Gabapentin or not?

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Got severe burning pain which doc says is because of damaged nerves due to bulging discs squashing nerves.

It is so painful sitting and now even lying down I can feel the burning.

Help! Should I give Gabapentin a try?

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    Gabapentin or Lyrica might help.  Trouble is they can take up to eight weeks to be fully effective!
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      Be very careful of both Gabapentin and Lyrica!  I had bad side effects immediately after taking a single dose of each.  Gabapentin makes me "loopy" (light headed/dizzy) for TWO DAYS after a single dose.  Lyrica was worse with head spins, nausea and vomiting.

      I do not trust any of the new meds.  It seems they are throwing these things out to use people as guinea pigs these days.  The FDA has become a joke and have little to no clue what they are "approving" these days and are paid by big pharma all for profit.

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    hey there,

    has your doc suggested surgery? it sounds pretty bad, and Gabapentun can only go so far.{Although it has worked very well for me...however, I dont have the trauma if damaged discs...I had Lyme disease}

    It would be preferable if you didnt spend the rest of your life on pain killers, any hope for surgery?

    Tried Lyric, by the way,  almost went out of my mind.

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    HI,

    I too have lumbar discs compressing on nerves.  Just had an MRI to take to a neurospine doc and get opinions.  I started on gabapentin recommended by my PCP because of neuropathy (numbness and tingling) in my feet and lower legs.  For me, it immediately helped, but be very aware that it is a medication that you build a tolerance to and there need to keep increasing the dose.  I started at 300 mg/day and now am at 1200 mg/day.  I've also heard and read that coming off gabapentin is very hard.  In the meantime, there seems to be nothing else.  I have considered checking out CBD oil and may even go to a cannabis store today to see what is available for lower back pain and neuropathy.  For me, at 79 and having atrial fibrillation that requires me to take an anticoagulant, surgery is not an option.

    Good luck.

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    Always remember we are all very different in body chemistry.   My doctors have tried me on at least 4 different meds for my neuropathy and none have worked.  Gabapentin, after only ONE dose, makes me "loopy" (light headed) for 2 days!  Also be leary of Lyrica .. that sent me on a side effects nightmare from hell!

    It has now been almost 2 years (time is a blur) and I have had NO NEUROPATHY pain in my feet all from MILK THISTLE!  You can look up my old posts on this. It's worth a try!  At the very least, it keeps your liver nice and healthy!  They just ran blood work recently and said .. "your liver is perfect".  But milk thistle has now helped many people I have told about it .. and its ALL NATURAL!

    Best Wishes!

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    Saw doc today. He wants me to start Pregabalin. He gave me 25mg. Not sure though.

    I started to take Tumeric today.

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      Hope the Tumeric works for you.  Anything natural is the absolute best way to go.  I tried Tumeric, but it did not seem to help, but at least no side effects like the meds.  I still highly recommend trying the milk thistle (since you are trying Tumeric also).  Milk thistle cured my foot pain, the 1,00 needles, the "bone crunches", the "lightning strikes" and the neuropathy tremors in my hands for almost 2 years now!  :-)   And my liver is in excellent shape!

      Come March I will be diagnosed type 1 diabetic 40 years and the neuropathy is my only major complication .. but its a battle and the pain can be debilitating.

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      I have tried different ones over the last almost 2 years, but have found no difference in brands and others with some added nutrients for added benefits.

      You can pick up some at WalMart and a bottle should only be around $8-$9 for  a months supply.  I take 3-4 per day, I think mine are 170 mg.  Given my type 1 diabetes, I have done a lot of experimentation on my regiment.  I found my body works the best with a 4 slot per day pill box (morning, lunch, evening and bedtime).  This allows more moderate doses of everything from meds to vitamins/supplements.  By not higher dosing at any given time, it helps my body stay level, without "spiking" on anything.

      I would recommend starting at 4 times per day and give it a month and see what happens to your neuropathy pain.  I , personally and others with diabetes (mainly type 2's) have had good success with this type of neuropathy pain in the feet.  It also cured my neuropathy hand tremors (I have neuropathy now in my hands for about 3+ years and it has caused the muscle in my hands to atrophy).

