Is there an acceptable treatment plan for neuropathic pain? Gabapentin is not an acceptable drug. Lyrica and Cevalla aren't approved. Is there a treatment that could even get a special issuance?

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    $\begingroup$ Ask a doctor who is at least familiar with aviation medicine. This site has a lot of certified pilot but not as many certified doctor. Maybe if you post where you live someone maybe able to suggest a doctor for you. Get well soon :) $\endgroup$
    – vasin1987
    Mar 26, 2016 at 13:27
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    $\begingroup$ maybe Acupuncture? $\endgroup$
    – rbp
    Mar 26, 2016 at 21:33

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The only real answer here is to consult an AME. I searched on the AOPA forums (members only) and the information wasn't encouraging: all current (as of 2014, which was the more recent relevant post I found) neuropathy drugs are disqualifying. AOPA's list of approved drugs does show some approved drugs for pain relief, but it looks like it's all OTC stuff.

But, the usual medical disclaimer applies here: every case is different so the above may be irrelevant to you personally; I'm not a doctor and I don't know what I'm talking about anyway; only an AME can give you meaningful information.


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