Gabapentin dosing for fibromyalgia

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I've been thru the withdrawals going cold turkey 3 times in the past without anything to help. I was presribed gabapentin about a month ago for pain. It didn't help for that. I did some research on it and it is used for withdrawals. It has been 90% easier than before and trust me, I know how bad it is. The only syptoms I have had this time is I'm just a little cold and a bit of anxiety but nothing like before.
I was told I have Fibromyalgia and put on Lyrica. Prestiq for depression. Betpace for my heart. Xanax for my anxiety and just had a bout of Pneumonia. Yesterday I saw my Pulmonologist since getting out of the hospital and she noticed I listed Lyrica as one of my drugs and she asked why? I said because I have Fibromyalgia and she said no. You took the Interferon and that is why you have all these illnesses-I see it everyday.
I have been on the generic form of Neurontin called Gabapentin for a few years now. I was prescribed this for symptoms similar to yours. My main complaint was the walking in quick sand feeling and the color changes with it. I now know it is called livedo reticularis and sometimes it is painful. I think you would be a great candidate for this drug, I would just ask your neuro that you have heard great things about the drug and would like to see if it would help you with your symptoms.
Pregabalin (Lyrica) and gabapentin (Neurontin) are effective medications commonly used for the treatment of neuropathic pain, post-herpetic neuralgia, seizures, and fibromyalgia. These medications are within the same pharmacologic class and continue to cause debate. Pregabalin and gabapentin are chemically similar, yet each has distinct characteristics. These important differences may be the determining factor when choosing which is best for a particular patient.
I am on gabapentin too, I was looking for another drug that didn't cause the weight gain. I have heard that most people on gabapentin gain weight too! I have gained about ten pounds, so looking now before that number goes up any higher.
prescribed Savella (commonly prescribed for fibromyalgia) and have been on that a week....horrible side effects but I'm hanging in there. He also started me on the duragesic patch today at 25 and to be changed every 72 hours. My concern is that if one of the side effects of Savella is severe dry mouth...and duragesic....I'm gonna be licking people's sweat for relief! Anyway..walking every day is a challenge and I'm hoping that I can taper off vicodin with this patch.
Please make sure you recognize that this forum is for educational purposes only, and it does not substitute for a formal office visit with a doctor. Without the ability to examine and obtain a history, I can not tell you what the exact cause of the symptoms is. However I will try to provide you with some useful information. The cause of burning and tingling symptoms may be secondary to the peripheral neuropathy you have. (Why do you have peripheral neuropathy and who is managing this)?
I have been taking Neurontin (Gabapentin) for a while now. I have never heard of it rx'd for a sleeping aide though..Unless I am reading your message wrong. It does NOT make me tired nor groggy feeling. Not to say that it might not and others. Usually this rx is prescibed for Pain specifically Neuropathic pain. I hope this works for you. Let us know how it goes.
Given the nerve pain you have, I think that you would benefit from Neurontin (Gabapentin) or Lyrica (pregablin). I take Gabapentin and it is amazing how much it reduces my pain for being a non-narcotic. Keep us posted on how you are doing. We are here to help!
One of the oldest nerve pain meds is carbamezepine (brand name Tegretol). It can be very useful for many kinds of nerve pain. It is especially known for one of the most painful of all, called Trigeminal Neuralgia (neuralgia = nerve pain). This is a condition in which the nerve that brings back sensation signals from the face to the brain is damaged and sends excrutiating pain signals back. The first line drug to try is carbamazepine. I used it for TN and it was VERY effective.
I too have PPMS, questioned by my PCP after an MRI for a history of falls, memory issues and fibromyalgia, then confirmed by my neurologist an MS specialist after an LP. I would be interested in knowing what they put you on for medication as there is no medication out there for PPMS, just meds to treat the symptoms. I was diagnosed within 6 mos of my MRI 41/2 years ago.
