Gabapentin and fatigue

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I have taken Gabapentin before for pain and found it about as useless as a screen door in a submarine. Yeah I know the "top doctors" prescribe it. They also used to prescribe blood-letting. In addition it seems to lower a persons IQ by about forty points (I know...that's a figure of speech), cause loss of memory, headaches, and loss of libido. I think there are many alternatives to be considered before using Gabapentin, such as a frontal lobotomy.
I am now on Amytriptyline, Tegretol AND Gabapentin so with the Gabapentin added I can only imagine what the fatigue will be like! :( What I wanted to say though is that before I started this last med, I was like a yo-yo with my fatigue and when it hit, it hit hard. I do have the drunk feeling and the slurred speech but my doc seems to think it's due to the TN pain I have been having (which is getting worse). He is going to send me for a new MRI (and can you believe HE suggested it?
and having got epilepsy(seizures) topamax, phenytoin, gabapentin, and various other tablets that I loose count I am fed up, depressed and need someone that understands, my husbands great and cuddles when I am down. He tries to understand but does not.
am at present taking 2400 mg per day of gabapentin and find only some relief from pain and other feelings of discomfort. my GP thinks this level of medication is adding to my fatigue and tiredness.I was wondering if anyone knows of alternative drugs that can be used so I can go armed with info when I go to see my consultant....
I'm on a low dosage of Gabapentin and I haven't experience weight gain. My sister and an aunt of mine, was on it, and did. They were at a high dosage right from the start. My aunt had to be taken off the drug because her weight gain was due to swelling she was experiencing from a side effect of taking Gabapentin. My sister had a similar situation. Once my sister was off the drug, the swelling went away.
Then he wants me off the gabapentin but is rude when I tell him I can't take anything in the amytriptyline family - which is what he wants me to take. But still wants me to go off the gabapentin. And also start amanadine for fatigue. UGHGH! So I started on Friday night tapering the gabapentin down from 2700 mg per day. I'm at 900 for today. Since Sunday I have been shaking internally and when doing something.
I have had conversations about Gabapentin (and my intolerance to it) and I have learned through my own trial and error that it does take time for your body to adjust. I also know (through googling many different medications) that each time you adjust the dosage, that your body can have side effects. The side effects should get better as your body adjusts, but if they don't, you should definitely talk to your doctor about it.
but after I was going into 3 wks clean, and still had the rls pretty bad, I went to my doc, he gave me gabapentin, and yes it did help, just wish I had gotten it earlier in my withdrawals. I to was afraid at first, but after it was the 3rd wk, and everything else had pretty much cleared up, I just could not take it another *** day. I will NEVER forget that RLS. I wanted to just cut my freakin leggs off with one swipe!!!
He was a mechanic, and many other things in his career and has had a devistating attack to his brain by Gabapentin. What I mean is he was a smart guy who was always on top of what ever was going on and now he acts like he has had a labotimy (sp?). I found him petting the coffee pot like it was a dog, saying how well it worked and how it was a mystery to him. Is that normal? I did not have these issues when I took it, I just always felt like it wasn't doing anything for me.
Pregabalin gave me some fairly major side effects, some fading within a few doses, others lingering for weeks and a few for the first year! The fatigue and word forgetfulness were the longest lasting side effects, but given the impact of pain at the time, I chose to stick it out for quite a while. Weight gain was another concern.
I was pain free for about a year and then it returned about 6 weeks ago. I've weened off the gabapentin and added Lyrica to the cocktail. Schools still out... I try not to read the side effects profile of drugs. If I have side effects from a medication, I'll know :-) In the mean time I do not want to miss the benefit of a med for fear of something that may never happen. I'm lucky, in that I tolerate meds very well.
So I just thought I would share that for any of you that are having the same issues. Now for the question... She thinks that a lot of my fatigue and even muscle weakness have to do with my unhealthy sleep patterns. I frequently wake up at night due to very restless arms and legs as well as joint pain. So she recommended that I try a very low dose of Gabapentin (which I think is neurontin?).
I will keep taking the gabapentin, and give it time to work... and up it slowly.
Once I'm off of it, we'll see how the Lyrica does on its own--my neurologist mentioned being able to bump up Lyrica past two 75mg doses a day and/or do Lyrica and gabapentin in a combo. The other solution was to try Cymbalta.
Dosing on gabapentin is extremely variable according to individual need and response. Dosage can also be dependent on the combo of medication already being taken so it is hard to know what dose might work for you. My pain management doc ordered a weekly increase. That was too fast for me and I decided I could tolerate the partial pain reduction better than the side effects. This is probably a question you need to call the office for.
