Hello! My first post; I’m 43 year old make, history of benzodiazepine use, diazepam for 20 years, received detox to discontinue Valium 3 years ago. Gabapentin was administered during taper. I continued to use gabapentin at a dose of 300 mg., 3x daily. Tapered for 18 months and discontinued on November 12 this year. First 10-14 days were great. Gradually noticed an increase in pain in my left hip. Within a couple more days the pain was so intense it felt as if it were tightening up the muscles in my leg, groin and I have weakness in the joint. X rats revealed what may be a hip impingement, and mri results showed a labral tear and osteoarthritis. Both the doctor and surgeon suggest hip arthroscopy surgery. Here’s the kicker; although the mri did show the RIGHT hip as slightly inflamed, it was not the hip that was giving me the sudden pain. Within just 48 hours that hip is just as sore and weak as the left hip was! I’m a little over 5 weeks post discontinuation of gabapentin and I was basically bed ridden for two weeks with pain, nausea, muscle aches, the mist severe depression I’ve ever experienced, crying spells and absolteky zero desire to do anything about it. Just a few weeks ago (before discontinuation) I was loving life, exercising, yoga, very happy, really the happiest I’ve ever been!!
Although gabapentin was not prescribed to me fir pain, it doesn’t mean it was having an effect on pain during use. Stands to reason also that discontinuation of a drug that suppresses the CNS, lessening the receptors connections, would lead to an uptake, or even a “miscommunication” between the nerves and the brain. I’m misinterpreting a lot of information I’m receiving and my thought process is much slower than before , but I’m AWARE of it. I’m desperately trying to find info supporting this “pain increase after discontinuation of gabapentin”. Thanks for any help!