Gabapentin for pain and anxiety

Posted by jadillow @jadillow, Apr 24, 2019

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. .

@balderdash

How much do you take and at what times?

For years, I took 900 mg at bedtime for RLS and associated pain. I was able to taper down to 600 mg without much trouble. Getting below 600 mg seems nearly impossible. I've read that some people, who no longer need it, keep taking it for life because they can't get off. 😒

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I completely relate. I was prescribed Gabapentin off label for menopausal symptoms and take it every night (600-700 mgs) still 15 years later for pain and as sleep aid. I hope no serious consequences.
But really helps keep me calm. Just find I’m foggy and a little clumsy in the mornings.

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@help4meandu

I completely relate. I was prescribed Gabapentin off label for menopausal symptoms and take it every night (600-700 mgs) still 15 years later for pain and as sleep aid. I hope no serious consequences.
But really helps keep me calm. Just find I’m foggy and a little clumsy in the mornings.

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I took it for neuropathy after cancer treatments and to help w sleep. But the clumsy groggy foggy head was too much for me. After 3 years I quit. My hands tingle all day and night, but I don’t want to go through that morning mess again.

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@happy2bhear

I took it for neuropathy after cancer treatments and to help w sleep. But the clumsy groggy foggy head was too much for me. After 3 years I quit. My hands tingle all day and night, but I don’t want to go through that morning mess again.

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@happy2bhear
I'm just curious if your side effects ever decreased in severity over the time you took it?
Thank you,
Jake

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@happy2bhear

I took it for neuropathy after cancer treatments and to help w sleep. But the clumsy groggy foggy head was too much for me. After 3 years I quit. My hands tingle all day and night, but I don’t want to go through that morning mess again.

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How much were you taking and at what times of day? How did you quit? Did you have withdrawal symptoms?

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@balderdash

How much were you taking and at what times of day? How did you quit? Did you have withdrawal symptoms?

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Went up to 3x day 300mg. Took evening 1then bed 2. Then tapered to one 300. Did that myself. No withdrawal symptoms.

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@jakedduck1

@happy2bhear
I'm just curious if your side effects ever decreased in severity over the time you took it?
Thank you,
Jake

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The morning sluggishness and heavy feeling did not go away or change. I thought it was from my cancer stuff until dr asked how I was handling it. Then I pd attention to it. Once I went off to see if neuropathy was gone. It came right back, last time I decided to live w tingling over slow mornings. It’s not perfect and I think about going back. It was terrific for helping me sleep.

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