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Using Gabapentin for Osteoarthritis

I have had severe pain in my right hip for about a year. No injury occurred. After 3 orthopedic surgeons, numerous X-Rays, and MRI's it has been determined that I have severe arthritis, a torn labrum,  and several cysts on my femur. The last orthopedic doc suggested hip resurfacing as opposed to hip replacement and referred me to an orthopedic at Cleveland Clinic. However, my appointment isn't for 4 months. Since I am experiencing so much hip pain with every step, my family doc prescribed Gabapentin 300mg 3 times as day. I am worried that 1) this won't work and 2) I will suffer side effects.  Is this drug recommended for severe osteoarthritis? Should I be worried?
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