gabapentin and muscle pain

Posted by nursegigi @nursegigi, Aug 16, 2016

Has anyone every experienced muscle and facia pain from gabapentin?

@mfobrien36

A couple of things that helped me with leg cramps at night was sipping a bottle of Schwepps (without the gin) tonic. It has minimal amounts of quinine. As you’re probably already aware, you need to be sure you’re getting enough water. I keep some by my bedside and while it triggers a trip or two during the night to the bathroom – not having leg cramps is worth it. Also triggering leg cramps for me is the unconscious stretching – it’s almost out of my control – the stretching, I mean.

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Thanks Jim. I am on a BiPap machine at night. So maybe that could be it at night. I have started having them during the day now too!

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@mfobrien36

A couple of things that helped me with leg cramps at night was sipping a bottle of Schwepps (without the gin) tonic. It has minimal amounts of quinine. As you’re probably already aware, you need to be sure you’re getting enough water. I keep some by my bedside and while it triggers a trip or two during the night to the bathroom – not having leg cramps is worth it. Also triggering leg cramps for me is the unconscious stretching – it’s almost out of my control – the stretching, I mean.

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Thank you for the information. I know I don’t drink enough water, my daughter is always telling me that. I do keep water by my bed, because I wear a BiPap mask and my mouth gets dry. And yes, I do get up 2-3 times for bathroom trips plus the times with the leg/foot cramps. Not tried the Schwepps (without the gin) yet. Why not?

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@hosta

Yes the pain of shingles is terrible. I was in the hospital for 5 days. Mine didn’t break out. My grandson had then after he can home from Afghanistan while serving with the Marines. He he had them on his forehead. He said he felt like Mike Tyson had belted him. Gabapentin does help. I just don’t know all the side effects.

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Marield65 here. I was on gabapentine years ago and it didn’t agree with me. My imagination was getting control over me and I was getting confused. I hate to tell people my side effects because you might not have any. I think you would know by now if you would have bad side effects. I hope our monitor will tell me if I am out of line mentioning my side effect s.

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@hosta

Yes the pain of shingles is terrible. I was in the hospital for 5 days. Mine didn’t break out. My grandson had then after he can home from Afghanistan while serving with the Marines. He he had them on his forehead. He said he felt like Mike Tyson had belted him. Gabapentin does help. I just don’t know all the side effects.

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@marield65 You are not “out of line” at all for mentioning the side effects you had on gabapentin. Since we are not doctors we certainly don’t want to give anyone medical advice but sharing your experience is fine. I was on gabapentin for Fibromyalgia My doctor prescribed 900 mg 3 times a day. It did work to help relieve the awful pain from fibro, but I developed memory loss and was very unstable on my feet.
I hope you will continue to share with us here on Mayo Connect!
Jen

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@hosta

Yes the pain of shingles is terrible. I was in the hospital for 5 days. Mine didn’t break out. My grandson had then after he can home from Afghanistan while serving with the Marines. He he had them on his forehead. He said he felt like Mike Tyson had belted him. Gabapentin does help. I just don’t know all the side effects.

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Sandytoes, Marield65 here. Thank you so much for the nice reply. I will continue to share. It is awful going through different kinds of pain and the feeling of being alone with it. I have gotten so much information from being “connected ” to this group. Again,thank you. And being on a med. and it playing with your mind is a terrible thing so I will continue to share.

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@hosta

Yes the pain of shingles is terrible. I was in the hospital for 5 days. Mine didn’t break out. My grandson had then after he can home from Afghanistan while serving with the Marines. He he had them on his forehead. He said he felt like Mike Tyson had belted him. Gabapentin does help. I just don’t know all the side effects.

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Marie, I know what you mean: we all feel so darned alone with our pain–and especially when we’re sitting there at 3 a.m., in agony, hoping that some painkiller or muscle relaxer kicks in. (Which is what I was doing this morning. TMJ pain woke me up at around 3, I took one tylenol plus codeine and one muscle relaxer, and read, with my cats all around me, until I finally felt the pain recede. Crawled back into bed at about 5 a.m.) It’s good to know that there are others like us out there.

But honestly: I keep feeling that living with chronic pain isn’t really living! I try to distract myself. I try to go on with work or going out with friends or knitting or reading or whatever, but that pain is still there. It’s discouraging and especially so when you can’t get any answers. I live in Florida, where there have been SO many pill mills. So, to get painkillers or to find someone who’ll work with you on pain management, you have to be about 3/4 dead. Sigh.

