User Reviews for Gabapentin
Also known as: Fanatrex, Gabarone, Gralise, Neurontin
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Reviews for Gabapentin to treat Pain
"I'm 53 year old male. First back surgery was when I was 30. Have had 5 lower back surgeries total. Last one was a fusion L5-S1. Big mistake. Major nerve damage and left my left leg, mostly my foot and toes numb. Have been on hydrocodone for years and years, which helped, but you build up a tolerance. My new pain doctor asked me if I had ever taken Neurontin? I advised no. He wrote me a script of 300mg up to 4 a day. It has made a major difference in pain level. I only take one hydrocodone a day and that is when I first wake up. Downside is feeling groggy and dry mouth, but I can deal with that. Big difference in my life now. Much better."
mid tenn May 12, 2015
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"Took it for Inguinal Hernia (Post-op Pain). Wow. Wow. Wow. That's all I can say. This medicine finally, finally let me have my life back. Back in Oct 2014 I was diagnosed with an inguinal hernia. It really hurt, it felt like someone was always tugging at my testicle (I know, great right?) and groin pain, and I couldn't work out, and it was terrible. Anyway, I had surgery in early Dec 2014 and I definitely felt better, but the testicle pain NEVER went away. I went to the surgeon for 3-4 follow-ups and some days the pain was better and others worse, but it never went away. Long story short, Gababentin finally took away 95-99% of the pain. I started first month on 300mg, 3x day. Now after 2 months I'm going to 600mg 3x a day. It's not perfect, but I'm getting close!"
Mbs199 (taken for 1 to 6 months) April 21, 2015
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"I am up to 400 mg Gabapentin, it is effective for my restless legs but my doctor wants to increase it to see if it will help my severe low back and sciatica pain. My right leg is dragging right now so there is a lot of inflammation involved. My side effects are severe dry mouth which is bad as I already have dental problems. I also am dizzy to the point of falling, which re injures my back and sleep anywhere, including on the toilet if I get up to use it at night. I want off this pill because I also have a nasty headache."
No nickname April 6, 2015
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"I suffer from Rheumatoid Arthritis and I've been in constant pain since my diagnosis 4 years ago. The rheumatoid arthritis medications curbed the pain, but it was still 7 on a scale of 1-10 and it was debilitating. I've been on gabapentin for just 2 weeks and the pain is now down to a 2 on a scale of 1-10. Why didn't any of my Doctors suggest this before now?"
RA Girl (taken for less than 1 month) April 2, 2015
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"I can exercise now in less pain. Make sure you get the correct dosage that you feel comfortable with. If you take too little of a dosage, you may still have pain and lose hope in the medicine. It happened to me. I ended up doubling my dosage from 300mg to 600mg a day and feel so much better. I take 300mg twice a day as needed. I was originally on 100mg a day and it did nothing for me. Most people start off with 300mg."
Lanec January 21, 2015
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"I had a 23 week gestational premature baby. I was on severe bed rest with an existing compressed disk. My L5 ripped/ruptured and leaks fluid. The surgery to get my daughter out was very invasive and they gave me a spinal tap in my C7/8. They hit a nerve big time. So I am in constant pain. My daughter is fine now. However, I too take pain medicine, which I prefer not to. Vicodin, Norco, Percocet, tramadol and now Gabapentin. Which really works! Very well. Helps the anxiety pain puts you through. Helps withdrawal from pain meds. At first it gets you loopy but your body begins to adapt. But its worth not being on a narcotic for years. "
rosey posey December 11, 2014
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"I am taking a trial of gabapentin for pain in my right shoulder caused by surgery to remove a large lipoma. I have taken it 3 weeks. I feel nauseous, have vivid dreams, and sleep more deeply than I am used to. It has helped some with the pain but I think I need to take the medicines more in the evening. Maybe get my doctor to look at when I take it. I only have the pain about 2 am when I am awoken by a stabbing aching pain where I had the surgery. If I sit up in bed or get up, the pain goes away in about 20 minutes. The problem is that I cannot sleep sitting up and, off course I can't do without sleep. When I am up and moving around (or even laying down and getting up to do work as I do in the day) it doesn't hurt. It is very frustrating."
mama bee (taken for less than 1 month) December 2, 2014
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"Greater Trochanteric Bursitis diagnosis, did Physical Therapy, cortisone injections, tight IT bands, stabbing, shooting pain from hip to ankle. Was put on Gabapentin, I only take at night due to some "drunk feeling" side effects. I can sleep most of the night. After an X-ray, two MRI's finally found out I have a full tear of the gluteus minimus in left hip and partial in right. I will continue taking til surgery and probably after as well, as I can only have one side repaired at a time. Has seemed to work wonders for me!"
