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gabapenten has been prescribed for hip pain after my replacement,taking 200mg,3 times a day. Helps me sleep but does not help a lot for pain. Advil works better.
Agreed. Gabepentin just made me sleep….it did not help with pain. Ifinallt quit it as slowly as I had begun….I decided that feeling pain wasbetter than sleeping my life away. Finallt, I tried Fentenyl patches andthey have helped more. Best wishes….
Hi @popolopo. Nice to see you back on Connect after a month or two away. I hope you are doing well! Would love to hear an update on your health. Besides the pain, how is life after the replacement?
I’m also tagging @bekie, @maryinkansas and @hols who all have experience with Gabepentin and may wish to add to the conversation.
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Hi @vickiekay. I love to see you popping in again 🙂 You’ve been so active on Connect over the past couple of months and i’m sure users really appreciate your support and guidance.
I’d love to learn a little more about you! I know you suffer from rheumatoid arthritis. How are you doing? Do you struggle with any other health conditions? What brought you to Connect? I’d just like to get to know you a little better 🙂
Mayo Clinic didn’t have a clue about treating my chronic pain. In fact, the Mayo doctor who examined me told me, “Nobody ever died of pain. Just go home and get over it.” Fortunately, my local doctor was way better and prescribed gabapentin which has helped immensely. Had I followed the advice from Mayo I would have been completely incapaciated for the past nine years. I am grateful to be functioning normally because of the skills of my local doctor. My advice is to save your money, time, and effort and not go to Mayo, but find a local doctor who actually does understand the pathology of chronic pain.
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Gabapentin helps me with my hip pain from osteoarthritis, to a degree. Since I cannot take NSAID’s (aspirin, Advil, etc.) it’s beneficial, for my case. Tylenol just doesn’t work well for me, and I prefer not to use it long term regardless. I’m taking 600 mg in the morning and in the evening.
I had the same response to Tylenol. It did not affect my pain in the least and I am grateful not to be using it long term. I also had the same experience with ibuprofin.
Pain treatment is hit and miss. Most things I’ve tried work well for a little while then burn out. Gabapentin can help in my case but at higher doses where some side effects start showing up.
i saw more specialists than I can remember. The pain doc put me on a med which was closely related to one that had been a disaster for me and insisted that it would do the trick. It didn’t and turned out to be almost the same as the other.
I liked the psychiatrist the best. When all else fails, send the patient to a shrink and if he complains more then lock him up in a psych ward. The psychiatrist started my interview by asking my why I was in his office wasting his time and my money when there was nothing mentally wrong with me.
Hi, Kelsey! Thank you for your message regarding my participation on Mayo Clinic Connect! I have enjoyed reading and contributing to the site. Are you the administrator? If so, I really wish that the program on which the site is written could be more user friendly – perhaps in more of a Facebook format. The threads are often difficult to follow….and then all of a sudden, after contributing, my inbox is full of comments from individuals. I happened to see the opportunity to sign up on a Mayo newsletter a long time ago and began participating.
Yes, I have had rheumatoid arthritis since 1990 when I was just thirty years old. I have been a Mayo patient since that time and have undergone numerous surgeries (34 total) and tried many medications to control the disease. I also have fibromyalgia and Lyme Disease. It has not been an easy journey at all. I was a Professor of Education at the University of Northern Iowa until I was no longer able to maintain my teaching and research schedule in 2004. It has been very difficult to accept the “disability status” but I have now reconciled that MY job is to take care of myself.
I do spend a lot of time researching health related issues, medications and alternative treatments. I have had some amazing medical doctors at Mayo and I have also interacted with many talented alternative practitioners, most of whom have really helped me.
It is great to be connected with others who are experiencing the same types of problems and who have helpful advice!
Many thanks to you for connecting with me via this site! Best wishes!
Have you talked to your psychiatrist about Cymbalta? It eliminated my hip pain all together but made me too irritable (irritating?).
That is one of the things that has helped me learn as well. Yes, I’m no more than a Novice with a computer too. I did however learn how to search items relative to health conditions and beyond (relaxation technicques, thinking,mind excercise, etc.). Looking back at your statement, through the things you noted, gave me more overall insight on the info I had originally sought and then some. Put it this way “if the answer would have been as easily attained, would we learn from it?” Since a lady next door told me “I wish everthing was perfect.” I said after a conversation for a while “you no longer would see any sense in living–since with everything being perfect what would you do? how would you occupy your mind and thoughts? how would you learn, make friends, know what or how to say things–Learning is a part of our daily life, from the time of our birth. All on different stages with our growth. That is also something that will help people use and flourish through such programs as Mayo Connect. They’ll ask questions constructively to meet their needs and with the help of others they’ll often find the proper path to take toward their problems resolution. That is not to say “do it on your own.” But use your doctor, friends, tests and resourses as a starting point to understanding the resolution to your problem.
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Pain happens for a reason. When pain happens, it is to tell you that something is wrong somewhere. From that source they have begun grading the levels of pain, so as to understand their severity and ways to treat it. Like with Epilepsy an Aura is a Warning before having a seizure, so one can get to a lower place and not fall. Hip pain can relate to a fractured hip, bone or even lubrication where the hip attaches to the thigh bone. Those are the clues, it’s up to us to report them and seek to ease them through the most reliable sources.
This is in response to Jay Baruch, who posted – Have you talked to your psychiatrist about Cymbalta? It eliminated my hip pain all together but made me too irritable (irritating?).
Why would I talk to a psychiatrist about anything since the psychiatrist at Mayo Clinic told me to stop wasting his time? I do not have a psychiatric condition. It would be the same as asking me if I had talked with my podiatrist about my fibromyalgia. BTW, I do use Cymbalta but it was not prescribed by a psychiatrist or for a mental illness.
Well, experience has taught me several things, being under a doctors care all my life. First, your post doesn’t indicate that your condition is the type the doctor you were sent too treats. At that point, as you told us “tell the phyciatrist that you were sent to him for reasons A, B, C and if he is willing to help you through your ordeal fine. Please do it simply so that I can comprehend and ask any necessary questions. If you don’t feel up to being the doctor to undertake the problem for which I was sent to you, do you have any suggestions. Would it be better to see another doctor, or even get a second opinion.
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This is response to iverkay312 who posted – Well, experience has taught me several things, being under a doctors care all my life. First, your post doesn’t indicate that your condition is the type the doctor you were sent too treats. At that point, as you told us “tell the phyciatrist that you were sent to him for reasons A, B, C and if he is willing to help you through your ordeal fine. Please do it simply so that I can comprehend and ask any necessary questions. If you don’t feel up to being the doctor to undertake the problem for which I was sent to you, do you have any suggestions. Would it be better to see another doctor, or even get a second opinion.
This is perfect advice. Unfortunately, I did not have this experience at Mayo Clinic because the doctors had no clue as to what my problem really was. All they had to go on was that I was in extreme pain and suffering from intense insomnia. None of the doctors I saw had any specific experience dealing with someone with my symptoms with the end result being that they decided to tell me to find a psychologist who would help me wrap my mind around my issue and get over it.
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