Gabapentin dosage for restless legs

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try my fetal stretch. I have been suffering with severe restless legs syndrome for 35 years. A month ago, I accidently found a method to eliminate the symptoms for approximatel 24 hours. I call it the fetal stretch and it has changed my life. When i feel the symptoms resuming, i simply lay on my side, get into a very tight fetal position, really stretching the back and legs, hold for 2 minutes, release, and symptoms disappear for about 24 hours.
3- Are weird dreams/nightmares a side effect of Gabapentin? 4- Are you taking or have you tried Gabapentin? Hoe does/did it work for you? What dosage do/did you take? Thanks all, looking forward to your comments.
Also, gabapentin helps with restless legs. I took gabapentin during opiate withdrawals and it put an end to rls. You could probably get by without the codeine from now on if you choose to do so. Best of luck!
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 read the info that came with it and I see that it is an anti-seizure drug but at a much lower dosage it is used to treat nerve pain. My first question: Has anyone tried it for the same reasons and what results have you had?
I've only been on it two days, with a much lower dosage (was taking 1200mg gabapentin/day versus 75mg Lyrica once at night!) and much much much better results (I only take one or two 300mg gapabentins a day). The only down side is that it makes me sleepy, but I'm sure that will wear off a bit or completely once I'm used to it. The other thing is that while it makes me sleepy, it does not entirely combat my chronic insomnia, but it does make it easier to cope.
I have pain in arms, legs and chest. Restless leg and tolal body restlessnass was bad. No sleep and nexr day still in pain. Im nat sure this could happen this fast or maybe i have like a flu or something. any ideas?
Hey, Wobbles. Been taking gabapentin for several months now, for that nasty pain behind the eyes, the pain that made me feel as if the backs of my eyeballs were badly bruised. Though it was a real bear to get used to it, gabapentin has been the only thing prescribed for me that has had any lasting positive effect. The Health Page on treating neuropathic pain lays out the cautions well. Start slow, and move slower. It will be worth it in the end -- probably.
I have been desperately seeking something safe to help me sleep, while I wait for my brain disruption to normalize. About 1000mg of Gabapentin each evening shows promise after a few days. But I 've read wildly different things about this drug - from it being non-addicting, to it being harder to get off than the benzos! I do not know who or what to believe about this drug.
Alot of what you describe is also what my legs feel like. Although mine never feel cold, I do have one area on my outer thigh where I have peripheral nerve damage that seems to stay cold to the touch. You may have a couple of other things going on, but alot of what you have described to me, in the form of pain in one eye, more leg pain on one side, etc., remind more of symptoms of MS. Do you have MS? I don't know that, since I am not a doctor.
the dopiness mentioned was more of a drugged out stupor for me and only occurred at dosage changes. Tingling in the fingers or toes lessens over time; occasionally have bad days. I do tend to have numbness in the tips of my fingers most of the time. These things I've gotten use to. What I've finally discovered from reading here, is the cause of the hair loss which was extreme over the last six months.
And though avisg is also correct that tramadol is not normally prescribed for RLS we are all different. What works for one does not necessarily work for another and visa versa. Who knows why it successfully controlled your RLS symptoms. That is not important. Your concern is justified. What now? Your physician hasn't added an antidepressant to your medication regime has he? As you know they can make the symptoms worse.
When my legs and/for feet spasm, very often my lower back also tightens or spasms, too. It's for that reason that I wondered there might be a connection between my spine problems and spasms in the legs and feet. In the lower back, I had moderate stenosis but the main problem was scar tissue impingin on my nerve roots. The lumber fusion was an 8-hour surgery because the doc had to separate the scar tissue from the nerve roots.
My 29 year old daughter who has EDS and Chiari has been on Gabapentin for pain since the spring and it seems to be helping although the dosage has been increased a few times. She was previously on Lyrica but the cost and side effects caused her to change. I've corresponded with another woman in B.C. who has both EDS and Chiari and she swears by Lyrica.
Imodium, Imodium, Imodium (liquid or pills if the liquid can't be found or you can't swallow it) will help. I took double the dosage for a few days (personal choice) and it helped so much..even with the withdrawals in general and the opiate trots which sucked. Hydrate and eat! Even if it is just a little every hour or so. You have to eat something to keep your energy up as much as possible. If you have Restless legs..it is hit or miss what works. Walking seemed to help me some.
I did work for UPS for 7 months loading/unloading trucks.Your legs would be sore if your gait is shortened when you walk thus causing sore feet/plantar fasicitus. I am a 46 yr old female, healthly. I only slightly tore my right inner ACL 5 years ago. Other than that I have been active in sports all my life.
) Anyway, Gabapentin (generic for Neurontin) has really helped me a lot. Still cannot sit in a chair for more than ten minutes due to soft tissue damage, but most of the day the pain is very minimal. Do have to take a few rests during the day but at least my mood is much better, I feel more relaxed and am not crying all the time due to pain. I do get a slight headache when the drug is wearing off. I am only on 300 ml a day.
