Side effects and benefits of Gabapentin

Posted by spondi65 @spondi64, Jan 6, 2020

My Dr prescribed Gabapentin 300mg caps last Friday. I took one at bedtime & woke up at 3:30a.m. in horrible pain. Has anyone else experenced anything like this?

@bill54321

How long have you used a spinal cord stimulator.? I my do. Is yours a tens electrode type or inplant

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I did a trial on very late December and had permanent one installed on 1/27/20. I have had great luck with it and it definitely gives me significant relief from severe spinal stenosis pain which exhibited as sciatica in my lower back and down my leg to foot. I have been very happy with it! I weaned myself off hydrocodone. If I take it now, I take it for my neck and only half doses. I have even been able to drop use of aspirin and ES Tylenol.

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@donfeld

Are you telling us that you're having no pain and that you're doing normal activities or is there another side to the story because I've heard some terrible stories with stimulators and also some good ones. Please share

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Last summer I was so miserable I just basically couldn’t do much and needed wheelchair for airport transfers. Now I can dig in the yard and walk up to 2 miles. No guarantees ever given but pain management doctor tried a few other things the first pain MD didn’t try. When those didn’t give me any relief he suggested this. I’m happy with it and no complaints yet. Only hard part is there are a fair amount of restrictions for few months postop on activity level. I wasn’t expecting so many restrictions. But since I had restrictions from pain…this was worth it.

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@wsh66

A responsible pain clinic will give you a trial before they give you a permanent stimulator. They can test to see if you're going to be responsive to this type of therapy before you have surgery. I was tested and it was determined that a simulator would not be helpful to me. I was then tested by having a spinal tap where tiny amounts of Narcotics were leaked directly into my spinal fluid. This proved to be very successful so I had an intrathecal pain pump and catheter installed surgically in my abdomen with a catheter running up my spine. Search these haunts for wsh66 I've written extensively about the pain pump. For me, it was the way to go. Very pleased.

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Whatever works best for the patient! That’s the important thing!

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@wisco50

Last summer I was so miserable I just basically couldn’t do much and needed wheelchair for airport transfers. Now I can dig in the yard and walk up to 2 miles. No guarantees ever given but pain management doctor tried a few other things the first pain MD didn’t try. When those didn’t give me any relief he suggested this. I’m happy with it and no complaints yet. Only hard part is there are a fair amount of restrictions for few months postop on activity level. I wasn’t expecting so many restrictions. But since I had restrictions from pain…this was worth it.

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What kind of restrictions if you don8 mind?

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@wisco50

I did a trial on very late December and had permanent one installed on 1/27/20. I have had great luck with it and it definitely gives me significant relief from severe spinal stenosis pain which exhibited as sciatica in my lower back and down my leg to foot. I have been very happy with it! I weaned myself off hydrocodone. If I take it now, I take it for my neck and only half doses. I have even been able to drop use of aspirin and ES Tylenol.

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Neurotine Gabapintin 300 mg is for nerve repairand seizures, Horizone Gabipintine 600 mg pills is freguently for Restless Leg syndrome. Congratulations on getting of hydrocortone!

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@donfeld

What kind of restrictions if you don8 mind?

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Movement and weight restrictions. No lifting above 10-15# for two months. NO lifting arms or hands over your head, I could shampoo. No bending OVER to pick things up or backwards to stretch. I used a “grabber” I had from my back surgery in 2011. NO twisting of torso. I was allowed to squat if I kept my back STRAIGHT. I garden and have dogs, so I am great at squatting but lots of folks, esp older ones (that includes me!) are not. No exercising other than gentle walking which being January in WI wasn’t an issue, ha. Didn’t want to fall on ice under best of chances! Explanation given to me: They run the lead wires up alongside your spinal cord area where they essentially free float in fluid and the reason for not doing all these things is they want the leads to “scar” into place. The concept being they don’t want them to get pulled loose during the healing period. They run down and are attached to the small battery pack implanted below my waist and above the upper edge of buttock, off to one side. So if they got yanked loose, it would mean another incision to fix things. I was not allowed to shower even longer than a normal postop surgical length of time. Just shy of 14 days, ugh (like during the trial). It would be devastating to get infected. I carried in two 28# bags of dog food Friday; I am two weeks shy of my 3 month mark. I didn’t have to carry it far and felt fine. If it weren’t for the virus I could have asked someone else to do it but….pick your poison, I guess?! I like to garden and we have had some good days where I have worked for a few hours in a row cutting back perennials, sawing or lopping branches and limbs, etc. Raking. Beforehand I thought things out, rearranging cupboard shelves, fridge, etc. Didn’t use dishwasher for about 2+ months since I didn’t want to squat constantly to fill/empty it. Just kept out a few utensils, dishes, etc. and rewashed them by hand.

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@bill54321

How long have you used a spinal cord stimulator.? I my do. Is yours a tens electrode type or inplant

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Mine is a Medtronics implant. Not a TENS unit. I never found TENS helped applied as the patches you stick on. Plus it was my whole lower back into my R leg down to my foot (foot got better after I’d been out of bed awhile).

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@wisco50

Mine is a Medtronics implant. Not a TENS unit. I never found TENS helped applied as the patches you stick on. Plus it was my whole lower back into my R leg down to my foot (foot got better after I’d been out of bed awhile).

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My problem is night pain I literally got maybe three hours and wake up in pain have to walk around take some marijuana which gets me real sleepy and go back to sleep again and wake up in pain again. That's the only time I have real alot of pain. Sounds like you have Nick night pain as well and I was wondering anybody out there has the same problem at night. It seems more of the body is still the more chance the pain will come back.

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@wisco50

Mine is a Medtronics implant. Not a TENS unit. I never found TENS helped applied as the patches you stick on. Plus it was my whole lower back into my R leg down to my foot (foot got better after I’d been out of bed awhile).

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Thank you

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The only pain I get from Gabapentin is I want to die

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@wsh66

I Take Baclofen to prevent near constant cramping. It is also a muscle relaxer. I take it at night so I don't know if it makes you sleepy.

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I take Baclofen for neck spasms – had a fusion at two levels years back and not have collapsed and auto fused discs above it and stenosis in rest of cervical spine. I used to use cyclobenzaprine/Flexeril but this seems to work better.

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@donfeld

My problem is night pain I literally got maybe three hours and wake up in pain have to walk around take some marijuana which gets me real sleepy and go back to sleep again and wake up in pain again. That's the only time I have real alot of pain. Sounds like you have Nick night pain as well and I was wondering anybody out there has the same problem at night. It seems more of the body is still the more chance the pain will come back.

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I think we notice pain more when we aren’t distracted, I know it works that way in my situation!

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