The literature I have read does not mention gabapentin as beneficial for relieving pain and numbness in thumb and fingers associated with carpal syndrome. I need relief for this pain. What should I take that targets the problem directly?
Probably an NSAID would help better. Motrin, Aleve, or a prescribed one. Gabapentin is for nerve pain. Some docs have decided its for all pain. With carpal tunnel you have an actual impingement of the nerves and I don't see it doing much for that. I take it for fibro pain and it works well for that.
Was this already prescribed for you? Just curious as the "what should I take" portion of your post is best reserved for a consult with your Dr. I say this because anytime pain meds are the topic, you will have a much better chance of getting effective pain management if you do not go in with suggestions for specific meds, as today's climate of abuse is so high, many Drs are being intimidated by the DEA not to write prescriptions, even to reduce and stop altogether, regardless of need.
So, anyway, that's my 2-cents of advice as you research.
Thanks for your responses. My doctor prescribed gabapentin for my carpal tunnel syndrome to relieve pain and numbness. It has not been helpful. She has previously prescribed drugs that were not appropriate, which leads me to believe that she could be afraid to prescribe what will work, or she is in the pocket of a drug company sales rep. At any rate, I am not getting what I need to stop the pain and numbness from my condition. I have not seen a neurosurgeon yet, but hope to do so within the next few weeks. It seems to take so long to get remedies done, or help for real pain. I would like to be able to know what to ask for the next time I see a doctor.
Gabapentin does not relieve any of my pain. It does make me terribly dizzy,
though. If I were you, I'd find another doctor, and quickly. Ask your friends
if they have a good doctor and research him on the Internet, then make up
your mind as to which one is good for you. I take Gabapentin for an auto-immune disease called Prurigo Nodularis and I have found a great dermatologist who knows about my ailment and has helped me for the past
several months. Look up Carpal Tunnel Syndrome on the Internet - see
what is prescribed? Are you sure you have carpal tunnel syn.? perhaps you have arthritis. You really need to choose another doctor to get a work up for this pain you have. If you have carpal tunnel - there are wrist bands *black*
which you put around your wrist and tighten it to a comfortable fit and it
has a velcro band for closing. I hope you find out soon what you have
and get better soon. Blessings to you. Trish
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