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8 hours ago · Klonopin in Depression & Anxiety

@sadeyes

Getting from one day to the next is the best that a lot of us can manage. For me, I've "survived (barely)" an hour at a time. Doing life a day (or a moment) at a time is cause for a pat on the back, or a bowl of ice cream.

Therapists have told me to stand in front of the mirror and affirm myself. I don't think I've ever done that, but it can lift a person up a notch.

Jim

9 hours ago · Unknown Cause or Idiopathic SFN in Neuropathy

@albiet I haven't taken the time to research it. The feeling I got reading this article is that it didn't sound particularly well written, and, as you said, it's a mighty inadequate bit of research, which neither impresses me, nor did it convince me to send in an order.

Jim

15 hours ago · Unknown Cause or Idiopathic SFN in Neuropathy

@rwinney Not cheap, is it.

15 hours ago · Unknown Cause or Idiopathic SFN in Neuropathy

@albiet

I looked at the article. It says that it's an anti-inflammatory. I can't take NSAIDs, but maybe this is different. I have an appointment coming up with the doctor and I'm going to ask him about it.

Jim

1 day ago · Help asking doctor if this is small fiber neuropathy or something else in Neuropathy

@iceblue and @albiet

Even after taking a medication for a long time, I'll still read the paperwork and go online to review the side effects and interactions every once in a while.

I didn't keep track of all the antidepressants I tried before landing on Wellbutrin. It's been helping me for 13 years. A year or two ago I felt that I was falling into the depression hole, and my psychiatrist had me add Mirtazapine. I had tried Abilify, but it didn't change how I was feeling.

It's interesting to read those warnings and side effects. They're almost identical whatever medication the list is for, and listening to the ads for meds on TV, I hear the same list being broadcast. Even so, I keep an eye on my health to figure out if I'm experiencing anything from the list. It's not that I'm worried. I guess I'm just a bit OCD when it comes to being informed.

Jim

1 day ago · Klonopin in Depression & Anxiety

@grandmaj5 Yesterday I was responding to your question, but twice my messages were snatched away by an internet thief, and I have no idea where it went. So, I'll see if third time's a charm.

I guess doctors can do whatever they think is in the best interest of their patients. I'd want to hear his reasons, for sure. Other things I'd like to know are what he wants you to take in place of Klonopin, what his plans are for tapering off the Klonopin, and if some other doctor prescribed it I'd talk with that doctor about what your doctor is proposing.

It takes a long time to taper off Klonopin. The length of time would depend on what dose you're taking. But, regardless what the dosage is, you have to reduce the dosage by very, very small increments.

I only take 1mg, with the option of taking a second one as needed, and I cut the pills in quarters and tried taking 3/4 of the pill. After doing that for a few days, I decided that I needed some sleep more than I wanted to get off it.

I started taking it 13 years ago for anxiety, but it has had the added benefit of keeping me from kicking and flailing my arms in my sleep. It's one medication my wife doesn't want me to stop.

Can you tell us more about why you take Klonopin, what the dosage is, how long you've been taking it? Has your doctor given you acceptable reasons for why he wants you to stop? Whatever you do, don't just stop cold turkey because that could have serious consequences.

Well, if I can manage to say goodbye and send this message successfully, it will be true that third time's the charm.

Jim

1 day ago · Anyone Tried Frequency Specific Microcurrent Therapy? in Neuropathy

@cwallen9

I have a spinal cord stimulator, but I don't know if Inspirspar is anything like the stimulator. It must not involve surgery. I'll be interested in hearing the long term effects. What pain are you targeting? My stimulator has given me a lot of relief from peripheral neuropathy pain in my feet.

Jim

1 day ago · Chronic Pain members - Welcome, please introduce yourself in Chronic Pain

@pfbacon Hmm. Did they give you your medication eventually? I've never had any problem with them. They always send a text or voice message when it's getting close to the refill date, sometimes sooner than I need. My problems are with doctors sending my prescriptions to the wrong pharmacy. I always give specific instructions, but I've spent hours searching for where my medication, often something that I'm out of. I have 3 pharmacies on my list, a local Rite Aid for something the doctor wants me to start taking that day, the Walmart in another town where we go to church for a new or short term one that can wait until Sunday, and Humana for refills and medications that require a fresh prescription each month from the doctor. It can be a merry go round.

I don't have Bi____ fill any prescriptions because they made a major mistake and gave me a medication used to calm problem patients in mental health facilities. It caused the classic symptoms of Parkinson's, observed by my neurologist. I took it for a month, and happened to be talking with the psychiatrist and he asked how I was doing on – I don't remember the name of the medication – and when he said the name, my wife alerted to the fact that it didn't sound right, and the psychiatrist came (mildly) unglued. He said it wasn't the first time he'd seen that happen. I sued the company, went to a jury, and I barely got the expenses I'd incurred.

It's likely that most pharmacies, if not all, botch things at some point. I shop at the store, but not their pharmacy.

Jim