Gabapentin is a lifesaver for me as well, and I truly mean that I would have committed suicide rather than live with the pain I have. It gets rid of 80-90 percent of my upper back/shoulder/neck pain.
I was injured at work, had 3 discs removed, 2 levels fused, bone dowels, etc. The pain I have now is nerve and muscle pain. Since I live in Appalachia and the good docs here are terrified of giving out narcotics, I cannot get a scrip for vicodin or percocet.
I was on 5 mg oxy once per day plus gabapentin (for four years) but my pain doc cut off pain meds. All I have is gabapentin now and amrix. I have to live with it. I have no other option. Many days I am crying and sit in my massage chair for hours. I haven't had any pain meds for over six months. I had to cut back on work due to the pain, but life goes on. Gabapentin works well, not as well as Oxycodone, but close.