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kathy34567 posted:
neurotin/gabapentin works for the nerve pain in your legs and back, since i started taking it 7 years ago, the pain has stopped as long i keep taking this med.

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lifesajourney responded:
This is interesting. I didn't even know what that drug was for. My doctor has never suggested it. I am having a radiofrequency ablation on the 15th. I think that is a better option for me anyway but it just shows we are all different and need to be under a doctor's care to to help make the best decisions for us
bj1208 replied to lifesajourney's response:
I have been on gabapentin for 3 years now and it has made a big difference - as much as day/night -

If I miss a dose I can really tell as my pains will start up and will take a good day to get back on track -

usually pain management clinics will try all other treatment options first before requesting an EMG Nerve Conduction Test to determine if there is nerve damage - I had gone to 5 different pain clinics before going to one I'm at now and on my first day they did this test and determined I had nerve damage not only in my left leg but also my right one -

I had the radiofrequency nerve ablation done 2 times - each time the treatment only lasted as long as the numbing agent lasted (about 45 minutes) then the pains came back worse than before - but we have had numerous members that have had this done and have had great results where it has lasted more than 3 months -

I hope this works for you - keep us posted - take care - Joy
nikkita22 responded:
I am so very hopeful, started taking it about a week ago, and am already seeing a difference. I was so skeptical, and now am so very happy. Good medication!
bj1208 replied to nikkita22's response:
Hi Nikkita22 - welcome to the support group -

the posts you are replying to are over 2 yrs old but we are glad you found us.

I have been taking Gabapentin for about 4 yrs now. Just be sure that you are taking a low dose (usually 300mg a day) for a couple of weeks then slowly increased dose over a couple of months until a therapeutic dose is reached for you.

Please keep us posted how you are dong~~
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Take care ~~ God Bless ~~

~~ Joy ~~
nikkita22 replied to bj1208's response:
Yes, it is 300mg x 3 a day now. I am glad to hear that over the years it does not lose it effectiveness. Seems to me thats what the pain pills do. Anyway, I know now I wont have to increase the pain pills dosage with this new drug, and Im just happy about that. I see some light in this back pain dark world I have been in lately.
trs1960 replied to nikkita22's response:
I was taking around 2,000 mg a day as it quit working so we kept increasing the dose. I finally quit taking it until a few weeks ago and started right up on 900/day. It, along with another muscle relaxer do help a bit taking the edge off. I don't notice any side effects at all. Time will tell if it lasts.
trs1960 replied to trs1960's response:
Neurontin is actually an anti seizure medicine that is used for epelipsy. It also works well to minimize nerve pain. Another case of a drug with a great secondary usage.
nikkita22 replied to trs1960's response:
Hi all, Im up to 1800mgs a day, wow what a difference in my leg, and hand. Its 90% better, and so I am thrilled. It does make me very dizzy, tired though. Anyway Ill take the side effects anyday as opposed to the electric bolt of pain as I like to call it.
Cant wait to get the epidural, I hear they are helpful as well. I am currently on a waiting list (missed the last due to having the flu). Does anyone have the symptom of infections with these meds? Im on percocet and neurontin (now I have a bladder infection I think). Thanks for all the responses, I have learned so much from this web site. (Dont have to bug the Dr. with 18 million questions).
bj1208 responded:
Hi Kathy34567 - welcome to the support group -

I also take neurontin/gabapentin for the nerve damage in my legs (both of them) and have been on it for about 4-5 yrs now. And yes it does take care of the nerve pains in my legs (don't really notice in my back as i have severe chronic pains).

I noted you said as long as you take the med the pain stops - yes it does, but boy if I miss a dose I start noticing pains in my legs and realize I missed my dose. So it does really help.

I've also spoke to members on this support group that take Lyrica and have experienced the same results.

I wanted to welcome you to the support group and to say you can post/response anytime you want. We appreciate others helping by sharing their stories.Take care~~
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Take care ~~ God Bless ~~

~~ Joy ~~

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