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Fri, May 22 3:04pm · Getting off of Seroquel in Depression & Anxiety

Hey, James. Just wondering if you have or developed Diabetes with that high dose of Seroquel? I have never gone higher than 300 mg ER, but I developed diabetes about 5 years ago. Can't say it is due to the Seroquel, but I know Seroquel does have side effect of Diabetes and craving sugar which was a problem for me anyway.

Fri, May 22 3:01pm · Getting off of Seroquel in Depression & Anxiety

Yay, I am so glad to hear you have made some changes with your doc and are doing better!! Nothing worse than waking up at 2 a.m. and can't go back to sleep, although I prefer more than 7 hours. I'm a sleep-a-holic!! Wish you continued wellness and good sleep!!

Wed, May 20 11:38am · Getting off of Seroquel in Depression & Anxiety

Just curious that you were using alcohol as an upper. Alcohol is a depressant and Seroquel is a mood stabilizer. I have been on and off Seroquel for several years. I don't really like it either, but my doctor recently said I was "all over the place" lol. Do you take the quick release or the extended release? I have found that if I take 50mg of regular release Seroquel and a larger dose of extended release, currently 150mg, I am slowly but surely sleeping through the night and if I sleep well during the night (looking at CPAP stats) I'm not tired in the morning. I also take Lamictal and a zillion other meds though so my response to Seroquel may not be the same as yours. One more thought, have you asked the doc if you could be ADD. I am, in addition to all my other issues. I tried Adderal and several other symptoms, but they increased my anxiety. Now I take Vyvanse which is similar but gentler, not such a shock to my system. If I wake up a bit early, drink a cup of coffee and take my meds, I am generally fine during the day. Just a thought? Or maybe Sleep Apnea given the choking and waking. Seroquel and alcohol combo would definitely make Apnea worse. So yeah, I'm not a doctor, I just play one on TV. Don't take my advice as gospel, but just some thoughts you might want to run by your doc. Is he a psychiatrist or a regular doctor?

Tue, Mar 31 10:36am · Getting off of Seroquel in Depression & Anxiety

Hey @chrisjc I have not commented lately but have been following your updates. I'm so glad you are figuring out your meds and feeling better. I also take Klonopin (the generic–clonazepam), and I would be lost without it. I usually take 1 MG at night and 1/2 MG in the morning because it tends to make me sleepy, and I don't need any help feeling sleepy! If mid-day several hours after morning dose I am struggling, I add the other 1/2 MG. I can take up to 2 mg per day, but I try to take less if possible. Have you tried Cymbalta or has your doc mentioned it. Honestly, it does make some people a bit wonky, but not all, and it helps a lot for me with pain and anxiety in addition to depression. I don't want to put an idea in your head that will put you through more withdrawals because I went cold turkey off Cymbalta–was fine for two days and then major pain and anxiety attack. Sometimes we don't realize how much meds are helping us until we go off them, and my doc told me no way should I go off Cymbalta without adding another antidepressant and tapering. Take care!

Mon, Mar 30 4:23pm · Arachnoiditis: Trying to find a specialist in Spine Health

@donfeld MRI, yes, with contrast, no. I'll talk to my doctor. I don't think I want to smoke Marijuana. I haven't done that since high school and I didn't really like it then, but if it works for some folks then go for it.

Mon, Mar 30 3:39pm · Neuropathy: Anyone have any experience with gabapentin? in Neuropathy

I don't know what State you live in, but Arizona requires a list of certain medical conditions and medications and has refused licenses to some people for many years now. I get it, but I don't think the state should be the one to decide or the MVD. Your doctor should assess your capabilities.

Sun, Mar 29 9:10pm · Neuropathy: Anyone have any experience with gabapentin? in Neuropathy

@jimhd I love coffee 😭, and since you admitted your compulsive shoe habit, I will confess that I had a compulsive, very expensive Teavana habit until Starbucks ruined Teavana. I don't know if you have looked Tramadol up, and of course, with all the new special interest groups and political pressure they will make it sound worse, but I find it helps for some pain and not for others. It is not an opioid but is considered as the evil precursor to opioids and therefore addiction to other drugs. I have always been able to use it sparingly and never had any problem with addiction issues. It does not cause euphoria for me given all my other health issues. It is, however, still a controlled substance like the Clonazepam, and often they will limit the amount you are able to get at first until one of the gods of your insurance company or the government decides you are not an addiction risk. I will get off my soapbox now, but I have plenty more to say about this subject. Take care! Still trying to find out about those supposedly awesome shoes. 🤗

Sun, Mar 29 9:00pm · Neuropathy: Anyone have any experience with gabapentin? in Neuropathy

@dckuke @jimhd I only take 1-2 tramadol in the middle of the day as needed, but I also take Diclofenac, Lamictal, Clonazepam, Cymbalta, Welbutrin, etc., etc. I use ice and heat and stretching and sometimes all of that together doesn't completely help, but most of the time my pain and neuropathy are bearable with steroid injections from my wonderful pain doc in my occipital lobe, lumbar spine and knees. I also receive pinpoint injections (not sure if that is the right term) in my upper back because it is always a wad of tension. These have been lifesavers! Lamictal is also an anti-seizure med, but I take it for Bipolar Disorder. Gabapentin never helped me and as I stated somewhere else I would fall when getting out of bed, legs would just double under me. I think I would do much better if I could get my diet and sleep hygiene under control, but given my current situation, those are tough. My problem is that I have so many things going on and sometimes fixing one does not help because of the others.