gabapentin and muscle pain

Posted by nursegigi @nursegigi, Aug 16, 2016

Has anyone every experienced muscle and facia pain from gabapentin?

@gjnson

Have lower leg and foot pain but I didn’t associate with the gabapentin. Should maybe taper and stop to find out?

Jump to this post

I keep thinking that I’m in my 30s or 40s, so I’m always amazed to realize that nope, I’m 64. (Yes, my husband keeps singing the Beatles’ “When I’m Sixty-Four” to me. Off key, yet!) I’ve heard that shingles pain is excruciating. I’ve had the vaccine, but I realize that I can still get shingles. Still, with the vaccine, I hope that, if I ever do get shingles, the pain will be lessened some.

REPLY

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.

REPLY

No.I checked the Mayo Clinic and they mentioned other pain relievers as well as the Shingles vaccine.

REPLY
@ujeeniack

No.I checked the Mayo Clinic and they mentioned other pain relievers as well as the Shingles vaccine.

Jump to this post

Thanks for checking for me. Last night I was up walking leg cramps 4 times. I will try taking potassium and see if that works.

REPLY

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.

REPLY
@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.

Jump to this post

@mfobrien36

I recall a doctor telling me once that one cause of leg cramps could be a low oxygen level, so I should do deep breathing. I tend to be a shallow breather.

Jim

REPLY
@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.

Jump to this post

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!

REPLY
@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.

Jump to this post

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?

REPLY
@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.

Jump to this post

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.

REPLY
@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.

Jump to this post

@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

REPLY
@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.

Jump to this post

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.

REPLY
@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.

Jump to this post

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

REPLY
Please sign in or register to post a reply.
  Request Appointment