Yep! AFRobin, I wish I had taken a more proactive position regarding my heath during that time and researched the valium before taking it. I was (I felt) a healthy 125lbs, and very active before the fall and even after when the vertigo would allow. I'm now aprox 95 lbs weak and frail. Benzos are a life destroying evil that doctors should prescribe with the most extreme caution, if ever, and no past even ten days. I found out tolerance for the Valium was building in my system after 14 days because it had already compromised the GABA in my brain and nervous system and I took it for 3 1/2 years!
There are soooo many people, especially ages 65 to 80 hooked on benzos and dying from it. The numbers for emergency room visits for people in this age group taking Benzos is heart breaking!! There is so much info on Benzos and anti-anxiety meds if you research it. Maybe big pharma increased the percentages a physician can earn for prescribing these types of addictive meds?
I wish the doctors would think of a family member when they are prescribing these meds and give their patients a stern and heartfelt warning because my doctors said nothing. They just kept writing out those prescriptions with a smile. I'm sure they wouldn't want a loved one to experience this kind of Hell. My son says:" I'm so sorry you are going through this Mom" and I'm sorry he has to see me this way.
Benzos are no joke and because Metoprolol has an anti-anxiety agent it's also addictive and causes some people like me all kinds of health problems that like me, they don't attribute to the medication.
The medical community needs to look at other options for treating heart patients. (And they're out there) Especially when the patient comes to them with their health already compromised. Makes no sense.
With the grace of God and his guidance, when my tolerance withdrawl is complete from these meds, my life, my health and lost time with my family will be restored to being as healthy as I was before the fall. In Jesus' precious name!