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gabapentin for back and joint pain?

Nov 24, 2015 5:23 PM

Has anyone got experience with taking gabapentin for back and joint pain??

Nov 24, 2015 5:31 PM

Gabapentin is specifically for nerve pain. What type of pain are you having specifically? I've been on this medication for 20 yrs so I know something about it.

Nov 24, 2015 5:39 PM

Sazza, my pain doctor had put me on a trial of it for the pain in my upper back into my shoulder and it worked really well, unfortunately after the trial I could not get ahold of his office and went through withdrawal symptoms. So if your doctor is going to have do a trail first then be sure you can get ahold of his office.

Nov 24, 2015 5:48 PM

What type of withdrawals? I've run out numerous times and never had any problems with it. A few people have mentioned it but I can't figure out what they mean.

Nov 24, 2015 5:50 PM

I have back and joint pain. My real issue is that I have hypermobility so my connective tissues don't heal properly. I'm really worried that it won't help as I don't have nerve problems that I'm aware of

Nov 24, 2015 5:57 PM

Gabapentinabapentin is actually an antiseizure medication. One of the side effects is reduction of nerve pain. For a long time it was used off label until they were able to do the studies that showed it works for people with nerve pain. Lyrica is another drug based on Gabapentin. The molecular structure is similar. Sorry, my background is showing. Anyhoo, it isn't for muscular pain.

Nov 24, 2015 6:10 PM

That's what I thought :/ I asked for some more oromorph today to help with the pain till I can see if the gabapentin is doing anything but my doc cares more about me having addictions than my everyday life. I can't even look after the house or do school runs anymore. It gets me so down. I've been taking dihydrocodine for at least 2 years and it barely touches the pain these days. do you have any ideas I could suggest to the doctor? They seem to have very few ideas and I'm losing hope.

Nov 24, 2015 6:23 PM

Ask him about oxycodone. It's not as strong as Oramorph which is morphine by the way, just for anyone that didn't know, but it is a step up from what you are taking. I would ask him, like I did mine, if you are so worried about people becoming addicted to these medications why did you specialize in this field? Was it just for the money? I told him that if I just wanted the pills for other reasons there were hella easier ways to get them, and I wouldn't have to pee in a damn cup each month and try to make someone understand how bad I hurt. He shut up and wrote the script. Sometimes, being a bit of a bitch can come in handy in certain situations. Just a little bit of one😀 I am hope that helps. Go read what profiler wrote in in extreme agony. I'm going to do that on my next appointment.

Nov 24, 2015 6:48 PM

I tried gabapentin and Lyrica a few years ago and had severe reactions to both cannot take this class of drugs.. I hope it helps you though ☺

Nov 24, 2015 10:09 PM

Ceaarea, I was itching like crazy, got a migraine and nausea (can't tell if it was from migraine or from withdrawal) not to mention my pain came back twice as bad as before. I had unexplained pain in my legs and feet before but taking it help then when I was out it came back worse then before as well I was also sicker then a dog with a cold as well so it didn't help.

Nov 24, 2015 10:32 PM

Im on gabapentin as well and if I were to run out for more then 2 days I get very sick and achy all over and cold sweats really bad...lyrica didn't help me at all

Nov 24, 2015 10:37 PM

I am on 300/300/600 mg of gabapentin doesn't even help the fibro pain. I have numerous spine issues and am on oxycodone aka roxicodone 5mg no acetaminophen or whatever they add. I can take 2 and it really doesn't help a lot but it is all they will give me. Something about don't want to run out of options down the road. I also take 4 muscle relaxers a day but that only helps keep the spasms down. Best wishes finding something to help.

Nov 25, 2015 7:41 AM

Hmm I think being a bit of a bitch will come easy at this point lol. Thanks for all the advise. I'll ask about oxycodone if I can finally get another appointment with the other doctor who doesn't look at me like a junkie haha. I don't know if I should keep going with the gabapentin and see if it helps eventually or just forget about it and see if there is anything else, non opiate, that can trade the pain long term x

Nov 25, 2015 7:48 AM

Cearea- right on. That was the best way of telling a Dr. Something I have ever heard. It does help to be firm.

Nov 25, 2015 7:55 AM

Too true! They seem to care so much about the long term addiction problems than helping me with my everyday pain! Pisses me off. I'm already addicted to dihydrocodine and I don't really care. I'll wean myself off anything if they can find me another way to help me be able to look after my family, but for now I just want to be able to stand at the sink long enough to do the washing up or make dinner for my family properly, not just crap out of the freezer. If they don't help I'll probably just start self medicating with wine again lol

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