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   Posted 4/24/2010 9:24 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello everyone!-
Just wanted to give an update. So I have been taking Gabapentin 300mg and next week I up my dose to 600. far so good! :-) The side effects have not been bad....dizziness one day, more headaches, and feeling a little spacey but overall not bad. I've been taking it at night so it makes me pretty sleepy like 2hrs after I take it which is a good thing because I've been getting like 7-9hrs of sleep (usually I only get 3-4) I'm still fatigued but feel well rested in the morning. And I do feel like it is making a difference in my pain. I have not had the constant throbbing aching pain except for 2 days. The pain seems dulled down as to what it was before. So I am keeping my fingers crossed that when I up my dose side effects are kept to a minimum and it continues to help! Plus I'm keeping my fingers crossed for my lab tests just got tested for another list of things....hoping they find something out this time! I don't want anymore blood's funny though the ladies have come to know me there. They are so nice and are always joke with me about my and needles....ugh!
Anyways I hope everyone is feeling well! <3


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   Posted 4/25/2010 2:50 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Jennifer,

I sure hope that the increase in gabapentin works for you. That is neurontin isn't it? Correct me if I am wrong. I know that lyrica is similar and has a wierd name too, and I get the two mixed up with eachother.

I hope that you are having a good day today. It is cloudy here, damp and cold. Not good for fibro or anything.

Take care,

Hugs, Karen
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   Posted 4/25/2010 4:40 PM (GMT -6)   
Don't let them move you up too fast. If 300 is doing what you need stop right there! Is it to help you sleep or to reduce pain or both? Frankly, if it were me, and I was in this place many months ago, I would consider dropping down to 100 mg to start. I only moved up when I got to the point where I was tolerating the 100 easily, and that took months. After all, you are in charge and the one who is being affected.
I take Neurontin twice a day now, the AM dose with tramadol, which wakes me up and counteracts the sleepiness of the neurontin. Try taking your evening dose earlier so it wears off when you need to wake up. I take my PM dose at 8 PM because like you, it takes 2 hours for me to feel anything. Of course my pain doc insists it works in an hour, but he doesn't take the stuff.

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   Posted 4/25/2010 6:30 PM (GMT -6)   
Yeah, funny how doctors are about these things. Sure, they know a lot, but they don't know how WE feel! My doctor is great, but even with him sometimes I have to remind myself of that.
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