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mentalcompass
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   Posted 1/10/2011 9:18 PM (GMT -6)   
I've posted in the Lyme Disease forum because I'm questioning that as a possible issue for me. I'm having some super serious never pain that started in my right shoulder with pins/needles and tingling. That turned into back cramps and knots so bad I couldn't sleep. That turned into pain down my right arm so bad I couldn't bend my arm, major nerve pain. That let up but migrated to my left arm and left leg, turning to muscle spasms and fasculiations. Neuro results are Wednesday but I don't think they saw anything serious, at least they kind'a hinted to that. MRI results come Wednesday too. Cervical MRI showed disc herination, spurs, etc., That's interesting but didn't explain the left pain, sciatica pain. I wake up feeling OK but in a few hours of moving around, the pain builds and builds, it's like tennis elbow in my left arm that even makes my hand shake with pain. The leg pain ramps up so bad that I started limping.
 
Here's my question.  .5 mg of Xanax stops it dead in it tracks, although I can still feeling some mild problems with my left hand while typing.
 
I tried Neurotin for one day, 300 mg, but it made me shakey and weird feeling.
 
I hope to find out what the hell has happened to me this week. How can Xanax stop that nerve pain, it's amazing. It's not a long-term solution, naturally, because I'll need higher and higher doses to get the same effect and I want the problem identified, not masked. For now, I'm taking the Xanax because the pain is unbearable to me. I'm using 1 - 1.5 mg a day.
 
Why would Xanax work when Neurotin didn't? I'm wondering if that suggests some CNS problem. Even my joints hurts now, knees, fingers, etc., I'm seeking Lyme testing next.
 
 

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   Posted 1/10/2011 9:35 PM (GMT -6)   
I'm kind'a hoping the nuero lets me know if my problem is muscle or nerve. I still confused as to which one it is. I originally thought it was muscle cramps and maybe that has just irritated the nerves and that's the issue. I can't wait to find out. I don't think I could bear the pain without that Xanax. It's amazing. Maybe the XR is a possability. I'm at the point where I could care less what works, as long as I'm not in blinding pain. When it gets so bad I can't even walk, and I'm 41 with a 5-year-old, I'd do anything to end it so I can continue with my motherly and life duties. This is heavy pain and I'm not whimp either. I tried Vicodin but it SUCKED. In fact, I thought made my pain worse, odd as that is.

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   Posted 1/11/2011 8:15 AM (GMT -6)   
I a on klonopin for nerve pain but also to help relax the muscles. Not sure it really helps. I am also on neurontin and when I started neurontin and with each new increase I feel the way you describe but the symptoms do lessen after time. It depends I guess how bad the side effects are. I know when I tried Lyrica I could not tolerate it. Have you had an emg? I have PN and RSD which is nerve pain but also can feel like muscles pain too. I hop you get some answers and relief

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   Posted 1/11/2011 8:48 AM (GMT -6)   
I was thinking Klonopin might work. I did the EMG, nerve conduction study, brain MRI, I get the results back tomorrow but I don't think they saw anything shocking, they told me they'd have told me right then and there, and if the MRI wasn't good, they've had called me right away. God knows what they'll tell me tomorrow, I'm so looking forward to seeing if they have information for me, anything that tells me why this is happening and how I might fix it, if I can. I was so afraid when all this started. Now, I'm less afraid of finding anything out bad as I am of not knowing what's doing this. The pain gets you to a point where you're over the top. I don't need tell anyone in this forum that I'm sure. None of us would be here if we didn't have chronic pain.

I only did Neurotin once, I woke and felt really shakey and werid, I think it's a mood messer for me. I did notice that i'm more prone to depression now than ever before. It went from being a problem right before my period to more of a problem at other times. I thought maybe this was some change of life thing, I'm at the gate for that now at 41, but I don't know. I'm not neurologist but I keep going over stuff tryng to find anything that might point me in the right direction.

I'm not sure if the muscle relaxing compoment of Xanax does the trick, or the way it works on Gaba receptors, or what....man I hope I get an answer tomorrow and it's a manageable one.

They're trying to rule out MS. My mother has that. I'm not afraid of it, actually, because she has done so darn well with the disease and we're just like each other, same medical issues too. She was diagnosed at 45 and she's 67 now, she's one tough lady, up and running around each day like there was nothing wrong. You should see our cervical MRI's, same darn problems, they look alike. Friggin genetics is crazy.

