Em has been on neurontin for a week now and even the lowest dose is helping control her pain significantly. Her pain without the medicine is typically about a 7 on the pain scale and with the medicine, it is about a 2 or 3. That is pretty significant. Very significant, actually. The biggest problem she is having is that it wears off before it is time for the next dose. She is supposed to take it at least 6 hours apart but it starts wearing off at the 5 hour mark most of the time. When it wears off, she definitely knows it.
I don’t know how much increasing the dose is going to help that but it is good that she is getting significant pain relief from such a small dose. (As much as I am a believer in better living through pharmaceuticals, I would not be upset if we can avoid high doses of this kind of medication.) Also good, so far there are no noticeable side effects. Maybe they will appear at higher doses but so far so good.
I am supposed to call tomorrow to give the pain clinic an update and we will probably bump up the dose a bit.
At any rate, the neurontin is working and that is a huge blessing for a kid who has been in pain for so long!