Gabapentin for pain and anxiety

Posted by jadillow @jadillow, Wed, Apr 24 10:23am

I have had some health issues and chest and body pains for month. Currently I am on an event monitor as all heart test have came back normal. I used to be on wellbutrin and stopped per new doctor and had no withdrawal thankfully. He talked about prescribing cymbalta/Duloxetine and wants to try it for my random pains which include shoulder, chest, leg and hips at times. Also random bouts of lightheadedness. All on left side and randomly. Sometimes not at all. I am losing sleep because when I lay down and start hurting I fear for the worst. I have sinus bradycardia when resting but they are not concerned with that at this point

Does anyone have and experience with this as medicine as the only medicine I am on now is bp medicine and a calcium blocker. Thanks in advance. .

@jadillow Good morning I was on Cymbalta for 2day It started to ulter my mind so Dr stopped it but everyone is different it maybe the drug that will help you I'm sensitive to medicines

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Hi @jadillow
I have been taking a small dose of Cymbalta (20 mg once a day). It has worked quite well for pain, but as @lioness said everyone reacts to meds differently.

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Hi @jadillow
I have been taking a small dose of Cymbalta (20 mg once a day). It has worked quite well for pain, but as @lioness said everyone reacts to meds differently.

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I was wrong it what I thought it was. It is actually called Gabapentin and I have heard mixed reviews so I’m hesitant.

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@jadillow Makes a difference but for me I had same side effects even on 100 mg

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@Hopefull33250 Are you on a smaller dose of Gabapentin? Dr gave me 100 mg but I'm sensitive to even that but it did help

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@jadillow I took Gabapentin for about a month before starting the Cymbalta. It worked very well for pain, no mood problems as has been mentioned by others but I did have a severe constipation problem. That is why I switched to Cymbalta.

If you do decide to try Gabapentin, you might suggest to your doc that you start off with the lowest dose (100 mg) once a day and get used to that amount for a week or so. I was started at 300 mg once a day and that was too much for me. Always try to start with the lowest dose available and give the med some time to work. Some folks have a lot of anxiety about meds and they quit it before they give it a fair trial.

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@Hopefull33250 Are you on a smaller dose of Gabapentin? Dr gave me 100 mg but I'm sensitive to even that but it did help

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No, just the Cymbalta, now. If I ever need to try the Gabapentin again, I would certainly go with the 100 mg though.

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@hopeful33250 I took it for a week and thought it was o.k. but after s week I started having forgetful problems I still have it and take occasionally now

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@jadillow

I was wrong it what I thought it was. It is actually called Gabapentin and I have heard mixed reviews so I’m hesitant.

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@jadillow – I took gabapentin for about 7 weeks for postherpetic neuralgia after having shingles. It helped with the constant pain/tingling feeling. I recall no side effects whatsoever and no problems tapering off.

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I have just had some crazy random sharp and sudden pains that last briefly and who knows when they will show up. Do you guys think it’s worth a try?

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@jadillow You won't know till you try as you read from# lisalucier she could take it everybody is different Our bodies makeups are different

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@jadillow I've been taking 400 mg gabapentin for years. The doctor gave it to me to help me go to sleep and stay asleep. It's effectiveness is directly related to whether I just ate dinner or my stomach is empty. If my stomach is empty I have almost exactly 3 hours before it makes me dizzy and I have to lie down. It doesn't make me constipated which could be because I also have IBSD. It does help with the RA pain as well as the couple times a year I have a shingles outbreak. Try it with an open mind and see how you do. It might be easier to start with taking it before bed. Allow yourself 7-8 hours of sleep before you have to get up. Good luck. I hope it helps you!

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Thanks. He also told me he believes it will help with my health anxiety as well. I have Brain fog as it is so I’m super hesitant but I’m gonna give it a go as I need some help

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@jadillow

Thanks. He also told me he believes it will help with my health anxiety as well. I have Brain fog as it is so I’m super hesitant but I’m gonna give it a go as I need some help

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@jadillow I agree with Lyn, @pearlbaby7, that it's best taken in the evening when you can "sleep-off" the side effects. Give it some time and realize that it does take a while to adjust to a new med. You might try drinking some extra water during the day as well.

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Ok. Thanks. They gave me 100mg

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