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Dec 11, 2018 · Hand tremors in Brain & Nervous System

Hello, everyone, I’m not responding to any particular person. I came across these posts and glad I did. I’ve been diagnosed with ‘Benign Essential Tremor’ AKA ‘Familial Tremor’ by a neurologist. It started several years ago, and was mild at first and only in one hand. Fast forward about 7 years and it’s in both hands, and noticeable, especially when I’m eating or doing things that require dexterity. I also have mild tremors in my head, which only my doctor has noticed so far. My father has it in his hands too. His followed the same course of intensifying over time, and is especially self-conscious when eating, and that only makes it worse.

For the time being, I’m not taking medication specifically for the condition other than 5MG diazepam occasionally to mask the tremors when I’m around people, as long as I don’t need to be alert for driving, and that helps some. I have chronic pain from degenerative disc disease, and don’t want to add another medication. The doctor has offered deep brain stimulation, which doesn’t appeal to me either.

I’d like to follow this forum to learn more about the condition. Thanks for reading.

Mar 14, 2017 · gabapentin and muscle pain in Chronic Pain

Thank you @colleenyoung! I’ve sent you a private message.

Mar 13, 2017 · gabapentin and muscle pain in Chronic Pain

Thanks, 900 mg is the dosage I take.  I’ll see what the Doctor has to say.

Mar 13, 2017 · gabapentin and muscle pain in Chronic Pain

I’m so sorry to hear of your daughter’s severe, chronic pain, and that you’ve had to endure neck and back surgery too. Pain isn’t respectful of person or age. I believe the people who post here collectively empathize with you both. Each person is unique, and his/her pain experience is unique to them, and might not quite be up to being grateful for what they’re experiencing. If it were one of my children experiencing this kind of suffering, I’d want to trade places with them, just as you certainly would want to do. It’s so heartbreaking to witness your child enduring this kind of pain.

Please accept my wholehearted good wishes to you both for a resolution of what you are going through.

Mar 13, 2017 · gabapentin and muscle pain in Chronic Pain

Friends, thanks for all your comments. You inspire me too.

Something I’ve taken from this forum is that I plan to discuss discontinuing Gabapentin with my Physician. The side effects are disagreeable, and the medication isn’t helping me enough to continue tolerating them. I am happy for anyone who IS being helped by it.

I’ve heard from some sources that Gabapentin should not be abruptly discontinued, that tapering down is necessary. Is there anyone who could share their experience of discontinuing Gabapentin? I don’t want to cause myself more unpleasantness. Any feedback will be appreciated.
Thanks, Susan

Mar 13, 2017 · gabapentin and muscle pain in Chronic Pain

“Ignorant of the original postings”… Yes, you are.
“Polypharmacy”?? Don’t you tell me what I ‘need’ to do.
“Did you discuss the usage…” The question is inappropriate and intrusive.

Look at your last paragraph; “but probably ‘incorrectly’…” One word is worth a thousand.

Please don’t reply to my posts.

Mar 12, 2017 · gabapentin and muscle pain in Chronic Pain

OK, I understand now. Thanks.

Mar 12, 2017 · gabapentin and muscle pain in Chronic Pain

I hope that doesn’t prevent you from continuing to post and share your experiences. Normally, everyone on the site is supportive, and it not, maybe they’re having a bad day. Please keep sharing. Susan