I also suffer from Rheumatoid Arthritis and am on a lot of meds for that.I just want to know if it's worth keeping going with Gabapentin.
I am on Gabapentin 300 mls 3 times a day for sciatica. It is not helping in the slightest?
Added 30 Jan 2014:
My rheumatologist is referring me to a spine surgeon to see if he can help.I have already had steroid injections in my back which didn't make any difference either.
The gabapentin probably needs increased. It can go up to 3600mg a day. I just had mine increased and it made a world of difference. I take it for nerve pain, and I have sciatica. I recently got a shot in the trigger point that causes that and its made a bigger difference even. I used to have pain if I walked from the living room to the kitchen, and it was severe. Now I can take my dogs for a walk of several blocks before I even feel any pain in my leg, and its not as bad as it used to be.
They only helped me for the first few weeks or maybe a month then did not help anymore even with dosage increase. I have sciatica too and it can be very painful. I have done nerve blocks and steroid injections too. The only thing that helped me so far was a second round of physical therapy.
I believe that nerve pain is so intense that most meds will not really help. You have to get that pressure off of the nerve either by physical therapy or surgery. I hope that surgeon can help you. If not then maybe try Physical therapy again. The first time I did it it just made the pain worse. This last time I went to a new PT and it has helped. I still have flare ups but most of the time the pain is manageable.
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