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    Why does nerve pain get worse at night?

    T6 complete, sharp stabbing nerve pain at injury level (chest and back) and burning 24-7 in butt/legs/feet. Regardless of my physical activity, my pain always gets worse at night. Doesn't make any sense. Its always really bad in the mornings as well, but I figured that's because I haven't moved all night. But I can be doing the same thing in the afternoon and at night and the pain is always worse from around 8-9 on. Any ideas?

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    Fatigue and deteriorating posture also posture, reclining can impact pain and as you point out the inactivity of sleep.

    Have similar experiences.

    ket

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    good question. it sure does though doesn't it?

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    If you are up and functioning during the day, distraction can be a good pain reliever. In bed, at night, you can't distract yourself against the pain...that is my experience.

    All the best,
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    gjnl; Could not say it any better !

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    I'm with ya brother, have no idea why, but it's there, I try to deal with it with aleve, mmj, even opioids tho not very often, it has to be a ten and nothing else works and I don't want to go to bed. Best of luck, know we are all on your side, for what good that does, just know it

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    agree with gjni- as the day winds up , it is just you and the barrage of neuropathic pain without distractions. I also think that the daily struggle of a gimp with SCI lowers one's tolerance to NP pain as the day wears on.
    Brad09 - nothing about neuropathic pain makes any sense.

    My suggestion- go to bed earlier. This limits the hours of suffering. If you know you will be a basket case and a bundle of misery at 8 pm, plan your medication such as taking a as needed opiate or benzodiazapam or your dose of Lyrica/Neurontin 1 hour before the 'witching hour'. Consider an Ambien type medication if it is impossible to fall asleep with the burning.

    I wouldn't waste too much time trying to read the tea leaves in determining what flares NP pain. Is it the barometric pressure? Too much exercise? Not enough exercise? Alcohol, Coffee ?

    I know that physical activity and exercise exacerbate neuropathy but I do it anyways.

    For me, when I shut the lights out, I am left with the bombardment of neuropathic burning- this is a very demoralizing way to live and end each day. Try getting into bed before the meltdown occurs. Take medication before you hit 11.5 out of 10 on the pain scale.

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    Quote Originally Posted by arndog View Post
    agree with gjni- as the day winds up , it is just you and the barrage of neuropathic pain without distractions. I also think that the daily struggle of a gimp with SCI lowers one's tolerance to NP pain as the day wears on.
    Brad09 - nothing about neuropathic pain makes any sense.

    My suggestion- go to bed earlier. This limits the hours of suffering. If you know you will be a basket case and a bundle of misery at 8 pm, plan your medication such as taking a as needed opiate or benzodiazapam or your dose of Lyrica/Neurontin 1 hour before the 'witching hour'. Consider an Ambien type medication if it is impossible to fall asleep with the burning.

    I wouldn't waste too much time trying to read the tea leaves in determining what flares NP pain. Is it the barometric pressure? Too much exercise? Not enough exercise? Alcohol, Coffee ?

    I know that physical activity and exercise exacerbate neuropathy but I do it anyways.

    For me, when I shut the lights out, I am left with the bombardment of neuropathic burning- this is a very demoralizing way to live and end each day. Try getting into bed before the meltdown occurs. Take medication before you hit 11.5 out of 10 on the pain scale.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Powell View Post
    Try
    What patch?

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    Count me in for worse at night. I'm started to dread going to bed. I never really had any issues with NP until 2012, then started burning, stabbing, etc. I've been hurt almost 35 years. I went to Craig and they did a barrage of tests and determine NP. So far I've held back on trying meds, but not sure how long I can go. I use to think bowels had something to do with it, but I'm not so sure now. I broke my tibia and had rod/screws last year and don't think that helped.

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