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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@wsh66

You are taking a seizure med. It doesn't work for pain. Been there twice. They give it to you because they don't want tongive uou the onlybthing thst does work, narcotics. Welcome to the new medical reality. Pain isn't a real ptoblem. You are the problem. Leave it alone. Find a real pain clinic.

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I sort of agree. I was taking 2700 a day of the stuff and the effects were minimal. I’ve done all of the half measures. It was not until I got an unafraid doctor that things changed. Still, I don’t recall the stuff causing pain.

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@iceblue

@vklittle61 – My heart goes out to you! Chronic pain is such a burden 🙁 I'm wondering if you have an advocate or supportive other that you can take to your medical appointments with you. I would want to know WHY my doctor is urging me to stay on a specific medication that is not beneficial – while my pain is negatively impacting the quality of my life.

My own experience is that when I am really sick and unable to process information very well, I benefit from having my husband with me at medical appointments so he can ask questions, respond to explanations, etc. on my behalf – as necessary. And to be honest, once or twice over the years I have taken him with me because I did not feel like my doctor was listening to me or taking me seriously, and it can really make a big difference to have a second party in the room at times like that.

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Yes I agree 100% I am taking him with me on my next appt

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@wsh66

I am appalled that he was given those drugs for cancer pain. I was given Lyrica for the tingling in my feet caused by large doses of chemo. I was in a very compromised situation when this happened, not thinking clearly and definitely experiencing "chemo brain". Lyrica is really expensive and they know damn well it doesn't do much for pain. Lyrica is no better than gabapentin but costs much more. What is really insidious about the scam is that if you take 25 mgs. per day and I take 1200 mgs. per day, which was my actual dose,m we both pay the same price. There is no relationship between how much you use and what you pay. You pay for the privilege of using the drug. Lyrica was instrumental in inspiring the now common term among honest Doctors and Pharmacists, "There are no new drugs, just new names. The thing with pain is that it can really vary in intensity from day to day based on your activity, your mood and the amount of stress you are experiencing due to Medical personnel treating you like a drug addict. It's one thing to pull this smoke and mirrors game on someone with a bad back but to do it to someone with cancer is absolutely unconscionable. Most things like off label uses for drugs that don't work for pain, CBD oil, stretching, meditation, back braces and all forms of electrical stimulation are mostly snake oil and lies that at best will trigger a placebo effect, which can be very helpful but there are better, more effective and cheaper ways to use the placebo effect to improve your health. I am treated for chronic and persistent pain resulting from cancer by one of this countries most respected authorities on pain treatment and deep brain stimulation. According to him, implanted stimulation works for some people with back pain, the rest of it is a bunch of b.s. I saw him yesterday to have my intrathecal pain pump refilled. A little ritual we repeat every 12 weeks. I get the miniscule dose of 3.5 mgs. per day of hydromorphone. It has the effect of about 1000 mgs. taken orally. It has the side effects of 3.5 mgs. or no side effects at all. No sleepiness, no constipation and certainly doesn't get me high. The patient is beyond the suspicion of half assed doctors and nurses who think anyone on pain meds is a drug abuser. That's the best part right there. The availability of these pumps is increasing and just about all insurance and medicare pay for them. I don't think the availability will continue to increase as the number of Medical students pursuing the field of pain management is dropping. When the truth is known about the opioid crisis it will be revealed that the manufacturers were selling these drugs out the back door to organized crime and that well meaning doctors were not the cause. That's what we learned about Quaaludes in the 1970's. If you don't use opioids to get high, you don't experience the euphoria they can create and you do not get addicted. Truth, Love and Blessings

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Wow…succinct, passionate with a lot of truth. I'm a psych RN and Hypnotist. Be careful about your put down of alternative treatments. They deserve to be a choice for clients/ patients. Hypnosis is a way to "re-process" how we experience pain and can be very powerful ( as our minds are powerful) it is not a be all, end all cure but can help. As a nurse who worked with many clients with pain, I never pre-judged that they were drug seeking addicts. But I know people with chronic pain are often mistreated. Thank you for your strong post. My best friend, my mom, has experienced a great deal of pain. It has been a journey to find relief for her. She uses hypnosis as well. ( I am about to create general hypnosis audios for pain mgmt) we all know we'd take a "placebo" every day if it helps. Also, addressing anxiety/ grief/ anticipation of pain/ anger/ stressors etc can help with the actual pain. Best, Jan

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@iceblue

@vklittle61 – My heart goes out to you! Chronic pain is such a burden 🙁 I'm wondering if you have an advocate or supportive other that you can take to your medical appointments with you. I would want to know WHY my doctor is urging me to stay on a specific medication that is not beneficial – while my pain is negatively impacting the quality of my life.

My own experience is that when I am really sick and unable to process information very well, I benefit from having my husband with me at medical appointments so he can ask questions, respond to explanations, etc. on my behalf – as necessary. And to be honest, once or twice over the years I have taken him with me because I did not feel like my doctor was listening to me or taking me seriously, and it can really make a big difference to have a second party in the room at times like that.

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Excellent. We all need an advocate ( relative, friend, nurse we trust) to be there for medical appt. Some docs are poor w pain mgmt ( no doc should continue w med that is not working / causing awful sid effects) and some don't listen. Review your docs. I'm a nurse and hypnotist ( Hypnosis can help w chronic pain) and I'm with my mom for her appts etc. I'm her best buddy and her advocate..Peace…..

