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Old 06-26-2012, 03:26 PM   #1
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My PCP has prescribed me Neurotin for Chronic Neck and Back pain---It has been 2 weeks since I started taking the medication. I feel no relief at all. I am feeling really depressed. Not sure if it is because of the medication or that I am new to having this Chronic Pain and I just want it to end. I also suffer from depression. I have an appointment to go to Pain Management on July 16, but until then Im not sure what to do---Should I go back to my PCP and explain my thoughts about taking Neurotin or just wait and see if the Neurotin will start working. I just have to educate myself about Chronic Pain---Any suggestions will be helpful



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Old 06-27-2012, 01:25 AM   #2
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Re: Neurotin

Hi! Sorry about what you're through. Personally, I do take Neurontin, but it is prescribed specifically for my nerve related pain issues and also migraine prevention. I take other medications for pain management in addition to the Neurontin. I can't imagine the Neurontin making a dent when it comes to my other pain issues. But, that is just me - other forum members may have a different perspective on it.

I think the important thing to do is let your doctor know the side effects you are experiencing and the fact that it isn't helping your pain issues. Do you have an appointment coming up so you can discuss your concerns? I think at this appointment, it would be beneficial to be referred to pain management specialist that has the knowledge and training to treat your pain related needs

I hope you get answers and relief from your pain soon.

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Re: Neurotin

I am so sorry that you are going through this. I see you said that your appointment aint until the middle of July. I guess my question for you is can you tolerate this until then. Will you be able to take the pain until then. If you can then I would just let him know at the next appointment how you are feeling and see if he will give you any suggestions on maybe another med. If you can't and the pain is becoming too much to handle then you def need to call your doctor and tell them that this is not working and you can't wait until your follow up appointment. Is there anyway you can get in sooner. If he is a good doc he will get you in and take care of this asap. The ball is in your hands.....Keep me posted and Good luck.
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Re: Neurotin

I am sorry you have so much pain; I just want to tell you that Neurontin Rx when nerve pain involved; its not a pain medication.
I was on small doses of Neurontin in the beginning and it was working fine, but they doses increased, I couldn't sleep, became very irritable, moody and my PM stopped me from taking it.

Check with your DR and discuss pain matter with him. Of course pain must be addressed to PM DR since GP's do not have same training and can provide you adequate care.

Good luck to you and feel better

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Re: Neurotin

I am one of the ones on Neurontin who take it 3x a day with great success. As you have been told, it is used for nerve pain.

Actually it is a medicine that was developed for seizure control. nerve pain relief was a secondary benefit of it. But it is usually taken in conjunction with pain meds. Those of us that take it usually take other meds to help with the pain. If the med-which takes a couple of weeks to reach full potency-aren't working, please speak to your doc. no one should suffer.

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Re: Neurotin

I take neurontin like others who have posted. Like they sad, it's a NERVE pain solution. Another med that might help - if you have nerve pain but the neurontin isnt helping and is depressing you - is lyrica. I couldn't take lyrica. It caused a panicky feeling for me. But I do pretty well with neurontin. Our systems are all different, and it might help you.

If you can bear to wait until your pain management appointment, they would probably be better able to assess your pain and determine what to do.

I can understand neurontin causing depression - especially if you are already prone to it. For me, it brings a feeling of numbness and apathy.

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Re: Neurotin

Too bad you are not getting pain control. I take Neurontin also. We are all differant and what works for one might not work for others. One thing to keep in mind, some of these meds take a while to build up to working strength. Also, you will be suprized just how much pain you can take if you put your mind to it.
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