Last Sept I was prescribed Gabapentin for neuropathic pain because I’d had gone past the stage where previous, successful ‘nerve flushing’ exercises for my legs worked.
I had an appointment with my GP where she agreed with the Gabapentin route as long as I increased the minimal dosage over a period of six months. During that appt. where I also had my overall 6 monthly health check, my GP gave me two cortisone injections into the joint for a frozen shoulder. We think the frozen shoulder was due to a kind of RSI having been in a self-propelling wheelchair alternating with two hospital crutches after tearing ankle ligaments, last Spring.
I’d asked my GP if I could wait a week before starting on the Gabapentin just in case I had bad reaction-I had an eventful weekend planned and could bear the pain another seven days.
However, during those seven days, I found my mobility increased in that I could keep on going for longer than before and minus neuropathic pain. Since then I’ve lived my life to the full-fatigue allowing - but obviously unsure how long this will last. Being realistic, I doubt it will.
I’ve asked numerous people including my GP, MS Nurse and other health care workers about this disappearance of neuropathic pain but none have given a definite answer as to whether the Cortisone, being a totally different steroid than those administered for MS was responsible, although my GP did say with a wry smile as she injected me, “You never know, this might help your MS.”
Any views on this are very welcome just to satisfy my own curiosity about the situation.