you have decided with the attending physician that you will take Lyric (pregabalin) for the treatment of neuropathic pain, then this is the right choice, because Lyrics are the only special drug for the treatment of pain caused by nerve damage.

How Lyrics Work

Lyrics are designed specifically for the treatment of neuropathic pain. This drug reduces the number of "redundant" electrical signals that cause pain that go from damaged nerves to the brain. When you receive the lyrics, the number of these signals gradually decreases and the pain decreases.

Before receiving Lyrics: damaged nerves send excessive electrical signals, which causes pain.

After receiving the Lyrics: Lyrics reduce the number of electrical signals and reduce pain.

Indications for the use of Lyrics

Lyrics are indicated for the treatment of neuropathic pain in adults, as well as for the treatment of partial epileptic seizures in combination with other antiepileptic drugs.

Forms in which the Lyrics are produced

The lyrics are available in capsules of 75,150 and 300 mg in packs of 14 and 56 capsules. The manufacturer is PFIZER (USA). It is released in pharmacies according to the usual recipes.

How to take Lyrics

Strictly follow the doctor's recommendations. The doctor should tell you how and what dose to take. The drug is usually taken 2 times a day - in the morning and in the evening - regardless of food intake. Begin reception usually with a dose of 75 mg 2 times and after 3 days the dose is increased to 150 mg 2 times a day. Do not skip the drug. When continuing treatment, take care of purchasing the next package in order not to interrupt treatment. Tell your doctor in advance if you decide to stop taking the Lyrics.

When to wait for pain reduction?

The first week: start the reception and watch the intensity of pain.

Lyrics - a highly effective drug for the treatment of neuropathic pain, but its effect is individual. According to clinical studies, pain reduction is observed after 3 days of treatment. During the first week of use, some patients may decrease or disappear:

  • burning
  • Shooting pains
  • Throbbing pain
  • Tingling

If there are side effects that bother you, tell your doctor.

The first improvement: if the pain decreased, it means that the drug began to act. Continue taking the drug as recommended by your doctor. Remember that the reaction to the drug is individual. Some patients may need more than 3-7 days before the onset of the first improvement. If you do not feel any improvement, report this to the doctor. It may be necessary to review the dose of the drug. Have felt essential simplification: continue reception.

Do not stop taking Lyric immediately, even if the pain is completely gone. If you yourself stop taking the lyrics, then there may be an exacerbation. You should strictly adhere to the regimen of the drug, agreed with your doctor. If the pain has passed and you want to stop taking it, then to cancel the drug, check with your doctor.