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Has anyone used ambien to help nerve pain? I use it and it helps for several hours?

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kaismama 20 Aug 2014

Ambien is a sleeping pill and should not be used for other purposes.

DrFab2021 22 Jun 2018

No a useful comment.

DrFab2021 22 Jun 2018

Not a useful comment.

Scobledoo 12 Mar 2015

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

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Inactive 4 Nov 2018

I have nerve damage from a doctor hitting my spine with the needles during a back epidural injection for a herniated disc. My right foot has been asleep for over 18 months and I violently twisted on the table which has caused intercostal neuralgia on my left side by my chest and ribs. Every time I lay down or sit the nerve pain is unbearable. I have tried every nerve drug possible and for some reason the only drug that helps is Ambien. I take it after I get in bed, I lay there in unbearable nerve pain every night then after 1 hour or so I take an Ambien and the pain goes away. I have told my doctors about this but no one understands why. I think it acts as a strong muscle relaxer. I wish they would do more research on this because It really works and none of the nerve damage drugs have done much for me and the medical community seems to know very little about helping nerve damage. I also take It with a 50mg of Lyrica. I have not tried It in the day yet but if my unbearable pain continues I will have to. Does anyone else have a story like this?

leenie61 31 Mar 2017

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.

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DrFab2021 22 Jun 2018

I was in a terrible car accident subsequent to which I developed facial neuralgia (called trigeminal neuralgia, for the three close branches of the nerve). One night, I was taking my sleeping pill, ambien, and noticed its immediate effect on the neuralgia (i.e. = no more stabbing or nerve pain). I didn't last but for two hours, but what a relief! I wish pharmacologists would study what in this sleeping pill relieves pain so efficiently. I am now making all my doctors aware of it.

Aletheia Rivers 11 Aug 2017

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.

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Inactive 4 Nov 2018

Yes- I have experienced the same thing by accident. When I take 1 at night It takes away my intercostal neuralgia intense pain. I have tried every nerve drug possible and for some reason when I take 1 -50mg Lyrica with 1 -10mg Ambien my pain goes away. I wish they would research this more because there is a lot the medical community does not know about nerve damage drugs or why they even work.

Brad Noble 9 Mar 2018

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.

Tlow 14 Mar 2018

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.

Ozziepants 26 Jun 2018

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.

PN sufferer 19 Aug 2018

The comment above about Ambien is for sleep only is one of ignorance simply. Ambien acts as a hypnotic and effects a pain center in the brain as well, and nerve pain is a lot different than some othe pains, like gout for example.
I’ve found I can walk without a cane even on a dose of 5mg of Zolpidem, and my neurologist was blown away. since I have non-diabetic PN searching for nerve pain relief is difficult and has take me 10 years and am still not quite satisfied at the results. If there were more meds which acted as a hypnotic I would try it in a heartbeat. but so far...

Laruejd 5 Nov 2018

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. free discount card

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