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Hi! I've been taking Gabapentin for apprx. 15 years. I have been taking 3600 mg. for many, many years and decided to withdraw from it after my husband mentioned that I never had this disability until after taking Gabapentin and I did some research. I was surprised to find that some people had the same problem, and decided to go off of it. At first I went off cold and that was a big mistake! I began taking 900 mg. at first, and decided to go up to 1200 mg. I am still having problems but so far they have been bearable--tho not pleasant. I have fibromyalgia and bad back pain. I have not had any problems with the fibromyalgia but am having many problems with my back. Tomorrow I am beginning to get cortisone injections in my lower back. I was told by the pain specialist that if my low back was a hip they would do a hip replacement. It was depressing to hear that news. When my family dr. began reducing the Gabapentin at my request I was already down to close to half of 3600 mg. of this drug. I have been prescribed 600 mg. 3x daily for 3 weeks and then 300 mg. 3x daily for 3 weeks. From the articles that I have read this is far too fast of a reduction! I will try to work my way thru the withdrawls, but I know that the reduction should be done at 100 mg. intervals. I am holding my neck straighter. I was getting 3 vials of Botox in my neck every 3 months as well, but quit over a year ago. I am sleeping too much, headaches, dizziness, terrible back pain, and memory loss. I take flexeril and valium at night before bed if I need it. What I really want to say is please listen to your own bodies and intuition, as drs. and pharmacists don't know everything, or say nothing! I am also taking morphine for pain, but eventually I want to be drug free. I am also doing my own research. Please do the same, and it may prevent you from being in the position I'm in! Thanks for listening..
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