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Hello again,

Well, regarding meds; I was first given the option of gabapentin or a free sample of Cymbalta. Being a cheapo, I opted for the free sample. Bad choice! I had an adverse reaction to it making me extremely anxious and confused; almost like what I have read a panic attack is like. So, we stopped that and I reverted to the gabapentin. I don't recall the dosage for each capsule, but I started out with a low dosage that was gradually increased. At one point I was taking 2 capsules twice a day. But, the side effects were too much. They made me incredibly groggy, especially during my 50 minute drive to work and 50 minute drive home. It was not just like being sleepy either. The best way I can describe it is that it was like I would start drifting off or dreaming with my eyes open and would catch myself starting to vere off the road. I was seriously concerned that I would be involved in a serious accident and stopped taking them. The next drug was Lyrica. This too was gradually increased but had similar effects as the gabapentin and we have settled for only one capsule in the morning. I don't think it helps a lot, but must help a little because the foot numbness becomes a bit worse without it.
I was also given Tramadol, which did nothing so I stopped that, then was given a low dose of hydrocodone which seemed to make the symptoms somewhat tolerable. This was then swithed for oxycodone, 5mg up to twice daily as needed. I try not to take them unless the symptoms are unbearable because I am very well aware of the dangers of taking this drug. The best results I have is to go bare foot. Period. I am the most comfortable when I do not wear shoes. This however presents problems at work, and of course living in Wisconsin doesn't lend itself well to being barefoot when it's Winter. That's my story. It's one of the only times in my life that I can remember wishing I was older, just so I can retire and not have to wear shoes as much as possible.

Good luck to you. I hope you find relief with this miserable condition, and if you hear of anyone with SFN that effects their feet and they have come up with some magic to alleviate the discomfort, I am all ears.



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