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Can I take Gabapentin and Fentanyl for back pain?

Halted back mri twice - back spasmed too uch. GP gave me Xanax but said the lithium I take made him not want to Rx anything for the back pain. I also take risporil and am 42, and had a cervical discsurgery ten years ago. Can I not Take gabapentin, Fentanyl or something for my back with lithium? If so, will a couple days without lithium help? Seems like my doc is not understanding me.
Tue, 4 Jun 2019
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Orthopaedic Surgeon 's  Response
Hello,

The back muscle spasm is best relieved with an oral muscle relaxant like Relaxyl or Flexeril. Taking fentanyl can decrease the pain to some extent. Gabapentin will help in the improvement of nerve compression symptoms.

Hope I have answered your query. Let me know if I can assist you further.

Take care

Regards,
Dr Praveen Tayal, Orthopaedic Surgeon
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