My doctor has recommended 1 tablet a day at bed time. After dinner last night I was quite tired, I retired to bed at 9.30pm shortly after taking Neurontin. After a while while lying on the bed, I fell asleep. It is most likely due to the drowsiness caused by the drug. I woke up for night urine once and thereafter slept undisturbed for the whole night. I woke up at 8.30am this morning but was still feeling sleepy. It was a good sleep and I have not slept undisturbed for a long time.
As my doctor said Neurontin was a stronger drug, I had expected some pain killing effect but as I soon discovered, my pain has only lessen a bit. Maybe I have been expecting too much from the drug and it was only the first day. The nerve pain has been making me feel miserable for sometime now and I was expecting a little too much hope on the drug. Anyhow, I am planning to take the MRI on my lumbar spine area this Friday or Saturday.
I am meeting my chiropractor this afternoon and will have a discussion with him on what option will be available after I do the MRI scan.
I did some further reading on the lumbar spine to find out the common back and leg pain.
- Connective tissues called ligaments get thicker.
- Joint disease called osteoarthritis leads to the growth of bony spurs that push on the spinal cord.
- Discs between the bones may be pushed backward into the spinal canal.
- Numbness, weakness, cramping, or pain in the legs, feet, or buttocks. These symptoms get worse when you walk, stand straight, or lean backward. The pain gets better when you sit down or lean forward.
- Stiffness in the legs and thighs.
- Low back pain.
- In severe cases, loss of bladder and bowel control.
You can most likely control mild to moderate symptoms with pain medicines, exercise, and physical therapy. Your doctor may also give you a spinal shot of corticosteroids, a medicine that reduces inflammation.
You may need surgery if your symptoms get worse or if they limit what you can do. In these cases, surgery to remove bone and tissue that are squeezing the spinal cord can help relieve leg pain and allow you to get back to normal activity. But it may not help back pain as much.