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DanP
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So the neurologist after reading my symptoms list
And listening to me talk about the lower back pain and the buzzing

Prescribed Gabapentin

Not giving the Lyme connection much credence

Of course as I expected

So anyone have experience with Gabapentin?

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Gabapentin is Neurontin.

Many of us were given that. It made me so dopey I could never get to a high enough dose for it to help me. It is to help with nerve pain.

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Even at very, very low dose, it caused me much injury from falls. It makes vertigo so much worse but also really turns the leg muscles to jello. It was impossible to feel awake during the day, even with just a dose at bedtime.

Very much, then, that is all a very depressing state with the dizziness dictating every minute.

There are far better choices but mostly in the herbal support area to help decrease inflammation, thereby helping to decrease pain but also some attention to the nerve endings with other things that support myelin sheath around the nerves.

Berberine helps me the most there.

Magnesium is also absolutely essential and may be a wonderful turn around to a nice degree.

Still, unless the underlying cause (whether lyme or othet chronic stealth infection) is directly addressed all the support in the world can't do much.

These infections can cause the nerve fibers to be very much inflamed, decrease the myelin sheath coating of the nerve fibers and

when the liver / kidneys have to carry a high load of toxins from infections (when the gut is inflamed it can't do it's job well, either so the liver / kidneys have it harder) . . .

all that increase pain. Liver / kidney support often really helps with comfort level. Not pushing "detox" but by supporting the detoxification organs' function to do that as it should.

Still, not enough if the infection(s) not directly addressed. If you have trouble finding a LL doctor and getting assertive treatment, maybe a rife machine or some other method such as Buhner outlines in his books?
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CELL PHONE

For lower back pain / buzzing . . . do you carry your cell phone in your pocket? If so, it would be good to keep it as far off your body as possible.

I would like to think the neurologist asked you this as the very first question. Would. Like. To. Think. Because it matters so much. Cell phones in pockets can cause irritation to nerves in legs and hips.


Also, cranial sacral therapy might be of good help if something is out of alignment but not just any chiropractor or osteopathic. UPLEDGER is a gentle to the spine for lyme method.

FELDENKRAIS good for poster / ergonomic assessment.

YOIR SHOES matter greatly, too. With good arch support, even at home.

Hope some of this helps.
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Forgot about massage therapy and myofascial release - as part of physical therapy or massage.

Ultrasound therapy has always been helpful to me for pain in a certain area. That would be with a physical therapist. Yet, a full body massage has been the most helpful, weekly, when that's been possible.

You might have family or friends who would be willing to learn some basics with a few instructional sessions with a LMT (licensed massage therapist) as adjunct care.

IMO, we should all have been instruction in a certain degree of massage from early age so that we could better soothe ourselves and others in our close circles. Massage has been the single most helpful hands on treatment regarding pain relief and far better than drugs to mask the pain.

The physical tissue needs to be worked to reduce stagnation & massaged so that it can have better circulation.

You might try at home LED &/or pulsed treatments. Google: SOTA LIGHTWORKS
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Dan, I would echo the other posters. A previously undiagnosed friend who has Lyme was on Gabapentin for several years. It was very hard for her to quit. Search engine this. Many people take a year to ween themselves off of it.

Also, gabapentin has been known to drastically reduce your biotin (vitamin B7) levels, which is a key contributor to nerve health.

Good luck.

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My dr. Prescribed this a few weeks afo and I am apprehensive about trying it because I've heard much of these bad side effects. Has ANYONE had good results from it??
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I didn't start taking it...I am very suspicious of his recommendation because of his inability to even consider the history of Lyme infection and the family history of Lyme and its neurological impact on us

I went to see him bec my GP wanted me to but he's not an llmd either

Today is a bad day with the back pain and tightness but I had a good day the day bef yesterday

Although yesterday noon was awful

I'm going to stop all herbs and vitamins starting now and see how I feel over the next 3 days and then introduce things that are supposed to be anti inflammatory one by one over 3-5 days to see what might work

Thanks for your feedback

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I would try upping your magnesium intake .. even try epsom salt baths.

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Don't not take it because he's not making the lyme connection. If your in a lot of pain or have a lot of neuropathy, maybe try a small piece of one.

I took it for a yr at max dose, I felt nothing. Maybe some placebo. Idk. Then I stopped no problem. Obviously it's different for everyone.

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http://flash.lymenet.org/scripts/ultimatebb.cgi?ubb=get_topic;f=1;t=123746;p=0

Topic: MAGNESIUM - Informational Links set


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LIVER & KIDNEY SUPPORT & and several HERXHEIMER support links, too.

Also very important for pain relief.
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I have been taking Gabapentin for about 3 years. I take one in the morning and one at bed (300 mg) and can take a third at dinner if things act up.

It was given to help "diabetic neuropathic pain in feet). It's hard to tell if it helps or not because my toes feel like I'm constantly walking in sand.

Haven't had, as far as I can tell, any adverse effects, but then, as others have pointed out, everyone is different and react to meds differently.

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I had taken it in the past to help with nerve pain and sleep. Found benefit from 100-300 mgs/day. Would take it at night with slight AM hangover but nothing too bad.

For me it certainly helped for the short term.

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