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Oct 16, 2015 12:03 PM

I went to my pain doctor today and let him know everything that had been having problems with and he said it was the arthritis causing my pain in my back and he gave me 2 bottles of gabapetin to try and see if that helps. Has anyone had any good reactions with this medication?

Oct 16, 2015 12:07 PM

I take it for my CRPS and it helps take the edge off for a decent amount of time. I take 300 morning, lunch, and before bed.

Oct 16, 2015 12:44 PM

I take 800 mg 4 x day it has helped me. It only takes care of upper nerve pain. If you have lower nerve pain also like me you need Savella I take 50 mg 2 x day it has really helped me.

Oct 16, 2015 1:35 PM

Hi i have fibromyalgia and have to take Gabapentine 900mg morning evening and night i find it helps take the edge off things and also dont make you feel like a zombie as some other drugs do.hope it helps you out

Oct 17, 2015 4:11 PM

Today is the second day of taking the Gabapetin and the side effects are awful! Yesterday I itched a little bit and felt like I was going to faint. Today I took it and no itching but I sire can't get up and much walking because I get real dizzy and I am shaky.. Does anyone know if this affects blood sugar levels? This is awful and can't live like this. Hope these go away soon!

Oct 17, 2015 5:03 PM

Use to help me, except for turning me into a zombie. There's a drug called Phenibut (forgive me if I spelled it wrong) that actually does what gabapentin was made to (and failed to) do. I can still function through the phenibut, although I have to alternate taking it and not taking it weekly to avoid tolerance. It also helps me sleep because noise it's less intense and overwhelming.

Oct 17, 2015 7:47 PM

I take 300mg/300/600 for fibromyalgia. Have been in crying pain and found out amongst other issues i have arthritis in my spine. The only thing I can say for sure is it stopped by "pain seizures"

Oct 17, 2015 8:22 PM

Shammagren, that is what he is given it to me for it arthritis in my spine, we have switched to cold weather hear and he Say's that is what the pain could be from. It does seem to help, but I just cannot stand the side effects.

Oct 17, 2015 8:48 PM

Did your doctor put you on a low dose increasing it? I think it was every few weeks the dr increased mine and I am on the max she wants me on.

Oct 17, 2015 9:50 PM

I had to dial back my dose. I take. Very low dose compared to most folks on here. 300 at bed and 100 in the morning but it's really helped me a lot.

Oct 17, 2015 10:25 PM

He started me off at 600 MLG extended release

Oct 17, 2015 11:16 PM

Mopar I wonder if the doc started you on to high of a dose. My rheumatologist started me low saying my body could handle it better. Maybe that is why I didn't really notice side effects

Oct 17, 2015 11:25 PM

I take 600 mg 3 times daily. I have to have it. I started on a very low dose though and built up. I also take the max on cymbalta. Both for the fibro and nerve pain.

Oct 17, 2015 11:45 PM

Im new to fibromyalgia, but I was started on Gabbapentin 50mg, 3x per day, then a couple weeks later 75mg 3x per day, then 100mg 3x per day. I found it wasnt working so great. I got switched to Lyrica. Works better for me. Its much more rxpensive and its not covered by my drug coverage. (Frustrating). But I had side effects that my body did get used to. I dont sleep well so nit sure if I feel like a zombie from FM or meds. Maybe your dose is too high?

Oct 18, 2015 1:25 AM

I agree with shammagren. If he starts you on too high a dose and doesn't taper you up, the side effects are much worse. I'm also on Neurontin 600/600/600. It definitely helped with the pain. It doesn't get rid of the pain, but initially it helped me a lot... I was able to string along working another year I think before I quit. That's something, right?

Oct 18, 2015 9:19 AM

It was terrible for me, had my first really bad fall and was in a wheelchair for months (at 23...). I felt like I had Alzheimer's! Tried again, the next time Lyrica, a relative of gabapentin, helped the nerve pain some but felt like I was wearing a muscle corset,mterrible muscle spasm, chest pain, felt like I was in a rocking boat 24/7, and again a space case. More fruity than any other meds have made me! I do have a friend it worked wonders for, so depends on who you are. My doc says lowest possible dose is best or many have side effects.mat lowest available dose I was that sick though and it was a child's dose!

Oct 18, 2015 9:25 AM

I am really hoping today is going to be better then the 2 days. We shall see but either way I am calling pain doctor first thing tomorrow.

Oct 18, 2015 9:31 AM

Gabapentin really messed up my digestive system, now on pregablin which works well albeit I now have an eveb foggier head.

Oct 18, 2015 9:32 AM

Just be soo careful sweetie! I think it's bad stuff, or at least for people with side effects, it can be pretty darn bad. I've had a few friends with really bad effects too though not at as low of a dose as I did. The as I said one it helped immensely, and another it helped a bit. It's one of the few meds for nerve pain though. Other anticonvulsants may work just as well for you though and may have far less side effects...it is supposed to be started low and slowly increased. I'd look up side effects if I were you too.

Oct 18, 2015 1:19 PM

Safety, how did it mess up your digestive system if you don't mind me asking? As I have IBS already and that's not something else I need on my plate.

Oct 18, 2015 5:51 PM

I take Gabapentine 900 MG a day with Cymbalta 30 mg 3x a day, baclofen 20 mg 3x a day, and I was wondering why I itch so much oh my God that's where it coming from Thanks for the information

Oct 18, 2015 9:53 PM

Anything to help leolion. Just how bad are you itching? And are you rash breaking out? If so you might want to see your doctor about it if it is a constant as you could be allergic.

The side affects today were sooo much better! So much so they were not there! Woohoo!! I think I finally turned the corner on the side effects! We shall see what tomorrow brings! But I am still calling the pain doctor to make sure all that was normal.

Oct 20, 2015 12:49 AM

Moparmum - sorry for the delay in response. Bearing in mind I was on 3 x 1,200mg = 3,600mg/day Gabapentin.

I had major flatulence, cramping, high pressure diarrhea leading to piles (really confused doc with this one as everything I'm on generally results in constipation) took 2 1/2 years or us to figure it out in conjunction with my doctor, rehabilitation case manager and wife. There is no doubt that it impacted very heavily on my depression levels, exasperated as it was less stressful and painful to just stay at home and recluse.

My understanding is that pregablin costs substantially more which is why in the UK it seems to be prescribed only if/after a negative reaction to gabapentin is experienced.

Oct 20, 2015 3:29 AM

I am supper sensitive so it made me have sever weakness and tremors

Oct 24, 2015 11:25 PM

I have been on Gabapentin for years now for burning nerve damage pain: 1200mg 3 times a day. It's helped a lot, altho I still have a lot of pain despite it. Withdrawal is really bad tho. Just a warning.

Oct 25, 2015 8:33 AM

I have luck with it. Just don't be afraid to let your doc increase it a few times till you find your therapeutic dose.

Oct 25, 2015 11:09 PM

Sorry I haven't gotten back in this topic for a week. My daughter, my husband and myself been sicker then than sick. It seems to work but it also seems to give me those dreaded migraines. But I'll live. As long as it works I can deal.

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