... and will drinking a couple of beer's efect the gabapentin. thanks Sue
Gabapentin is a good pain medicine for the shingles and don't believe that a couple of beers will adversely effect it. On the other hand, drinking while taking oxycodone is not recommended. As far as whether hydrocodone is just as good as oxycodone, in terms of strength the oxycodone is a stronger, more powerful opiate than the hydrocodone. So most people get more pain relief from the oxycodone than the hydrocodone.
Actually, there is a vaccination for Shingles that you can get at your Doctor's Office. My Mom had it twice - both times I was overseas in Desert Storm and Afghanistan years later - but there is a shot that people over 65 can take so they don't get them or don't get them that bad. I had her get the shot and so far, so good. I am soon to be 55 and I am going to ask my doctor if I can get the shot and see what he says. Don't need shingles on top of everything else. I suffer from sciatic nerve pain and it it wasn't for the elavil, neurontin, and celebrex I take, I would not make it. The pain is incredible and nothing compares to it. It is never going away for me, so I take 3200mg of gabapentin a day and even now, I have a flare up of sciatic nerve pain and it doesn't make all the pain go away nor does it take it all away when I don't have flareups, I can just tolerate it better with the medication.
The medications that you take for pain, like elevil to build up your tolerance to chronic pain, is also an anti-depressant and gives you dry mouth, which causes more problems with my teeth. The other problem I have is that with taking the gabapentin you may have more tooth problems because if the nerve hurts and you are taking nerve pain medications, you may not notice until it is really bad and have a serious problem. I had half a root canal done while I was in Afghanistan because they didn't have the right tools and would normally just pull it, and I had gone to the dentist about other teeth that turned out fine, but he said I had this big hole in my tooth and we had to spend an afternoon together. Complicated to say the least, had to get it done when I got home on leave, but had a temp crown on it for about 6 months and had to be careful. I was at the dentist yesterday and he filled in decay at the gum line of my front bottom teeth cause of the dry mouth. I go get my teeth cleaned every 3 months to make sure that I don't have real serious problems and it helps, but I pay for two of the visits out of pocket, but it is more than worth it. I have also had teeth break off and have 4 of them that are being pulled next week, if I can get off my coumadin for them to do the oral surgery. Whew, yeah it's a lot I know, but my military service caused me all kinds of problems. For pain, maybe tramadol with two advil is what I had to take after my second back surgery, so maybe that would help. Check with your doctor about it and see what he/she says. Mine told me to take it, so... Hope this helps. I feel your pain, I really, really, really do and sciatic nerve pain down both legs and down my arms just makes the pain brutal and eventually, I will have to move on and try something different like stem cells if they would approve it at the FDA??? Not in my lifetime I am sure. Good luck to all. Take care, lambda5555m
Have any of you tried biofeedback. Be forwarned it takes at least 10 sessions. Like most learning you learn it then firget it then relearn it and have it to keep. DON'T give up. There is a solution and someone will share it with you if you ask the right person. You just need to keep asking. Prayers for you all. Merri
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