For the past several months, especially after my ankle starting to feel better, I am looking to reduce/minimize and perhaps someday eliminate some of my medications.
At my last appointment with my physiatrist we talked about this. Right now, one of my biggest problems happens sometime in the early afternoon and into the night. From my lower back, hips down to my knees I have this nagging pain. Its not stabbing or burning, but the best way I can describe it is that it feels like a toothache!
We know that this can all be contributed to my cervical and lumbar stenosis. We talked about another MRI, but honestly at this point why? So we went onto more epidurals. That might be an option.
Back to my subject,
I always had mixed feelings about Neurontin (or Lyrica). I wanted to come down from the 1800mg a day to around 600mg and then lower.
Dont ask me why, cause I know it wasn't the right thing to do, but for about 3 days, I eliminated all my Neurontin. Well that toothache pain came back earlier in the day and with vengeance. Well now I know for sure that Neurontin is doing its job.
But still, I want to reduce the amount I take every day. One of the reasons besides spinal is with weight control. Yes, I know that at 64 almost 65 losing a few pounds is tougher than it was at 40 or even 50.. I've dieted and I've done all the right thing for a while, but zippo. So, my brain says eliminate Neurontin and I should be able to lose the weight I did before.
At this point , and I am sure others have or been there, is the weight gain and other problems caused with long term use of Neurontin worth the relief from nerve pain?
Ron DiLauro Spine-Health System Administrator I am not a medical professional. I comment on personal experiences