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    Burning pain in left leg and left arm.

    I am C3-C4 incomplete paraplegic 22 months post.
    1.I have burning pain at back of thigh on left leg. If I sit for half an hour I have to get up because my pain starts, so in evening I can not relax and watch tv or sit on couch and read a book or anything.
    2.I have pain in my left arm between wrist and elbow especialy in evening or when cold or hot temperature.
    Anyone, nurses, or Dr. Young please help me with these pain.
    I am so lucky to have you all in my side.

    raam

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    Raam

    It would be helpful to know what you have tried in the past and what you are currently doing for this pain. I assume you are very incomplete from your comments about your activities. Also, what was the mechanism of your SCI?

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    Burning pain in left leg

    Dear KLD:
    As I mention previously that I am c3-c4 incomplete. Doctor put a titamium plate and joined c3-c4 by fusing. I can walk but my right leg and right arm injured and peripheral nerve injured on left side.Uptill now I did not do anything for pain management.Thank you for asking.

    raam

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    Burning pain

    First it would be important to be sure that you no longer have any peripheral nerve or spinal cord bony impingement that is causing your pain.

    If this has been ruled out, and you primarily have neuropathic pain (either central or peripheral), then the medications most often used include tri-cyclic antidepressants such as Elavil, Tofranil or Dyseryl, or anti-seizure drugs such as Tegretol or (especially) Neurontin.

    Other modalities other than meds that may help include TENS, visualization/guided imagry/relaxation training, acupuncture and self hypnosis. Moderate exercise to stimulate the endorphins is also often helpful.

    If your physician is not an expert on the management of neuropathic pain, then you may ask him/her to refer you to a physiatrist who does this or to a pain specialist who can help you with this.

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    left leg pain

    Dear KLD:
    Thank you very much for information. I am going to take appointment with pain management doctor.Let us see what he is going to suggest.Uptill now I did not try any pain killer medicine.
    Anil

    raam

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