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?
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
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!
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.
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.
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?
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?
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.