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by leggo_my_legs
Sat May 04, 2019 6:04 am
Forum: Just Joined?
Topic: New here, just diagnosed but not sure it really is RLS...
Replies: 22
Views: 298

Re: New here, just diagnosed but not sure it really is RLS...

The reason why gabapentin withdrawal causes twitching and spasms is because the neurotransmitter gaba is a nervous system calming agent. Our brains don't make as much gaba when we're on gabapentin, so this interferes with the delicate gaba/glutamate balance. Glutamate is an excitatory neurotransmitt...
by leggo_my_legs
Sat May 04, 2019 5:53 am
Forum: Just Joined?
Topic: New here, just diagnosed but not sure it really is RLS...
Replies: 22
Views: 298

Re: New here, just diagnosed but not sure it really is RLS...

Hi, welcome! Gabapentin can cause muscle tightness, twitching, and soreness. I have tightness and twitching from gabapentin. Tightness is a side effect of gabapentin. I feel it mostly in my hamstrings. It's pretty severe, to the point where if I try to stretch them, they either don't stretch, or sna...
by leggo_my_legs
Sat May 04, 2019 3:55 am
Forum: Everything Else...just no RLS/WED!
Topic: Weight Loss
Replies: 31
Views: 6088

Re: Weight Loss

Amazing the way sugar creeps its way back into people's lives. I go a day or 2 or 3, and the same thing happens to me.
by leggo_my_legs
Wed May 01, 2019 4:44 am
Forum: Prescription Medications
Topic: Gabapentin withdraw symptoms
Replies: 34
Views: 432

Re: Gabapentin withdraw symptoms

Re brain being done with transitions...that came from my neuro whp basically said every time you stop or start a med that crosses the blood brain barrier, it "shocks" the brain because it has to rewire itself. It was helpful to me to conceptualize it in this way. That explained a lot of my...
by leggo_my_legs
Mon Apr 29, 2019 3:04 am
Forum: Prescription Medications
Topic: Gabapentin withdraw symptoms
Replies: 34
Views: 432

Re: Gabapentin withdraw symptoms

Good. I suspect that some of whether or not you may have difficulty depends on how many medications you were exposed to and taken off quickly before. Sometimes the brain just gets to the point of being done with transitions. I think that's part of why this happened to me.
by leggo_my_legs
Wed Apr 24, 2019 8:16 pm
Forum: Prescription Medications
Topic: Hydrocodone vs. oxycodone
Replies: 6
Views: 164

Re: Hydrocodone vs. oxycodone

I'm on oxycodone. Working very well. I take 5-10 mg.
by leggo_my_legs
Wed Apr 24, 2019 8:11 pm
Forum: Prescription Medications
Topic: Gabapentin withdraw symptoms
Replies: 34
Views: 432

Re: Gabapentin withdraw symptoms

OK, hope you find something that helps! Gabapentin withdrawal, if one is unlucky enough like me to have an issue with it, is one of the worst. If one falls into that category, you have to go incredibly slow to get off and it takes months. MDs don't know how to advise; mine put me on a fast taper tha...
by leggo_my_legs
Tue Apr 23, 2019 5:45 am
Forum: Prescription Medications
Topic: Gabapentin withdraw symptoms
Replies: 34
Views: 432

Re: Gabapentin withdraw symptoms

Brynmr wrote:Apparently all or most of these drugs used to treat RLS have bad withdraw symptoms. We are not swimming in friendly waters.


True.
by leggo_my_legs
Tue Apr 23, 2019 5:44 am
Forum: Prescription Medications
Topic: Gabapentin withdraw symptoms
Replies: 34
Views: 432

Re: Gabapentin withdraw symptoms

If gabapentin stops working for you, I'd consider switching to another class of drug.
by leggo_my_legs
Tue Apr 23, 2019 5:41 am
Forum: Prescription Medications
Topic: Gabapenten used thru the night
Replies: 15
Views: 234

Re: Gabapenten used thru the night

I woke at 5 am with symptoms this morning so I'm thinking my second dose of Gabapentin at 10 pm rather than 9. I'm finding my RLS is expanding to a 12 hour cycle up from an initial 6-8 hour cycle 6 months ago and the mg has increased to 1200-1500 mg. Yeah, timing is pretty important. It's possible ...
by leggo_my_legs
Thu Apr 18, 2019 5:22 am
Forum: Prescription Medications
Topic: Gabapentin withdraw symptoms
Replies: 34
Views: 432

Re: Gabapentin withdraw symptoms

Yes there can be withdrawal symptoms. Gabapentin has a half life of 5-7 hours from what I understand. I don't understand why any MD would think it's a good idea to hit your brain with 1800 mg of gabapentin in one dose. Even if it's not being used for seizures, it is an anti-seizure med and as such s...
by leggo_my_legs
Wed Apr 10, 2019 3:03 am
Forum: Prescription Medications
Topic: Gabapentin Stop and Start up again later effective?
Replies: 7
Views: 122

Re: Gabapentin Stop and Start up again later effective?

Gabapentin is not safe to just stop no matter why one was taking it. This is an anti-convulsant med that changes brain structure. It can be dangerous to stop it cold turkey or even with a quick taper. Some people need a very slow taper, depending on the person. I was put on a quick taper and it prac...
by leggo_my_legs
Wed Apr 10, 2019 2:57 am
Forum: Prescription Medications
Topic: Paradoxical reaction on gabapentin?
Replies: 12
Views: 217

Re: Paradoxical reaction on gabapentin?

It was the gabapentin. I don't recommend that drug or any of it's cousins. Be very careful. It caused all kinds of side effects while I was on it, and coming off it was even worse. MD put me on the standard "fast taper" of a few weeks. I had to stop and stabilize and now I'm microtapering....
by leggo_my_legs
Wed Apr 10, 2019 2:49 am
Forum: Prescription Medications
Topic: Gabpentin withdrawal time table?
Replies: 6
Views: 129

Re: Gabpentin withdrawal time table?

It is not safe to stop gabapentin cold turkey no matter why you were taking it! For advice go to the facebook group Gabapentin Withdrawal Support. Great group.
by leggo_my_legs
Wed Apr 10, 2019 2:46 am
Forum: Prescription Medications
Topic: Gabapentin withdraw symptoms
Replies: 34
Views: 432

Re: Gabapentin withdraw symptoms

Please do independent in depth research before considering taking gabapentin or lyrica, horizant, etc... I was given gabapentin and I'm having horrible withdrawals that have left me unable to work for a few months, as well as doing some bizarre things. I'm not sure if I have a job to go back to. The...

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