Gabapentin for arthritis pain

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I was taking Gabapentin 300 mg for extreme nerve pain in my foot, it worked like magic for approx. 3 months then stopped being effective. Any Thoughts - Reasons?
I am a 50 yr old male. I was prescribed Gabapentin for neurological pain management by the VAMC in Tampa, Florida. According to some post I've read, Gabapentin is a med that one must be weened off of. I've been taking Gabapentin off and on to help with pain so I can sleep. I don't take it all the time because of the side effects. Sometimes, but not all the time, I feel like I'm having a bad hangover after the medication wears off.
Thank you. I apologize for my posting here. After I finished posting, I did realize that it was inappropriate. I gotta say, though. Completely turned off the tramadol. One more question; seems like the majority of you guys (gals) have some degree of pain in your day-to-day lives. How do you deal with it? What do you do? There has to be something. No way should a person live like this in the 21st century.
) of the hips and DDD disease of the lower spine. I have terrible leg and thigh pain and take gabapentin for the neuropathy..this helps some..some days more than others. I have noticed when I take my celebrex(try not to use)..that the pain in my hips of course is less but also the thigh pain...so what I'm wondering does the inflamation in the hip joints radiate to the thighs????? this pain(thighs) somedays is excruciating. Any thoughts?
Neurontin/Gabapentin has been a miracle drug for me. It helped not only the Fibro pain, but my nerve pain I have due to inflammation compressing nerves. I have an inflammatory arthritis disease, Ankylosing Spondylitis. My ulnar nerve, sciatic, & a nerve in my neck & shoulder were bad, very painful. My dr had me work my way up VERY slowly. I basically added 100mg a day until I got to my target dose of 1800mg.
Has anybody else gotten much relief from nerve pain from the gabapentin, (HE, the Pain management Dr. says it is muscle pain, but my surgeries were to my back, and the leg nerve is what is always killing me) I guess the real name is Neurontin, I think. I was really against adding more meds, I Hate the fact I have to take lisinipril, and I weaned myself off 12 YEARS of Paxil, It took me 6 months I did it so slow, that medication is SO hard to stop, especially if you have been on it for years!
The side effects/negatives for me with gabapentin were much less than muscle relaxers, SSRI’s, epitol, pain meds, trigger point injections, topical combinations, lidocaine patches, etc. I believe gabapentin caused my feet to slightly swell to where I use diabetic socks to keep from cutting off circulation and getting cold feet. My vision changes anytime the dosage of gabapentin is changed, so I have had to update glasses almost every dosage change.
Doc thinks it could be migraines without the pain. I am currently only taking Xanax and advil for the pain. Was given gabapentin but was just a little worried about the drowsiness since I can't sleep well because of the idling or vibrations whatever you want to call them. They are 24/7. The neuros just look at me puzzled. Any thoughts? Had ct MRI for ms and negative. Any thought or do u have these sx?
You should discuss other treatment modalities specific for rheumatoid arthritis pain. I am not sure that you should be stopping your Gabapentin and you are not on high dose of opiates to have a lot of withdrawal symptoms if you simply gently taper them down half a oil a day or very other day until you are left with only one at night, till threre is none.
IBD patients being treated with prednisone often get a bonus side effect of relief from joint pain. Spinal arthritis (Spondylitis) In spinal arthritis, symptoms could appear months or even years before the onset of IBD. Symptoms include pain and stiffness in the joints of the spinal column that is at its worst in the morning, but will improve with physical activity. Active spondylitis rarely continues beyond the age of 40.
Hi - my neurologist has recently put me on 2400 mg of Gabapentin per day for severe RLS, along with the .5 mg Mirapex and .5 mg Clonazepam I am already on. I also had a double bypass about 1 1/2 years ago and am on a lot of different heart meds. 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.
Of course you must follow your doctor's advice re any medication changes but just for your general info, gapapentin acts on the GABA receptors as does valium in a slightly different way. In very general terms, drugs that occupy the GABA receptor tend to have similar effects to valium, that is they relax the central nervous system which can help with your perception of pain. Gabapentin & similar drugs are generally used off-label for pain control as they were developed as anti-seizure meds.
I have had chronic hepatitis c for 35years I have been suffering with bad joint pain My doctor sent me to a rheumtologist he said theres nothing he can give me Its all coming from the hepatits c I have to control it to treat fibromyalgia and Rh postive due to autioamune problem due to hep c. I have been on the combination treatment in 2004 for 3 months like to kill me. Some days its hard to get out of bed.
Although I have not found any over the counter meds which take this pain away. I am taling over the counter analgesicas and Gabapentin currently but neither seem to help the walking. There is no inflammation or swelling but there is pain in my one knee joint which I know comes from the arthritis as that is the knee on which I had the arthroscopy. But would arthritis cause stiffness too especially in thigh muscles? and one sided or could that be just because I know walk awkwardly?
