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Gabapentin

Started by Barbara Seeber Britt on 10/12/2016 1:44pm

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.

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I take Gabapentin, it gives me some mild relief.
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I was interested to see your post on Gabapentin. I have had it pushed on me from a number of sources over the years, but had found that other than bit of a thick head nothing, I might have been better eating chocolate chippie biscuits. I used Ibuprofen 800mg slow release tabs for years, they were good to use I could still think and they didn't make me too sleepy. But I now have a problem with diminished platelet production and I have to use large quantities of predinsone to get it back up again. The doctor studying the platelet problem blamed the ibuprofen so I haven't had it for a few years and a few months ago I tried it again. Nice it helps with the pain and it helps your with mobility and movement which I am struggling with currently, but my platelet count crashed so I haven't dared to try again. I mainly use Tramadol standard and slow release for every day with other opiates for when I am in deeper trouble. My pain levels vary quite a bit, depending on what I am doing and shouldn't be doing. I find using the tramadol I take it and then sleep it off if necessary then get on and work or what ever.
I fell off a truck bonnet when I was 19 trying to save a very heavy battery which landed on me when I landed on a curb among other things it wrecked the disk between L5/S1 . Ended up having them fused when I was 38, had years of magic , NO PAIN!!!! but I had to have an add on fusion when I was 51. I took on a job that wasn't wise but no to tell me. Then to top everything off I had another accident a year later and mangled T12. I ended up having it fused both sides so now I have 2 pieces of my back fused . Silly ah you would have thought I had learnt my lesson the first time, I'm sticking to the story it was totally different type of accident to the first time and I didn't see it coming. I was digging round on Google to see if there were others who had similar experiences and for ideas for what next.
I've waffled but I know the feeling of prisonership, I can't travel and might as well be wearing a prisoner bracelet and I'm way older. But you have a brain still use it, you must have interests, keep your mind busy, thats the best pain killer. Sorry if I sound bossy I have thought about this alot over time, bod no good but I do have a brain " I think". I know a young fellow who is about your age and he hasn't got any arms or legs, just a little drum stick they have given him on one shoulder, and he has his back fused so that they can keep his insides going. He's a character and does amazing drawings with his mouth, which he earns money from which he is using to buy a car so he can drive. Perhaps it's just as well I'm stuck at home judging from what I have seen of his wheel chair driving skills.
By the way , some how without being offensive , check with the person peddling Gabapentin for back pain what cereal packet did they get their credentials off. I have found playing round on Linux interesting.

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