Originally posted by deathproof
You guys are hillarious. Speaking as someone who has MS, and must take over 9-12 neurotin a day to mask "nerve pain", I'd say your "mind over
matter" theory flies right out the door with my MRIs. Sometimes trials just don't work. It's a fact. Back to the drawing board...
There are 2 major medical secrets we don't understand: 1. The human brain. 2. The electricity that powers our bodies. When we understand these 2
major issues, we'll be able to heal the world, I'm sure of it.
When you deal with nuerology, they don't say it's brain surgery for nothing, right?!
I have fibromyalgia and neuropathy and i also take gabapentin/neurontin.
This was after the doctor tried the medication that they had been trained to use for these disorders a anti depressant.
Come to find out that the use of anti depressants for nerve pain and fibromyalgia was based on clinical trials in the UK done by a group of doctor
payed by the insurance industry to find a drug that could be given to people with these disorders that was a older, cheap. and generic drug.
It did not mater that the drug only worked for a few people that had these disorders + depression.
It only mattered to the insurance industry that the could save money.
These doctor picked people using a screening process that loaded the drug studies with a very large % of woman with these disorders and depression.
Naturally if you have these disorders and depression you will feel better if your depression is under control even if it did nothing for the fibro and
These doctors then wrote a glowing research report how good these drugs.
were for treating fibromyalgia and neuropathy when in many cases all they did was make depression part go away.
Even now years later after the true story of these studies has come out many doctors still believe that anti depressant work for the treatment of
fibromyalgia and neuropathy.
It did not help that many of these people were told that the ONLY TREATMENT for these disorders was antidepressant.
When these people who were not depressed found they did not work few ever went back to these doctors and that reinforced the belief of these doctor
that the antidepressant worked because these patents did not come back so they must be cured.
The one place that a group of doctor found out how bad this study turned out to be was with the VA health care system.
They treat veterans that have no insurance so they did not have the insurance industry pushing these treatment on then and they tried other treatment
and found others like gabapentin were more effective.
The real joke is Cymbalta that is being advertised for fibro is no more effective then the other anti depressants that have been used for fibro and
But since its a new drug under patient the drug company that has the rights to it is making money hand over fist by getting doctor to try is on there
As it takes in many cases two months to become effective and at least one month to taper off it when it does not work the drug company can genentee
three month of money for this drug by every one that the doctor give it to.
a 30 day supply of Cymbalta is $251.10
so the drug company makes $750 dollars even if it does not work.