gabapentin causing muscle pain and cramps

Posted by sadeyes @sadeyes, Jan 28, 2020

Has anyone ever had the experience of Gabapentin causing severe muscle cramps in arms and legs and muscular pain and feeling of weakness? I know it is supposed to basically do the opposite and help with muscular problems……but this has happened twice to me as soon as I started the gaba and it was very severe,

I took Gabapentin for quite a while and had my doctor up the dosage. You go on it in steps and come down off of it in steps. The higher dose made my breathing difficult and I called my doctor about it. She had me come down off of it and then I decided to go off completely. I don’t think it ever really helped me. I took CBD for a while with good results for my pain issues but that didn’t last. I’ve tried everything and now the last and final is going to be meditation. This is something that makes a lot of sense. I was on oxycodone for a couple of years and that worked great but you have to up the dosage every few months and of course that eventually kills you one way or another.

Look at a meditation site. People have had good results. Doesn’t work for everyone but worth a good try. I am on, curablehealth.com Just started last week and am taking it slowly so as to understand throughly. Good luck and let me know.

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My husband was on Gabapentin and Lyrica both for chronic and acute pain both due to pathologic rib fractures caused by malignant pleural mesothelioma. He was also on several other medications so it was always hard to pinpoint which medication was causing problematic symptoms. But he did struggle with weakness, coordination issues, foggy thinking and a whole host of terrible side effects during the course of his treatment. If I could redo the last year of his life I would have opted for NO drugs that cause any known side effects but rather treat his symptoms as naturally and healthy as possible. I believe 110 % that the traditional treatments lead to his early and painful death and made the last months of his life not worth living. Very disappointed in western medicine right now.

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Gabipentin/Lyrica overstimulated my nerve endings causing my pain to intensify. It also caused my antidepressant to stop working.

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Ugh I feel like it isn’t working either as I lay here in excruciating pain

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@vklittle61

Ugh I feel like it isn’t working either as I lay here in excruciating pain

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ME TOO…I learned to sleep a couple of hours even with the pain. GABAPENTIN is NOT HELPING at all..My son got me TIGER BALM from CHINATOWN and I rubbed it all over the pain spots, it did help a little, I can now walk but the pain is still with me. GOT ADVIL and ALEVE maybe two of those will help….got an appointment with a NEURO DR. on the 11th. Five other NEUROLOGISTS ARE FULL UP and not taking any new patients here. I heard they don't do much anyway….Who else wants to talk to me? WE MUST FIND SOME SOLUTIONS ON OUR OWN….M.

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@margaretob

ME TOO…I learned to sleep a couple of hours even with the pain. GABAPENTIN is NOT HELPING at all..My son got me TIGER BALM from CHINATOWN and I rubbed it all over the pain spots, it did help a little, I can now walk but the pain is still with me. GOT ADVIL and ALEVE maybe two of those will help….got an appointment with a NEURO DR. on the 11th. Five other NEUROLOGISTS ARE FULL UP and not taking any new patients here. I heard they don't do much anyway….Who else wants to talk to me? WE MUST FIND SOME SOLUTIONS ON OUR OWN….M.

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My neurologist tells me to go to pain mgmt doc or the sirgeon

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YES .I suffer from Neurophathy in legs and Restless Leg Syndrome.Nerve conduction tests confirmed the Neuro.I have taken Gabapentin for years. On and off. Last evening I took 400mg for the RLS. I woke up screaming in pain with cramp from knee to foot. I have suspected the Gabapentin but now I k now. I will stop it. Another thing that causes muscle cramps is Chlorthalidone for high BP. I have stopped that and my Doc is going to give me something else.He said he is not a fan of it.I have CKD so must be careful. I am 85 yrs old. and if I have learned one thing its. Research Research Research.I am new here as Feb 3,2020. Nice to meet you all, and lets help each other with all these meds.

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@margaretob

ME TOO…I learned to sleep a couple of hours even with the pain. GABAPENTIN is NOT HELPING at all..My son got me TIGER BALM from CHINATOWN and I rubbed it all over the pain spots, it did help a little, I can now walk but the pain is still with me. GOT ADVIL and ALEVE maybe two of those will help….got an appointment with a NEURO DR. on the 11th. Five other NEUROLOGISTS ARE FULL UP and not taking any new patients here. I heard they don't do much anyway….Who else wants to talk to me? WE MUST FIND SOME SOLUTIONS ON OUR OWN….M.

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Aleve. nasty drug. my son ended up in ER. daughters friend broke out in hive.I had a back problem. before surgery I took Aleve for 8 months ended up with Ulcerated stomach, The drug is Naproxen. Read warnings on box

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@margaretob

ME TOO…I learned to sleep a couple of hours even with the pain. GABAPENTIN is NOT HELPING at all..My son got me TIGER BALM from CHINATOWN and I rubbed it all over the pain spots, it did help a little, I can now walk but the pain is still with me. GOT ADVIL and ALEVE maybe two of those will help….got an appointment with a NEURO DR. on the 11th. Five other NEUROLOGISTS ARE FULL UP and not taking any new patients here. I heard they don't do much anyway….Who else wants to talk to me? WE MUST FIND SOME SOLUTIONS ON OUR OWN….M.

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What pain are you taking Gaba for.maybe its the wrong Med

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@leanna55

Gabipentin/Lyrica overstimulated my nerve endings causing my pain to intensify. It also caused my antidepressant to stop working.

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don't know why you were given both. they are the same thin g. always look it up on PC Sorry your hurting. I know the pain. I have Fibromyalgia Neuropathy. Arthritis in almost every joint.I will send good thoughts your way.Talk to a different t Doc. You must be your own advocate. don't just blindly take what they say. Ask what the RX is and get it in your Han d, then google it. then if you think its for youfill the RX. NONE OF US CAN GIV MEDICAL ADVICE. only suggestions from our own experiences. Stay Safe

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@londonwc1

YES .I suffer from Neurophathy in legs and Restless Leg Syndrome.Nerve conduction tests confirmed the Neuro.I have taken Gabapentin for years. On and off. Last evening I took 400mg for the RLS. I woke up screaming in pain with cramp from knee to foot. I have suspected the Gabapentin but now I k now. I will stop it. Another thing that causes muscle cramps is Chlorthalidone for high BP. I have stopped that and my Doc is going to give me something else.He said he is not a fan of it.I have CKD so must be careful. I am 85 yrs old. and if I have learned one thing its. Research Research Research.I am new here as Feb 3,2020. Nice to meet you all, and lets help each other with all these meds.

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@londonwc1 Welcome to connect ,glad to have you join us . We only can let you know what helps us . I had the same problem alth not a CKD person. Drinking lots of water helps and Potassium and old remedy is drinking some dill pickle juice when cramps start I have done this and it really works . CHeck with your Dr. about if you can take it . Glad your here and others will join in . I couldnt take Gapapentin it hurt me worse then the cure . One think I use is ice and that gave me relief .

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Thanks. I can't get up at 3 or 4 am to find pickle juice.My leg is so knotted up I cant move it. MY Kidney Specialist told me to drink a half glass of Tonic water late evening. make sure it has Quinine in it. I have been lax lately so I pay the price. I sometimes get them if I am outside bringing in shopping. It could be pouring rain and I can't move. All blood levels are fine. Doc thinks it could be the Fibromyalgia or Neuropathy in my legs.They really don't know. Thanks for replying.

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