I am so sorry this is happening and IMHO I think your physician is trying to wean you down to fast. Is this a PCP or Pdoc you are dealing with.
How long have you been on the med........give me a bit more info and I may have a good resource for you.
Post Edited (Green Grove) : 2/2/2009 12:55:00 PM (GMT-7)
I have been on a benzo for 24 years and my Pdoc decides it is not good for me and I need to wean off.............well I was shocked as well. She was not the one to prescribe them originally. I figure if I have been on them this long she is being unrealisitc................I was on Ativan at the time and it was a high dose as my body seems to metabolize this classification of med quickly. It was also at the lowest point I have ever been in with A & P and depression. A member sent me this site and I printed off the weaning schedule and info and dropped it off at my Pdocs office.
When I went in to see her she agreed to substitute Valium and go with the weaning schedule in the info provided. I went from 40 mg of Valium a day down to 2-4 mg. It took me 9 months to wean down but I made it. She wanted me off completely but I said no..................I do not abuse the med and after all these years this med helps me more then many of the AD's she has tried me on.
Be your own best advocate and it sounds like you are. I am proud of you and know that you have your appointment coming up and I will pray you establish a good working relationship with your new physician.
Thank you Lil Sis :) I'm going to print that off if the new doc wants to do the same thing. That is fine to slowly back off, but I felt that it was just too big of a jump and with no call or anything, I feel it was a bit disrespectful and then insulting to have the nurse say the things she did to me. A cousin of mine was being weaned too quickly from her meds and passed away last year at 47. . . Enough of a connection that it does make me a scared and her death is still under investigation. Don't really know what happened for sure. Plus I'm at my lowest point rising back up and don't want to relapse again. I was going to call and cancel my appt. with my old doc, but I think I'm just going to let it go and move on with my future. I don't want to be angry with anybody and talking to any of them again will just raise my anxiety, so. . . . Man what a day! I know if I had known more about benzos when I was younger than some textbook stuff that got lost in all the other info, I would have never stayed on them for such a prolonged period at all. . . You are right about being my own advocate for my health and I at least do my research and speak with my docs now before taking anything. . . Communication is key for any patient-doctor relationship and I hope this thread will educate everyone of the extreme importance of this. I know we tell members daily, but it always seems to bear repeating!
Thank you so much :)
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