Gabapentin

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Hi everyone not been on here for a while, I have had osteoarthritis for the last two years have it in most joints quite bad in hands managed on just two codydramol a day but recently started going through the menopause and suffering from bad night sweats, saw my gp yesterday and has put me on Gabapentin for pain and night sweats they are 300mg took one last night and felt completely out of it and today feel really tired and irritable is anyone else on this drug that could tell me if drug is any good and if side effects settle down have to build up to  two a day but don't feel I would be able function normally during the day any advice would be welcome

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    I have OA in my finger joints, if you have the same are you aware that finger joint replacement surgery is available. I have had two done now and its wonderful as no pain.
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      Don't believe everything you read, get it from the horses mouth i.e. the consultant   I know people in their 40's who have had joint replacements  also if you leave it too long some joint replacements cannot be done
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    Hello Sue,

    I am on Gaberpentin, i am prescribed 3 x 3000mg a day but usually take 2 x 3000mg a day. I have Osteoarthritis in my knees and spine. I have had my left knee replaced twice now and i am 58. The Gaberpentin is the only drug that helps with the nerve painn i get. Some people don't have the right recepters for this drug. I would give it a couple of weeks as the side effects should settle down. 

    Elizabeth.

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    Hi Sue,

    I was on Gabapentin for 6 months and once I had built up the dose it did help with the nerve pain but it did make me very spaced out and I know and my family told me that I wasnt myself anymore.  I found it very hard to cope with my job as it does need me to be on the ball with things and I felt I was not in control so after seeing my consultant and the fact that he has now offered me spinal fusion surgery, my GP agreed that I could come off of them.  Although the pain is back I can do my job and earn my money to survive which is important too.  Its weighing up what is best for you as an individual.

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      Thanks Tracey for your reply I to have to work and be on the ball and that is what is worrying me with this drug my family have also noticed I'm quite not myself makes you wonder if there is any drug that dos'ent make you space out but giving you relief from your pain.
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    hi sue ive been on co-dydramol for 5 years due to athtritis in both knees and 1 finger on each hand 

    i think you have done well to only take 2 aday i take 8, sometimes more if the pain in my knees is really bad or i use voltarol what strength co-dydramol did you take in comparrison with the strength of gabapentin. sorry i cant answer your question but i hope things settle down for you coz unless you have the pain you dont know what its like. can i just ask if you claim P I P for your arthritis as ive just put in a claim for it and severe depression as i was refused dla 5 years ago. best wishes jayne. :-) xx          l

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