coming off meds

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   Posted 8/28/2009 12:08 PM (GMT -6)   
:-)  hi. just wanted to let you all know that several weeks ago i was in terrible pain. i thought i was having a bad fibro flare. i also have many other illnesses, so i wasnt sure what was going on. my psych dr. really looked at all the meds i was on and explained i was on way too many meds. 3 of them were benzodiazepams. 3! any way  she prescribed wellbutrin and started weaning me off the other meds. it is difficult and sometimes im so anxious i want to jump out of my skin, but my pain level is so improved! im amazed. in spite of the difficulty i will not go backwards. i was also sleeping way too much. it was a way of escaping the pain. she told me to drink 2 diet drinks with caffeine every day. i wake up much earlier, i have less pain and so much more energy. i cant believe the difference. im going for walks and eating better. ive lost weight, too. i hope this will help someone out there who may be having similar difficulties. i wish all of you could have the same results, but i know thats not possible. i just want you to know that im thinking of all of you and praying that your pain levels will decrease and that you will have improvements in your qualities of life.

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   Posted 8/28/2009 4:03 PM (GMT -6)   

Thank-You for the up date! I was wondering how you were doing! I knew that you were going through some difficult times according to your last post and thread, I am glad you are doing better now! It sounds like your Doctor might have you on the right road this time! And maybe this road will take get you really feeling well and feeling good! Keep us posted on your progress, and remember your family here still cares about you!

Good Luck to You

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   Posted 8/28/2009 4:43 PM (GMT -6)   
thanks white beard, its always nice to get at least 1 response from a post. i really appreciate you taking the time to do so. i am doing so much better. its hard to believe one of my big problems was being over-medicated by one of my drs. i had no idea. my psych is the one who finally discovered this. this is not the 1st time she has "saved me". when i had my psychotic break a few yrs. ago, she was able to recognize my condition and prescribe the right medications to keep me from a hospitalization. lamictal and seroquel. anyway she explained that my meds. were causing my body to stop making its own anti-depressants and pain relievers. i wish this same realization would help others so easily. well its not really easy to come off 3 benzodiazapams. im having a lot of anxiety, but i will not go backwards. anyway thanks again for answering. you take care yourself. i will be thinking of you and wishing you well.

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   Posted 8/28/2009 5:47 PM (GMT -6)   
cbear, Being overmedicated is not an uncommon thing...alot of patients, especially CP patients are overmedicated.  Most of the time we just want to be out of pain and we don't care what we have to do...after a while we don't realize what we're doing to ourselves.  Of course, some of us have no choice and have to take a multitude of meds.  I am so glad that this way is the right way for you... You're lucky to have such a caring Dr. on your side that saw what was happening and took the correct steps to help you.
I wish more Dr.'s were like that.
Keep us posted,
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   Posted 8/29/2009 9:40 AM (GMT -6)   
cbear you really did find a wonderful doctor even is its not an MD.  I was told by a doctor I was thinking of taking on as my primary and he said I was over medicated on heart and blood pressure meds.  He wanted to start cutting out many off them, I said no for one wrong opinion could give a stroke or heart attack.
But I agree that many of us are over medicated and that our bodies would run better without so many.  If only mine weren't for my heart I would be jumping on the band wagon of decreasing myself.
I'm so thrilled your feeling better
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   Posted 8/29/2009 11:32 AM (GMT -6)   
hi, uniquelyme! thanks for responding. i totally understand what you said about so many people who are in so much pain will do anything to get rid of the pain, even if that means overmedicating. thats where i was several weeks ago. i took whatever was prescribed for me without asking any questions. i tried to sleep as much as possible to escape the pain. i stayed in bed almost all the time. im still on many meds.,as i still have many illnesses. im not even sure this will last, but i will take it for now and be thankful. i do wish everyone in pain could at least have breaks from their pain even if it were temporary. the hope that that would generate would be fantastic. i will still visit this site to see how everyone else is doing, as i feel i have made friends here. thank you

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   Posted 8/29/2009 11:37 AM (GMT -6)   
laurie, nice to talk to you. im sorry you have illnesses like those which keep you from ever being able to come off them. i have a few of those too. i guess the best we can do is "keep on keepin' on", always hoping for more and better options for the illnesses we have. best wishes to you.

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   Posted 8/29/2009 3:42 PM (GMT -6)   

I'm glad to hear that you're having he success that you're getting. I know that when you first were coming off the xanax you were pretty worried, and I truly am glad that it's all turning out as well as it is. I really hope for you that this continues.
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   Posted 8/29/2009 8:26 PM (GMT -6)   
I really can relate to your statement about wanting to sleep most all the time. As I look at the summer, now pretty much behind us, I feel like I've still been waiting for it to come. Yet, we had a gorgeous day here today and all I did was go out and get the mail and walk around the yard a bit. Even now, I'm fighting to stay awake and only just took my first set of percocets not long ago.

It's a struggle - to be in pain or to want to sleep your life away. Finding that middle balance is tricky, but I hope you can achieve it with your new doctor!

Good luck!

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