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   Posted 1/11/2011 8:51 AM (GMT -6)   
They didn't see any problem on the cervical MRI that led them to think MS. The neurologist wanted to the brain MRI just to see, but he said it was a good sign that the cervical MRI didn't show that. There's something weird at work here and having an answer would be a blessing, I think.

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   Posted 1/11/2011 10:00 AM (GMT -6)   
I can relate to the not knowing what is going on. I do have a dx of PN and RSD but a lot is still unknown and I am dx tested out at the moment. I have traveled to top places for tests and answers. I try to stay in the day but I do live in fear of the what if's. I will say for pain managing at the start of this 4 years ago I would try a med and stop with side effects or not give it long enough to work cause some take time. Now some side effects are too bad to push threw but some do let up. I remember when I started Cymbalta I thought I would throw up for 2 weeks but my pain doc pushed me to stay on it and in time the bad issues went away. I wish I had more answers for you. Just hold to hope.It just takes 1 doctor to look outside of the box or one treatment even to give you better relief. 

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   Posted 1/11/2011 8:33 PM (GMT -6)   
the xanax and all the benzos. enhance the effects of the neurotransmitter GABA (gama-aminobutyric acid) with binds with the GABA 1a receptor, by this it slows the transmission of impulses across your nerves. it's anxiolytic effects kill pain secondary to sedation. klonopin (clonazepam), and ativan (lorazepam) are used off-label for nerve pain a lot. the gabapentin and pregabalin also work on the gabanergic system but a little differently.
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   Posted 1/12/2011 9:44 PM (GMT -6)   
My neuro tests came back normal, I'll see him again in two months, I'm guessing he'll retest me if the problems continue. I'm not sure what to do about this Xanax, whether I keep taking it or not. It stops pain and keeps me from having anxiety attacks over the "what if's" that are going through my mind to the point that it's unhealthy. Ativan makes me anxious, I don't know why, it didn't used to, but perhaps because I'm taking that Xanax now, the impact isn't the same with Ativan. Xanax kills pain and my health anxiety all at once, a seemingly perfect combination until I either find out what this is or it goes away.

I tried the Neurotin just once, felt shakey and weird. Doc really wants me to stay atop it for at least four weeks, he said it takes a long time to build a good blood level. I hate to add to my already existing anxiety and depression over all this with a drug that can do that. I don't know what to do here. As of late, the Vicodin I borrow from my mother just makes me kind'a ill. I'm only taking 2 mg of Xanax but I can see how that tolerance builds. My doc also wants me to take Prednisone, all this seems to much. I don't know.

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   Posted 1/13/2011 1:39 AM (GMT -6)   
metalcompass

Prednisone just might help you and it might be worth while at least trying it. The medication can have some funny side affects, I know when I am on it for my ulcertive colitis, it takes away all my aches and pains! It is one of the few medications that really does relieve my pain really well! But unfortunately you can not be on it all the time! And as I said it does have some strange side affects. When I am on it, it affects me emotionally, and I want to cry allot, and I do not sleep very well while on it! Some people swell up and retain fluids. It often affect people differently. But for the most part for allot of people it does work. It keeps your body from forming inflamation, which often is the reason for pain. Just like when they do epidural steriod injections when you have a bad disk or nerve impingement. It stops and blocks the inflamation, thus relieving the pressure on the nerves and thus relieving the pain, of the nerve impingement! It is often used to stop or control autoimmune disease flare-ups such as Ulcertive Colitis, and a host of other ones, including MS. Also as I am sure that you probably know since your mother has MS, that it can sometimes be difficult to diagnose, and for some people it can take years before they finally get a diagnoses of MS.
Please Hang in there and know that we are all here for you!

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   Posted 1/13/2011 5:00 PM (GMT -6)   
baclofen may help your pain because it works close to the spot Xanax works. it works to agonize the GABA2b recptor producing similar effects to benzo's.

