i was in a car accident 2 weeks ago and my doc put me on this and im seeing a chriopracter 3 times a week for the next 6-8weeks and im scared to try this medicine because no pain med has ever helped me before and plus she said it was also used for bipolar and depression and i have all that and i just dont see how it all can mix together
You will hear from more people about this medicine, but yes it is prescribed for pain and can work. I took it myself for chronic lower back pain. It is prescribed for other things, but there are alot of medications that are prescribed for more than just one purpose. I know how you feel though. I thought the same thing. But it actually helped. Don't be afraid to take it, if your doctor prescribed it. Worse case scenerio it doesn't work, you can tell him and take something else. I wish the very best for you though. And hope it works for you. My best wishes to you, Ruth
Hi timmysmom, I can trace my fibro back to really kicking in after a car accident about 25 years ago at 39 years of age. I had really bad whiplash, at that age I didn't take it very seriously. I did the chiropractor treatments and felt ok after a few months, But over time the pain came back and got progressively worse, head, neck back. I don't mean to scare you but I believe if I had to do it all over I would have taken care of the pain early on before the pain/brain chemical cycle started and threw my whole stress/brain/pain balance off. Now I am in constant pain and hope you can treat it now and eliminate further pain and suffering. My chiropractor told me that the body needs relief from pain or it sets up a vicious cycle over time. best wishes, mindy
Neurontin is usually prescribed for nerve related pain and yes, it also has some other uses as well. Not sure what you mean by "i have all that and i just dont see how it all can mix together."
From the little I know about it the ceiling is fairly high so there's a lot of room for adjusting as far as the dose is concerned. I would say it's worth a try as your injuries suggest nerve related pain.
I take 4 600mg tab's a day for one totally screwed up C-1 to C-2 vertabra fusion & one that went like it was supposed to,but between the 2 I'm in constant pain,or would be without a good doctor & a medication that works,the Gabapentin(Generic Neurontin) seem to help with no depression what so-ever. You might find some on this others that HAVE had that side-effect & that's what's nice about this site is you get a wide verity of people with some the same probs. your having,with 1000's (I'd assume?) that can help someone else. Back to the Gabapentin,the only side effect I've ever noticed & was told by my doc in high doses it does cause sedation. As long as I've been on it sorry thats all I can speak on about it besides I've never had any bad or any problems in general. Hope this helps & good luck. J
hi timmymoms,when i took it my doc said that it worked well the other meds i was on. If you mean i have all of that i'm assuming you mean meds for those conditions?to be honest with you its gonna help with your pain. its not some opiate that is gonna kill pain totally. but with the right combo of meds it may make your pain tolerable.Most doctors start with the non narcotic first as they taught.give the meds a try the combo wont hurt you or your doctor wouldn't have perscribed them for you... pete
I have had severe back pain for the last two years. My doctor has tried me on almost every pain medication there is.
Neurontin had an excellent effect on me. The only problem was I experienced extreme weight gain and it was water weight around my feet,legs,and ankles so I had to stop taking it. I was devastated because it works so well for me. I have read a lot of these posts and many people have found good relief using neurontin. If I were you I would give it a try. Good luck I hope it helps you. If you experience negative side effects like weight gain or any of the other things on the package alert make sure you tell your doctor
Your Dr. probably doesn't want to give you a narcotic unless they have to. I have curvature of the spine, and Neurontin works for me. I was really surprised. Were all different. If Neurontin hasn't helped in 2 weeks though, I wonder if it's the right med for you. As far as it helping with bipolar and depression, as bipolars we need all the help we can get. timmysmom11, you need to talk to your Dr.. You've had the pain long enough. God bless you, and I pray you find the right med. A dozen roses, Anna
Neurontin is a seizure drug that helps with nerve pain as an off label use. My hubby takes 1200 mg a day & he has way more wrong with him than any one I have known. It does help him cope with his pain, but doesn't take it away. I have taken it, & it doesn't help me at all. Everyone is differnet & will react differently to every med, so try it & if it doesn't help let your doctor know. As Buddy, I believe said, they start you at a low dose of about 300mg & work upwards to a level that may seem to help. Don't expect miracles, but maybe some relief. I wish you well. I will give you the link below to read about this drug... Mary
I have severe neck and back problems that I just had a major neck surgery for . If I was not relying on chiropractors and meds, I don't think it would have got to this degree. I have several friends that use it for headaches and it works. I dont know about chiropractors Ive had problems if you have insurance I would get a back Dr. And get MRI's.
