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Wed, Jan 8 9:31am · Side effects and benefits of Gabapentin in Chronic Pain

I told my Dr, I was told "keep taking it". I'll never take that stuff again.

Wed, Jan 8 7:49am · Spondylolisthesis and DDD in Spine Health

I live in a very small town in northwestern Iowa.

Wed, Jan 8 7:46am · Spondylolisthesis and DDD in Spine Health

I've had Spondylolisthesis for quite a few years and my back would bother me once in awhile. But this past March I slipped in my kitchen and woke up the next morning in excruciating pain.

Wed, Jan 8 7:41am · Spondylolisthesis and DDD in Spine Health

I just got some good quality organic peppermint oil. I'll give it a try!

Wed, Jan 8 7:38am · Spondylolisthesis and DDD in Spine Health

Hi, sorry for the slow response. I'm still trying to figure out my way around here. I've decided absolutely no more Gabapentin, that one dose was an absolute nightmare.
I had opted to try PT one more time, but have changed my mind.
I'm starting over with this, going to seek out a referral to a pain specialist and take it from there. Especially after I was told to keep taking the gabapentin anyway.
Thank you for your response. I appreciate it so much.

Wed, Jan 8 7:22am · Spondylolisthesis and DDD in Spine Health

@babette Hi, I didn't see this, the reason I didn't reply. I'm having trouble finding my way around here.
After the ordeal with the horrible pain from the Gabapentin my husband called my Dr's office and explained the situation. When I got a call back from a nurse she told me I was to continue taking it anyway. I felt talked down to like I was just an annoyance to their day. I was so stunned that I didn't stick up for myself and tell her no way, especially after reading about that med.
Unfortunately I live in a very small town in northwest Iowa and have no idea where to begin to find specialized help. I haven't been seen by a pain Dr. Just my Dr, who has sent me for three epidurals, then when the pain returned, prescribed 12 Tramadol. Otherwise I'm on my own with only Ibuprofen. My story is so long.
All I really want is a referral to a pain Dr. No more meds that I can't tolerate, no more epidurals etc. I just want to start over from today to try and find someone who will listen. I feel really stupid for telling my Dr last Friday, the 3rd, that I'd like to try PT again. That's when everything backfired. My husband has been doing most of the talking for me because I've become too depressed and am not able to express myself and what I want at this point. Sounds like it's time for me to begin seeking the help I really need on my own. That is the best advice I've been given! I hope we can keep in touch. Thank you so much!
One thing I have started making myself do is walk. It helps unless I'm in too much pain to get moving. And I have learned some PT exercises that I do that I know are safe from two PT's on You Tube, one of whom has Spondy. I think their YouTube is Bob and Brad. They're also on Facebook I think.
Sorry this got so long. I'm just so greatful I found your post.

Mon, Jan 6 6:49pm · My Dr. is insisting I take a medication that I do not want to take. in Just Want to Talk

I think I’m going to have to ask my Dr. for a referral. Things aren’t going well as far as my treatment I need another opinion, I need to know my options, things I can do to avoid surgery, other avenues of treatment. I did tell my Dr. last Friday I wasn’t ready for a referral & would like to give PT another try. So he put me on Gabapentin 300mn & said I would be hearing from PT to schedule an appointment. That has been done, but the Gabapentin is something I can’t tolerate. After taking it last Friday night I have been i so much pain that the only thing I’ve been able to do is stay in bed & get up when I need to use the bathroom.This is not the quality of life I want. I have had Spondylolisthesis & DDD for years but was able to live with it. Then last March I fell in my kitchen & woke up the next morning in excruciating pain. My story is long so I won’t go into it, but that brings me back to my current situation. I was told today to keep taking this medication, but I just can’t. It causes such awful pain. I was doing fine on Tramadol & was able to exercise at home. I didn’t need it all the time, which was good as my Dr. only writes the script every 6 to 8 weeks & only for 12 at a time. I need to have some say in my health care. As it stands now, I won’t take that medication again & I want a referral for another opinion. I’m not after more Tramadol, just treatment that will hopefully keep me from needing surgery.
I know this is long. Thank you for letting me get this all out!

Mon, Jan 6 9:29am · Side effects and benefits of Gabapentin in Chronic Pain

I'm still in horrific pain. It's been this way all weekend.