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Spondylolisthesis and DDD

Spine Health | Last Active: Jan 21, 2020 | Replies (64)

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Hi,I did respond but my response ened up someplace else, on page one of these posts I think. Right now I don't have a Dr. that will listen to me. I have stage 1 L4 on L5 degenerative spondylolisthesis, with some other issues. My Dr. prescribed Gabapentin 300mg last Friday, January 3. I took it at bedtime & woke up at 3:30 a.m. in the worst pain I have had since this all started in March 2019. It is still affecting me.

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Ok. I know quite a bit about gabapentin bc of my husband's nerve pain. He takes 900 mg a day. I'm not going to lie and bc of the new laws about narcotics gabapentin is probably the next best thing some people but not most. Gabapentin is like Lyrica with all the side effects. a cause my husband to have restless leg syndrome plus he felt like lightning was going down his back and legs. Especially if he took a couple more than his normal dose. I also have gabapentin for my arthritis in my fibromyalgia and endometriosis. It did almost the same exact thing to me plus it's made me feel like I had something sitting on my chest at night. And it caused us both to have nightmares. I remember correctly that during the day it actually felt like you've been drinking but you haven't kind of like a easy fogginess in your head.trazodone has probably been one of the best sleeping medications to help your legs rest. If you have any more questions please message me back. 

Also I forgot about mentioning the leg spasms not only at night in bed but during the day. 

Also try pure peppermint oil on your back. It's better than biofreeze it gets deep into the bone and muscle especially if you have heating pads out of all over your house like we do.

What area do you live in or what state or city

Did you have an injury? Or just all of a sudden started

@spondi64 Hi – I'm sorry you are going through so much pain – I'm right there with you.

It is unacceptable to have a doctor who doesn't listen to you. I learned the hard way to find doctors on my own, through research and simply asking around. Do you live near a big city or teaching hospital? Often that's where the best are. Are you being seen by a pain doctor/anesthesiologist? That's what has helped me, though I'm annoyed about the wait between treatments for my back: in my case nerve ablations.

I have lived with back pain for over 10 years, finding relief sometimes, but really suffering/not-functioning during other times. It was only when I sought out my own care providers and insisted on a treatment plan that things improved. Our medical system is so broken, I think this is the only way we can get the help we need. We shouldn't have to, but it's the way things are now.

I hope you begin to feel better soon.

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