me on gabapentin and took the highest dosage and it did not do any good. I have radiculopathy. Is there anything I can do to relieve the pain.. I have had pain for 1 year now and am disgusted. Don't know what else to do.
It takes this med a while to kick in (meaning several days or longer depending on many factors), it's not like an aspirin or other immediate release med. Not sure what "took the highest dose" means, if that means you took more than prescribed expecting faster results, again, it wouldn't matter as it does not work that way.
A far as what to do, consult options with your Dr both med and non-med to find out what you can be done to relieve the pain
There are a number of drugs designed to control nerve pain. One of them may work, but the only way to find out is to talk to your doctor about getting scripts, one at a time, and going thru them. It's a laborious process because many of the drugs require ramping up the dosage to be effective. If none of these work, there are epidural injections which may or may not work. But at the least, if you get even short term relief, you'll know where the pain area is and that can be helpful. Narcotics are also an option (as is surgery depending on the severity of the damage) for pain control. There are relatively mild ones like codeine up to the major ones such as oxycontin. And last but not least, exercise is important. I know it may not sound logical, but if you begin an exercise program including both stationary exercises and walking, you'll eventually strengthen the muscles in the problem areas and over time this can reduce your pain - usually.
I have had the same pain for 41/2 years now. It never lets up. I have had every treatment you can think of and nothing worked. Many of the doctors, etc. blame it on my fibromyalgia. No one can help. Medical marijuana helps, but I cannot find a doctor to prescribe it. I used heating pads and wear a TENS unit for about 12 hours a day. I'm just lately been trying to accept that this is what my life is going to continue to be. It really sucks. I'm sorry you are going through this. And I'm sorry I have no good answer for you. I really with I did and we both could shake this horrible pain. Hang in there.
You have to take this medication for approximately 4 weeks for it to have its maximum benefit. Many times drugs like this (anticonvulsants) are used because they block pain transmission signals to the brain. There are other drugs including but not limited to: Tegretol, Lamictal, and Topamax which are NOT narcotics. There are surgical interventions as well that can be done if you get no relief from the multitudes of medications out there. You and your physician just need to decide which treatment is in your best interests depending on your health, other meds, etc...
I had the same thing only on my left side from buttock/hip area to my foot. No drugs helped, they only masked the intense pain. After a year of pain, I was desperate for relief. I went to a different doctor for a second opinion who prescribed me to enter physical therapy three times a week and after 3 months I was almost 'back to normal'. Had to do a few follow-ups and some at home maintenance therapy between visits but what a relief! The sciatica had hardened all the muscles on my left side to the point I had a severe limp so in therapy I had to get those muscles loose & working again. First thing we did was a heating pad for 15 minutes, then 30 minutes of slow work-outs to re-train the hardened muscles so they would loosen up, then 15 minutes with a cooling pad on the left side area and some pulsing electrode therapy. I cannot tell you the difference I felt after about the second week. It was hard work and painful the first few weeks but the end result was no more sciatica and luckily after 8 years it has never returned.
- Gabapentin Information for Consumers
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