I tried Lyrica first, boy what a time that was... I felt like I was going crazy. Pain doc put me on Gabapentin and the nightmares went away. He slowly put me up to 1,200mgs a day, and it has really helped the pain in my legs. I've been on it for 6 years now. Everyone reacts differently to the meds. I hope this helps
I've tried gabapentin and pregabalin to name a few. Neither meds worked for me, and over the two weeks that I was on gabapentin I gained a stone in weight. Never again!
Other than opiate drugs, the only other meds that help somewhat are amitriptyline and nortriptyline. The former, for me, is more potent but totally knocks me out for 24 hours. I take these primarily when my diaphragm goes into spasm, and they're very effective. Not many people have heard of nortriptyline, so I'd recommend giving it a try if you're looking for more med options.
I was put on gabapentin before I was diagnosed with fibromyalgia, dose gradually increased am now on 1000 mg a day. Also take venlaflaxin 150mg and meloxicam 20mg.the combination is working OK at the moment
Im right there with you Shmegs. I was perscribed gabapentin yesterday for fibromyalgia, so this information is helping me also. I tried lyrica, but couldnt afford to stay on it. It was going to cost me $200 USD for the baby dosage i was on of 150mg a day he was starting me on. The gabapentin is $6.85 on my insurance so i hope it helps. So far it is not making me tired like it is suposed to which i was hoping for last night.
I was first introduced to gabapentin a few years ago to help with my pain in my feet. Was only taking 600 at the time. I was just diagnosed with fibromyalgia a few months ago and my dosage was increased to 2700. I was just weened off the gabapentin last week and placed on Lyrica last Friday starting at 150 mg for 3 days and then going up to 225 mg after that. I feel like crap right now. I feel nauseous all the time, I can barely eat. My pain level is on a don't move or touch me bases, I have a headache I hope stays as a headache and not turn into a migraine. I hope this transition goes quickly!
Lyrica did nothing for me but Gabapentin has been a life changer. It no longer works for me as I've been using it for almost 6 years now but it was wonderful when it did work best pain management I have had so far
My doctor prescribed Horizant a few months ago -- I couldn't get beyond the first week. It changed my personality and outlook on life to that of a rabid ogress on crack. I was ready to knock anybody who crossed me flat as a pancake, and I'm just NOT a confrontational person. The only thing I had to compare it to was the time I took prednisone. Never again for either of those, PLEASE!
My doctor suggested gabapentin a few months ago and said it would either work or it wouldn’t. I noticed a great difference with the neuropathy in my feet but had to adjust the dose. It made a great difference for me though I do have to take meds from time to time. We are all individual in our needs. I would also recommend massage with focus on posture. Essentrics exercises with Miranda Esmonde-White are helpful, too. I tape her early morning program called Classical Stretch on our PBS station or you can get her CD focusing on posture and pain relief. Best wishes. 💐💐💐
It’s been a few weeks now, and I definitely felt a difference in my energy levels. Pain hasn’t been so pronounced which also has been nice. I’ve been having frequent headaches though, but that’s something I was experiencing before I started the medication. I see a neurologist in November. Needless to say, it’s been nice having the small energy boost since exhaustion is one of my worst symptoms.
For radiculopathy, it worked well for a time. It must build up in your system. Side effects can be intolerable for some people (blurred vision, dizziness or drowsiness). Extended release formulations tend to lessen side effects. Horizant and Gralise are two. Expensive though in 2015. Not sure now. It was a life saver for me when it worked. Stopped working after about 3 years.
I was just diagnosed with fibromyalgia yesterday and Dr. prescribed gabapentin and to increase to 4 pills a days on second week then come back the week after that to see if it's helping I'm anxious to start meds tomorrow.
Been on max dosage of Gabapentin for many years & although I feel pain all the time it's much worse when I miss a few doses & i totally shut down. Side effects from Lyrica, Cymbalta & whatever else I tried were horrible, for me at least. TENS unit & ice seem to work wonders.
@spidermanrosie and make My Ssi case even harder no thanks if I get off of it my drs gonna report me being non compliant to treatment and then it gives ssa more ammunition I been fighting to many years
Well that makes sense why you would stay on it for that reason. It is such a shame that you have to go through that because of the ssa. It is so sad that those of us who cant work have to go through so much trouble to get help.
I've been on Gabapentin for about 5 yrs now for neuropathy. I began at 600 mg a day. It helped some, I had tried lyrica etc. and it seemed that everything triggured my migraines, including the trycylics, such as amytriptaline. I had to take pain meds along with it for full relief. They seem to form a good combination for me with no I'll side effects. The problem is that your body does seem to build a tolerance to it. I'm now taking 2400 mg a day and it's hit or miss now as to it having any effect. I predict that it will stop working all together soon, at the rate that it's going. Not sure what I'll do then. As I said, I tried pretty much everything on the market for neuropathy before being put on Gabapentin. If anyone has any suggestions, they would be very welcome.
Tried gabapentin, Lyrica, amitriptyline, cymbalta and none of them did a thing.. muscle relaxers don't work either. I think I remember baclofen helping some. But Flexeril, robaxin, norflex even soma did nothing.
I take gabapentin with amitriptyline it helps with sleep not massively but that is the 2 that stuck for me through all my trial meds. It doesn't take any pain away as such, nothing ever will, but it takes that sting/edge off. I also have lidnicane drips at hospital regularly. Everyone is different and it can take ages to find a fit. Going vegan helped me massively but I get that it's not for everyone. The bulk of the trial diets was cutting out dairy, that helps most people as the human body isn't designed to process it anyway. Good luck xxx