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2 days ago · Neuropathy: Anyone have any experience with gabapentin? in Neuropathy

@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.

Peggy

3 days ago · Neuropathy: Anyone have any experience with gabapentin? in Neuropathy

I also don't know how kids get high from Tramadol – it doesn't do anything for me other than dulling pain for awhile. Perhaps that's because we're using it for the ailment it was invented to alleviate, kids don't have that ailment so it does something else … does that make sense ? Peggy

3 days ago · Neuropathy: Anyone have any experience with gabapentin? in Neuropathy

I will sometimes take 1/2 of 1 tramadol – it dulls the pain and doesn't make me sleepy. I too, have had trouble getting it – one pharmacist started to hand it to me then snatched it back and said she had to investigate me (I had been getting all my prescriptions there for years, she knew that I only filled the Tramadol rx 2 or 3 times a year) because the Pharmacy Board said they would revoke her license if she sold medicine to a drug addict. At the DMV, a clerk said she couldn't give me a driver's license if I was taking Tramadol — questions on the application ask you to list every medicine that you take and like an idiot, I wrote the truth. I asked to see her supervisor; she suggested that I fill out the form again and leave off the Tramadol. Next time, should I just lie in the first place? Peggy

Wed, Mar 25 1:13pm · Neuropathy: Anyone have any experience with gabapentin? in Neuropathy

Yes, my pain doctor prescribes both. We started with low doses then increased to an effective level. It took awhile. No side effects except that Lyrica makes me sleepy so I only take it at night. Peggy

6 days ago · Neuropathy & Exercise in Neuropathy

It's been harder lately to get my usual exercise (running 4 or 5 miles a day and 1-hour elliptical at the gym while I watch the news and Jeopardy on 5 tv screens), because the governor ordered all the gyms closed – and the beaches too which I don't understand. So, I scouted the beach accesses, shimmied between fences for a couple of days to get out on the beach and run, wasn't caught by mounted police or the beach patrol jeeps, then I found one state beach that is pretty wide open. Yesterday I was out there for 3 hours and I was the only human I saw (it was gloomy weather). Today there were a dozen or so surfers and a few walkers/beachcombers. And I bought an elliptical. I don't have a tv here in our rented townhouse (the house we own and have tv in is in another state), so now, I want to learn how to get something to watch on my laptop computer. Exercise helps me tremendously – I feel no pain when I'm out running. If I'm in pain at noon and my medicine isn't due until 2, I can go running and exploring for a couple of hours and make it until 2. Peggy

6 days ago · Terrible reaction to Gabapentin 300mg cap in Chronic Pain

Addicts are very different from you and me. When I wake up in the morning, I'm thinking about what I'm going to do today, who will be there, what I need to take with me, what I should wear, and my breakfast. When an addict wakes up he thinks about 'how much do I have left from last night?' I grew up in the music business in Hollywood, I've worked with a lot of them. Lovely people when they're clean, and most are very smart, but using, they can't be counted on for anything. Plus: I take medicine so that I can go on living my life. Addicts take drugs so that they can escape their life. Peggy

Wed, Mar 25 10:27pm · Neuropathy: Anyone have any experience with gabapentin? in Neuropathy

Different things work for different people. Please don't criticize gabapentin in any public forum. Criticism makes politicians control harder which makes it even harder for me to get. If it wasn't for gabapentin, I would have looked for something sharp to cut my wrists with. Humans can only take so much pain for so long, then, we break. I cannot live without it. I hope someone invents something that works well for you. Thanks! Peggy

Wed, Mar 25 10:19pm · Terrible reaction to Gabapentin 300mg cap in Chronic Pain

I will read with interest, Stephen. Do you have a plan of action? Peggy