Anonymous (taken for 1 to 6 months) December 1, 2014
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"This is the first medicine that dropped my back pain from 10 to a 2. I was on increasing oxycodone for years due to crushed back in accident. Had 5 herniated discs L1 - L5 which eventually developed bone spurs and arthritis. Severe radiating leg pain would cause leg numbness and some great falls in public. Surgery was recommended - I declined. 15 years later my psychiatrist prescribed it for anxiety/mood stabilizer to replace Depakote (also an anti-convulsant). 3 days later I noticed I could get by with Advil and gabapentin. Why didn't my ortho surgeon give me this? I take 900 mg/ day. Only been on it 3 weeks and I'm a different person."
Nurse40years November 29, 2014
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"I was diagnosed with neck hernia on c5/c6 with arthritis and Gabapentin (paired with Physical Therapy exercises foam roller) truly helped out. The one interesting thing about Gabapentin is that it somehow knocked out my anxiety as well. It was real nice to be able to take a medicine which left me with no side effects but also improved on another condition. I found out that taking Gabapentin with soda (I use Ginger-Ale) actually helps absorb it better than taking it with water. My dosage was 3600mg per day. It's worth mentioning that you probably shouldn't drive when you take Gabapentin. Every human is different so try it out, see what works for you. This medicine has the ability to make things appear more 'vivid' while enhancing music/sound as well."
Bosnacium October 5, 2014
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"I have a bulging disc (C4) which traps a nerve leading to severe pain in my right shoulder (at worst) and a near constant tingling and semi-numbness in my left lower arm and hand (at best). I've taken Gabapentin before and had been reluctant to try them again because of the drowsiness, fatigue and general weirdness I felt the last time, but the pain got the better of me and so I capitulated. I take 1200mg 3 times a day and so far the sharp shoulder pain has gone, however the tingling has not. Apart from having great difficulty coming to full wakefulness on a morning, I feel completely hyperactive and a little manic- not a bad thing as I'm getting a lot done!"
Anonymous (taken for less than 1 month) September 19, 2014
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"Prescribed 360mg for intense pain in feet caused by mortons neuromas and inflammation of brain. Have taken only 100mg at night. Experiencing increasing eye pain. Resolved to stop taking and seek urgent referral to neuro opthalomagist"
nimuex (taken for less than 1 month) September 18, 2014
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"I have severe sciatica in my right leg and horrible back pain due to two herniated discs, and severe spinal stenosis from an injury. I've seen 3 doctors and have tried everything out there. Today my doctor prescribed 300mg gabapentin 3 times a day, 5 hours ago I took the first one and AMAZING! I can feel the pain going away!"
Anonymous August 21, 2014
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"In mid May suffered a back injury after heavy squatting in the gym. The pain progressively became worse to the point where you couldn't stand/walk. The Dr (in a UK citizen) started me on Cocodamol and naproxen. This did not help, and I was unable to sleep for more than 2 hrs a night. I was then put on amitriptyline which did not work, as well as slow release morphine, still with no relief. Yesterday (25 Jul 2014) my Dr advised switching from amitriptyline to Gabapentin. I started on 3x300mg tablets. Last night I had my first full night sleep in 8 weeks. I cannot explain the relief I felt to wake up in the morning like a normal person again."
BigNick33 (taken for less than 1 month) July 26, 2014
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"Lumbar fusion, cervical fusion. 12 years of opiate treatment for the pain led to a large tolerance for these medicines. I'm opiate free now. I have been put on Gabapentin. I love it. For me the build up of stiffness is more of a problem than the pain is. Don't get me wrong, it hurts!, but I seize up the more I do a physical activity. I'm on day 4. The stiffness is all gone. The pain is reduced to the lumbar area only, and only a 2 or 3 on the pain scale after a full day of housework. So many good reports out here, I thought I would share...thanks."
Roy S (taken for less than 1 month) July 17, 2014
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"I had a back injury in the Marine Corp in 1989 I have had 7-9 on the pain scale for over 15 years. I have been on morphine 30mgs 6 times a day, Vicodin 10/325 for over six years oxycodone, hydrocodone, fentanyl patches 150 mg every 72 hours, almost any pain medicine you can think of. I stopped my Vicodin cold turkey after six years, If you have been on pain meds you know what withdrawal is and how painful it can be. I went right to gabapentin. Oh My God thank you for this pill it is amazing, absolutely zero withdrawal effects from the Vicodin and I was on over 300 mg a day for six years. I mean it zero withdrawal symptoms. I feel zero back pain and I mean zero. This pill is a miracle I'm on 900 mg 3 times a day."
jawbraker July 15, 2014
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"I have a ruptured disc in my back (L5,S1) with my disk touching the sciatic nerve giving me excruciating pain, and before this my doctors had me on hydrocodone, Flexeril, and naproxen. This was no relief for me, the pain literally had me in tears at work and at all times of the day. There were days I wouldn't be able to sleep because of the pain. My lovely girlfriend told me to ask my primary about this medicine and I am so happy. I was at a level 9 pain this morning and now I can be in any position I want without feeling the sciatic pain in my leg. I have absolutely zero pain now and I am very very happy! I got my life back, I am still doing the epidural steroid shot this week because I would like my disc to heal faster."
