Pain Management – Trying Something New

Pain Management

I had pain management today and was quite anxious about going. It didn’t help that I had to go to the Dr’s first where I didn’t get seen until half an hour after my appointment time but the main reason was that I needed to bring up the fact that whilst my First steroid injections for a little while things had gone down hill since.

After explaining I’ve been getting electric shock type pains all over, the burning and tingling I’ve had, how everywhere seems to constantly ache especially when I’m cold, my memory has gotten worse and I’m struggling to keep my balance amongst other things The Dr decided the injections weren’t going to be helpful as I had 3 injections at once not just one so it should have helped for a lot longer and instead, I was offered a trial of Gabapentin.

Gabapentin trial

I had to think about it quickly.. I don’t want to rely on yet more tablets but I’m struggling so much to cope with the pain. Everyone must be as bored as I am with all my complaining. With the cold weather setting in I’m honestly scared to think I could feel the same as last winter. I decided to give it a go.

Pain management - Gabapentin

I’ve not really read much about Gabapentin up until now and I still don’t know a lot about it but it sound’s like it’s worth a go so tonight I’ll be taking my first dose of 300mg and gradually up the dose over the next 6 weeks & hopefully it will help.

Have you tried Gabapentin for Chronic pain? Did you find it helped much? What dosage are you on or are you trialling it yourself? I’d love to hear from others too and find out how they get on!


    I'm on gabapentin for nerve pain from adhesions pulling on them. It has helped a little, however I have had restless legs since being a child and this drug has helped calm it down loads (such a blessing at night). I'm currently on 2400mg a day. Really hope it helps you 👍

    ardwarrior | 8 years ago Reply

      Ah that's good to hear! It definitely felt like the Gabapentin had taken the edge off when I woke up this morning. I still hurt & ached but it wasn't as bad as normal :)

      relentlesslypurple | 8 years ago Reply

    I've been on Gabapentin and it worked to reduce my pain but nothing touches Lyrica. Lyrica was my life savor. However, I know Lyrica is not always covered by insurance. Alot of people I know are on Gabapentin and they either love it or hate it. It worked for me and I hope it works for you too!

    luminescentny | 8 years ago Reply

      Luckily as I'm in the UK I get my prescriptions on the NHS so I may enquire about Lyrica if upping the gabapentin doesnt work out. It is still early days but it does seem to be helping take the edge off which is amazing in itself! Thanks for popping by and commenting I appreciate hearing from other spoonies x

      relentlesslypurple | 8 years ago Reply

    I have degenerative joint disease in my lower back and have been taking gabapentin for a couple years for sciatica nerve pain. It doesn't take my pain away completely but it definitely takes the edge off well enough that I can maintain my house and lawn etc... I hope you have good luck with it

    Charlie | 8 years ago Reply

      Ouch! So far it has taken the edge off in the mornings which has felt amazing after being in pain for so long. Thank you for popping by :)

      relentlesslypurple | 8 years ago Reply

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