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To everyone who has replied so far regarding neurontin for pain I wish to thank you. I've now been on 300mg 3 times a day for almost 2 months now. The side affects (dizziness, grogginess, dry mouth) are totally gone. Some of the burning type pain had diminished in my neck and lower spine, but not quite enough to feel up to doing more than some small tasks. I still have as much facial and right eye and back of head pain...a stabbing, burning, and some facial numbness when this occurs (still almost daily) and it is so debilitating! Just yesterday my doctor increased the dosage to 600mg 3 times a day, especially because I wake many time during the night with pain. We've been discussing epidural injections in the neck and spine, but the steroids are a concer because I have severe osteoporosis and this could worsen it. And my doctor dicussed a similar injection to the right/back side of my head that always is so painful when the eye and facial pain occur. I am a bit scared, but most likely will try this on my next visit (only the injection to the back of my head, tho). Teresa Brown, you mentioned something about CVS Pharmacies helping with refills. What do you mean? The cost? I am on Disability and only have medicare...I need all the help I can get with lower cost prescriptions. I believe it was Shirley (sorry if I am wrong) that wrote in about the pain her son is suffering from a gun shot wound. I had my auto accident over 10 years ago at the age of 37, I just turned 48..and you know, my long-time physician continually tells me I am too young to have pain. How rediculous!!! My youngest son had a serious auto accident, too 5 years ago and went through the windshield and suffered frontal lobe brain damage, a permanent shoulder injury, and spinal injuries as well. This happened when he was 18 and he will be 24 next week. He suffers terrible pain as well. Our doctor hasn't said one word about him being too young to have pain. Thank God we have finally found a specialist after years of hunting who believes that our pain exists!! You'd think my own doctor would have believed the EMG tests I had run 3 times in the past 10 years, the MRI's, CAT scans, etc., to believe it. He's come out and said he is afraid of my becoming addicted to certain pain medications!!! There is a huge difference in using pain medications in order to function as close to normal as one can verses addiction. It still sickens me that too many people suffer because doctors think it's all in their heads. What further upsets me is that I have not one scar to show for my very serious accident ( I was hit by a 40 ton semi 3 times on the expressway). My son has horrible facial scars. Is his pain more believable because he has scars? Or because he is male? I really wonder sometimes. Anyway, thanks again. Linda


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