Satisfied dude (taken for less than 1 month) July 1, 2014
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"I have been dealing with thigh pain/numbness and tingles for almost two years from a pinched nerve in my thigh and lower back. Doctors always say LOSE WEIGHT! Well easier said than done. I am not that over weight. Finally met with a SMART neurologist. He said throw away the meds they had me on before which did nothing but MAKE me gain weight (Nortriptyline). He put me on Gabapentin 800mg. I was told to take half tablet three times a day unless I needed more, which I don't. It has been three days..First time in almost two years I sleep through the night because the irritation is GONE. I sleep all night like a baby, wake up refreshed, have ZERO pain in my leg. My coworkers say I am pleasant now. I have NO anxiety now as well! LOVE IT!"
Ash-Happy! June 12, 2014
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"I have been dealing with right leg pain for over 8 months, tried chiropractor, physical therapy massage, epidural shots after MRI showed narrowing of the spine where the sciatic nerve runs through. Went to specialist starting me on Gabapentin 100mg 3 times a day now. Been on it for 6 days now with one of my Zipsor 25mg every now and then not every 4 hrs like before, feeling much better so far. Still have some pain but tolerable! Love the Gapapentin, was a little drowsy first couple of days now I'm fine. My miracle -No surgery for now! "
Doodle lane1966 May 18, 2014
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"I have suffered from the pain of arthritis and disc degeneration in my lower back and neck. I also have fibromyalgia. As if that wasn't enough, I have been recently diagnosed with Bi-polar disorder. This medication has been great for me. I've only been on it for 4 days and already my pain has been greatly reduced. I haven't had to take any Percocet which is great. I have had to take a couple Tylenol. It has also really helped reduce my anxiety and depression. I really hope it keeps working. I take 300 mg about 1 PM and two 300 mg capsules at night. Side effects are minimal. I'm still a bit drowsy in the morning but it's nothing a good cup of coffee won't cure. It has been a great medication for me."
Dutch777 April 19, 2014
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"I had suffered with chronic sciatica on my right leg for four months before finding the great doctor who prescribed gabapentin to me. I've spent 3 weeks working up from 1 to 3 pills a day. Each pill is 300mg. My pain has dropped from unbearable to nothing! An MRI shows a Trevor cyst about 3/4" in diameter which is on my 5th lumbar putting pressure at the top of the sciatic nerve. I thought I'd be facing cortisone shots and eventual surgery to deal with the tricky cyst but maybe thanks to this medicine I'll be able to dodge that path of treatment. I am sleeping more soundly, I have less energy in the evening and my overall energy level seems reduced but given the trade off of being pain- free, it's worth it."
Abbyscapes (taken for less than 1 month) March 31, 2014
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"I have had ruptured discs in the middle of my back as well as two ruptured in the lower spine around the hip area. Had severe pain for years with therapy, and many medications. I have been on Norco 10/325 four to six times daily for about 5 years now and it has become very minor help now. I think I'm getting immune to to it after so many years. I started the Gabapentin and now am up to 600mg three times daily. I have some side effects such as dizziness, sweating, confusion and headaches but it is beginning to reduce the pain level to almost tolerable. I've only been on it for a couple of weeks but hope it will increase the pain management where I can reduce the Norco to once or twice a day. Thanks for the reviews above. They have helped me."
Dr. Mark (taken for less than 1 month) February 16, 2014
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"I have prolapsed disc at C7 in my neck and inoperable spinal stenosis. The pain is relentless and unbearable. I took various NSAIDS and Co-codamol at maximum dosage. The pain was still very bad. My doctor prescribed Gabapentin. I started at 300mg, 3 times a day and as this took the edge off the pain, I decided to go straight up to 900mg, 3 times a day. At this level, in conjunction with the other medicines, the pain is now generally distant to tolerable which is fantastic, although the efficacy does tend to wear off a little near the time of the next dosage. Ramping up to a high dosage so quickly definitely made me feel a bit tripy, as well as paranoid, irritable and aggressive but this has, thankfully, subsided over time."
heartdrive January 4, 2014
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"Reduces sciatic pain down my legs very well. Also loosens up some of the stiffness. Not very effective for the pain in my lower back at the curve of the spine. Easy to use with no side effects for me except sometimes drowsiness."
margaret_mary (taken for 2 to 5 years) December 22, 2013
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