Gabapentin and numbness

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the VA Doctors that I am seeing are unsure if this is causing the numbness or not and have put me on Gabapentin. I am trying to find out what pain a repurted C3/C4 with Stenosis would cause.
I am of the opinion that a slow taper of 10% taper or wean per month is prudent with gabapentin if you have been on gabapentin long term (more than 1 year and at high doses (2000 mg.) or higher and you should be able to lesson severity of the withdrawal if any with magnesium supplements, check out the road back.org. they talk about the role of supplements to help lesson the withdrawal from all kinds of druggs not just gabapentin.
I recently started on amitriptyline for my neuropathic pain, am up to 50mg per day, and I think it is helping. The stabbing and burning sensations are lessened, although the numbness and incoordination remain. Because I seem to be responding better to this latter drug, I am now slowly weaning off the gabapentin. I guess if the pain increases as I go off the gabapentin, this will tell me it was helping more than I realized.
i was prescribed Gabapentin for numbness in my arms. I was experiencing numbess in my arms during sleep, i play video games and i spend most of my time on a computer so i thought it would be something like carpel tunnel or some other repetitive strain disorder. now i got prescribed this but wasnt even told what i had, im kind of skeptical about whether to keep taking this and for how long.
Hey, I've been on gabapentin since my Dx in June, I'm not sure of the success. My numbness and tingling went away (after steroids too), but now is back. My doc will keep me on it a while. I'm not on high dose...900 mg/day. I have had no neg.effects from gabapentin tho. Hope it helps!
She referred me to a pain management doctor and physical therapist and also gave me a prescription for Gabapentin (100mg...take 100mg at night for 5 days, then 200mg a night for 5 days then 300mg a night). Has anyone taken it and found it helpful? Also what about the dose? So much that I am reading discusses much higher doses and talks about taking it 3 times a day. Any insight would be gratefully appreciated, thanks.
Wow - thanks for all of the responses. Quix - a question: it looks like everyone that responded is titrating up to some higher dosage, but my Internist did not do it that way. I am taking 300 mg every night until I see her in 4 weeks. Is that unusual? Thank you for the link to the HP - as usual very helpful!!! I love those HP's! The side effects that I am experiencing aren't that bad - and I am willing to give it some time to see if they get better as my body adjusts to the medication.
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.
It is strange how these coincidences seem to happen as I remember being put on Gabapentin almost before I started experiencing sensory symptoms and then they seemed to come on thick and fast. My experience is that it is a drug that is best tapered either up or down and at my worst I was on 1200mg a day but I am glad to now be down to just 300mg at night as I do not want to be on more meds than I need.
This is true of gabapentin and pregabalin which were originally invented for seizures. Pregabalin is similar to gabapentin but has less side effects and often people who can not tolerate gabapentin benefit from pregabalin. However it is more expensive. The same is true for medications such as amitryptiline, which was originally used for depression but is now a mainstay of treatment for neuropathic pain. However, it has several side effects and may not be used in patients with heart problems.
I think the majority of us go thru these tests...and the Diff dx's and items like the splints....I agree wait and see what the other Dr says...and do make sure they check u for EDS too.....
Have any of you that experiance complete limb numbness had it come and go? A couple of days ago, my left leg went completely numb and at the same time, my left arm felt like it had been shot up with a large dose of novacaine. It was mostly numb, but a little tingly. I hobbled to my bed and after an hour and a half feeling returned to both limbs. My left arm has done that two more times, but not for as long.
Went back to the doctor on Monday, she still thought it was nothing. Ran some bloodwork checked vitamin B12 and vitamin D. My vitamin B12 was alittle low 193 when I think its supposed to be 200. After I left her office the pressure in my temples came back, so I called her back still she thought it was nothing. Didn't like her answer so I went to see my normal doc. She put me on vitamin B12 and folic acid pills. Then requested a MRI. Results came back normal.
She has been in and out of the hospital a couple of times for pneumonia and an infection as well as for the liver disease. Would the numbness and pins and needles feeling that she is experiencing in her feet and hands have anything to do with the liver disease or would it be because of her in activity and the fact that she has been bed ridden for the better part of 2 weeks? Would physical therapy where she is scheduled to go with in the next couple of days help this condition?
