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Old 02-28-2010, 09:31 AM
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Hi. Am taking Avinza with 1800 mg/Neurontin. The pain med's PA told me that this Rx used for neuropathic pain could also help my discogenic pain too (now we get into different receptors - stuff I don't know about).

So, if the Neurontin does help the nonstop back pain, maybe my tolerance to Avinza will diminish.

However, I find that Neurontin makes me stupid, physically clumsy (I used to be nimble 'tho chubby/coordinated), and gives me odd mood changes. It's nice that there's a warning that this Rx can cause suicidal ideation too!

So: Does one get used to Neurontin over time where it's mentally dumbing side effects go away or must one lower the dose? (Gee, I sure asked this in a direct way: see, I'm stupider - no kidding). Sometimes I sound like an absolute idiot babbling on this stuff, it's unreal.

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I did not find decreasing benefits or side effects for N or Lyrica either. Personally, I find living with the pain more pleasant than living with no desires in life, at least once the pain had lessened to a livable state.

These drugs are good at what they do but taking away my creativity took away too much of my life.

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For me Gabapentin is wonderful. It can make me a off balance and clumsy but I've learned to concentrate and I deal with it very well. I take as much as they will prescribe which is 4g. For me increased concentration from reduced discomfort and pain far outweighs the goofiness. This is just the opposite of Dale.
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Old 02-28-2010, 08:35 PM
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Thank you Dale and Jim for your interesting replies. So it's not cut-and-dried.

Jim, if you have back pain that is not of neuropathic origin, does Neurontin help it? I was told that it can help but I'd like to check up on this.

Have a nice rest-of-weekend fellow Members! Thanks.

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Hi Alan,
Yes, it helps my chronic pain symptoms overall. I have numerous pain generators and it helps mute everything, not just the neuropathic.
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