[QUOTE=DAJ819;3575250]Has anyone been prescribed Neurontin for nerve pain after spinal fusion surgery or just for nerve pain in general? I had a two-level fusion (lumbar) on March 31, 2008 and started having pretty bad nerve pain around 5-6 weeks post-op. I was prescribed Lyrica but the side affects were too overwhelming. I was dizzy, light-headed, had lots of stomach upset, constipation and a 10 lb. weight gain in just 12 short days. I called my surgeon and he said to stop taking it immediately and he wants to try me on Neurontin instead. Has anyone had any experiences with side affects from taking Neurontin? If so, are they similar to Lyrica?
My 80 yr old mother-in-law has neuropathy and a herniated back disk. She complained to her doctor specialist that the Neurontin he prescribed about 10 mos ago was "not working" for her pain, so he prescribed Lyrica to her in December 2007 or January 2008. Currently, she also is taking Robinirole (.25 mg), and now walks around in a "fog." She was hospitalized for 3 weeks in a mental facility due to suicidal statements, extreme depression (which she has suffered from for 60+ years), and anxiety attacks. Now, she complains of memory loss, shakiness, confusion, excessive sleep, and fear of being alone, etc. Stay on the Neurontin, and GET OFF the Lyrica. It is extremely potent. A drug-specialist/psychiatrist will review her 15 daily drugs next week.