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Dr. Andrew Rynne
Dr. Andrew Rynne

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Exp 50 years

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Does Gabapentin cause adverse side effects?

One of my pain Drs. Wants me to take Gabapentin for nerve pain, to replace 30 mgs./ Day of Morphine E.R. I am also on 4 mg. Oral Dilaudid 4x day. I have progressive, Extensive inflammatory Osteoarthritis, also had a bad accident in 1981 that shattered/ compound FX of my rt. femur & kne. My hands have old fractures, are crooked, bent, swollen, painful. I ve had 7 rt. Leg surgeries Inc. 3 knee replacements, change of angles & lengths in leg bones. I have very thin cartilage in shoulders, bone to bone arthritis in left hip w/ bursitis. I had Fibromyalgia but it disappeared after 7 Ketamine Infusions. I ve had radio-frequency ablation soon my neck, C-3,4,5,6,7, & have a few collapsed discs in mid & lumbar spine w/ intense sciatica in left thigh originating from lumbar discs w/ radiating pain. I am 61 yrs. Old, female, & grew up running, riding horses in jumping, Cross-country & training them. I was on school track team,etc I DON T want to take Gabapentin because of it s endless scary side effects. My daughter took it for a month w/ bad reactions. I ve taken so many NSAIDs, I have a hiatal hernia , chronic GERD, & a stomach ulcer. I do NOT ABUSE my medication,& in fact weaned myself off 280 mgs. Oxycontin before switching to this Dr. I will be getting ultrasound guided shots in my finger joints asap. &Discuss MRI results w/ my Dr. Re: my lumbar films. I would rather go off the Morphine & refuse the Gabapentin. What do you think ?
Wed, 11 Jul 2018
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Hello and Welcome to ‘Ask A Doctor’ service. I have reviewed your query and here is my advice.

You are right , all drugs can have side effects , we always prescribe them after knowing that the benefit overweight the risk and it can always be stopped if side effects are bothersome. same is fro Gabapentin, it can have side effects but its not very common and side effects fro one person does not mean same for other. We give it to many people and they don't have any problem with it. So i would advise you should start it in low dose , if there is any problem you can always stop it, but may be it help you a lot.

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