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   Posted 1/13/2011 6:37 PM (GMT -6)   
Baclofen. I'm going to talk to the doc about it. As far as the MS, it's my guess that that's the problem. I'm telling you, my mother and I have the exact same medical issues, I wish that wasn't the case but darn it if it's not true. I joke all the time saying however she departs this earth one day, I can expect the same. I'm totally not afraid of the MS and in the end, I think he'l wind up telling me that. I'm just glad it's not fatal. My mother says, after 22 years with the disease, that the only reason she's not in a wheelchair is because she refuses to be. You'd never know she had MS, she's a friggin lumberjack, she's got more stamina that me. But, she doesn't worry about anything, she never has really. I worry a lot. She's a "whatever happens happens" person, now pass the salt. I dwell on crap. She keeps telling me to get my brain right where it matters, the thinking part. I love that lady, blessed to have her. But to be honest, I'd sure like to know NOW what this is, I was afraid I had some deadly illness or something. I'll try the Prednisone tomorrow, I picked up the script last night. Last year when I was on that, blew up like a zepplin and felt horrible. I have a 5-year-old and I caught every darn illness she brough home, and many she didn't. I spent four months sick but of course I wasn't sure whether it was the drugs or my immunue system totally failing. This has been a really crappy 12 months for me. I'm not used to being in pain or sick. And I three docs, I say three, tell me that's this is the new norm since I'm over 40. I'm 41, no 141. They were all like oh....you're 40, crap happens now, get used to it. I wanted to say...you get used to it first ya jerk, but they were all older than me so there wasn't much to say. :)

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   Posted 1/13/2011 6:41 PM (GMT -6)   
Can it really be true that I passed some portal at 40 where the new norm is pain and illness? To be honest, a lot of my friends my age are complaining. Just doesn't sound right to me.

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   Posted 1/13/2011 6:44 PM (GMT -6)   
I have a 39-year-old brother. We spent about a half hour talking about his prostate. I spent another half hour talking about my pain. We suck

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   Posted 1/14/2011 3:01 AM (GMT -6)   
mentalcompass
 
I am going to ask you to do me a favor. Please Please Please do not belittle yourself! We all talk about our medical problems at one time or another. It is often a way for us to cope with difficult situations.  It is not easy to feel lousy all the time and know that there is something wrong but not able to get a diagnoses. Having a name for a condition to explain why you feel the way you do, is important to  you and that is a natural  expectation! When on the prednisone, just try and be carefull avoid people with colds and especially shaking hands with them. With your child stress washing hands and using kleenex when sneezing and wiping their nose, and again I stress the hand washing. It is important that little kids learn proper hand washing.  It is especially important when you are on the prednisone. This medication does lower your immune systems ability to fight infections, that is probably why you were sick so much when you were on it before.  Anyway just be careful and take a few precautions and that will help allot.
 
Just as a side note along time ago when I was in nursing school, I had clinicals at a kindergarten class. and I brought in petri  dishes, and I had each child put there unwashed hand on the agar material. and then sealed it, then I had them wash their hands the way they normal do and I had them do it again with another petri dish, then I taught them how to properly wash their hands, and had them do it and then again put their hand print in yet another petri dish. I sealed them all and carefully labeled them and then took them back to the college and put them in the incubator for a week. I then took them back to the class room and let them see the results. ( by the way the professor of the microbiology lab warned me not to open those containers! as they contained some very very nasty bugs growning in them!) It was impressive, the containers that were used for the unwashed hands was over grown with all kinds of stuff. And the ones with the normally washed hands were not much better. But the ones that were done after properly washing their hands, hardly had anything growing in them.  The teacher was very impressed, with this. You see part of my peds nursing clinical was to observe school children and then also do a teaching demonstration, but it had to pretain to health.  There were 17 children in that class and I had 51 petri dishes.  The teacher took a whole different attitude about washing hands and the importance of teaching the children the proper way of doing it. It was a really fun and inlighting experience for me. Anyway washing hand is important, for everyone.  I just thought I would share that experience with you.
 
