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Gabpentin

Oct 03, 2017 10:38 AM

I was curious to see if anyone's taken this for fibromyalgia and if it helped. I just got prescribed it this morning from my doctor.

Oct 03, 2017 10:46 AM

Everyone reacts to medicine differently. Gabapentin did nothing for me but I'm taking a med in the same family. I'm taking Lyrica. It helps me tremendously.

Oct 03, 2017 10:56 AM

Gabapentin didn't work for me either and affected my eyesight.. I to take lyrica which helps 90% of the time.

Oct 03, 2017 11:07 AM

Hmm that's very interesting. Thank you all for the replies. I haven't been responding to any of my treatments lately so I'm just gonna give it a go.

Oct 03, 2017 11:31 PM

I just was prescribed it almost a month ago, and it seems to help along with my cymbalta.

Oct 04, 2017 4:31 PM

Gabapentin didn't work for me. Caused severe double vision and dry mouth for me.

Oct 05, 2017 2:24 PM

Took it for years. Violent nightmares, weight gain and dry mouth/eyes. Didn’t do a thing except make me feel worse. Good luck.

Oct 05, 2017 6:51 PM

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

Oct 08, 2017 11:28 PM

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.

Oct 09, 2017 7:54 AM

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

Oct 10, 2017 1:15 AM

I'm taking 900 mg of gabapentin a day. It works well for nerve pain. For stiffness and joint pain I take arava. It helps me. It effects my memory though. Pain is there but is more tolerable.

Oct 10, 2017 6:33 PM

I took Gabapentin for years and it helped tremendously. I think my body developed a tolerance to it because it eventually stopped helping control my symptoms. I did get years of relief though.

Oct 11, 2017 12:27 PM

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.

Oct 12, 2017 1:18 AM

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!

Oct 12, 2017 10:05 AM

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

Oct 14, 2017 6:01 PM

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!

Oct 17, 2017 7:38 PM

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Oct 17, 2017 8:18 PM

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. 💐💐💐

Oct 17, 2017 11:57 PM

I’ve been taking it for ten days. It helped a ton the first couple days, but my pain is already breaking through.

Oct 18, 2017 11:39 PM

Been on gabapentin or 8 days now, no improvement yet. I am only on 200mg though. My doctor likes to move slow to make sure i have no side effects. Doesn't even make me drowsy like he said it would.

Oct 21, 2017 5:06 PM

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.

Oct 22, 2017 11:25 AM

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.

Oct 24, 2017 11:10 AM

Been on it now for two weeks. I agree with shmegs the pain is a bit dulled which is very nice. The pain a bit worse today, but it would probablybe worse without the gabapentin.

Oct 26, 2017 11:56 PM

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.

Oct 27, 2017 9:06 AM

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.

Nov 03, 2017 10:13 AM

Lyrica I had bad reactions I been on gabapentin for 4 plus years 1800 mgs a day relieves nothing for me but has caused a lot of issues for me tremors vision changes and a loss of my balance reflex

Nov 03, 2017 10:37 AM

If u have been on the gabapentin for that long and you are experiencing no relief with bad side effects it might be a good idea to talk to ur doctor about getting off of it.

Nov 06, 2017 11:37 PM

@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

Nov 07, 2017 9:47 AM

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.

Nov 07, 2017 3:51 PM

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.

Nov 07, 2017 10:27 PM

I was on it for about a year before developing an allergic reaction to it. My whole body swelled up, especially my hands and feet. Couldn’t even wear any of my shoes. Watch out for side effects!

Nov 08, 2017 7:56 AM

The gp was going to prescribe it for PHN (post shingles nerve damage), but then didn’t so I am trying to manage the pain myself.

Nov 25, 2017 7:51 PM

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.

Nov 26, 2017 11:39 AM

In the past 6 years I've tried Elavil (Amitryptyline) 40 mg, Topamax (Topiramate) 100 mg, Gabapentin (Neurontin) 2,400 mg, Advil (Ibuprofen) 2,400 mg and Naproxen 250 mg without anything helping.

Nov 26, 2017 6:17 PM

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

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