My rheumatologist and psychiatrist decided I should try Gabapentin to see whether it helps with my pain, and to see if what I am feeling is nerve pain. Well, I've been slowly increasing my dose from 100 mg three times a day to 500 mg three times a day over the past two months.
I go to see the rheumatologist tomorrow to report back. But I have questions for any of you who take it or have in the past.
I don't know what to tell her... what should I be feeling if it's working? I know that I feel sedated all day when I take it, and the fog in my brain seems worse. It's like I can't call up the right word when I need it? And if I can call it up, my mouth sometimes can't form it?
By late afternoon on good days I ache like I have the flu and the fatigue hits me hard. On bad days, I have body aches and a low-grade fever from the moment I wake up. This seems unchanged no matter what the dose of gabapentin.
Could it be that I'm describing my symptoms wrong? Am I using the wrong words to describe the pain?
I'm in the murky undiagnosed category right now ... maybe RA, maybe PA, maybe UIA, maybe Fibro, maybe not. I'm looking for guidance from some more veteran folks!