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Why is Neurontin (gabapentin) usually given for nerve pain and not bruises or other injuries?

Why is Neurontin (gabapentin) usually given for nerve pain and not bruises or other injuries?

Nerve treatment: Neurontin (gabapentin) or Gabapentin was formulated as a medication to treat seizures. There is no evidence that it is helpful for pain except for that due to nerves. ...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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Should gabapentin help with ulnar nerve pain? Injured right funny bone 2 days ago. Slightly tender now. Numb in last 2 digits and lateral hand.

Should gabapentin help with ulnar nerve pain? Injured right funny bone 2 days ago. Slightly tender now. Numb in last 2 digits and lateral hand.

Symptom relief: Yes, gabapentin can suppress nerve pain, but this is purely symptomatic relief, without any affect upon recovery or cure. Since your problem just began, there is an excellent chance of improvement over next 3-4 weeks. If numbness persists, at that point an EMG test could guide further intervention. ...Read more

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So how and why does b-12 stop nerve pain more effectively than neurontin (gabapentin)?

So how and why does b-12 stop nerve pain more effectively than neurontin (gabapentin)?

Non-medical evidence: Recent studies of chronic pain management suggest that a combination of psychological, pharmacological and physical therapies, tailored to the needs of the individual patient, may be the best approach to mange neuropathic pain. Pharmacological choices are: amitriptyline, duloxetine, Neurontin or Lyrica (pregabalin) as initial treatment for neuropathic pain, but not B12. ...Read more

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Am trying Neurontin (gabapentin) for nerve pain. Ideas to stay awake?

Am trying Neurontin (gabapentin) for nerve pain. Ideas to stay awake?

Gabapentin: This compound may induce somnolence and dizziness in some people who take it. These effects seem to lessen with time the longer you are taking it. Would recommend not driving, operating instruments or other activities while you are experiencing side-effects. Not aware of any simple means of reversing the sensation of sleepiness. ...Read more

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I'm taking 1800 mg of Neurontin (gabapentin) for sciatic nerve pain (nerves were stretched during a procedure ) which is not effective . Please advise?

I'm taking 1800 mg of Neurontin (gabapentin)  for  sciatic nerve pain (nerves were stretched during a procedure ) which is not effective . Please advise?

See Pain Doctor: Employing a multi-modal approach, most fellowship trained pain specialists offer the most effective management of painful conditions. To accurately diagnose and treat patients, we will utilize imaging studies, electro-diagnostic evaluations, history ; physical examinations, targeted physical therapy, appropriate and responsible medication management and cutting-edge interventional procedures. ...Read more

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Can I assume that since my pain has been decreased since being on Neurontin (gabapentin) that it was nerve pain?

Not necessarily: Since the nerves carry the pain signals to the brain, and Neurontin (gabapentin) works by "calming down" the nervous activity, pain from just about any source can be helped by Nerontin. ...Read more

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Neuralgia (Definition)

Neuralgia is a condition in which there is a sharp, unexpected pain along a nerve that is due to the irritation and damage of that nerve. Chemicals, diseases such as diabetes, medications, previous surgery, and trauma are potential causes of neuralgia. Numbness and weakness of the muscles supplied by the ...Read more


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