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OTC and Prescription Medication

In my experience there wasn’t a magic pill, patch or combination of pills that provided the relief needed to live a pain-free life. Listed here are the medications I tried and the results. Hopefully I can save you some time experimenting and some potential unwanted side effects.

1. Gabapentin – Sadly, for me, I didn’t experience any pain relief. Furthermore, I became slow to think and react. Family and friends who didn’t know I was taking it asked me what was wrong with me; I wasn’t my normal, witty, happy self. When it came to work I was like a turtle in an office full of rabbits. For me, this wasn’t a medication I tolerated well.

2. Lyrica – I gained about 30 lbs while taking this and didn’t experience any pain relief.

3. St. John’s Wort – This was very effective pain relief. It’s OTC and inexpensive. I never took more than 900mg a day (which usually equates to three capsules, but there are 900mg capsules).

4. Lidoderm Patch – Sadly, for me, I didn’t experience any pain relief.

I recommend finding a caring pain management physician that has experience treating Piriformis Syndrome sufferers. If you come across a physician who isn’t familiar with it you may find yourself having to convince them that you really are in severe chronic pain. Piriformis Syndrome is extremely difficult to prove without a Provocative EMG test. Bring your test results with you to the pain management physician and your credibility may be established more quickly than if you walked in with nothing but complaints and a plea for help. Hang in there. You’re not alone.

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  1. Annette Lynch
    July 29, 2012 at 1:12 am

    I’ve tried almost every pain med you have and also Topamax which gave me extreme headaches. I also cannot tolerate Lyrica or Gabapentin. Weight gain and fluid retention were the main reasons. The tens unit worked for me in the beginning but I think I got used to that as well, sort of built a tolerance like we do to pain meds. Thank you for sharing all this information with folks who may be suffering. I bet with the many people we know suffering with this we could have a graph that looks almost exactly like yours with failed treatments.

    • Judy Laliberte
      November 15, 2014 at 9:43 am

      Annette, we talked a while back and I can’t find your #. I hope you get this as I would really like to talk to you as soon as convenient for you. You can email me your # or ask for mine.
      Thanks, judy

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