Increased nerve pain, migraine from alcohol use -- new issue ???

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   Posted 7/27/2017 10:15 AM (GMT -6)   
I wanted to see if anyone had the following problem. I have extensive nerve damage in my neck. This causes me daily headaches and nausea. It has been about the same for the last 5 years. I take Gabapentin (2400mg/day) which helps but doesn't resolve it. I have always drank alcohol, which actually gave me some relief while I was drinking. about 1 year ago, I started having strange issues. My neck would get really hot towards the end of the night before bed. about 8/10 times I would drink, I would really feel poorly for several days to a week. Even if I had 1 or 2 drinks. Has anyone experienced this and have you found a solution? I currently barely drink and I am resigned to giving up drinking forever.

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   Posted 7/31/2017 2:31 PM (GMT -6)   
Welcome bdesul,

Alcohol is a MAJOR trigger for migraines. I given you a link below to reach, and not just take my word.


As for the gabapentin, I have been on this twice over the last 10yrs. Once as brand Neurontin at 1200mg
and Gab at 2050mg...

It does nothing for my pain.

However it helps many people. This medication as MANY SIDE EFFECTS. including the possibility of RENAL failure.

I strongly suggest you talk to the prescribing doc. Be honest about your alcohol intake and how often and the side effects you have discribed.

May an appointment as soon as possible, try to reduce your drinking.

Now the ironic thing is, the med has been found to help people who have an addiction. SO if this applies to you
between the doc and other supports, you are already ahead of the game.


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