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Spinal Disc Pain
Dr. Ron Daulton, Jr.
Anticonvulstants are medications that are usually used to treat epileptic seizures. However, they have also been found to be helpful for neuropathic pain, so these may be used in some cases of spinal disc pain.
The medications that are often recommended in this class of drugs are:
- Gabapentin (Neurontin, Gralise, Fanatrex)
- Pregabalin (Lyrica)
How Do These Medications Work?
Anticonvulsants work by slowing down the firing of neurons in the brain. By doing so, this slows pain messages to the brain, and therefore reduces the pain.
The most serious concern about these is that they have been shown to cause brain damage in some cases. Because of that, they are usually not recommended as a first course of action, and they are usually only used when a person has chronic pain, meaning that it has been there for a long period of time without relief.
In addition to that, these are only used for Neuropathic Pain, and although this is the type of pain most people experience with a spinal disc condition, if the pain is caused by another type of tissue (such as the disc itself, the muscles, ligaments of the spine, etc.), these medications will not help.
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