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   Posted 1/14/2011 9:17 AM (GMT -6)   
Thanks White Beard ! started the prednisone today. The doc said I could half the dose, not the 60 mg a day but 30 mg a day, I don't like the stuff and yes, I was sick so often last year, I really didn't want to do this again, but I'd like to see if the problems slow down, the pain subsides, then I know it's some type of inflamation. I really, really didn't want to take this stuff because, as you pointed out in detail, taking anything that lowers my immune system with a kindergarten kid in the house, receipe for winter-long illness. I tell her to wash her hands, I try to be careful, but she's been sick twice already. Curiously, I never caught a thing from her so now I know last year was due to all the steriods I was on. I had shots, oral pills, etc., I'll be super careful this time around. Do you think the 30 mg a day is enough? I'm just wondering if I'll see results on that. I'm sore all over. By the way, the Neurotin is working, I did pretty good yesterday, muscle fasciculations, yes, but not so bad and they didn't kick off the nerve pain until late in the afternoon. My muscles are really sore from all this, the constant firing going on. Don't you think it's weird that the neuro didn't see them on all the tests, or that he had no idea what was going on? Maybe this really is some compressed nerve root issue, maybe I should go back to the osteopath and ask him too. I'm stumped, it's pretty fustrating. I get up everyday and say...YOU'RE BETTER, even though I'm not, and I try to put a positive spin on this. I passed the big gun tests, the ALS fear, so I should be happy, right? Well, I'd have been happier if he had an answer for me.

I'm going to the allergist/immunologist on Tuesday. I was wondering if I should have waited on that prednisone to see her first, or doesn't it matter? I also have an appt with my primary, he's just a pill guy, I am not sure he will dig deep for me. I was going to ask him for Valium to see if I'd better tolerate that during the day than Xanax. I don't take the Xanax until night because I have a kid, it makes me tired and she's a handfull, she has a lot of developmental and behavioral problems. I do notice that .5mg of that stuff barely works anymore, I normallp take the other half within an hour. :) Only 1 mg a day, that's not bad I guess, but I'd like to keep my body calm all day and give this nervous thing a chance to just calm and stop.

Besides the Lyme test, is there anything else you think I might ask them to test me for? I don't know where to go anymore.

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   Posted 1/14/2011 9:20 AM (GMT -6)   
and i will ask about the Baclofen too, maybe that's a better choice.

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   Posted 1/14/2011 9:22 AM (GMT -6)   
I'll not be too hard on myself. When something is bothering you, it does help to talk it out, share and get the fustration off your chest, a least I'm not holding it in. Man, i just want to get better, I so do.

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   Posted 1/15/2011 2:26 AM (GMT -6)   
mentalcompass
 
I know you want to get better and to get answers, and I can see, feel, hear the frustration in your post. But that is what makes this forum so Great, you can come here and vent your frustrations, and know that you have friends here that will listen to you, and will support you and be here for you!  As for the prednisone, and the dosage, well your doctor prescribes that according to allot of factors, even your size ( weight can be a factor on how much he prescribes)  if you have any questions about taking it, or the amount he prescribed, then you should talk with him/her about it.  Have they done any nerve conduction studies on you?  EMG on your arms and or legs?  That  might be a good test to have done considering the problems your having with your arms anyway.  I am on Baclofen for muscle spasms  and it has been a Godsend for me! It does a really good job at controlling my muscle spasms, ( I get them everywhere, in my hands and feet, and in my calve of my legs and in the inner thigh area too, and also in my neck.  No one has yet been able to tell me why I get them, but the baclofen is great at controling them. It also help allot with the pain too!  I am on a very high dosage of it, 30mg every eight hours, and this is not the type of medication that you can just stop taking, you have to be weaned off of it carefully!  Anyway if you have spasms this might be a medication that you might want to talk to your doctor about!
 
Good Luck to you mentalcompass!
 
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   Posted 1/15/2011 6:29 PM (GMT -6)   
Someone else mentioned that drug to me too ! Yeah, I do want answers, not having them fuels my depression. I may not get an answer but I'm still trying. I had a brain MRI and the nerve conduction studies last week. He couldn't find anything wrong, told me to come back for a follow-up in two months. All he said was "you don't have ALS." Naturally, I was scared crapless about that possability.

You know, I didn't have the twitches today, well a few but not a ton. I felt better this morning too. I spent the entire day walking around the Scottish Highland Games here in Orlando. I wasn't sure I could do it but I did. I felt decent until we got there then I got this stabbing pain behind my right eye and instant nasuea. I took a half a Vicodin and felt better (who doesn't). I walked around all day, staying in motion. For some reason I feel way better when I'm in motion, sitting too long makes things worse. I sure don't know what this is all about but it's really, really werid stuff. My left arms feels swollen, it's not, and my muscles, on my right side, feel wicked tight all the way up the neck, yet it's the left side with the nerve pain. The sensory stuff wasn't as bad today either but I was hobbling along at the end of the day feeling like my right foot had a bruise, there's no bruise, that's one of my odd symptoms, sore spots that feel like bruises that aren't there, they come and go. I asked the Fibro forum about this, just wondering.

