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I have loss of feeling in my feet and tingling sensation. My doctor prescribed gabapentin. I read the side effects and decided not to take this med.Anyone have any experience with gabapentin?
@ilovedoodie and all … The DMV clerk who told me that I couldn't have a driver's license if I was taking Tramadol said in a snippy tone: "A Driver's License is a privilege, not a right". I was so taken aback that I didn't have the wit to point out that: in America, our judicial system takes away people's privileges to punish them for crimes they have been convicted of. People's privileges are not taken away just because they have the potential to do harm. We all have the potential to do harm, should we all be punished right now? You do too – should your privileges be taken away too? Maybe it's a good thing that I asked for the supervisor instead of saying anything snippy back – the clerk kind of held all the cards.
PS, I'm from Los Angeles and we didn't have to list our meds to get a license there. My stepfather was still flying airplanes when he was in his 80's and half deaf; they didn't ask for meds for his pilot's license and they didn't do any hearing or eyesight tests either.
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@pfbacon I just had a snippy DMV person I was in to get my real I.D. and just because she didn't like my marriage certificate from Pa and it was legal with the seal of Pa . she wouldn't pass me . I told her the seal was there but she rejected it on a technicality . So I dont have my real I.D. which to me is stupid anyway .
@ilovedoodie I wish I had a dollar for every time a message I'd spent a lot of time on just disappear, and I have no idea where to find it. So frustrating!
I don't think I've ever tried Tramadol. I'll look it up. I have a prescription for Clonazepam 1mg at bedtime and a second one as needed. It helps me to lie still in bed and I think it is limiting the nocturnal panic attacks. Those attacks are no fun at all.
I limit my coffee intake to a couple of mugs before noon.
@jimhd If I understood you correctly you take Clonazepam. Tramadol is an opioid. Clonazepam and opioids can have side effects. I know someone who was taking Clonazepam and after a surgery the doctor prescribed them Percocet. Those two together incapacitated that individual. They didn't have enough strength to get into bed on their own or get up and go to the bathroom on their own. Once the Percocet wore off they were fine. So, be careful if you take Clonazepam with any opioid.
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fredjan, are you a doctor? Peggy
@fredjan2016 – I'm honestly surprised that a doctor would prescribe opioids and Clonazepam at the same time. . .
@fredjan2016 I am also prescribed Clonazepam, Tramadol, and Oxycodone. No issue
Hello @laurask. That is a alot of medicine but, I'm glad you are getting results and tolerating well. How are you feeling these days? Are you experiencing any new symptoms? Do you find relief from certain symptoms? Have you decided to try the neuropathy supplement protocol? I hope your day is pleasant. 🌺
Be well ~
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@laurask I'm glad you are not having any problems. The situation I was talking about scared me. The person was taking Clonazepam 3 or 4 times a day as prescribed by the doctor. I hope nobody has the experience they had. My pharmacist told me they are known to interact after I asked him. Hopefully, this was an isolated instance, but it was real and repeatable for this individual. Just thought I should share a real life experience.
@fredjan2016 I've been taking a low dose (1mg) of Clonazepam since January of 2016, and morphine sulfate contin since 2012. I've been taking Percocet for 10 years. At first I took it daily after breaking my back, but since then I take it prn, only a few times a year now. I'm kind of OCD about reading warnings and interactions any time I start a new medication. The only side effects are good ones.
I tried Tramadol in 2014. I don't remember the reason for stopping it, but probably because it wasn't helping me.
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Hello @sjhedcon, I wanted to circle this conversation back around to you since you originated this discussion. Were your questions answered? Are there any new ones you may have? Did you decide to move forward with it and if so, are you happy with the results?
Good morning @sjhedcon 🙂 I took Gabapentin for several months and just recently switched to Lyrica due to the late arriving Gaba side effects.
I realize you are 'reluctant' rather than being critical so this is not directed at you, but is instead for all new folks reading this thread: Gabapentin is not a 'bad' drug. The potential side-effects are just that: Potential. Not everyone experiences the side effects, and when they do they don't experience them in the same way or with the same intensity.
I've seen many people slag Gabapentin with an unbelievable intensity, proclaiming it is a horrid drug that should be taken off the market. I think 'Wow, you should see what happens to me when I take sulfa drugs, but I'm not demanding they be discontinued so no one has access to them just because I go into medical distress…'
I hope you are able to find relief from your symptoms. Nerve pain is definitely difficult to treat 🙁
I take it for stenosis in my neck. Makes the pain bearable. I found if I take more than 4 a day or if too close together I get woozy a bit but that is it. On bad pain days, like after gardening, i take that 5th one near bedtime so woozy is ok. I agree, every med has different effects but it has made my life functional.
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Absolutely understand & truly apologize if I came across in a rude manner!
@rwinney I apologize for such a belated message! I’be maintained a positive mindset through this and 1,001% believe that that is a huge factor in recovery. Constantly push myself refusing to allow polyneuropathy dictate my life. I’ve made remarkable strides and really want to help others do the same. If you or anyone reading this have a connection to making a difference, I SO strongly feel the need to be involved. I hope you’re doing wonderfully and staying safe through Miss Corona.
My very best,
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My doctors are doing phone calls instead of office visits. I prefer it … I don't want to spend any time in doctors' waiting rooms where other patients have been exhaling, sneezing, and coughing … not right now. I have enough to worry about with Neuropathy, RLS, hypoglycemia, anemia, arthritis, asthma, and fallen arches.
So far, everyone, everywhere I've been has been helpful and cheerful. Except the DMV of course.
I always thank people for working. I thanked my G.P. (the only one who saw me in person) for being so brave.
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my doctor is doing phone calls, buts me to get blood work done. At this time is Quest safe enough for someone at very high risk
@dckuke My lab said to call and make an appointment at this time . I dont need any blood work till June just passing this information on to you . YOu may want to call Quest and talk to them .
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