I saw where someone was asking about gabapentin and her dr told her to read about all the side effects of this medication. It was prescribed to me a couple of years ago and I have had no side effects at all. In fact that plus prescription Motrin is all I take for pain. Does it work? Not very well, just barely takes the edge off. I also have a new spinal cord stimulator that works GREAT as long as I am sitting or lying down. I still cannot walk upright at all and cannot stand or walk for more than 5-10 minutes at a time. I am seriously considering a laminectomy. This back disorder was genetically passed to us by our father. All 4 of us siblings have the exact same condition. One of us had a fusion then several years later needed another. Not doing that. Another of us had a laminectomy and feels cured. Another of us is contemplating that type procedure. I have no clue which way to go. I just know that I am pretty much chained to my house.