Yes, Ive been taking Gabapentin 2700mg a day for my fibromyalgia pain. It has been very good in curbing my pain. There are others who will tell you Cymbalta works better for their fibro pain. Its really a matter of what you feel works best for you. Talk it out with your doctor and weigh the side effects as to what you want to try. You will possibly have to adjust your dosage to see what will help you the most. Some take low doses of Gabapentin, others like me respond better to a higher dose. You can check on here to find out about both drugs. Get the info you need to make an informed decision. Best of luck to you!
I must agree with both of my friends, Tee and Pickles. It really is a matter of opinion as to what works on you or what works best on another person. I've found some relief in Gabapentin @ 1800mgs.
The maximum dose is 3600, but it truly depends upon your body chemistry as to what will work best for you. I hope you get relief from both of these medications, fibro pain can be excruciating indeed. I also have Neuropathy, which gabapentin puts small dent in the pain. (Neuropathy is a stinging, stabbing, burning sensation that never stops, it's hellish indeed! But I try wholeheartedly to keep my sense of humor about this hellish pain!)
I wish you all the best and hope you get relief from these meds,
I just wanted to point out that according to the FDA, Cymbalta isn't as successful in treating pain as was first reported. For some people it seems to work very well but many experience rebound pain but it usually happens very early in treatment so they can transition to another med.
Hello, I'm new to this site and I like the information given. I also take 2700 mg of gabapentin daily. It's helped a lot with the pain but has not taken it away by any means. I used to take cymbalta but had to stop due to gastric side affects before I felt any relief. A side affect of the gab for me is that I have trouble remembering things now. I also mix up and slur words from time to time. Definitely talk to your dic about any other potential side affects. I personally am ok with a little bit of Swiss cheese brain if my pain is bearable.
Both the Cymbalta & Gabapentin help with Fibro pain.
As others have stated it really depends on how your body responds to the different drugs. The Gabapentin does help more with Nerve pain.
The Cymbalta works as a general pain reliever from Fibro pain plus it also is a.good anti depressant. You will find & hear some horror stories from various people. But as I said both drugs work well as pain relievers for Fibro. I do suggest that if you & your Dr. decide to try the Cymbalta that you ask your Dr. for samples of this med.
Most Drs. have alot of samples off this drug as the mfgr. gives the Drs. short of samples. As Cymbalta is fairly expensive & usually if you are going to have side effects to this med you will have some of them show up inn the first 4 weeks of treatment.
I currently take Gabapentin & Cymbalta together & also an Opioid pain medication. I take the Gabapentin for my diabetic neuropathy & the Cymbalta for overall pain & as an anti depressant.
I have Alot of various medical conditions so in my case I needed additional drug treatments than alot of others.
Every Person reacts differently to medications.
As far as a TENS machine goes it is a small device that have stocky pads that have chords that attach to the unit that sends electrical simulation to the area the pads are placed on. You then have control of the amount of electrical output.
TENS machines Do Not undo knots but the purpose of the units are to block the pain receptors so you do not feel the pain in the area that you place the pads. I have had a unit for about 10 yrs & when my pain is intense in a couple main areas I connect the machine up.
Let me know if you have any questions & best of luck I hope you find some pain relief soon, Kathy
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