Last reply 1 year ago
Can exercise help with pain?

Hi All
I am currently getting neuropathic pain in my legs. The doc has upped my gabapentin and in off work for 2 weeks. Ive been resting for 4 days but my pain seems to be getting worse.
I used to go to the gym a lot but for over a year ive not been.
Any suggestions would really help…thank you

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1 year ago

@sarah_irwin , managing pain is a subject in its own right.

It’s a question of finding the medication that works for you, and at what dose. I know that Gabapentin is safe to take up to ridiculous levels. Perhaps, the higher level will work for you, or you may need to go higher.

Pregabelen (Lyrica) is an alternative. Some find it preferable to Gabapentin, but Doctors like to push Gabapentin first.

Distraction is another tactic. Neuropathic pain is worse when we have nothing else to “interest” us, e.g. when lying in bed trying to sleep. But, through the day, we can do other things to take our mind of it.

I would suggest revisiting the gym again. Just go on a “gently, gently” basis, starting slowly and building up over time.

Hope this helps.

1 year ago

Thank you thats very helpful…i will think about it maybe earlier in the week. At the moment im just very exhausted 😣
The gabapentin is also adding to my tiredness and i feel woozy …i suppose thats normal x

1 year ago

You’re right, @sarah_irwin , these drugs do make you feel a bit “spaced out”, but this is temporary……….

1 year ago

I had terrible leg cramps when I was first diagnosed, my neuro sent me to a physical therapist and she gave me a list of stretches to do. It’s been 10 years and I still do the stretches and haven’t had any problems with legs cramps. Potter

1 year ago

i totaly agree with @potter had also some stretch exercises and by performing them regularyl my tiredness and mood got better 😀 nowadays i add several new exercises so that i dont get bored.

1 year ago

Thank you ….im thinking of going back to the gym for some light exercise and weights to try and strengthen my muscles. I also found in the past it lifted my mood.

1 year ago

Hi @ sarah_irwin have you tried yoga? There are some great poses for legs and hips like ‘pigeon pose’ or ‘legs up the wall’ which you can do at home. Look on YouTube. Get well x

1 year ago


I do Zumba a couple of times a week and if I haven’t done it for a week or two then my legs feel heavier and I don’t walk as well.

I also take Pregabalin/Lyrica as I was very bad tempered on Gabapentin. The Pregabalin/Lyrica is being changed to the Alzain brand which has the same ingredients in etc but I haven’t started on them yet.

The drugs do tend to make you feel a bit woozy at first which is why you generally increase the strength over a certain length of time until your system gets used to them.

Take care

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