In theory , if there is nerve involvement besides the structural damage to the spine, it should help the "nerve" only pain.
A doctor will determine if your pain is neurological or musculoskeletal-skeletal and hopefully, prescribe the appropriate meds.
I had the following big problems with Gabapentin: it didn't work and the doc kept increasing dose but my thinking slowly became distorted. I noticed I was becoming impulsive which can be dangerous because it changes your decision-making abilities. I also gained weight and then started dieting but weight was harder to lose.
Other people have good results... so you just have to monitor. I would advise you to keep a daily symptom diary so you have your own words to guide you when being asked if it's working.
Lyrica... same response.
Doctors really want these Meds to work because they are not controlled (Lyrica is but not at same level as the opioids ).
If they are NOT working, be firm in your answer so you don't suffer needlessly.
I'm not advocating opioids but to provide all options and suggestions on how to deal with your pain.
The longer you have pain, the harder it is to get back to your baseline.
Patients and their families NEED to be your own advocate in pain management .
It really is helpful to do a pain/symptom daily diary. You can download them from the Internet or even better, an app that makes it easier to monitor.
- Gabapentin Information for Consumers
- Gabapentin Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Gabapentin (detailed)
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