How I manage my pain
I have CIDP, severe pain started in Dec. 2010. I started eating Acetaminophen (Tylenol) like candy. This is a great way to ruin ones liver. But the pain was a 8 on a scale of 1 to 10. I went to my PCP and he wrote me a script for daily decreasing doses of steroids. The pain went to a 2/3 on a scale of 10. I did the week routine when I stopped the pain returned at level 8 ! Back for another script of stronger steroids and the same thing happened ! More Tylenol… yummy ! Then I remember my neuro had given me a script for Gabapentin (Neurotin) which I filled and never took after I read the side effects. However, pain being the great motivator it is I started taking the Gabapentin as prescribed and my pain is now 0 > 3 on the 10 scale. When the Gabapentin is gone I will ask for a srcipt for Lyrica which is the more powerful big brother to Gabapentin. This is what I do and it works. This is not a recommendation – I suggest you see your doctor and tell him/her what’s going on. Good Luck.