I have had severe pain in my right hip for about a year. No injury occurred. After 3 orthopedic surgeons, numerous X-Rays, and MRI's it has been determined that I have severe arthritis, a torn labrum, and several cysts on my femur. The last orthopedic doc suggested hip resurfacing as opposed to hip replacement and referred me to an orthopedic at Cleveland Clinic. However, my appointment isn't for 4 months.
I laid around most of the day and watched Football. Took 2 CELEBREX and 3 GABAPENTIN.
I will have to research more on how much to use for arthritis, I use it for my cats for bladder inflamation but dosages may be different ..I buy my products from iherb and will give you a link in the meantime. by using the human form of these supps you are getting a much 'cleaner' product with more beneficial ingredients and for a much CHEAPER price than whats available thru you Vet...
Hope they give me something besides opioids for pain. I mean what did people do for pain before they came out with these damn pills? Well, I guess I'll find out. Hang in there girlfriend. One day at a time, keep praying to God. I know you do...PM me if you need me, always here for you honey.
Both contain synthetic compounds similar to natural cannabinoids and found to be effective for MS pain. In the US I believe Cesamet is approved by the FDA for chemo induced nausea but not for MS pain, so it may not be easy to get access to it. And as far as I know, Sativex isn't approved in the US. In US states where it is legal, natural may be the easiest to get, and perhaps is preferable to the pharmaceuticals.
I have been told that this medicine is good for Chronic Pain. I know it is also for use with people that have seizures. Could someone tell me how Neurontin has helped or hurt them. I have been taking it at night 300mg small dose for sleep and Chronic Pain. I dont want to go to a higher dosage until I research more. My doctor says this is a good helpful medicine. I just want to get more input. Thank you very much for your help. Shelly.
There is a cousin to Neurontin called Lyrica, much more expensive, it also needs to be increased as you go along until you plateau, but in general I liked it better mainly because it didn't make me as nauseus as Neurontin does. For overall pain and some pain that opiates won't help, those gaba drugs are miraculous, in my view.
I've been in severe pain for 15 years, and it keeps getting worse. My doctor put me on Hydrocodone 10/660 about 10 years ago, and it has worked wonders and kept my pain level down to a 2 (scale 1-10). Now, I'm told she can't prescribe it for me anymore, and has cut me back to 10-335. I feel like I've gone backwards in time. I'm back to soaking me feet in ice water, and coating my feet with Capazation, just for a little bit of temporary relief. She says she will not put me back on 10-660.
I am 27 female. As of less than 6 months ago, I have DDD and Spinal Arthritis, 2 dehydrated discs and massive spasm over my lower spine, and a few pinched nerves. I am in Constant PAIN!! I have a ton of other unknown symptoms... *Random Floating joint Pain, swelling, warm to touch. Extremely Painful!!
Also I have heard of some people taking Lyrica for fibromyalgia pain, and Also you can take Neurontin/ Gabapentin for nerve pain (for the peripheral neuropathy) None of these have tylenol in them. Hope this helps and good job on being clean for 12 years!!
It lasts for a couple of seconds and is gone. Some of the pain I have had has been helped by Vicoden. I was told that Vicoden will not help MS.
In addition to the gabapentin, are you taking any anti-inflammatories? That's the first line of defense for arthritis pain. A Cox-II inhibitor like Celebrex may help you out if you can get them in the UK.
Oh joy, I don't want to know........... I have had chronic pain for 12 years. I am also on 2 antidepressants(not for pain, but who knows) Time to go ice my shouldar/arm/neck.. I did a lot of dishes today and went overboard. I fell asleep for a few hours and the pain is quite bad. I am on lidocaine for a cyst on my knee ( a small bump with a bundle of nerves) I wanted it removed, but was told it might open a new can of worms. I mean lidocaine patch.
If his answer isn't satisfactory to you and/or he doesn't offer other alternatives for managing your pain, I think you need to start looking for another doctor. I hope you find relief for your pain soon.
i have had a nerve root block injection sciatic, in my right leg one week ago, i have had sciatic pain for one year now and this is my second injection. however before this last inj i had a flare up, this followed a coughing episode, resulting in intense muscle spasm in my lower back and increased leg pain in the right and new slight leg pain in the left. Now followinf the nerve root inj the left leg pain has subsided about 40% but i have intense leg pain in the right hand side.
When I was having severe jaw pain radiating to the ear and whole side of my face, both of these worked for me.The pain was the same as TN, in fact, they were having trouble edeciding if it was TMJ, TMD, or TN. It turned out to be an internal derangment of the temporal-mandibular disc. Cause by arthritis, the disc has shifted out of place. I didn't even know the jaw had a disc, LOL. I hope this helps you some, I know how painful it can be. Maybe from too many loud fireworks?
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