I can never get that expression right - is it off the wagon or on the wagon? Anyway, the doctor told me to start taking gabapentin 300 mg three times a day for 5 to 7 days, then go up to 600 mg three times a day. Well, me being a genius, I thought I'd go real slow this time to try to minimize any side effects (I usually rush to increase asap).
So I started off with 300 mg once a day for three days, then moved up to 300 mg twice a day for three days, now I'm finally at 300 mg three times a day (today was my first day taking three doses). I don't know if my plan was such a good idea. I've still been really drowsy and haven't noticed any relief of my symptoms. I know I should be patient and give the three times a day dose a chance or give the 600 mg three times a day a chance, but the past two nights my pain was so bad that it got up to my arms and I couldn't sleep. I had to open my emergency bottle of tramadol and take 50 mg to take the edge off so I could finally get some sleep.
So I'm feeling pretty frustrated and a little depressed and a tad hopeless right now. I think I've tried everything and nothing seems to work. Maybe it's time I stop fighting it and just go back to tramadol, and just get treatment for the sleep apnea that comes with it (and pray my wife will be more understanding of the other side effects that go with it).
Any thoughts? Should I stick with the gabapentin longer and give it a chance? Or throw in the towel already and get back on tramadol? Again, thanks for listening and all your support, it means a lot.