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Gabapentin?

I have suffered with back problems for the past 20years which over the last 7/8 years have gradually got worse.

It started of with pain in my lower back which was helped by regular trips to a Chiropractor.

This allowed me to continue walking with my local walking group.

But slowly over the past 7 years the pain has gradually worse with pain in my lower back, down my right leg plus both feel are numb.

I had an MRI scan November 2015 which showed problems at L5/S1 which causes moderate stenosis compressing the L5 nerve root. Feb/2016 had a nerve block injection, this had no effect.

Pain management tried Pregabalin, it did not help.

Pain was so bad now that I could only walk comfortably for 10mins, therefore walking group came to a stop.

Had a private consultation with a spinal consultant who made his own diagnosis of the MRI scan, which was that degenerative scoliosis was producing narrowing @ L4/5 and L5/S1 plus grade 1 spondyolisthesis @ L4/5 level. He suggested a lateral recess decompression surgery which I had December 2017.

Result being that the surgery made no difference and the specialist said that I would have to learn to live with it!

Have tried living with it but GP sent me for a further MRI scan June 2019, followed by another nerve block injection, which also has had no effect.

GP now also says that I will have to live with it.

The pain is slowly getting worse sometimes stops me sleeping.

have just been prescribed Gabapentin 300mg three times a day, having seen some of the side effects I'm having second thoughts.

Anyone been prescribed these for pain, did they help?

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Comments

  • I take Gabapentin and have for years, I don't have any side effects from it except it makes me sleepy, I stopped taking it through the day and only take it at night.

    Take care and keep us posted

    Chip

  • memerainboltmemerainbolt IndianaPosts: 4,169

    I also take Gabapentin. It does not make me sleepy though, everyone is different. But it does help.

    Sandra

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  • painfulwalker - I take gabapentin along with using an implanted SCS unit.  I had hoped to get off of gabapentin once I had my SCS implanted last October.

    I know many people that use gabapentin and their results vary greatly.  I am now back to 2,700mg a day and am now considering asking for an additional dosage increase. 

    One thing I want to caution, please to do change gabapentin dosage by significant amounts.  You can find more information by googling "gabapentin dosage changes".  Dosage changes should be made gradually.  If you have not been warned, you might want to have that discussion with your doctor or pharmacist.

  • painfulwalker - oh, my heart goes out to you.  I can tell you that I used gabapentin during the worse time of my pain and it did help somewhat.  It was especially helpful for sleeping.  I would take one 300mg just before bedtime and although I would still wake up in pain at times, for the most part I could get a good night's rest.  As you see from the comments above, everyone has a different experience.  Do not give up hope and keep searching for solutions.  

  • Hi all,

    Thanks for your helpful comments, I am starting to day 1 x 300mg for 2 days, 2 x 300mg for the next 2 days and 3 x 300mg from then on, and wait and see.

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  • memerainboltmemerainbolt IndianaPosts: 4,169

    painfulwalker

    Just give it time to work, your body has to get adjusted to it. I hope you get some relief from it.

    Sandra

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