Gabapentin withdrawls while preparing for neurology tests
I was originally diagnosed in July with lumbosacral plexopathy. The easy way to esplain it is I had extreme weakness and numbness in my quads and a ton of pain. I could barely walk and could not stand up from sitting unless I was sitting on something high. I lost my balance several times and couldn't get off the floor without people lifting me up. I have since gained some stength back, At the beginning of September, the pain and numbness started extending all the way to my toes and into my hands. So then my neurologist said he had no idea how to diagnose me and I haven't heard from him since. I am on 300 mg of gabapentin 3x a day and then 600 at bedtime. That has brought my pain level down to about a 2 most days, but I do have a lot more pain and numbness at night. Anyway, I have a second opinion appointment at Mayo in 10 days (yay!) and they have me scheduled for several tests, including a quantitative sensory test and an autonomic reflex screen. I cannot take any pain meds or anything mood alterning for a certain amount of time before the tests. I called Mayo to get more info and they said I have to stop my gabapentin for 48 hours prior to the tests and I can't take tylenol, or my aspirin (for blood thinner) or even my sleeping pill for 48 hours either. I am afraid I am going to be an enormous exhasted pain-ridden wreak for the 2 days I am there (I also have 2 MRIs and and EMG and an appointment with a neurologist). My question is…. will I notice the effects of no gabapentin for 2 days? Does withdrawl happen this quickly? I've read withdrawl can be difficult so I am worried how I am going to manage for 2 days with nothing. Unless it takes longer to feel the withdrawl effects? If anyone has any experience with this, I'd love to know! Thank you!