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Rick
April 6th, 2014, 04:23 PM
I am a 70 year old recent cancer survivor (spine surgery-chemo-radiation) who is now on Neurontin for nerve damage from my chemo (RCHOP). I am now able to slowly start swimming again and wonder if anyone has experienced if/how nerve medications like Neurontin affect their ability to train and ultimately compete again? This is unchartered territory for me, and I understand that progress will be very slow, but any advice-experiences would be welcome!

Allen Stark
April 6th, 2014, 08:01 PM
I have never been on it,but I have prescribed it and had a family member on it.The simplified explanation of how it works is that it decreases the reactivity (irritability) of neurons. That is bound to have some effect on swimming performance,but if the dose is not so high as to make you "fuzzy headed" I expect the effect would be relatively minimal. You have to weigh that against the effect of untreated chronic pain,which would definitely adversely affect training and performance.

Rick
April 7th, 2014, 02:45 PM
I have never been on it,but I have prescribed it and had a family member on it.The simplified explanation of how it works is that it decreases the reactivity (irritability) of neurons. That is bound to have some effect on swimming performance,but if the dose is not so high as to make you "fuzzy headed" I expect the effect would be relatively minimal. You have to weigh that against the effect of untreated chronic pain,which would definitely adversely affect training and performance.

Thanks, Allen, for your insights - they are very helpful to me.

The dosage does not seem to cause that "fuzzy-headed" high; and I definitely know that the pain has affected my ability to train well and simply to just feel okay on a daily basis!