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?

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@katehenrichsen

Another thing my doctor said a person needed to have it in their blood stream all the time. I've got 9 ruptured/herniated discs from getting hit by a tree fighting fires 23 years ago. Oh what I would give for pain relief. I had laser surgery on the four worst, but it didn't help. I've tried numerous things, and I'm having to deal with the harassment by Federal Workers Compensation. I've had a couple suggest being put into a ketamine coma, and hopefully the pain signals in my brain would reset. Has anyónehax this done.

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No surgical fix possible? Sounds like a real big mess, literally, don’t mean that to sound offensive. My neck problem was work related and I had to fight it, got an attorney which finally did the trick. But dealing with the Feds is a whole other story. :<(
I have heard of the ketamine treatment. You might have to see someone who specializes in that, I don’t know? Is medical marijuana a possibility? Some folks swear by it.

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@lisakuehl

My husband was on Gabapentin and Lyrica for chronic and significant pain from cancer. Neither one worked, and as I understand how this works for pain, you must titrate up the dose and over time is when you can expect benefit. It is not for acute pain. His was both, and these products did nothing beneficial for him, and probably made him feel worse. I was very disappointed in these drug choices for this type of pain. That said, some folks DO get benefit. There is nothing that works well or the same for every patient. But trial and error can be harmful when trying to find relief from pain.

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Lisa why didn’t they give him morphing?

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@lisakuehl

I'm not sure I understand what "nerve pain" is. ALL pain is rooted in the nerves that serve a particular part of the body.

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I have nerve pain in my back and part of my pain regiment I take every day is 4 pills (400mg) of gabapentin daily and 4 (50 mg ) of tramadol Tylenol and 1 muscle relaxer at night all of that helps but still I have pain

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@lisakuehl

I'm not sure I understand what "nerve pain" is. ALL pain is rooted in the nerves that serve a particular part of the body.

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Yes, pain is transmitted by nerve pathway. Think about a badly sprained ankle or broken bone, or maybe orthopedic surgery. You have pain: throbbing, pulsating, likely aching and soreness. I had jaw problems which became severe. I’ve had sciatic nerve pain. Think of a hot, searing pain – like a knife slicing through you or being burned on a hot oven or scalding from a hot faucet. Does that help you picture the difference? It’s the best way I can describe it from having been the patient in those scenarios. In my jaw situation, when I woke up from having had my jaw joints surgically removed and new artificial joints placed which including sawing, drilling, etc. Once the local injected anesthetic wore off and I was out of the general anesthetic haze – I hurt, but it was a completely different type of hurting and I could tell the difference right away!

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@jfsherley

Lisa why didn’t they give him morphing?

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Eventually, he did, via an implanted intrathecal pain medicine delivery pump. But it helped him not. I was very disappointed in that outcome.

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@lisakuehl

Eventually, he did, via an implanted intrathecal pain medicine delivery pump. But it helped him not. I was very disappointed in that outcome.

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That would be very disheartening indeed. :<(

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@wsh66

You must not have heard, pain is no longer a problem. It doesn't exist. They don't really have to do anything for you. It's the answer to the opioid crisis. They can't get ahold of the drug addicts and the dealers to deal with them so they're dealing with you. Congratulations you and I and people like us are what it's called low-hanging fruit.

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You are so right

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@ess77

I had very good results with gabapentin, for several years. I never took such high dosages, but did increase the dosage gradually as I needed additional relief, an additional capsule or higher dose gradually. It is a great drug for those who need it and can benefit. It helped me with neuropathy, restless leg syndrome, firbomyalgia pain, leg cramping, other nerve pain, but I began to need to adjust my medications for various side effects. I tapered off, gradually, under doctor's oversight, and now don't use gabapentin any more. It's not what I need to use at this time, maybe my age or whatever. But, my doctor has helped me find the best for me now.It's so important to discuss openly all our concerns and questions with our doctors. I've learned to be open and honest with all my docs. Otherwise, they don't know what's happening, side effects or good effects or fears…..Bless you in your journey

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ess77 … What Do you take now ? If I ever have to change from gabapentin I would like to know what else is out there … Thank you. Peggy

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Amitriptyline, blocks nerve pain at low doses. 25 to 50 mgs. Also anti depressant, sleep aid.

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@eternityphysics1

why am I on1800 mg of gabapentjn when it Great INCREASES MY PAIN?. MY DOCTOR HAS IGNORED THE QUESTION? IM SO SICK OF DICTIRS WHO GUVE ME SO MANY DUFFERENT DRGS-6 NOW THAT CAUSE PARADOXICAL REACION OF SEVERE PAIN!!

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Hello @eternityphysics1, Welcome to Mayo Clinic Connect. I know it must be difficult when you are in pain and can't get your questions answered. You mentioned being given 6 different drugs and are now on 1800 mg of gabapentin but you are still feeling severe pain. Are you able to share a little more about your diagnosis and any tests you have had?

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why am I on1800 mg of gabapentjn when it Great INCREASES MY PAIN?. MY DOCTOR HAS IGNORED THE QUESTION? IM SO SICK OF DICTIRS WHO GUVE ME SO MANY DUFFERENT DRGS-6 NOW THAT CAUSE PARADOXICAL REACION OF SEVERE PAIN!!

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Hello @eternityphysics1 and welcome to Mayo Clinic Connect. I understand you are frustrated with taking Gabapentin and the side effects you are experiencing.

You will notice that I have moved your post to an existing discussion with members talking and sharing about the side effects and benefits of Gabapentin. Also, since you posted this originally in the Neuropathy group, you will see that @johnbishop has also replied to you with some questions. I will let you start by answering those questions.

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