I hate when they mix up meds and label them for every illness. I don't like nerve pain meds bc they can be used for a million other things. Good luck to you, but you start feeling depressed or anxious call your doc.
I was prescribed Neurotin over a month ago... i thought it wasn't working, so i went down (without drs concent) from 600 mg 3 xs a day to 600mg 2xs a day. But finally after a month, its working great! I feel a bit of relief, and it seems to help put you in a better more positive mood.. I've never been depressed, but it seems like there is a change. I've been on every pain med. And I am taking 3 opiods with it... but it finally helped after 4.5 weeks... so @ least give it 4 to 6 weeks. Everyone is different. A lot of ppl don't give it time to work (like i have w non opiods in the past), because they are so use to opiods working quickly, so they dont give meds like this time, and tell the doctors "they just don't work".
The only side effects are a strong urinary smell, just like when you take vitamins. I need to ask my doctor about this and make sure its nothing else (when i see them this week). Please give it time... and dont give up yet. I have damaged disc: c6 c7 s1 L3 L4 L5, scoliosis, facet joint issues, a lot of arthritic pain, in addition to all of my bulging and herniated disc.
I have a lot of pain... the doctor said i would be in a wheelchair this year, but i blv neurotin will be helping to change this around... im hopefully crossing my fingers that it continues this way. Good luck to all. Don't give up! Pain can ruin lives, keep positive!
I have taken Neurontin for 3 years now. And it doesn't help me with the pain 2 much, but it does take the edge off of it so I figure that's pretty worth it. But hey everybody's different. Good luck!!
I have been on Neurontin (Gabapentin) for the last four years. Nothing was working for back pain before then. Doc started me on low doses (100mg x 3 daily). It takes time to get into your system & do the job it's intended to do. Don't be in a rush to see if it's going to work. Believe me, I KNOW what PAIN is! Neck pain down my back, and then more pain & electrical lightening bolts in my back & thighs. Add fibromyalgia to the mix... Gabapentin WORKS! Though granted, after four years, I've upped the dosing to 600mg/twice daily. True, there are side affects to everything we take into our bodies. Everyone is different. It comes down to how bad is your pain, and if you want to give a go; AFTER hearing the good & bad about the medicine. I ALWAYS go to the LORD, to ask Him after I've made my decision. When I'm in tune with the spirit, the LORD will have the final answer.
Sorry about your accident.
I don't feel comfortable addressing your comment about bipolar or depression.
I DO know that neuropathic pain is better treated as soon as possible to prevent it from becoming chronic.
Gabapentin is a good drug. Many people don't find it effective (me included) but we may have a mixture of different types of pain.
Spend your time now being aggressive in getting treatment. Max # of chiropractor treatments, start gabapentin and anything else recommended whether it's hot or cold packs, anti-inflammatories, etc.
The trick is to treat it before it becomes chronic ! Very important. If treatment is not working call your doctor before next appointment. Make a pest of yourself if you have to because you don't want any regrets down the road.
I have degenerative disk disease, and a compression fracture in my spine. I have recently had an increase in pain from the two of them. I am in a profession where I cannot take opiods and I have to have a very clear mind at all times. My mother-in-law asked me to try this and I went to a pain doctor (for the first time). He was happy to find someone who did NOT want opiods. I am on a few heart medications so I was pleased that the Gabapentin would not interfere. I have been on this medication for about two months and have about 75% reduction in pain. The first 2 days I was drowsy. After that, no problems. Highly recommend this medication to see if it works for you. I only use 1200 MG per day.
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