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. .

@lioness

@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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@lioness
I'm not taking any Gabapentin currently.

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I know all medicines are different in folks but I just don’t want the medicine head feeling

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@jadillow

None of us wants that. I suppose that treating pain is somewhat of a trade-off. You sometimes exchange pain for different problems.

What have you tried regarding exercise/PT? Has water exercise been helpful? What about Tai-Chi or yoga or bio-feedback? These are some non-medical ways to treat pain.

Here is a link to an article from Mayo's website about Integrative Approaches to Treating Pain https://www.mayoclinic.org/integrative-approaches-to-treating-pain/art-20208637

Do any of these ideas seem like a possibility for you?

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Yes. I have been doing DDP yoga the last two weeks. I am wearing an event monitor so it makes it difficult at times.

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My pain isn’t constant and comes in flashes but frustrating nonetheless

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@jadillow

Yes. I have been doing DDP yoga the last two weeks. I am wearing an event monitor so it makes it difficult at times.

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@jadillow
How is DDP yoga different from traditional yoga?

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From what I hear it’s pretty standard poses. Just a fresh take on things. I enjoy it. Workouts can be adjusted to your personal level of fitness

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Sounds interesting, @jadillow.

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@jadillow

Ok. Thanks. They gave me 100mg

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I am late coming to this thread, and I hope that the 100mg is providing some therapeutic benefit to you. Gabapentin works for me for both mild pain relief and for anxiety, and I take 300-900 mg. per day, which quite a bit higher than your dosage. I do find that Gabapentin has caused me some memory issues but is effective for me, and I refuse to consider benzos for my anxiety. I also practice Cognitive Behavioral Therapy to assist with my anxiety issues. If there was another medical option available to me, I would consider it, but I am coping alright with the side effects for now.

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@sonya89149

I have been prescribed Gabapentin 600 mg for migraines and anxiety. Every time I take this medication I feel achy and it affects my vision. However, it helps with preventing migraines and makes me tired but it takes hours for me to fall asleep. Anyone else having this issue?

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@sonya89149. I actually take 400 mg each evening to help me go to sleep and stay asleep. It's effectiveness for that is proportional to how empty my stomach is. If I haven't eaten I have 3 hours before it hits me. The time I take it is based on what time I want to go to sleep. I just take it 3 hours prior to that and I can go to sleep at the time I planned for.

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I have been prescribed Gabapentin 600 mg for migraines and anxiety. Every time I take this medication I feel achy and it affects my vision. However, it helps with preventing migraines and makes me tired but it takes hours for me to fall asleep. Anyone else having this issue?

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