Hi Barbara, Gabapentin is a medication that is sometimes prescribed for neuropathic back pain (it's more commonly prescribed for epilepsy in adults). It's effectiveness depends on the origin of your husband's back pain. It would only be effective if your husbands back pain is rooted in the nerves. Toradol is an anti-inflammatory pain killer used after surgeries to control inflammation, pain, and fever. Your husband's doctor can help explain the cause of his back pain, and prescribe gabapentin or another appropriate pain killer depending on the source of the pain.
One thing to keep in mind regarding pain killers is that they are cosmetic drugs. In other words, they help numb the pain or stop inflammation that's causing the pain, but they do not heal or "cure" the root cause of the pain. (Crude example: If you have a broken arm, you can take all the pain killers you want to relieve the pain and discomfort, but they will not heal the bone. A doctor has to set the fracture and put it in a cast to allow time for the bone to heal itself.) The point I'm trying to make is that your husband might benefit from a different pain killer for the discomfort of his back pain, but he might also benefit from exercise, stretching, massage, a chiropractor, or acupuncture. Again, the doctor should be a good source for approaching your husband's back pain in these areas. With his assessment of the source of your husband's back pain, you can begin exploring treatments that will also heal whatever is going on to cause the pain.
Hi Barbara, Gabapentin is a medication that is sometimes prescribed for neuropathic back pain (it's more commonly prescribed for epilepsy in adults). It's effectiveness depends on the origin of your...... (more)