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Fifteen months ago I posted " Gabapentin Withdrawal Horror".
Gabapentin caused serious fluid retention (I lost 30 pounds in one month after discontinuing the drug), memory problems, lethargy and spontaneous jerking of my legs. I wondered at times if gabapentin was making my chronic pain worse.
Cut to the chase, and the last three months have been hell since discontinuing gabapentin in July 2016.
Terrible, miserable nerve pain in my legs and feet. Horrible burning pain. To be clear, I have normal blood sugar levels and am not diabetic. My eyes were painful and constantly irritated and red. I had a tough time sleeping. Some nights I would get three hours of sleep if I was lucky. The sleep was disturbed by waking up due to pain 6-7 times a night.
It had gotten to the point where I had constant internal nerve shaking and non-stop nerve firing. At first it was in my legs, but ended up in my torso and arms. In other words, the only place that didn't seem to be shaking was my head. This must be systemic!
My only medication was Percocet 5 mg up to two times a day. Not all that much. I stopped taking it about a month ago and the burning pain and shaking has decreased.
The reason for the update is to encourage other patients to review all their medications with their physician and understand that even small doses of medication could be causing problems. I did not think this small amount of opioid could cause this much misery.
I am now wondering if gabapentin caused a number of issues, but may have been masking the shaking and the burning pain caused by the opiate. The burning and shaking began the day I took my last dose of gabapentin in July 2016. I still don't trust gabapentin, but now I don't trust small doses of opiates. I have enough pain from my injury and the three subsequent surgeries, but I would rather try to go without prescription medications that have caused far more harm than good.
Good luck to everyone and hope you are doing alright.
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