Imodium, Imodium, Imodium (liquid or pills if the liquid can't be found or you can't swallow it) will help. I took double the dosage for a few days (personal choice) and it helped so much..even with the withdrawals in general and the opiate trots which sucked. Hydrate and eat! Even if it is just a little every hour or so. You have to eat something to keep your energy up as much as possible. If you have Restless legs..it is hit or miss what works. Walking seemed to help me some.
I'm feeling angry at the pain management doctor who did the injections that actually stopped about 75% of the pain anyway, well, the pain that is related to my many disc issues, not pain from MS, but it's not like opiates really touch nerve pain anyway. Gabapentin is my saving grace for that! 6 corticosteroid injections and 3 long lasting epidural injections later, over 18 months, and I told him get me off these pills! So he's been trying, I'll give him that.
I take 3 mgs of Klonopin at night for restless leg syndrome (now known as Restless Limb Syndrome) Baclofen 3-10 mg. tablets at night. I am now on Oxycontin-30 mg. twice daily and Oxycodone-Immediate Release-for breakthrough pain. These two drugs were my last hope. I will not take anything stronger, even if I have to deal with pain everyday. The Oxy doesn't even take care of a headache or toothache, so you know it's not working for my daily leg spasms.
Having them in your corner will help if you run into problems and need something for restless legs. Just a thought. I kept telling myself...YOU HAVE the FLU! It will be over and I will feel so much better. My brain seemed to get that and settled down a little. It is hard, but doable! The Thomas Recipe (bottom of the page) under Health Pages will help. I did not to the tranquilizers and had to cut back on the Ltryosine, but the rest really helped.
Gabapentin (prescription drug) may halep with the restless leg syndrome (RLS). They worked for me, though they may make you sleepy. When a doctor of mine once suggested I reduce my intake of tramadol, she prescribed gabapentin. I pretty much blew it off - I wasn't wanting to reduce my tramadol intake at the time. Months later after I began cold turkey withdrawal from the drug, I was desperate for anything to reduce my RLS and I tried some of the gabapentin. BINGO, they worked for me.
I did have a couple of weird visual-field disturbances followed by migraines, but I had a migraine three days before my period every month and ibuprofen took care of it, so I chalked that up to a development in the epilepsy. Plus the gabapentin helped my restless legs. I took gabapentin every 8 hours. found that if I stayed up late and took my gabapentin at 1 in the morning instead of 11 p.m. I would have trouble sleeping.
I to have had 3 back surgeries,I have screws, rod a cage. I have taken percs, lyrica, Tramazadine, for the nerve damage in my legs and I also hv a spinal cord stimulator that does not help much. My doc had me on the patch 25mg, for the past 9months. I am now on 50mg, patch. Lyrica 4x a day and no break through Meds. Don't know how I'm gonna feel without the BT Meds cuz my pain level is always high. The 25mg patch never did much for me.
Suzzie, I did a little research and here is a brief summary of what I found. Gabapentin is a drug approved ONLY for the treatment of seizure disorders and shingles. Preliminary clinical studies show that this drug has some effectiveness for treatment of bipolar disorder. There are also some studies that show Gabapentin helps some people with various anxiety disorders but it only has "limited usefulness".
It made me feel very weird and I didn't like it, but I do know quite a few people take it for that. My ex boyfriend took it for his restless leg syndrome, (he didn't take medications, he was just very hyper) so I do know a little about it. It does sound like you are trying really hard to taper down and I'm very pleased that you know you were getting in trouble with the tramadol and that you're trying to get off of it. Have you ever had any type of substance abuse before?
I took the gabapentin plus requip for the RLS. I used a heating pad on my legs all night. The gabapentin helped me to sleep. I was still feeling it but the gabapentin took the edge off. Right now my legs and lower back are aching. Thankfully I don't have the other flu like symptoms. I'm telling myself that I've been thru worse pain. Pat, thanks for all the support. Honestly, it's you guys that are stopping me from calling in a refill. Going to try to eat something now.
I should mention too that I have some photosensitivity and suffer from migraines, although they're less frequent than they were before the Aspirin was prescribed. I also have what I call "whole body" restlessness, rather than Restless Legs, which makes it nearly impossible to rest my aching body. It literally feels like I have pain in my thigh bones, and then to have my body be so restless is rather a nuisance.
It can also help with bumping antidepressants up a bit. The gabapentin may help your sister. I found that the Lyrica for FM caused me restless leg syndrome, but the gabapentin didn't. It may make your sister a little sleepy at first, but if she sticks with it the drowsiness goes away. I also found it decreases the drowsiness if I take it when I wake early in my sleep cycle (about 6 or 7 AM) and lay back down. That way if it makes me sleepy, I am already in bed.
00 no sleep, mild crazy legs/arms. up, then back to bed, slept for an hour, then legs wake me 03:67 and writing this diary update. Tuesday 08:15 got about 2 hrs sleep, those dreams are real strange, every time I get to a good bit the bloody legs wake me up.I am feeling the effects of sleep deprivation now, and am having trouble typing this, very sluggish and the legs are crawling at the moment, also started sneezing real bad, eyes so sore.Shoulders and back also a bit painful..
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