I'm amazed that after the last two months of hell, I could get up and spend 6 hours walking around a 12-acre park with my kid, my mother and my neice. We had a wonderful time. I refused to let the depression of "why I am not well" stick in my head too long, I keep pushing it away: the bagpipes were blasting, the sky blue and clear, smell of Kettle corn and beer wafting across the crowd, it was just so beautiful and I was really appreciating being there. I took so much for granted before all this. I'm trying to love each moment and live it as we should all be doing every day of our lives, pain or no pain.

I'm really trying to get better in my head with all this.

I feel like I'm healing but it's so slow that I'm not sure if it's true or wishful thinking. Actually, there's something to it because last week I'd never have been able to do that walking. I do get really sore, way more sore than I should for such little effort. I hope the doc next week can get me closer to an answer. I ditched the pred after two doses, I just can't take it, it really whacks me out and it felt like the wrong move for reason's I don't understand, just a gut feeling. If I'm going into some remission or the pain is subsiding each day, albeit painful slow (no pun intended), then I don't want to rock the boat. I was pissed I had to take the Vicodin, I just wanted to see if I could pull off the entire day on my own fuel.

I am really, really happy that the twitching was almost nonexistent today. Even with the Vicodin, I twitched and twitched for months now, just not feeling that took my anxiety down a great deal. Pain is still there, though, so so much for thinking the twitching was irritating the nerves. Keeping my fingers crossed that it doesn't come back, it's a constant reminder that I'm not OK. I can feel I'm not right, I don't need the twitches to show me over and over, ya know? I know it sounds silly but it's just any glimmer of hope that I'm coping with this new thing.

I think the Neurotin is doing wonders for me. I'm only taking 300 mg at bedtime, plus a Xanax, but the combo puts me into a deep, restful sleep and I wake up in a good mood and try and keep my head there all day.

I'm working hard to overcome the mental part of this, ya know what I'm saying?

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   Posted 1/15/2011 6:33 PM (GMT -6)   
you've been a good friend to my on this board in a short time. Thanks for listening, really, I came right home and hoppe don the comptuer to share the news that I walked all day...lets hope I don't pay for that in the morning too much. :)

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   Posted 1/16/2011 12:24 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi mentalcompass
 
I am sure that the walking and getting out, helped you allot! I hope that you did not over do it, and are paying the price to day. But getting out like that is good for you!  You know mentalcompass I hope you talk to your Doctor about discontinueing  your prednisone, that is not the type of medication that you can just stop taking, you really should be slowly weaned down off of it, so you body can start producing it naturally.  So Please be careful and talk to your Doctor when you want to get off or stop taking a medication.  You know I do hope you can soon find some answers, there are allot of us that are still searching for them!  But in the mean time try to keep a positive attitude, and remember, you do have your friends and family here, so you are not alone.
 
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   Posted 1/17/2011 11:55 AM (GMT -6)   
Thanks Whitebeard. I only did one day on the steriod. I keep feeling better each day, not 100 percent, not even 60, but I'm glad to have 50 right now. I didn't overdue it, I was OK the next day, shakey but OK. I'm not sure I'll get an answer but I'm going to at least three more appointments to see if I can find them. If not, I guess I will just live whatever this is, there's not much else I can do. I keep thinking thinking Lyme or Fibro, Lyme is easy to test for but Fibro is a rule-out thing so I'm kind'a stuck having to keep going to the doctor to turn over the rocks. If I don't get an answer, well then this is the new norm and at least I know what meds work. I really wanted to go to nursing school. I was a paramedic/firefighter for a lot of years and miss the medial stuff. With my body in this shape, I'm afraid to do it now. My husband is about 14 years older than me and we run a business together. Should anything ever happen, I'd be in financial trouble quick, I want to do something that I love again and also give myself some backup, we have a 5-year-old. I wish to hell I could get this problem identified so I knew what, if any, limits I might now have.
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