Gabapentin for carpal tunnel

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I was just given a script for Neurontin (Gabapentin) from my neurologist. Need to know side effects. Also, how tolerated is this for a persons stomach or digestive track?
In many cases, prompt diagnosis and treatment of the underlying cause can reduce the risk for permanent nerve damage. For example, controlling diabetes may reduce diabetic neuropathy and renal dialysis often improves neuropathy that develops as a result of chronic renal failure. Treatment options for reducing pain include medication, injection therapy, and physical therapy. Surgery may be needed to treat some causes of neuropathy (e.g., carpal tunnel syndrome, radiculopathy).
My Doctor still says I have Fibromyalgia. I had nerve conduction study that showed carpal tunnel syndrome, cubital tunnel syndrome, tarsal tunnel syndrome, polyneuropathy, 3 pinched nerves in my lower back, 2 pinched nerves in my neck. I got on this site today because my hip and thigh are burning real bad. I put 2 lidocain patches on my thigh to see if it would help.
For the past few weeks I have been throwing around ideas as to the best way to respond to this matter. You see a recent article ( Feb.3 , 2009 NY times) titled "Best treatment for TMJ May be Nothing" nearly made me clench my jaw to pieces. While well written, I found that the author, Ms. Brody, relied heavily on out dated and narrow perspective supplied to her by a small group of dentists.
My history is so long that I can't even put it all here, you would all get bored with my post then LOL! ;) I have been tested for Carpal Tunnel 3x, normal. I have had tingling/numbness of hands/fingers for years and years, but not all the time. It comes and goes along with my burning feet which only started last September. My fatigue is getting worse and worse with each passing week. I have acquired since December a swollen throat, scratchy and sore and it will not go away.
It has kept me from sleeping. The orthopedic surgeon who did my carpal tunnel and ulnar surgery is the one that order the blood tests. I am most excited about the information because I could finally have confirmation to what I have been going through. I am already being treated for fibromyalgia. Some people say it is a last resort diagnosis. Treatment of Savella and Gabapentin has been a blessing. I hope you find some answers to your numbness and tingling.
My Doctor still says I have Fibromyalgia. I had nerve conduction study that showed carpal tunnel syndrome, cubital tunnel syndrome, tarsal tunnel syndrome, polyneuropathy, 3 pinched nerves in my lower back, 2 pinched nerves in my neck. I got on this site today because my hip and thigh are burning real bad. I put 2 lidocain patches on my thigh to see if it would help.
Numbness in hands and feet with carpal tunnel syndrome. I am looking for people to share their stories of too much B6 - did this ever go away and if so, how long did it take?
I have the symptoms in both arms with the right (my writing hand) being the worse. I have been tested for carpal tunnel, however according to the test they state that I do not have it. Rheumatory arthritis has been ruled out. I've looked into fibromyalgia but I don't believe that is it for the symptoms are not there. Could the testing for carpal tunnel just not show or is this just nerve damage or something worse that has been unfounded?
Shes also referred me to the musco skeletal service as been having problems with pain in fingers hand and some weakness in my right hand . She seems to think its carpal tunnel and ulner nerve problem Dont know how long that will take or what they do till I get there! The pain is awful though because it wakes me up in the night ! Any suggestions appreciated to try and ease it !
I have severe headaches I am currently on Gabapentin 900 mg a day, Zoloft, Requip for sleep, Zocor for cholesterol, Citrizine for allergies and Norco for pain. The only medication that I feel like really works is the Gabapentin although it has put on some major weight for my body which doesn't help my lower extremities.. I'm scheduled for a nerve conduction velocity test in two weeks and I pray that this is it and I get a answer and a solution to fix it.
The MRI is for the spine and brain. The emg is for my legs. He prescribed gabapentin for numbness. He didn't seem to concerned with my symptoms so I got home and called.another NS at Hershey med center and got an appt with him he is a chiari specialist.
The MRI was negative or normal. He told me it was Carpal Tunnel and to do stretching. Not returning to him. I now have painful pins and needles everywhere. Arms, legs, tongue, sometimes in my ears & throat, abdomen. Everywhere. My GP did put me on Gabapentin, which seemed to work at first, but not very much now. And also makes me somewhat dizzy. Both GP & Neurologist say I pass neurology tests. The pins and needles are painful and the unknown is driving me crazy.
I do not know how it is for others, but for me I have never been able to get a Docter to give me more meds for my pain. I only take my cymbolta and busepar and balacet. And sometimes I feel as if im going mad. But my doc wont help me. So i go to the emergency room and they always help me.
