First time posting.
I have Chronic Pain over my whole body due to Chronic Lyme disease, bilateral peripheral neuropathy, blood clots, etc.
The point is that I too felt totally out of it with loss of memory, “goofy” or stupid, etc. when first put on Gabapentin. Then my doctor switched me to Gralise which is the extended release Gabapentin.
I still have some memory loss or slowness, but I had that developing before I got on any of the drugs, I take 3x600mg a day (in the evening) which has relieved most of the side effects I got from Gabapentin and I feel it really helps me.
That being said, I think your goal should always be to reduce the amount of medications you take, and I am trying slowly.
I now have 2 pain stimulators (electronic pain blocker). One focusing on the pain from my waistline down and a DRG (Dorsal Root Ganglion) stimulator that is specifically working on my feet. Although it took 3 surgeons and 6 surgeries, the original pain stimulator now works along with the DRG stmulator (only needed one surgery) using “burst technology”. I have had a lot of trouble getting them to get the units adjusted correctly and keeping it there, but when they both are working it takes my daily pain (at least from the waist down) from 7-8 down to 4-5 which is a huge difference in my life. Although I still cannot work, I am hopeful that someday I will be able to hold a job again.