The pain only occurs when sitting. Does anyone have experience taking this drug for sciatica pain?
I tried this drug (and some other similar ones) for sciatica in my left leg, none helped at all. Eventually, I had lumbar fusion surgery (2 surgeries over 3 days). Now, I'm going to have stem cell therapy.
Gabapentin can help with nerve pain. Sciatica is not a problem with the nerve. It is an irritation to the nerve.
yes it does work
To be honest with you the pain will never go away but the gabapentin does eliminate some of the pain making more manageable trust me I take 900mg 3time a day one u start it and ever run out or choose not to take because of the side effects u will see the difference trust me
At 34 I've dealt with a lot of Heath issues/pain. Sciatica nerve pain is horrible, I feel for you all. This can be hell, I just started this medication again, and intend on trying to soldier through the side effects this time, as it's bilateral sciatica now. I hope you're all better and hopefully this helps me too for the meantime. I know back/neck/shoulder (not sure what they'll want to do exactly) surgery is in my future. I have bad reactions to surgery, technically the anestethic. Until then I hope for the best, but this is do depressing on top of my severe anxiety and other depression and Heath issues. Knowing we are aren't alone can help, thank for the information posted here. Good luck to you all!
I take it and I’m not getting any relief. I’ve had 4 surgeries. I’ve had a spinal fusion from my t-11 to L-3 , a kyphoplasty of my L-1 , A laminectomy/dissectomy of my L-4,L-5 and S-1 . I also have a spinal Stimulater implant and I’m still suffering with sciatic pain . I go to therapy 3 times a week also. Back injuries are horrible. Good luck to us all . God bless
I was in severe pain for months and my doctor prescribed gabapentin for me for sciatica. I was finally able to get a good nights sleep and able to finally sit in a chair.. I called her back to thank her if that tells you how much relief I had. I highly recommend trying this.
Hi, I'm ex UK military soldier and suffered from sciatica for around 20 yrs. Being very active and mainly training in crossfit style workouts the functional training kept me mobile and free from pain. Now I have a desk job in civilian life and getting older, 46, my sciatica has just flared up. I have been prescribed 3 x 300mg tablets per day of gabapentin to manage the pain. Since the flare up last week I have only slept for around 2hrs per day and can't sit/ drive at all and in very bad pain down right hand side. Hopefully gabapentin will help. Will keep you all posted. All the best to all
I have been living with sciatic nerve pain due to a L5-S1 disc herniation for almost 6 years. I've been through multiple rounds of PT with little luck. Surgery isn't an option because the bulge doesn't present during an MRI, and no surgeon will take the risk. To this point the only relief I have gotten is from nerve blocks. They work pretty good for about 6 months and then ok for about another 6 months. 2 years ago I had one that did not go well and left me never wanting another injection. I "dealt" with the pain trying to get used to my "new normal" for another year. I finally gave in about a month ago and scheduled an appointment with my doctor. After talking for a while about options, the injection seemed to be the best, but he prescribed 300mg gabapentin just to see if it would help. WOW, this stuff is amazing so far. It did take an hour or so to kick in, but when it did the pain was gone, completely gone.
For the first time in years I had no pain.. I slept through the whole night for the first time in a long time. When I woke up in the morning the pain was still gone, I cried. I hadn't realized how much pain I was in until it was gone. I did feel dizzy and drunkish, but that faded after being awake for a while. It doesn't last all day and I can't take it during the day because of the side effects, but it allows me to sleep at night. I'm hoping after taking it for a while the side effects get better and I can take it during the day. Good luck to anyone trying this option.
Hi! I know this is old, but I know people still read these threads seeking help. So, I’m a 25 year old female.. I was in class the other day and had severe pain in my lower back, left side... it shot down my leg and made my toes numb, so I left class and went to the hospital. I was diagnosed with sciatica with no known cause as of now, but I was put on mobic, Gabapentin, and a strong NSAID. The mobic and gab make me really sleepy, but the pain is pretty much gone. In fact, after taking the mobic, the pain was gone by time my 6 pill dose was taken by bedtime that night. I take the gab at night before bed, and the NSAID before breakfast. The only time my back hurts me at this point, is when I bend over for long periods of time, like trying to shave my legs. Otherwise, this combination of meds for this seem to work magic on me.
I have had sciatica for years now- comes and goes. They say it is from crushed discs and surgery would be the best. When my sciatica would act up I could hardly sit, lay down, walk etc. I laid over a large exercise ball chair, I used ice and the pain was awful no matter what I did, but for sure at
73 I really don't want to go thru surgery. It was starting to really be bad and getting an appointment with the specialist was 2 weeks out, I just wanted to die it hurt so bad nothing worked to relieve the pain, so 2 years ago I had the "pain injection" an Epidural... it was supposed to last 3-6 months. Mine lasted 3 weeks!!! And I know the doc hit the nerve because I had a knee jerk type reaction, he injected and my leg just kicked up and almost got him in the face, his comment was "well looks like I got it in the right place" After the shot both my legs were numb and I could not walk for almost 2 hours.
Then the disappointment of the shot only lasting 3 weeks was horrible. My MD then prescribed gabapentin 300mg 3x a day. It took a day or so to really kick in, but once it did WOW, the pain in my R buttocks and down the front of my right leg were almost gone. I took it faithfully for 2 months, then the pain went away. So I stopped. Started seeing a chiropractor who when the sciatica flares up I see him and a masseuse if it is still acting up like it started yesterday, I go back on gabapentin. I took one 300mg this morning around 6am
and now at 9am there is hardly any pain. I will take another one before bedtime and probably for a few days until it is totally gone. Luckily for me the only side effects were it slows me down, I am very energetic and busy all the time... which makes people think I am in my 50's not my 70's, so when I take the gabapentin and it slows me down it is not really a bad thing. I do recommend taking gabapentin. I asked my MD for a lower dose, so as I taper off I start 300mg at night, and a 100mg the next day, 100mg that night, 100 mg next day then I stop.
I AM NOT A DOCTOR, AND I DO NOT RECOMMEND STARTING OR STOPPING THIS MEDICATION WITHOUT ASKING YOUR PRESCRIBING PHYSICIAN. I DISCUSSED EVERYTHING I SAID ABOVE WITH MY MD BEFORE I DID ANYTHING... PLEASE DO WHAT YOUR MD SAYS, NOT JUST WHAT YOU READ, EVERY BODY IS DIFFERENT AND NEEDS TO BE TREATED INDIVIDUALLY.
- Gabapentin Information for Consumers
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