I called my doctor’s office yesterday and asked the nurse if she’d ask the doctor a question.
I’m currently taking Gabapentin for trigeminal neuralgia. But when the symptoms go away, I stop taking it.
So I told her that my friend Laura takes it every day for nerve pain. And would it possibly help me to take it on a regular basis for my nerve pain. (Neck, wrists, hands, ankle.)
Calling The Nurse Later On:
Later I talked to the nurse again. And she said: “The doctor said you’re already supposed to be taking Gabapentin every day.”
I was confused. I told her that I thought it was only when I was having symptoms of trigeminal neuralgia.
She said no, that wasn’t what the doctor meant or how it was prescribed.
Well, I’m quite literal as you know. And I had not understood this. I’ve been suffering with this nerve pain since January 2018 on a near constant basis.
I have other medications that I’m only to take when I have symptoms. So I guess I thought Gabapentin was to be taken the same way.
It Wasn’t Clear To Me:
I said to the nurse: “Oh. I didn’t get that.”
So yesterday I took 100 mg of Gabapentin three times a day, as noted on the bottle, and the nerve pain did let up some.
I was shocked. Might this be somewhat of a game changer?
Now what it did not do was take the trigeminal neuralgia pain away. Usually I only have that on one side of my face on and off. But yesterday it pulsed in my right temple all day and all night.
I had to bunch a small pillow up next to my head so I wouldn’t be laying right on it, because that made it worse.
Hopefully that will let up in a few days.
Aging & Complaining:
Here I am, the typical aging woman, complaining about aches and pains. I know. It gets old hearing or reading about it.
But I just wanted to mention that it is absolutely and vitally necessary to make sure you’re clear about a doctor’s instructions.
Because I might have had less pain if we had been clear with one another. I went to doctor’s appointments on a regular basis and we somehow never got this figured out between us.
The Ambiguity Of Instructions:
Instructions are often hard for me. Always have been. Because there seems to be no gray areas in my thinking. It’s either black or it’s white.
I had trouble in school with this problem and it’s been that way my whole adult life.
But I would think someone would have noticed that I rarely fill that prescription.
When they’d ask me at the pharmacy if I wanted the Gabapentin filled, I’d say no. And tell them I only took it when I had symptoms of trigeminal neuralgia.
So everyone was on the wrong page. Mainly me.
If Laura hadn’t been talking about taking it for nerve pain, I would never have thought to ask my doctor about mine. And it’s taken me months of talking to Laura on the phone to put two and two together.
Gabapentin helps her nerve pain. So might it help mine?
Heavens, the things I miss. I promise not to even mention the word pain tomorrow. I will write about a totally different topic. Possibly decorating I think.
On a different note having to do with medication, I cannot find the Vetmedin for Charlie. The vet doesn’t have it and no one I’ve found online who sells dog medication has it either.
I was told it is made in one place and they just run out toward the end of the year.
There are only about 4 or 5 more pills in the bottle and he takes one and a half pills per day. Starting to panic here.
If the vet can’t get it they will have to give him something else. And nothing works like Vetmedin. That’s why the manufacturer runs out. Almost everyone who has a dog with congestive heart failure buys this medication. Because it truly is a game changer.
So why don’t they just make it in larger quantities I wonder? It’s expensive and they could be making even more money with this drug.
Note: My doctor managed to get double the size I need of the Vetmedin medication for Charlie. I’ll go get that and just cut it up with my pill cutter.