Nerve pain... any thoughts on Gabapentin ?? Help.

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Hi everyone! I am25 years old. I have been posting a bunch about my nerve pain so I will briefly explain my sensations: burning, nerve ache especially hands and arms, bug-like internal movements consistently, pins and needles on and off, feels worst when I actually wear clothes I feel my symptoms more than when i’m wearing short sleeve and shorts. The tests that I did: mri, NCT, EMG, EEG , blood test for any type of deficiency, some neurological blood test for some protein ..all came back normal. 

My doctor wants me to try gabapentin and these are the doses ;

Gabapentin 100 mg oral capsule

1 capsule once a daily x3 days

1 capsule two time x 3 days 

1 capsule two times x 1 month ..

My question is are those doses okay? Any thought on gabapentin ? Did anyone ever have bad symptoms? Is this safe?

Please let me know before I decide on starting to take it. I appreciate it xoxo

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    Don't, please don't start taking Gabapentin....the stuff is pure posion. I've been on it for 4 years n can't kick it. My docs put me on it for the same reasons. However I didn't think to research it or ask questions, wish I had......the side effects are horrible.

    There are actual real support groups out there for people like me who are trying to get off Gabapentin.....

    All I ask is that u research, research n then research before u start taking it

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      It aided me in falling to sleep.

      Worse side effects for me is memory loss, both short n long term. I've lost so many memories.

      Another, when I wake up, I feel drugged, and hurt from head to toe.

      Here's one most people hasn't heard of n that is it makes me hungry, like non-stop hungry.....makes me want to eat all the time. When I mentioned it to my doc he said he's never heard that being a side effect n sent me to see a nutritionist.

      She immediately looked it up n side, wow ur doc is wrong for it is very much one of the bad side effects. Lol, she promptly called my doctor n informed him......

      Now it sucks because if I DON'T take them there's NO SLEEPING n I hate that.

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    Try it. It didn't help me. I feel like I've tried everything. My feet are on fire all the time. Sometimes more tolerable than others. I'm not diabetic but I have neuropathy.

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    To be honest I would stay clear of these medications if you can.  When I googled the side effects, i was really put off taking them.  Check the medication leaflet.  I have neuropathy and I manage just fine without taking anything.  Intense sunlight is the only remedy for me.

    Some people can tolerate these medications but others can’t. They can be difficult to withdraw from.

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    Hi There,

    I have had these sorts of pains for over 7 years now. It's severe burning pains in my hands mostly then feet. It's so painful that I feel I have a temperature. Sometimes it can be felt by others sometimes I just feel normal, but still burning inside. I've been to neurologists. Tried all sorts of medications. It's horrendous and life changing. Medication affects everyone differently, personally gabapentin and pregabilin gave made funny side effects like my balance was affected and if I stood I would sway from side to side not being able to keep still. What works for me where it least controls it some of the time is amitriptyline. I've been on that for years. But if I take anti biotics or I'm stressed they don't work again and I'm incapacitated with these flare ups. This last one has been 7 days. I've started to take sips of morphine but it makes me so.sick.. I've had to give up my job and just wish there was a cure. My only advice is to try the medication they recommend. You will no if its not right for you. I came of those other two very quick

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    My husband was put on Gabapentin and then later Pregabalin.  He suffered awful side effects, especially from the Pregabalin - his balance was impaired and he became forgetful and vague.  It took him quite a while to get off it, but the balance problems remains - he always walks with a stick now - and his memory is not so good.  

    I suffer from non-diabetic neuropathy and have pain and burning/cramps in my feet and have been offered Gabapentin,  but I refused it.  

    I understand that these do work for some people, but not everyone by any means and they are pretty powerful drugs.

    Please do your research and think carefully about it.


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      It came up as my name as I replied to Nicole00's post. I have tried those medications as I said it was balance and poor coordination. I've been on amitriptyline for years. Keeps the burning lower but it's still not affective against flare ups. I find stress makes the pain worse. Maybe because it's the damaged nerve endings causing it, I don't know

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      If noticed stress makes pain so much worse, I listen to healing meditation music at bed time and it helps with sleep and just feeling better mentally
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