Ambien is a sleeping pill and should not be used for other purposes.
I've got major back problems that effect how I walk, sit stand, everything really. I can only maintain correct posture for moments, and certain muscles get paralyzed from time to time. When I take an ambien, it all disappears and I can walk, run, jump just like I should be able to. Wears off after a few hours without any soreness. Check out "the ambien effect". It's a vice documentary that show some fascinating examples, a man who can't speak due to brain injury is able to have pretty normal conversations, and other
My 22 yr old son was in an extremely bad motorcycle accident. His hand was actually off and it was reattached. I cant describe the nerve pain that he is constantly in and was told he will always have it. He has been on all of the medications that are supposed to calm it but nothing seems to work because of the severity of the nerve damage.
I then gave him a 10mg ambien and to our surprise, it eased the nerve pain to the point of being tolerable. It also seems to last longer and is the best relief he has had outside of oxicodone's and oxicontin. I wish they were able to pinpoint what it is within the pill that has all of these other wonderful side effects of nerve/brain injury/pain.
I have ulnar nerve compression in both arms, and median nerve compression in my right hand. I am looking into getting surgery to correct the problem, rather than to medicate it. Hopefully it will be successful.
With all that said I have recently noticed an unusual phenomenon: at night when I take my Ambien for sleep, the neuropathy caused by the compression completely goes away. It's amazing!
I've never tried using the drug during the day. I'm not sure that I will. But I sure look forward to it causing this effect at night.
I have tried Lyrica, meloxicam and tramadol. Ambien is the only thing that completely gets rid of the pain.
I think it must be more than a muscle relaxant or GABA potentiating effect, because I also take Klonopin and it does not do anything for the neuropathy.
Because I thought I might be imagining the effect, I decided to Google it and have found several conversations on several different sites and which others are experiencing the same thing.
I have had two back surgeries live in pain everyday bad nerve pain I also have trouble sleeping. Ambien is the only thing that helps I get 5-6 hours of sleep.
I have pretty bad pack problems. I have been on PK for 3 years (Lori tab 7.5) and Ambiene for about 5. My back has been getting the better of me l, I have missed a tone of work and am afraid I’m at the end of my career. I just had a nerve burn done on my back 2 weeks ago and it seems to be getting a lot worse?? The only thing getting me through has been my ambien. I’m confuseed and do not want to tell my doctors as I’m sure they think I’m looking for drugs. I’m so afraid the docs are going to take away the little help I have that I don’t want to seem crazy, but this is real and my life is changing rapidly as my pain gets worse??? Why is ambien the only thing that has helped me.
I take Ambien(Zolpidem) CR 12.5 mg, have for approximately 6 years. I've noticed it not only relieves my sciatica pain, but also acts as an antidepressant.
Whoever said "Ambien is for insomnia only" or whatever I guess doesn't realize that MANY medications are prescribed for conditions other than what the fda guidelines suggest. Its called off- label use, and doctors are totally allowed to do it.
Some patients get relief from RSD type pain with mega doses of Ambien, 100 mg per day or more. One 10 mg puts me out for 10 hrs but these patients experience little or no drowsiness.
- Ambien Information for Consumers
- Ambien Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Ambien (detailed)
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