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I wanted to comment on taking Gabapentin. I took it following Anterior Discectomy in 2006 along with Darvocet (which has been pulled from the market) and Robaxin (muscle relaxer). It was a godsend because I was unable to take Narcotics and NSAIDS. I tolerated it well back then. However, over the years I have had to decrease my dosage more and more to prevent awful side effects. I believe it led to internal tremors that made my body feel like it was vibrating, and it also led to Myoclonus in my face and hands and forearms that would cause me to bat my iPhone out of my hands, and cause one side of my face to twitch continuously. I didn’t realize it was from the Gabapentin for quite awhile until I started reducing my dosage gradually and now I only take 100mg at night to help with neuropathy and sleep. The highest dose I ever took was 700mg a day in 2-3 divided doses. Gabapentin is known to cause bad withdrawal symptoms (do a search and read about it). I will add that I have had worsening Chronic Kidney Disease since 2012, thus the need to reduce my dosage. It certainly helps with neuropathic pain but with a cost. I was unable to tolerate Lyrica. My Neurologist at University of Michigan tried me on Trileptal (anti-seizure Med)
for Neuropathic pain but after taking it for 6 months it caused a rash and itching. He finally gave me Flexeril 5mg twice a day, and it has really helped me control the Neuropathic pain without side effects. It is hard to get a doctor to give you Flexeril for more than a couple weeks (it’s one drug that has been abused by addicts) but I think my U of MI Neurologist giving me a year’s worth helped convince my PCP that he would continue it.