... CLINIC. have shakes pretty bad. ride it out?
Sounds like a typical pain doc! You can't just stop it cold turkey or you could have seizures! Your pain doc should have given you a weaning schedule. I get so upset with these docs that thell people to get off! I've been on xanax for sleep problems since 1994, & my docs all know about it & don't care! I am not addicted to it at all, it just lets me fall off to sleep. I wouldn't ever give it up. Are you one it for anxiety? I suggest you call them, take you pill first, & tomorrow call them & tell them how you are feeling & tell them you need a weaning schedule not just stopping or you could have seizures! Just my thoughts... Mary
I've been on Klonopin for about the same amount of time & I was told(don't know how it could be) but that it was worse then opiate withdrawal not to mention dangerous!! And this is something I can testify to myself when I lost my Klonopin & didn't have any to take & had a grand mal seizure & that wasn't the only one. I've had them even when I've been taking them. A friend of mine died from a grand mal,but it wasn't totally because of the seizure because he was a big guy(not obese but heavy) & he was sleeping on his stomach & he suffocated. Sad story because he was only 19.
I'd DEFINETLY SAY SOMETHING TO THOSE IDIOTS IN MY OPINION BECAUSE IF THEY DIDN'T KNOW THAT I WOULDN'T TRUST THEM AS FAR AS I COULD THROW THEM!!! I hope it works out for you,but I'm on TWO benzodiazipines Klonopin & Temazapam & a lot of Dilaudid & my doctor didn't see any problems with it so I don't know where these pain & methadone clinics get off doing that because your obviously on the benzo's for a reason. It's F'd up! Hope it works out for you. Good luck.
I just posted another answer on this & don't know if I hit somethig wrong or they snagged it, but I looked up the "professional" monograph on this drug, & there is nothing that states anything about alztheimers at all! I would read it thoroughly, & print it out, & take it to your next appointment or get a new "pain" doc, as your is really dumb or doesn't read. Link to follow... Mary
Hey Major, I have never said this to anyone in chronic pain, questioning their doctor, because I am certainly NOT a doctor. But, after being in chronic pain for 17 years... GET YOURSELF ANOTHER DOCTOR!!! Your new doc is an idiot!! (I really have NEVER said this to anyone, nor been so emphatic), but this guy is really off his rocker!!! I looked up benzo's and alzheimer, and there is ONE study out there done in France that has NOT been published, nor has it been peer reviewed!!! THAT is what he is basing his statement on. There were also plenty of studies that actually said that benzo's PREVENT Alzheimer's. Seriously, look it up yourself.
Secondly, I have been to plenty of pain doctors, and I have NEVER EVER been told to put my arm in ice water to determine if I use pain killers, or my tolerance??? What a jerk!! If they made me put my arm in ice water, they would start me on a fibro attack that would last weeks, and I guarantee that I would NOT be able to drive home. Your guy has really lost it, or he is the biggest narcissist in the world and thinks that he is G-d!!! I don't care how many narcotics I take at the time, he would really do HARM to me, and that is the truth?? What is his rational for doing this? The longer you can handle it the more pain meds you take? (in other words, you are an addict?)
Please, you need to find another doctor FAR AWAY from this one. Then, I would report him to the medical society in your area.
I will say that some doctors are totally against benzo's and narcotics. I have gone to some that make me get off the benzo's. That being said, they take me off the Xanax, and put me on Klonopin which has an 18 hour half life, rather than a four hour half life as Xanax does. The longer the half life, the easier it is to get off of the med. Twenty years on Xanax takes quite a bit of time to wean you down. Your doctor has no idea what he is doing, and I NEVER say something like that, seriously. I leave those opinions to myself, but this guy has my blood pressure up, reading your posts.
I'm so sorry that you had to go through this. It is practically inhumane what he is doing! You have verifiable pain, not just soft tissue injury, which cannot be seen on MRI's or X-rays. Nor is your problem fibro, again which your doctor probably doesn't believe in anyhow. I apologize for writing such a strong response but I have NEVER heard of anything so asinine in my life!!
You need to find another doctor who allows you to stay on the Xanax, like I said, many pain doctors do, because benzo's have a different mechanism on your nervous system than pain meds, therefore, they don't interact, as some pain doc's think that they do. Talk to your psychiatrist. Perhaps they have some better suggestions than I do, but honey, again, I am sorry.
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