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@mesmerizing1

Wow…succinct, passionate with a lot of truth. I'm a psych RN and Hypnotist. Be careful about your put down of alternative treatments. They deserve to be a choice for clients/ patients. Hypnosis is a way to "re-process" how we experience pain and can be very powerful ( as our minds are powerful) it is not a be all, end all cure but can help. As a nurse who worked with many clients with pain, I never pre-judged that they were drug seeking addicts. But I know people with chronic pain are often mistreated. Thank you for your strong post. My best friend, my mom, has experienced a great deal of pain. It has been a journey to find relief for her. She uses hypnosis as well. ( I am about to create general hypnosis audios for pain mgmt) we all know we'd take a "placebo" every day if it helps. Also, addressing anxiety/ grief/ anticipation of pain/ anger/ stressors etc can help with the actual pain. Best, Jan

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I wasn't putting down alternative therapies. The wrong drugs are not an alternative therapy, they are malpractice. Pt is great for delaying back problems as is stretching. Hypnosis is an alternative therapy are is Qigong, yoga, acupuncture and ,many other forms and they all have there place. For late stage chronic pain that is not going to get better or abate, for pain that will only progress as you age, as you become more disabled, stretching, exercise and PT may help but they are not an alternative for real pain management. Narcotics have there limit, they can only do so much but reverting to what might have been appropriate or useful when you you were 40 is a cope out on the part of medical professionals. The fact that some people were given narcotics which they misused and became addicted to does not make it ok to throw real patients who used their drugs as they were meant to be used and did not abuse them, under the proverbial bus. I am a Qigong practitioner, an energy healer. That's an alternative therapy. As good as it is, and as skilled as I am, I cannot correct the damage of a crumbling spine or the lasting ravigis of radiation and chemo therapy. The congress passed a law preventing the DEA from investigating the drug manufacturers. This was done because these same manufacturers are almost certainly selling their drugs on the black market to drug dealers just as the manufacturers of Quaaludes were in the 70's. Think about the number of overdose deaths and ask yourself if you raelly think well meaning doctors could be responsible for a problem of this major scale.

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I’ve personally found Gabapentin to worked really well for me. I’ve been on it for years for complex regional pain syndrome. I’m on a large combination of medications (for not just CRPS, but my heart and other issues) but the Gabapentin is one that I can definitely tell makes a big difference if I happen to miss a dose. I’m on a large amount 1200mg 3x day. So I definitely disagree to those that say it doesn’t do anything for pain. Because while it may not have worked for one patient, another patient may have a really good response to it. Each of us is different- we have different conditions and our bodies react to each medication in unique ways.

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@wsh66

I wasn't putting down alternative therapies. The wrong drugs are not an alternative therapy, they are malpractice. Pt is great for delaying back problems as is stretching. Hypnosis is an alternative therapy are is Qigong, yoga, acupuncture and ,many other forms and they all have there place. For late stage chronic pain that is not going to get better or abate, for pain that will only progress as you age, as you become more disabled, stretching, exercise and PT may help but they are not an alternative for real pain management. Narcotics have there limit, they can only do so much but reverting to what might have been appropriate or useful when you you were 40 is a cope out on the part of medical professionals. The fact that some people were given narcotics which they misused and became addicted to does not make it ok to throw real patients who used their drugs as they were meant to be used and did not abuse them, under the proverbial bus. I am a Qigong practitioner, an energy healer. That's an alternative therapy. As good as it is, and as skilled as I am, I cannot correct the damage of a crumbling spine or the lasting ravigis of radiation and chemo therapy. The congress passed a law preventing the DEA from investigating the drug manufacturers. This was done because these same manufacturers are almost certainly selling their drugs on the black market to drug dealers just as the manufacturers of Quaaludes were in the 70's. Think about the number of overdose deaths and ask yourself if you raelly think well meaning doctors could be responsible for a problem of this major scale.

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@wsh66 – Standing ovation!!!

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@iceblue

@wsh66 – Standing ovation!!!

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I agree. It’s not that alternative methods aren’t helpful, and I still try to use them. It’s just that the damage I’ve had from old injuries is only going to get worse and meds are my last resort. But don’t worry, the Feds will make sure that I don’t get the right amount of them, as to them every pain patient is a drug seeker. I’m 65. I’m pretty much medically at risk, but if I have to someday make the choice between being addicted to an opioid and not being able to get out of bed, I’d go with addiction a hundred times out of a hundred.

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@primghar

I agree. It’s not that alternative methods aren’t helpful, and I still try to use them. It’s just that the damage I’ve had from old injuries is only going to get worse and meds are my last resort. But don’t worry, the Feds will make sure that I don’t get the right amount of them, as to them every pain patient is a drug seeker. I’m 65. I’m pretty much medically at risk, but if I have to someday make the choice between being addicted to an opioid and not being able to get out of bed, I’d go with addiction a hundred times out of a hundred.

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PREACH! Right there with you.

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@iceblue

@vklittle61 – My heart goes out to you! Chronic pain is such a burden 🙁 I'm wondering if you have an advocate or supportive other that you can take to your medical appointments with you. I would want to know WHY my doctor is urging me to stay on a specific medication that is not beneficial – while my pain is negatively impacting the quality of my life.

My own experience is that when I am really sick and unable to process information very well, I benefit from having my husband with me at medical appointments so he can ask questions, respond to explanations, etc. on my behalf – as necessary. And to be honest, once or twice over the years I have taken him with me because I did not feel like my doctor was listening to me or taking me seriously, and it can really make a big difference to have a second party in the room at times like that.

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Good advice. Have them make notes while you are there. It focuses the Doctors mind and prevents stupid remarks. Also, men will say things to women they won't say to a man but you being a women probably know that.

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I had a knee replacement again. I had one 10 years ago also. This time he was a heck of a lot more pain. Of course, I am 10 years older at 76.I would have done anything to help with my 8,9,and10 pain scale. Thank God I had a pain Doctor that understood.

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