In both my back surgeries I have been prescribed neurontin and had no difficulty/side effects with it. After my latest fusion my nerve wasn't recovering as my neurosurgeon had hoped and wanted to try putting me on Cymbalta as an alternative treatment. On Cymbalta I suffered massive anxiety and panic attacks. I remember just pacing around for a week like a crazed person...I also happened to end up hospitalized at the time for chronic vomiting/dehydration that I think was an unrelated stomach bug. So I went back onto neurontin. As time progressed my neuro bumped me up to 2700 mg and I still was having immense sciatic pain in the right leg.
At my epidural appointment I was given the name of a pain specialist who I met with last week. He changed me off the neurontin to Gralise which I thought sounded like a similar drug so wasn't too wary of having adverse reaction. I took it Friday, Sat, and Sunday without any problems, and now yesterday (Monday) and today (Tuesday) I have increasing anxiety/insomnia. It's really maddening. I'm just curious if anyone knew anything about the difference between the two. I have a history with anxiety and insomnia but it's been kept under control really well basically since that Cymbalta change in February so have to think the only thing that's changed is this drug. If this is a side effect does anyone know if it is worth staying on the drug to see if it evens out because they had a great response from Gralise?
Any answer would be welcomed. I'm just lying here feeling anxious and unable to sleep. Oh side effects, how I hate them