I was in a head on car collision and almost lost my foot doc gave me gabbapentin (neurotin) for nerve and pain dammage will this work
Hi, gabapentin is used widely as a pain reliever, and especially when treating nerve pain. It works well with post operative pain and when nerves have been severed. Also it works very well with pain associated with spinal cord injury. So the research info' looks pretty good. The only way you will really know if it works for you is to give it a go. It certainly seems a good drug to try.
Neurontin-gapapentin has been extremely helpful to me. I have/had a severed nerve in my chest that set off RSD. I lost control of my right hand, 2 fingers turned black and flopped, my hand and the middle finger were turning black. I had other pain therapy that worked for me. Then I spent hours swimming and playing in water; and then I drove home-over 300 miles. The pain came back-big time. Again I couldn't sleep and it hurt to move my arm-I couldn't hold a fork or write. My PCP immediately sent me to a pain clinic. They gave me gabapentin to help until they could re-do the therapy. It removed most of the pain, and I got use of my hand/arm again, so I didn't go through the other therapy. Later I gradually stopped using it and did good. My chest got hurt about 3 years later, and I returned to the pain clinic, where I started it again. Then again I gradually reduced it. I was injured in 1992. I've used gabapentin 3 times for pain control. I'm not using it now.
With your injuries, I would really take gabapentin all of the time. My only complaint was that I began feeling like I was floating, so the doctor reduced the dosage. I drove okay, got good grades, held a part time job. I even welded and did metal art work while using gabapetin, besides using power saws, etc. in the class. I have a really bad stomach-IBS-it didn't bother my stomach at all. Some people say that it can cause some anxiety and/or depression. I didn't have that problem at all-if you do-talk to your doctor before it becomes a big problem. I'm even allergic to the current cough syrup-it causes hallucinations. Good luck-get back to me how things go for you.
I found it not very helpful with my nerve pain, and it caused problems with word retrieval. It was like the word was on the tip of my tongue but I just could not say it! I later tried Cymbalta - it definitely helped, then added Lyrica which helped a great deal. There have been many side effects with Lyrica though, most especially hand and leg swelling. All told, Lyrica is about 10 times better than Neurontin. If it helps you, go for it, if not, don't give up yet. Try Cymbalta, Lyrica or the newest one, Savella. My pharmacist has advised me that it is best to only be on one at a time. She says that each of these medications scramble the nerve signals in the brain, causing confusion. The brain doesn't know what to do with it, so it stores them in the fat cells in the body. She said each of these medications can cause more neuropathy, and mine has definitely increased in the past 8 years or so that I've been on the Neurontin, then Cymbalta and Lyrica.
I am also taking this medication for nerve damage that apparently came from levofloxin. The medication does appear to help if you use it consistently, but it appears to make me really tired and drawn out. I have a difficult time staying awake at work all day. And when I come in, I normally go directly to sleep. Does this affect anyone else in this way?
- Neurontin Information for Consumers
- Neurontin Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Neurontin (detailed)
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