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Gabapentine and pain

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buggerama Mon 03-Dec-12 13:42:54

I am on the max dose of Gabapentine and I still hurt. Is anyone else on it and does anyone know what else I can take? I am 40 with a incurable neurological condition, in fact its degenerative too, so I need to find something, I cant live with this pain for another 40 years or so

Any words of wisdom?

CMOTDibbler Mon 03-Dec-12 13:48:25

You need to get referred to the pain team and get them to look for some solutions.

Gaba doesn't work for everyone, and there are several other nerve pain drugs out there to try.

buggerama Mon 03-Dec-12 14:15:24

I have tried amiltrypteline and it practically sent me insane, it was dreadful. I guess I need to go to the GP to start with. I guess I am just really scared that this is it for me, that I just have to deal with it, maybe thats why I posted

Pyrrah Thu 06-Dec-12 12:45:26

Try Lamotrigine (but make sure you up the dose very slowly - IME they do it too fast in the UK).

It is my wonder-drug.

Gabapentin did bugger all for me.

Kundry Fri 07-Dec-12 00:30:56

There are lots of other options for neuropathic pain. Seeing as your GP has tried you on the 2 most commonly used drugs, a pain clinic referral would be a good idea.

You definitely haven't exhausted all the options!

Showtime Fri 07-Dec-12 23:35:32

Gabapentin didn't work for me either, so Pain Clinic tried other meds. Long waiting lists, but worth asking for a referral or even considering private.

4aminsomniac Sat 08-Dec-12 06:53:18

I tried Gabapentin, Amytryptaline and various others for pain, nothing worked. My pain clinic said it was worth Trying Duloxetine, although it doesn't do much for most people. It is the only thing that has given me any help at all, the pain hasn't magically gone away, but it is certainly better than it was. Maybe ask about Duloxetine?

Hope you find something that works, I know what you mean about thinking about 40 years more of this, pain is so awful to cope with!

Pyrrah Sun 09-Dec-12 03:06:21

Just remembered - sounds silly, but diclofenac is a really good add-in I have found.

I'm on a cocktail of tramadol and lamotrigine with diclofenac and codeine as my add-ins.

Amitryptiline worked quite well for me - but sent me totally hypermanic so they took it away pronto!

Accupuncture helps if I get into a pain-cycle with spasm. As does valium - but horrible nightmares.

I've had mixed experiences with pain-clinics (been to 3 different ones over the years, plus the 2-week Input in-patient course which I don't particularly recommend). A number of specialists wanted to move me from tramadol to oxycodone which I found a bit odd as it's much more toxic. As I said in my last post, discovering lamotrigine was the big thing for me - took 7 years to find it, but I dropped from 240mg a day of codeine to none in 3 days and had less pain plus zero side-effects).

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