Hi, median nerve involvement or lesion leads to problems in hand not in arms (carpal tunnel syndrome) like loss of pronation and decresed flexion at wrist joint. For neuropathis pain drugs like gabapentin, carbamazepine, amitryptiline and tramadol are prescribed. Please don't try these drugs without doctor's examination.
The back of the hand is the radial nerve and the front will be more median and ulnar nerves. Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (i.e., median nerve entrapment) can occur more proximally at the elbow rather than at the wrist as it travels between the biceps tendon, fascia, and another muscle called the pronator teres. If this is the case, a median nerve release at the wrist would not provide much relief.
Keep up the good work I take gabapentin for my carpal tunnel syndrome. It is prescribed for neuropathy. I did stop taking it at times and I did not have any w/d symptoms. I would say if it would help you right now then I would recommend taking it. It is a different class of drugs from opiates.
in 12/06 I saw a neurologist who did an MRI of brain and cervical spine, blood work and EMG. The MRI of brain was normal, EMG showed slight carpal tunnel and MRI of cervical spine show degenerative changes. She said because these tests were relatively normal I do not have MS nor do I have ALS. In 02/07 I began to have "increased muscle tone" in my hands and arms.
I suggest taking a second opinion from the neurologist and discussing for the start of Gabapentin or Lyrica for the management of pain.
Exacerbation of carpal tunnel syndrome Paresthesias (burning) in fingers and toes Bilateral arthritis pain so bad in fingers that I would wake up with both hands in a fist and want to "curl in" on myself. Bilateral arthritis pain in hips so that just laying on my side would make them ache. It also felt like they were frozen in place.
Its not helping with chronic arthritis that has taken over my body,sciatica,carpal tunnel on both hands(had surgery on one already) restless leg syndrome.Also,had knee replacement on one leg(2 yrs ago) and have to get one on the other. What can i use instead? .. I've taken the highest mgs. of percocet and vicodin switching between both and weaning between both.And done that,did that on the cortisone shots. Im always in pain and sometimes feel i rather be dead..
I have had nerve conduction tests for carpal tunnel syndrome, results fine, but again this was prior to surgery so long time ago. You have given me food for thought and I will post back in May findings of neurologist. Many thanks.
I have had nerve conduction studies done which have come back normal with the exception of carpal tunnel both hands. I sleep okay at night but occasionally wake up and the symptoms sometimes will be there. My feet and hands feel tight, sore and throb. The bottoms of my feet become very sore. The MD started me on Lyrica 75 mg. capsules 2 x a day and then upped the dose to 150 mgs. 2 x a day and now my hands, legs, and feet have started to swell.
It should also be mentioned that with rapid weight gain or weight loss, the ulnar nerve or median nerve (which causes carpal tunnel syndrome) can be compressed and cause their neuropathies. The foot sensory changes (or neuropathy) may or may not be related to the sensory changes in the hand. Neuropathies can be caused by many mechanisms including microtrauma (overuse), hypothyroidism, weight changes, amyloidsosis, and diabetes, to name a few.
Have had ulna nerve surgery, carpal tunnel surgery, and neck surgery to end the burning pain from my elbow down to my hand. No neck pain, no tingling fingers, etc. every, just from elbow to hand. This for 6 years!!! Have had all the care, including TENS and nothing helps. The only pain relief is ULTRAM ER, which I willnot take because of the side effects. My neurological surgeon says I cannot have more ulna nerve surgery now because such surgery would probably be worse than now....
The doctor said bursitis and possibly carpal tunnel because I had tingling and trouble holding on to things. For a period it felt like the arm was not even mine. For 6 months I could barely use my arm and was in constant pain. I had a nerve test and no capal tunnel. I did physical therapy and light duty till I could use my arm again.
I am surprised that your neurologist didn't look suggest carpal tunnel syndrome at the very least. But that aside, did he/she get an MRI of your spinal cord too? Be prepared for a fight with disability. It can take a long time. It took me two years to win my case. I'd advise you to get a lawyer- they don't charge unless you win. Also, be extremely specific in your wording. Be sure to let your doctors know you have applied, and ask for a letter detailing your disabilities.
10 years on I was looked at by a very well known neuro surgeon, he examined me by wiping cotton wool on my wrists, which reduced me to tears and by pricking me with pins in my finger tips which i couldn't feel. I had electric shock tests for carpal tunnel syndrome which i do not have and several other tests to do with hot and cold sensors. I have also had an MRI scan.
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