Hazel

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@hosta

Yes the pain of shingles is terrible. I was in the hospital for 5 days. Mine didn’t break out. My grandson had then after he can home from Afghanistan while serving with the Marines. He he had them on his forehead. He said he felt like Mike Tyson had belted him. Gabapentin does help. I just don’t know all the side effects.

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There is nothing that your dentist can do? That is awful to be in that much pain with no help? Marield65 God Bless You

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hi someone told me gas can cause leg syndrome i get it many times but now ive stopped drinking pop havent had 1 for a while

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@hosta

Yes the pain of shingles is terrible. I was in the hospital for 5 days. Mine didn’t break out. My grandson had then after he can home from Afghanistan while serving with the Marines. He he had them on his forehead. He said he felt like Mike Tyson had belted him. Gabapentin does help. I just don’t know all the side effects.

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I also know what you mean about feeling so alone in the wee hours in so much pain. I wait on the painkiller to take effect so I can try to get some rest. I cry and pray. I don’t have TMJ so I can’t address that kind of pain. I have so much wrong with my back, having had so many surgeries, and steroid injection. Now I am having medial branch nerve blocks. The first ones seem to be working some. I will have the second series on 8/18/17. I know that it will not work 100% but even a little bit will be wonderful. I do have hobbies and try to help my daughter in our small greenhouse business. If not for my love of God and the support of my family and church family. I don’t know how I would survive it sometimes. My husband of 50+ years passed away in 2009 so I am alone in those wee hours. I don’t want to live on pain medication, I don’t like that spaced out feeling.

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@hosta

Yes the pain of shingles is terrible. I was in the hospital for 5 days. Mine didn’t break out. My grandson had then after he can home from Afghanistan while serving with the Marines. He he had them on his forehead. He said he felt like Mike Tyson had belted him. Gabapentin does help. I just don’t know all the side effects.

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Eve, boy, do I ever hear you! Yes, even a little bit of relief would be wonderful. And I don’t want to live on pain meds, either. They leave me feeling so spacey. I really dislike feeling as though I’m living in a fog.

Hazel

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Did you mean burping or other ways of “passing” gas?

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@hosta

Yes the pain of shingles is terrible. I was in the hospital for 5 days. Mine didn’t break out. My grandson had then after he can home from Afghanistan while serving with the Marines. He he had them on his forehead. He said he felt like Mike Tyson had belted him. Gabapentin does help. I just don’t know all the side effects.

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HAZEL, I wish there was something, but what?

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@hosta

Yes the pain of shingles is terrible. I was in the hospital for 5 days. Mine didn’t break out. My grandson had then after he can home from Afghanistan while serving with the Marines. He he had them on his forehead. He said he felt like Mike Tyson had belted him. Gabapentin does help. I just don’t know all the side effects.

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I don’t know, but I hope there’s something. Yesterday and today I’ve been pain free! I have no idea what I’m doing differently, if anything. So I’m enjoying not hurting. Had coffee with a friend who also has pain issues. It’s her back that gives her problems. She’s going to have surgery soon.

Hazel

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@allisonsnow

I have been on gabapentin for years !! Never linked it to any specific symptoms though , mainly because I take so may prescriptions. But periods of memory loss have been an issue AND no sleep AND no eating and AN INCREASAE IN PAIN but is this from the gabapentin or just an increase in pain? Have neuropathy from chemo, fibro, cancer pain, depression and some type of degenerative joint problem. I take over a dozen RX and some supplements. Will be looking forward to learning more about this issue !!

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I've been taking gabapentin for 20 yes I'm up to 4000 mg a day I take for the pins and needles I feel in lower legs. I do stop for 3 days to get out of my system. You don't take for numbness as I seen someone say in another post. It's great stuff the other meds either depress me or zombifies me.

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@popolopo

I take 600. Mg of gabapentin a day for pain after hip replacement but it helps very little. I just started 100 mg disclofenac pills once a day and it is helping me already.
I take a pilll to lessen stomach irritation,hope it works,got a 60 day supply.

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That's because gabapentin don't help that sort of pain it's for nerve pain. Like fibromyalgia diabetic nerve pain.

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