Things are a little confusing, I'll put the background below, but I have been given the medical okay to come off 900mg daily (300mg/3x), but I was not given a schedule or any real advice for coming off. Financially it's not a good time to pay a copay to go to another doctor just to say "My orthopedic surgeon said I can come off gabapentin, please give me a calendar." What is a reasonable timeline to go from 3 pills a day to none?
Background: Sudden pain about 2-3 months ago, my primary care doctor suspected a cervical disc problem and since I was crying from the nerve pain she started me on the gabapentin. I saw an orthopedic surgeon who ordered an MRI and wrote a refill for the gabapentin. When I tried to make a followup appointment I found out he works one half-day per week and I would have to leave a message with the office staff for the scheduling department to call me back for an appointment, I couldn't contact them directly. So on to orthopedic surgeon #2. During roughly that same time the pain was a large reason I had entered depression so my psychiatrist increased the gabapentin to dampen the pain and hopefully get me out of depression. Since orthopedic surgeon #2 did not prescribe the gabapentin, he does not want to tell me to come off it or how, though he did say that if the prescribing doctor is in agreement then it is a very good time to come off it. No one (other than the psychiatrist) was happy about putting me on it in the first place, but nerve pain is absolutely horrible and I was a mental wreck. However the pain is now gone, maybe a couple days every 2-3 weeks I'll have an ache in the arm and that's it, so it's time to see if it's gone or masked.