... I have been taking Gabapentin/Neurontin for about 5 months for a pinched nerve in my neck, I had surgery last month and was told that continuing to take Gabapentin afterwards for pain (which isn't as severe now) would 'help' the nerves to heal over time. Has anyone heard this before?
I think its FDA approval is still just for being an anti-epileptic drug and for postherpetic neuralgia. Many drugs get used for other areas than FDA approval. When that happens, there might not be trials to back it up, or official results and uses on paper. From personal experience, I do know it helped my nerve pain. I couldn't have made it without it. I think when a person has bad enough cervical nerve pain, neurontin/gabapentin would be better to try than being on opiates, which will change your quality of life much more and put you at risk for dependency. If neurontin/gabapentin can reduce pain, it will theoretically allow a faster healing process. It might prevent more risky invasive injections in the cervical area. As with many drugs, one might benefit, the next may not. One person might get side effects, another none. There are other options your doc or pain mgmt doc can try. e.g.
carbamazepine/tegretol, lydocaine patches, etc. Always learn about potential side effects and interactions for every drug! The squeaky wheel gets the grease.
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