My neurologist prescribed 50 mg per day for some mild nerve pain. It seems like a pretty heavy duty drug with a ton of bad side effects so I'm not sure the cure wouldn't be worse than the disease, so to speak. I sure wouldn't mind the weight loss side effect, though!
Did your doc talk to you about Gabapentin / Neurontin? It is also used for nerve pain but also has side effects. I haven't taken Topamax but am going to ask my doc about it for migraines and the weight loss potential.
My daughter has used this medicine for a year she has extreme necmver damage in her foot she is a police officer and was ran over directing traffic and went through 5 surgeries and this medicine has worked great for her it really helped the pain and during her 5 surgeries she gained alot of weight because she couldn't walk she gained up to 217 and she only weight 135 when the accident happened so this did help her loose weight she is down to 168 now but she will have a nerve damage in her foot the rest of her life and,her foot will be permanent but this medicine has helped her so much she takes a large dose Dailey but she did get to keep her foot
Hi all. I'm new here. I just started 25-50mg /day of topamax 3 weeks ago for nerve pain, a bulging disc in my lower back, and pinched nerve in my neck. I had really bad reactions to gabapentin (almost fell down the stairs - vertigo, asthma attacks, etc), tramadol (closed my throat - er trip), and lyrica.(nightmares so bad i hurt worse, tremors, and something else i can't remember... ) So far I really like the topamax, but my hair is falling out!!! I just started taking biotin to hopefully help.. I also take a cranberry pill to prevent UTI's. I could really use the weightloss side effect as I gained weight since I got hurt in Feb and the docs tell me if I lose the weight it might help the pain. They discharged me from PT b/c I wasn't getting better, but the topamax gives me energy and spreads my pain out/lessens it... it has also reduced my weather related migraines which is a nice bonus. I just wish my hair wasn't falling out!!! Any tips on that?
Hi, I have been on Cymbalta 120mg for both severe depression and residual nerve pain from herniated discs at C3-4 and C6-7. I had an ACDF laminectomy in 10/2015 for a large herniated disc at C5-6. After surgery we weren't sure if the nerve pain that I was experiencing ( right arm numb, tingly, achey down through the hand and 5th and 4th fingers. Lot's of PT and different meds tried such as Gabapentin, Baclofen and a few others. I also have a movement disorder which involves my face and neck (dystonia) but since surgery those symptoms have improved. My neurologist suggested Topamax again for migraine and dystonia, I tried this years ago with good results but not great side effects. Well, I got really tired of the brain fog, acidic stomach, loss of words and the "Topa-Tingles" in my non affected extremities.
It's been a week since I stopped taking 100mg and apparently it must have done something for nerve pain as my right arm is now symptomatic again. I was recently in an auto accident but all imaging came back normal. Fusion appeared fine, so I'm curious is this just the perfect storm of all those things culminating? Whiplash from car accident, additional herniated discs that haven't changed and elimination of Topamax from daily routine.
Thoughts or advice appreciated!
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