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Is it safe to take gabapentin to relieve pain caused by a sciatic nerve problem?

Is it safe to take gabapentin to relieve pain caused by a sciatic nerve problem?

Usually yes: Neurontin (gabapentin) is a drug used to treat nerve pain, and is helpful in relieving symptoms. Among its side effects are dizziness and drowsiness (meaning one should be careful if considering driving or operating machinery). A few people may have changes in their moods or thoughts. A few may have signs of drug allergy, such as a rash. One's doctor can help decide if Gabapentin should be used. ...Read more

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Nerve (Definition)

The brain and spinal cord communicates with what is occurring in the internal organs and limbs by nerve fibers where are like electrical wires with insulation (myelin) and the "copper" (axon). Within brain and spinal cord these nerves connect to other nerves via synapses on both axons and dendrites. A nerve can carry information regarding sensations, and ...Read more


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Would oxycodone relieve nerve pain? Particularly pudendal neuralgia?

Would oxycodone relieve nerve pain? Particularly pudendal neuralgia?

Yes and No: Short answer is that any opiate or narcotic, oxycodone, hydrocodone, morphine etc, will help just about any pain. But one develops rapid tolerance to such drugs and in time they become less effective. Most all neuralgias are much more effectively treated with more "nerve specific" meds like Gabapentin and carbamazepine. ...Read more

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I'm experiencing excruciating chronic sciatic nerve pain due to a pinched sciatic nerve caused by a herniated disc. Are there any non narcotic prescription meds that would be effective with this pain?

I'm experiencing excruciating chronic sciatic nerve pain due to a pinched sciatic nerve caused by a herniated disc. Are there any non narcotic prescription meds that would be effective with this pain?

Natural pain methods: Some things that help for irritated nerve pain naturally are: Magnesium malate or glycinate 1000 mg- This is a natural muscle relaxer. Work your way up to 1000 mg. If loose stool, reduce dosing. Omega fish oil- I like combinations of omega 3 and omega 7 for their anti-inflammatory effects. Up to 5000 mg. Vitamin D- If levels are low, can help with back pain. Good Luck ...Read more

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What is a nerve block? Have herniated disc thats caused pinched nerve. Will nerve block use steroids?.Steroids cause me to have sleeplessness.

What is a nerve block? Have herniated disc thats caused pinched nerve. Will  nerve block use steroids?.Steroids cause me to have sleeplessness.

Nerve block: Nerve blocks are spinal injections which are localized to specific lumbar nerve roots - often done for diagnostics purposes. These typically do use steroids, but most of the steroid will stay local at the site of the injection, so the chance of systemic effects such as sleeplessness is lower than that of an oral or IV steroid. ...Read more

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Which is most effective at treating severe chronic neuropathic pelvic pain that has no cause: spinal cord stimulator, nerve block injection or tens?

It depends: I would consult a pain management physician for this. Definitely try a round of steroid injections or a tens unit first before having a spinal cord stimulator permanently implanted. ...Read more

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Does lyrica (pregabalin) help with muscle pain aswell as nerve pain ?

Does lyrica (pregabalin) help with muscle pain aswell as nerve pain ?

Yes and no: Traditionally, lyrica (pregabalin) helps primarily for neuropathic pain and so was used for conditions such as diabetic neuropathy. But lyrica (pregabalin) has now been approved for fibromyalgia, which is characterized by pain coming firm the muscles, facia, and other superficial soft tissues. So it would lead one to think it can help although the mechanism is not clear. ...Read more

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Is Nortriptyline used for neuropathy or nerve pain?

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Is Nortriptyline used for neuropathy or nerve pain?

Of course: Combinations of nortriptyline with another psychoactive drug are frequently prescribed for treatment of continuous neuropathic pain. ...Read more

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What relief/treatment is there after severe nerve damage - resulted in constant excruciating anal nerve pain, pain block not helping, bladder affected?

What relief/treatment is there after severe nerve damage - resulted in constant excruciating anal nerve pain, pain block not helping, bladder affected?

Medications: You are describing neuropathic pain and there are medications such as gabapentin and other neuroleptics, or TCA to name a few. Discuss with your doctor for the best one for you. ...Read more

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Can the pain reducing effects of tramadol lessen over time? What other medication could help control cervical spondylosis pain? Tried neurontin (gabapentin)...

Tramadol is a good: Drug because it works through many mechanisms. The next step up from that is Nucynta (tapentadol) which is available when tramadol no longer helps. You can ask your doctor about other non-opiod medications to be used in conjunction with the opiods for optimal pain relief. ...Read more

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What over-the-counter meds are good to relieve sciatic nerve pain?

What over-the-counter meds are good to relieve sciatic nerve pain?

NSAIDs vs Tylenol (acetaminophen): Aleve and Ibuprofen area non-steroidal anti inflammatory medications that can be used to reduce pain and inflammation. Tylenol (acetaminophen) or Acetaminophen is a anti-pyretic medication used to reduce pain and fever, however tylenol (acetaminophen) does not reduce inflammation. ...Read more

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Can severe sciatic pain be relieved by fenasteride discectomy?

Can severe sciatic pain be relieved by fenasteride discectomy?

A disectomy is 90%: Effective in non smokers with a demonstrated disc herniation corresponding to the sciatic distribution of symptoms when the appropriate imaging and exam findings match and you have failed 12 weeks of non operative care. ...Read more

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How can I relieve sciatic nerve pain permanently?

How can I relieve sciatic nerve pain permanently?

Cure, Unlikely...: Sciatica can be managed effectively and can be relieved in a vast majority of people, but it will always require diligence on your part for nsaids, exercise, stretching and weight control/loss. For those still having issues it may require treatments (injections, surgery, etc) to maintain relief as well. ...Read more

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Could Prozac (fluoxetine) help with sciatic nerve pain?

Could Prozac (fluoxetine) help with sciatic nerve pain?

Unlikely: I would not expect Prozac (fluoxetine) to be of any benefit in the treatment of sciatica pain. ...Read more

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Which pain medication is prescribed for relief of a pinched nerve?

Various: There are 3 classes of medications for this type of pain: 1- anti-inflammatory: steroids (solumedrol, decadron, etc)and nsaids (ibuprofen, motrin, naprosyn, (naproxen) etc) 2- muscle relaxants (e.g., soma, flexeril) 3- narcotics (vicodin, oxycodone, etc) i prefer using classes 1 and 2 before resorting to class 3. ...Read more

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Gabapentin (Definition)

Also called neurontin, (gabapentin) is an anticonvulsant medication used to treat seizure, also for post-herpetic neuralgia & other neuropathic pains, as well as restless leg syndrome. It works by lowering excitation ...Read more


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Neurontin (Definition)

Neurontin is a seizure agent which is a kind of ...Read more