Pat, I, too, have taken gabapentin. It worked well for the pain and pins and needles tingling. I was slowly worked up to 900 mg/day. I did not gain weight on it. When Lyrica came out I was switched to that for better dosing...it has a longer half-life. Eventually the dose of Lyrica caused more brain fog than it was worth. When I stopped it I suppose it was during a remission because I didn't have any pain for several months.
We all respond differently to these meeds and finding the optimum treatment is a process of trial and error. If I were in your shoes I would try the gabapentin, and if that seems insufficient, try the addition of amitriptyline or nortriptyline. Medical cannabis is another possible option, if it's accessible where you live. One final thought....the only thing that has helped me when I've suffered from the MS hug is IV steroids.
Due to your multiple health problems and medications, your concerns and questions must be directed to your doctors. Dr.
The muscle fatigue in all 4 extremities hasn't changed, but both my Neuro and I believe that's left-overs from prior attacks. Call your Neuro! The sooner you're treated, the better!
Yep, from what I (still unDx limbolander) have experienced, and from what I've read about MS symptoms here and elsewhere, fatigue is among the most common and most debilitating things that this exclusive club can claim.
I pushed myself to make it outside and lay in the sun for 30 minutes and then it was back to bed. Today my hips hurt the worse, followed by legs then back and head. *I am also have uncomfortable feelings in my right ear. It always has a tingling sort of feeling but today feels a little like light pain. I just had a physical and doctor said everything looked good in my ear so maybe it is part of the Fibromyalgia. I love the sunshine but wish it wasnt so hot cause I would use the hot tub.
Results of a research study on a drug normally prescribed for people with certain types of seizures are in. 150 women and men diagnosed with fibromyalgia were taking Gabapentin at doses of 1,200 to 2,400 mg daily for 12 weeks and those taking the medication reported less pain than those taking placebo. They also reported significantly better sleep and less fatigue. NIAMS Director Stephen I. Katz. M.D., Ph.D.
I started on Gabapentin and it worked at first. I have had 3 more attacks since then and after going up to 2700mg a day, my neuro switched me to Lyrica. He told me the difference is that if you draw a graph the effectiveness of the Lyrica goes up equally as the dose goes up. with Gabapentin the higher you go the more the effectiveness tapers off. That is probably confusing.
Most commonly, this can be really due to stress and fatigue especially if the involved extremity is your dominant arm and hand. Treatment for this is usually rest to allow the muscles to recover. Other causes would include spinal problems such as nerve root compression which can present as weakness of the involved arm and also with pains on the areas where the nerve is distributed. I suggest you have this looked at and evaluated by your doctors.
Mostly the reason for CFS is the fact that she will sleep always with out her meds and the constant fatigue. She fears she has something more then just CFS but her doctors are at a loss as to what to do now since most tests came up negative except ANA came up high positive (homogeneous pattern 1280 titre), BUT came up negative for any disease related to that high positive ANA. Some of these symptoms may or may not be related. Some have been before and some after the fatigue.
Mostly because I am tired of the fatigue and pain. I have tried all the supplements everyone mentions and I can't say whether they work or not. I might be worse if I was off of them. Hope you get some other answers to your question as I realize I haven't really answered it, but did want to say I understand.
I think if you do a search on med help you will bring up my question, chronic nerve pain and peoples answers to me, I found them helpful. I am taking Gabapentin and have recently increased my dose with my Drs permission and I have found that it has helped greatly. I don't have any side affects from the Gabapentin. I stagger started it (slowly increased the dose), and when I think I don't need it I do the same to stop it but at the moment can't live without it.
My Neuro prescribed Modafinil to try and combat my fatigue, and I was wondering if anyone here has any exprience or comments about the usefulness and side effects of this drug. So far I filled the prescription but I haven't actually taken any yet. I would very much like to do away with the fatigue, but I am already taking a bunch of other drugs and am reluctant to add another to the mix. I'm also not sure what time of day I should take it. I'm prescribed 2 X 100mg per day as required.
My pain is controlled with NO gabapentin ick, dip or weave. I can stay awake during the day (thanks to CPAP and Nuvigil) and long enough at night to get myself tucked in properly. Must say though--I think I've only used Ativan to help me get though a night once or twice since that first dose of gabapentin. Maybe sleep is easier when pain isn't interrupting all the time ;) I needed to go this slow initially from physical necessity.
In the past two weeks, I have gone on a crisis protocol diet of enzymes and amino acids, but have also cut down my dose of gabapentin to 1800 mg per day and I am waking up 1.5 hours earlier than usual, but feel less forgetful. Any suggestions?
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