After having shigles i have been left with postherpetic neuralgia (girdle pain). from my T7 radiating around to my sternum. It was really horrendous pain. i have never been stung by a jellyfish,but believe me i could imagine that it felt like this. I screamed in agony for several nights. my GP prescribed Gabapentin (Neurotin) 500mg three times a day - this seemed to help but the pain was still their, so he prescibed an very gradual increase to three - three times a day. Well the results were fantastic. i was aware of the pain but it was not painful - like it was wrapped in a blanket. WOW i could cope.
I felt tired but feelt it was ecause i had been through a lot, but then i was unable to sleep, a couple of hours a night. i started to feel agitated - i put it down to not sleeping.
I was feeling anxious/angry, and was snappy with everyone. my sleepless nights were getting worse. I was feeling extremely stressed and under pressure. i though i was heading for a nervous breakdown. I tried listening tomusic, i had to leave the TV on to try to get some sleep. thoughts were spinning in my head. (but i was not in pain). not sleeping my mind was giving me strange thoughts. A lot of past memories recurring and questioning all sorts of things. One nigh i felt totally off the rails, my thoughts were jumping all over the place i started recieting the rosary over and over and felt scared - I got up at three in the morning to drive to church (what for i don't know) i wanted to feel safe, talking to my mum and dad (they are both deceased). I was losing control).
The following day I spoke to my husband (he works 24 hour shifts - so not always at home)
about how I felt (he looked after me and took me so intensely for the next several days) He looked up the side effects of gabapentin - well - mood swings suicide etc. Not nice.
I started cutting down on the gabapentin and my symptoms of pyschosis started to disipate and last monday I finished taking them. I still feel very vulnerable but my god what a difference. I can now sleep, my mind is much calmer, and i dont feel hyper and out of control. i do feel tired and quite depressed very weepy, and delicate. but as i said much more in control.
I woke this morning with the start of te jelly fish stinging - back again. But i will never take gabapentin again.
As for talking to my GP he will make a joke of it, so whats the point.
I will have to work something out#so take care out there. i am just glad i am getting back to something near "normal"