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Aug 12, 2016 · Gabapentin in Chronic Pain

In response to sandtoes14 who wrote – I used Gabapentin 600 mg 3x day for about 3 years with Savella (milnacipran) 200 mg day for Fibromyalgia. The combo worked to ease the pain and flare ups but I developed side effects. I was having memory issues and blaming it on fibro fog until I went to a new doctor of pharmacology. The gabapentin was causing the memory loss and also unsteadyness on my feet. He switched me to Cymbalta and I haven’t had any problems. When first diagnosed with fibro, I was put on Lyrica and it did not help me at all.

Everyone seems to have different reactions to various meds. I am taking 800 mg. of Gabapentin four times daily without the memory issues (I find that folic acid seems to help in that area) and am getting significant pain relief. I also take Cymbalta which helps with the pain. I am not certain which, if either, contributes most to pain relief. Lyrica resulted in hives for me, so that proved to be a dead end, as well.

Jul 22, 2016 · Managing fibromyalgia in Bones, Joints & Muscles

In reply o 1langla, who wrote – Thanks!Hopefully,that means praying 4 me 2.Huh?I do read&watch tv.

I will pray for you. I have a wide circle of friends who pray for me and I know God hears and answers prayer.

Jul 22, 2016 · Managing fibromyalgia in Bones, Joints & Muscles

In reply to cila, who wrote – Hello, where did you find the Dr. that help you for sleeping? I myself have hard time sleeping, I only get 3 or 4 hrs.I have been taking sleeping pills for a long time and I don’t to use them anymore. Thanks for the info.

There is really only one doctor in my area (Quad Cities – Iowa and Illinois) who handles sleep issues, usually sleep apnea. My GP referred me to him and he has been nothing short of excellent. If you can sleep without pills, so much the better. I wish I could and have tried to do so from time to time, but I can’t get to sleep and when I do it is very light.

Jul 22, 2016 · Managing fibromyalgia in Bones, Joints & Muscles

In reply to beatricefay, who wrote – What did your doctor give you for sleep? My sleep is awful after a knee replacement. Focusing on the pain with different meds (percoset, gabapentin, acetaminophen), but still up every 2 hours.

I take three 15 mg. pills of temezapam about an hour before going to bed. My pain levels drop so I usually fall asleep without too much trouble and I stay asleep between four and seven hours.

Jul 21, 2016 · Managing fibromyalgia in Bones, Joints & Muscles

Responding to ladyjane85 who wrote – That is right, they tend to think fibro as
a female ailment, but common among men also. Lycra was very bad for me.
Gabapentin – I have tried 2 x’s thru the years, never in megadoses bec also
side effects. Tthank you for your good note, The best to you.

The best to you, as well.

Jul 21, 2016 · Managing fibromyalgia in Bones, Joints & Muscles

I know exactly how you feel. I was at that point myself. I had to hire
folks to come into my home and care for me. I was only 55 and looked at
least ten years younger. My mother, who was in her late 80’s at the time
simply could not fathom my idiocy and mocked me for wasting my money. I am
functioning normally now, although things tend to take longer for me to
do. My neighbors probably think I am pathetic because I don’t mow my lawn
weekly like they do. I am glad my lawn is heavily shaded so that the grass
grows very slowly. I rebuilt my garage, which was falling apart and put in
a heated driveway. I live in Iowa and we have snowy winters. I am so glad
I don’t need to get out and shovel the snow.

Jul 21, 2016 · Managing fibromyalgia in Bones, Joints & Muscles

I also had the added difficulty that as a man they did not think that I
could have fibromyalgia because they think it is a “woman’s problem”. I
also had intense back pain and my doctor ran me through a complete cycle of
tests for other things, all of which came up negative. At that point I was
hoping that I would have a fatal illness that would at least end the pain.
When he applied pressure on the tender points and I responded he determined
that i had fibromyalgia.

Then it got amusing. He asked me if I had any ideas as to how to proceed.
I did not know much other than Lyrica was being advertised, so he started
me on that. After a couple of days (it was Mother’s Day and I was out of
town with my family) I broke out in hives, so that ended Lyrica. Then I
suggested gabapentin and he started me on that. I began to get relief from
the pain when I got into megadoses of it and it has been working for me
since then. The side effects have not been too bad for me, so I have been
a happy camper, counting myself extremely fortunate, and hoping and praying
for other fellow sufferers.

Jul 21, 2016 · Managing fibromyalgia in Bones, Joints & Muscles

I know. It is certainly confusing. I decided to copy and paste the
message I reply to. I hope it makes it simpler for people to understand.
Some of the posts seem to be unrelated to others around them.