Hello, like so many of us, I struggle with the mixed bag of Bi-Polar, swinging from anxious mania to arrogant meanie mania, down to "Let's listen to some early 2000's Emo" and cry, or worse, lie about on the sofa/bed/floor for days just staring and not even having motivation for anything "drastic". It comes with crippling panic attacks, anger issues, and I wonder if not also delusions. To boot, I have pretty nasty arthritis and nerve pain. I've taken Xanax XR and Lamictal for years, and it "manages" my symptoms so I can keep a job, but not so much as that I'm happy or even sure I'm capable of it. Recently, my Rheumatologist prescribed Gabapentin for said nerve pain, and since taking, I've been noticing it I feel genuinely calm, mind slowed to.comfortable, temper quelled, nicer... and few if any full blown panic attacks. Has anyone else tried this combination? Given the effects of this these medications in conjunction on GABA receptors and the general nervous system these effects make sense, but I've found little literature of their being used in conjunction for this unintended indication.
ValeriaJohnson; Yes infact used quite ofter; The Gabapentin for most it either works or does not for this reason.But it sure got me through the worst of the nerve pain when i crushed my leg moving cars.Just remember continue on it as long as its working for your condition its common but many people think im feeling so good and stop the medications that are making them feel so good. Or sometimes they may have to adjust the dose so keep in touch with your doctor if you have any problems.Have a great day Chuck1957
What a wonderful outcome. :-) I've been enjoying my Tramadol withdrawal (a serotonin norepinephrine antagonist) and my mind is focused and clear (the headache is a nuisance). I've been able to do meaningful work, I have a memory; I'm amazed.
A serendipitous discovery like yours. :-)
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