At times the tingling turns into a burning sensation and numbness. I was sent to a neurologist. I had MIRs on my head and upper spine and they both came back fine. The symptoms appear to get worse in the evening and I have had a couple of nights with an upset stomach and hot flashes. Reflexes are normal to slightly diminished and there are no balance issues. There are no vision problems and with the normal MIRs they do not believe it is MS.
Amitriptyline helped with the muscle twitching and pain but not numbness - side effects mornings a nightmare as drowsy. Gabapentin helping with numbness but side effects acne and muscle twitching a nightmare.
I have recently been prescribed to Robaxin, Vicodin and Gabapentin for back pain/sciatica. Anyone have experience with these meds?
My other thought is that maybe the Gabapentin is working and I am just still in a relapse and the L'Hermitte's has gotten worse and that is why the meds seem to have no effect. Has anyone had L'Hermitte's sign on a constant basis then had is disappear completely? Should I be getting some relief from the shocking if I go into a remission? I am soo confused.
Amitriptyline helped with the muscle twitching and pain but not numbness - side effects mornings a nightmare as drowsy. Gabapentin helping with numbness but side effects acne and muscle twitching a bloody nightmare.
For the past two days I have been experiencing numbness in my left arm and hand. I called my pharmiscist just now and he says it is a side effect to the Gabapentin but I should get use to it in a few days. I worry because it is my left arm. Am I worried for nothing?
I will keep taking the gabapentin, and give it time to work... and up it slowly.
O was put on lyrica, but insurance wldnt cover it, so I'm on gabapentin. I've been raking it for two days now, and feel a lot better, but my pain remains. If my doc would give me a stronger pain med, I think my pain wld be completelyknocked out. Yet, my Dr pretty much laughed me out of her office, saying I shld get in touch w a shrink. She thought its my amxiety causing my pain. She also told me to quit my job and go on disability! I was so upset, I just balled my eyes out in front of her.
I take gabapentin for neuropaty and complications from RA, it does not make you high! That is the most absurd thing I red here so far.My doctor had me on super high dosage 'cause of all the numbness and tingling I had in my hands and feet, like was said "get messed up" is impossible, all it does is make you tired and sleepy.
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.
In the past when I had the tongue numbness I got the headache and then the tongue numbness went away but this time it won't go away but I have had slight headache on and off and blurring of vision etc. and the pins and needles, numbness in my leg. My whole leg feels like it's tight and below my naval has been feeling prickly. I also get like a bad nerve pain that runs down my leg (inside) to my toe, feels like it runs down a set nerve, very painful. Could this be migraine?
For the past two days I have been experiencing numbness in my left arm and hand. I called my pharmiscist just now and he says it is a side effect to the Gabapentin but I should get use to it in a few days. I worry because it is my left arm. Am I worried for nothing?
It is an extension of your problem and each spinal nerve supplies a particular territory of your hands and legs and parts of your body. Continue the medications and take the earliest appointment with your neurologist to confirm. Take care!
Well, there is no question but that the disc bulge in your neck is doing this to you. Whenever there's a bulge like that in the neck, it pushes on the cervical nerves that go into the arms and hands, and you'll get your symptoms. Now, initially, right after the accident, the reason the numbness went all the way up your extremities and took over your head is because of swelling and inflammation that always happens right after you wrench some part of your body like happened to you.
Hello callctr2000, You should go in for a MRI of the spine to rule out spinal stenosis,degeneration,disc prolapse or any other pathology causing the numbness and the tingling.Nerve conduction studies and electromyography should be done .You should consult your neurologist and discuss regarding the use of drugs like lyrica,gabapentin and conservative methods like physiotherapy.
I have strong tingling and numbness and severe nerve pain in my arms legs and my head. I have had twitching and about year or so ago it feels as though my head is draining liquid that goes into my throat and then i feel something in my chest right after it. As if i am catching a cold. It gets really worst in cold. All of these symptoms become SEVERE right after my period and before my period. I have gone to Neurologist and got an MRI done two times.
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