      I started on the milk thistle after very bad side effects from Lyrica.  I was drinking about 2 gallons of water and eating crackers to flush the Lyrica crap out of my system.  My "big sis" told me to get some milk thistle to clear my liver.  Milk thistle is a very common treatment for liver problems and things such as Hep-C.  I started by taking a handful of milk thistle capsules the first 2 days, just to do anything to get the Lyrica out of my system.  Then I looked up dosage from the Mayo Clinic site.  It listed something regarding diabetic neuropathy (kidneys), but I did not pay attention at the time, because I was only trying to get the Lyrica out of my system.

      But after only about 6 days, my diabetic neuropathy pain in my feet were GONE!  This was after decades of constant and worsening pain (1,000 pins, "bone crunches", "lightning strikes"wink that was hitting some 50+ time per day!  They would only last about 5-10 seconds, but would make me wince and at 50+ times per day, it was a nightmare.  And I had tried at least 4 meds (Gabapentin and Lyrica were the last 2) and only had bad side effects from the meds.

      But after only 6 days, ALL my foot pains were GONE..COMPLETELY!  And the only thing that changed was the milk thistle (being type 1 diabetic almost 40 years, I keep a very strict regiment and know everything that might change).  Also my hand tremors were gone, but I was so elated about the foot pain being totally gone, I did not notice the hand tremors gone until a while later).

      This has helped many other people, including my pain management doctor, who's husband started taking milk thistle and it has been working for him as well (he has neuropathy in part due to cancer he is fighting) and she now recommends this to her patients.

      I can;t promise it will help in every case, because everyone is different and different types of nerve pain for each.  But I can promise it is a great supplement to add to any regiment, if only for the great value it has for your liver.  My primary doctor now recommends it to her patients just for the liver benefits.  My lab tests come back with "perfect" liver results.

      Bottom line, it is worth anyone trying and at least very good for a healthy liver.  But also can have very good results with some forms of neuropathy, especially for diabetic neuropathy.

      Best Wishes!

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      What dose do you think is best? So many makes out there. I will still take the Tumeric plus some other vitamins etc I have started to take.

      I don't think I will take the Pregabalin.

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      Mine are 170 mg from WalMart.  Take 4 times per day (breakfast, lunch, dinner, bedtime) for a month and see if it helps the nerve pain.  Also, have your doctor check your blood work BEFORE you start taking the vitamins/supplements, and specifically look at your liver and kidneys markers.  This way you have a baseline to compare from to see how well the vitamins are working.

      I also recommend the garlic capsules (odourless), which I take 4 times per day as well and have for decades.  Garlic is maybe the best natural antibiotic around.  I have not had a cold or flu in well over a decade mainly due to garlic and keeping my immune system in good shape.  Being type 1 diabetic for almost 40 years, I have had to pay close attention to many things, because typically a diabetics immune system goes very quickly (within a couple of years) and that is why a laundry list of complications can set in.  My retinal doctor just said I am in very good shape given my medical condition (52 years old and type 1 diabetes almost 40 years).  he has another type 1 who is only in her 20's and in bad shape already.  I have personally known two type 1's and both were known as "brittle diabetics" (could not keep good control of glucose even in doctor's care) and both did not make it to 30 years old.  One I met when I was 19 and she was 23 and she was already on kidney dialysis.

      Thew old saying "If you don;t have your health...you don't have anything" is very true!  So take the best care you can.

      Best Wishes!

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    I'm taking gabapentin for peripheral neuropathy in my feet and rheumatoid arthritis. It doesn't work for nerve pain damage and I don't have any burning feeling. I also have degenerative disc disease and am not getting anything for that except the rheumatologist wanted to increase the dosage for gabapentin. I tried it but didn't like the feeling. Some people like it and others don't. I have tried milk thistle but apparently not enough and am on several different supplements but nothing yet. Rheumatology has referred me to neurosurgery to see what they think should be done so I'm waiting for an appointment with them.

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    Decided I am not going to touch gabapentin or pregabalin.

    Going to try Tumeric and Milk Thistle instead. Already started Tumeric.

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      Milk thistle is supposed to be good for the liver, look it up on Google and also ask your doctor. Chances are you will get more information from Google then from your doctor. Good luck whatever you do
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