Have some nerve damage in fingers from being cut to the bone and nerve damage in foot from multiple surgeries to my foot/heel. The nerve damage causes tingling in my fingers and foot and sometimes I suffer from not only the tingling but pain, stiffness, and just kind of a weird heavy like feeling in the same area. Have heard about Gabapentin as a medicine that helps with nerve pain but I was wondering what kind of nerve pain and if it would help with what I have going on? I also suffer from restless leg syndrome from time to time and I've read it can help with that as well. I've never been actually diagnosed with restless leg syndrome but from what I've read of the symptoms, it sounds about right. Like bugs in my legs, heavy and achy, and the feeling that I need to get up and walk. Also my boyfriend suffers from awful back pain and I was curious as to if Gabapentin could be helpful for him as well and if it's something both if us should discuss with our Dr's?
5 Dec 2013
Yes, its used allot for nerve pain. Many of us take it. It has a high dosing range, so we start out low and work up until it helps. Yes, I do believe its worth talking to your dr about. I was on lyrica first, and it had too many side effects for me, plus being very expensive. Gabapentin is really cheap.
6 Dec 2013
As Kaismama said, it's very good for nerve pain. I've been on it myself for several years now. I have neuropathy, RLS, and other things I take it for. Lyrica caused too many weird side effects for me. Gabapentin is very adjustable to anyone's needs. I wish you luck.
6 Dec 2013
It was exactly the opposite with me. I had a rough time with Gabapentin with word memory retrieval - the word would be on the tip of my tongue and I just could not say it. It was SO frustrating! Lyrica works much better for me. And yes, these nerve pain meds do help. They don't take it away, but they calm it down some. There are 2 others in this class: Cymbalta (also used for depression) and Savella I believe. But Gabapentin would be the cheapest as it is the oldest and a generic. Best wishes - EJ23
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