I've been on Gabapentin for like three years for my Trigeminal Neuralgia. For that diagnoses, it has been a GODSEND. It works wonders, and its on the cheaper side since it is generic. I am on a pretty high dose, but I only take it at night because of how tired it makes me. It takes a few weeks to get the side effects of the med to go away. Im working on getting three tines a day dosing so its better dispersed through my body, but trying to get used to the daytime sleepiness.
) 600 mg 2x’s a day of Gabapentin (Neurontin) for nerve pain Lortab for pain 10/500 1 tab every 4 hours Oxycodone – Tylenol 10/325 (Percocet) 1 tab every 4 hours as needed for pain Percocet 1-2 tabs every 4 hours as needed for pain Celexa 20 mg 1 tab daily for depression Cymbalta 60 mg 1 tab daily for depression Does that seem excessive?
Personally, I had to wean off Savella and I am not on Cymbalta and doing ok. I also take Gabapentin for the PN. Good luck and I hope you get some help. You sound like a very caring husband - she is lucky for that. I have one too and am so grateful.
i had shingles last yr feb i was in hosp for 7 days. it was on my forehead, i was blind for 1month or longer,lost all eyebrow and eyelashs. i am still suffering with this horrid thing. i am still under drs care. i have post herpertic neurlogia. the wind is toture, my hair hurts, i have moments that i feel like electic shocks are hitting my forehead, yet my head is numb, i can't feel the top of my eyelid, only the bottom. i hate this does anyone else suffer with it on face.
This is the very reason Roche has ongoing ph iv clinical trials which are double dosing peg for those very large folks..My doc is involved with one of these studies...
it's different enough that NEURONTIN works for my pain and LYRICA does nothing! but lyrica is the 1st drug approved for fibromyalgia too. also, make sure it really was neurontin which is also gabapentin.
I have been on Lyrica for a year for fibromyalgia pain. For the last 3 months my dose has been 300 mg , 100 am 200 pm. I also took Cymblata and the combination relieved 95% of my fibro pain. I recently ran out of meds because I have no insurance and had to pay 150. to see the Dr before she refilled it. OMG....I have a whole new outlook on those addicted to drugs now. I started with a horrible headache and then the nausea and vomiting.
I am not only suffering of involuntary spasms of the pelvic floor muscles but after 5 years got Hemifacial Spasms ? By the way... Gabapentin did not work for me, I will try botox if not according to a Dr. in the University of Miami I will need surgery on the brain where they insert a piece of Teflon between the origination of the nerves and muscles to stop all spasms. Please Help !
Hashinuttylady, I'm glad the gabapentin is working for you. I tried it last year and it did help the pain significantly but the side effects were way too severe to stay on it. Sherry, as usual you're RIGHT :) It's been through this board and the help of members here that I have been able to set boundaries with my sister. I know that she will never understand.
I believe I had fibromyalgia and pain before for no reason. Not athletic, although tried to go to the gym and felt better when I did. Had a lot of stress also. I needed all of this like a whole in the head. Feel like this is the last straw in my life, but I guess I have to be patient and continue on. Just with everything going on, I feel like there is no quality of life.
I have been on 60 mg of Lyrica for 5 years- treating Fibromyalgia and I've gained almost 30 lbs. I can't lose the weight and want to go off the Lyrica. I also take 60 mg of Cymbalta every day. I HATE the way I feel if I miss a dose, or even take it later in the day. I've never had an addiction problem in my life, but this is so scary. I really thought I was going crazy until I googled forums discussing the w/d symptoms.
Well, My pain got out of control and I was taking 12 norco a day, pretty much the MAX dose for tylenol and since I have been on it for 4 years I didnt suffer any hepatotoxicity. I personally feel like compared to longterm higher strength opiates hydrocodone will give my baby a chance to be born not addicted, My dr was so nice she actually made me feel like she cared about me and my pain.
Neurontin (aka Gabapentin) is an anti-convulsant prescribed for the treatment of epilepsy but many doctors prescribe it off-label to treat neuropathic pain as it has been shown effective for the treatment of those types of conditions. Prescriptions for opioids after 3 months would be considered off-label prescribing. Additionally, prescribing more than 100 mg of morphine equivalent would be considered off-label prescribing as well.
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