i was in a car accident 2 weeks ago and my doc put me on this and im seeing a chriopracter 3 times a week for the next 6-8weeks and im scared to try this medicine because no pain med has ever helped me before and plus she said it was also used for bipolar and depression and i have all that and i just dont see how it all can mix together
10 Apr 2012
You will hear from more people about this medicine, but yes it is prescribed for pain and can work. I took it myself for chronic lower back pain. It is prescribed for other things, but there are alot of medications that are prescribed for more than just one purpose. I know how you feel though. I thought the same thing. But it actually helped. Don't be afraid to take it, if your doctor prescribed it. Worse case scenerio it doesn't work, you can tell him and take something else. I wish the very best for you though. And hope it works for you. My best wishes to you, Ruth
10 Apr 2012
Hi timmysmom, I can trace my fibro back to really kicking in after a car accident about 25 years ago at 39 years of age. I had really bad whiplash, at that age I didn't take it very seriously. I did the chiropractor treatments and felt ok after a few months, But over time the pain came back and got progressively worse, head, neck back. I don't mean to scare you but I believe if I had to do it all over I would have taken care of the pain early on before the pain/brain chemical cycle started and threw my whole stress/brain/pain balance off. Now I am in constant pain and hope you can treat it now and eliminate further pain and suffering. My chiropractor told me that the body needs relief from pain or it sets up a vicious cycle over time. best wishes, mindy
10 Apr 2012
Neurontin is usually prescribed for nerve related pain and yes, it also has some other uses as well. Not sure what you mean by "i have all that and i just dont see how it all can mix together."
From the little I know about it the ceiling is fairly high so there's a lot of room for adjusting as far as the dose is concerned. I would say it's worth a try as your injuries suggest nerve related pain.
10 Apr 2012
I take 4 600mg tab's a day for one totally screwed up C-1 to C-2 vertabra fusion & one that went like it was supposed to,but between the 2 I'm in constant pain,or would be without a good doctor & a medication that works,the Gabapentin(Generic Neurontin) seem to help with no depression what so-ever. You might find some on this others that HAVE had that side-effect & that's what's nice about this site is you get a wide verity of people with some the same probs. your having,with 1000's (I'd assume?) that can help someone else. Back to the Gabapentin,the only side effect I've ever noticed & was told by my doc in high doses it does cause sedation. As long as I've been on it sorry thats all I can speak on about it besides I've never had any bad or any problems in general. Hope this helps & good luck. J
10 Apr 2012
hi timmymoms,when i took it my doc said that it worked well the other meds i was on. If you mean i have all of that i'm assuming you mean meds for those conditions?to be honest with you its gonna help with your pain. its not some opiate that is gonna kill pain totally. but with the right combo of meds it may make your pain tolerable.Most doctors start with the non narcotic first as they taught.give the meds a try the combo wont hurt you or your doctor wouldn't have perscribed them for you... pete
11 Apr 2012
I have had severe back pain for the last two years. My doctor has tried me on almost every pain medication there is.
Neurontin had an excellent effect on me. The only problem was I experienced extreme weight gain and it was water weight around my feet,legs,and ankles so I had to stop taking it. I was devastated because it works so well for me. I have read a lot of these posts and many people have found good relief using neurontin. If I were you I would give it a try. Good luck I hope it helps you. If you experience negative side effects like weight gain or any of the other things on the package alert make sure you tell your doctor
11 Apr 2012
Your Dr. probably doesn't want to give you a narcotic unless they have to. I have curvature of the spine, and Neurontin works for me. I was really surprised. Were all different. If Neurontin hasn't helped in 2 weeks though, I wonder if it's the right med for you. As far as it helping with bipolar and depression, as bipolars we need all the help we can get. timmysmom11, you need to talk to your Dr.. You've had the pain long enough. God bless you, and I pray you find the right med. A dozen roses, Anna
11 Apr 2012
Neurontin is a seizure drug that helps with nerve pain as an off label use. My hubby takes 1200 mg a day & he has way more wrong with him than any one I have known. It does help him cope with his pain, but doesn't take it away. I have taken it, & it doesn't help me at all. Everyone is differnet & will react differently to every med, so try it & if it doesn't help let your doctor know. As Buddy, I believe said, they start you at a low dose of about 300mg & work upwards to a level that may seem to help. Don't expect miracles, but maybe some relief. I wish you well. I will give you the link below to read about this drug... Mary
25 Apr 2012
I have severe neck and back problems that I just had a major neck surgery for . If I was not relying on chiropractors and meds, I don't think it would have got to this degree. I have several friends that use it for headaches and it works. I dont know about chiropractors Ive had problems if you have insurance I would get a back Dr. And get MRI's.
3 May 2015
I was prescribed Neurotin over a month ago... i thought it wasn't working, so i went down (without drs concent) from 600 mg 3 xs a day to 600mg 2xs a day. But finally after a month, its working great! I feel a bit of relief, and it seems to help put you in a better more positive mood.. I've never been depressed, but it seems like there is a change. I've been on every pain med. And I am taking 3 opiods with it... but it finally helped after 4.5 weeks... so @ least give it 4 to 6 weeks. Everyone is different. A lot of ppl don't give it time to work (like i have w non opiods in the past), because they are so use to opiods working quickly, so they dont give meds like this time, and tell the doctors "they just don't work".
The only side effects are a strong urinary smell, just like when you take vitamins. I need to ask my doctor about this and make sure its nothing else (when i see them this week). Please give it time... and dont give up yet. I have damaged disc: c6 c7 s1 L3 L4 L5, scoliosis, facet joint issues, a lot of arthritic pain, in addition to all of my bulging and herniated disc.
I have a lot of pain... the doctor said i would be in a wheelchair this year, but i blv neurotin will be helping to change this around... im hopefully crossing my fingers that it continues this way. Good luck to all. Don't give up! Pain can ruin lives, keep positive!
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