Valium For Tremors

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   Posted 8/23/2009 10:25 AM (GMT -7)   
My GP prescribed Valium 5 mg for tremors, don't have
to take it everyday, but do on the days where I can't
even sign my name. It helps a lot. Wondering if
anyone else takes it and your opinions, would like your input.
Are there are any pros or cons with using it with Lyme that my GP wouldn't even know about.
Please keepin mind that I only take it twice, mabye
two three times a week.

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   Posted 8/23/2009 11:26 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Mcjane!
Nice spacing on your post!!!!
Anyway, I have heard of others using valium is this manner. If it works - stick with it!!!

Remember, we all are very different & will respond to different medications differently!!

My gp has me on Clorzoxazone for temmors & spasms, but it only helps a little bit. If the

Valium is working on what you need it to work on - IMHO - I would stick with it!!!

I do hope others with experience with Valium answer as well.

May we all find inner peace & at least stabilized health!!! ~
- Traveler
"Conditions": Lyme Disease (neuro, gastro, bone, brain, muscle, hearing involved), STARI, RMSF, Hashimoto's Thyroiditis, Lyme Arthritis, Neuro LD, FM, Chronic/acute EBV, IBS-C, Diverticulosis (& "itis") & now Lyme arthritis (?).

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   Posted 8/23/2009 12:18 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi McJane,

I take valium 5 mg every night before bed. It doesn't make me sleep but helps relax me so I can sleep. I also take it for anxiety or panic attacks.

I've been doing this for around 10 years.

Various doctors have tried to give me other things to replace the "v" but those RXs didn't work as well.

I know doctors don't like prescribing "v" and when they do, it's meant to be short term. Doctors talk about "v" building in the body.

All I know is there are certain RXs I have relied on over the years that work. Valium is one of them. I will not see a doctor that won't give my the RXs I know work for me.

You say it works and your Doctor must believe it will work for you.

You are on a small dose so I wouldn't worry about it unless you are having issues.

Best of luck to you!
"If you always do what you've always done; you'll always get what you've always got."

(Advice given to me at the beginning of my career by a five star General)

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   Posted 8/23/2009 12:46 PM (GMT -7)   
V is a good drug. Understood that you only take it 2-3 times a week, but valium has a very very long half life. the reason you need it only 2-3 times a week is because thats when its actually out of your system. if you were taking a xanax(very short half life), ud need it several times a day, and with klonopin, probably 1-2 times a day. withdrawal of any of these drugs can and will cause tremors especially if you have been taking them for a period of over a month. i know with lyme its hard to say...did the tremors originate with lyme or are they happening now only becuase your body is dependent on a benzo and thats a withdrawal symptom? I am in a similar situation with pain medication and klonopin as well, but i do know that everything started with me taking nothing and theres been times where i've been off the medicines and had good days even after being off them for a week or more. so in my case i can determine that it is indeed lyme and not side effects of medications.

just something to consider, but definatly take what you need to take in order to keep some order in your life.

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Panic Disorder/depression - June 08
Lyme Disease - June 08 
Dysplastic Nevus Syndome - birth
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   Posted 8/23/2009 1:49 PM (GMT -7)   
Both my GP and a neurologist dx'd me with Essential Tremor, specifically "significant postural and intention tremor" affecting the right hand. Essential Tremor is the most common "movement disorder" and is also described as a slowly progressive neurological disorder.

The right hand tremor started about 10 years ago, and became progressively worse and worse over the years. I saw the neurologist in 2002. The suggested meds were propranolol (Brand name Inderal -- blood pressure Rx) and the long-acting benzodiazepine, clonazepam. I tried propranolol, but it made me very depressed. I had already been taking clonazepam 2 mg at bedtime to help with insomnia.

I had trouble with anything requiring fine motor skills, such as applying make-up, handwriting, using the computer, doing dishes, etc. I did not take any meds for the tremor because I was already on a lot of prescription medications. I even stopped taking clonazepam and zoplicone for sleep, and switched to trazodone.

I was finally dx'd w/ Lyme & babesiosis in Jan/08. Strange and wonderful as it may seem, after about six months of antibiotic combo treatment for Lyme, the tremor is completely absent about 98% of the time. This happened in mid-2008, and the tremor is still absent! Everything that I had trouble doing due to the tremor are no longer issues. Now, I wish I could say the same about my many other nasty Lyme symptoms...

*Oral Abx Combo Tx since Jan/08*
Lyme disease - clinical dx ’08; Babesiosis (Positive IgM/IgG) '08;
GERD '05; Essential Tremor ’02; Fibromyalgia ’00; Osteoarthritis; Depression; IBS; Interstitial Cystitis

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   Posted 8/23/2009 2:19 PM (GMT -7)   
Traveler...spacing was for YOU. :-)

Everyone....The tremors are from the Lyme and so is the fatigue wiich is no where near what it was.

The tremors are not that bad anymore either so don't need Valium everyday.

I have no room to complain compared to what
many Lymies are going through which is nothing

short of Hell. But I often wonder if I'll always be like this....being tired all the time seems to take the

joy out of everything and I have no idea how people who have a job are able to go to work

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   Posted 8/23/2009 2:25 PM (GMT -7)   
McJane, these are for you!!
smilewinkgrin smilewinkgrin
And I know what you mean about those who are worse off than me! My heart really breaks for them. For example; I'm so very glad not to have heart issues!!

I'm really glad to hear that you have had some improvement over the yrs!! & hopefully you will continue to have improvements!! ~
- Traveler
"Conditions": Lyme Disease (neuro, gastro, bone, brain, muscle, hearing involved), STARI, RMSF, Hashimoto's Thyroiditis, Lyme Arthritis, Neuro LD, FM, Chronic/acute EBV, IBS-C, Diverticulosis (& "itis") & now Lyme arthritis (?).

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   Posted 8/23/2009 5:39 PM (GMT -7)   

I just got sick in May 09, do not have chronic Lyme.

Ended up in the hosp with a temp of 104 and was

treated with IV abx and realeased 4 days later only

to be readmitted 12 days later so sick with fever

and extreme fatigue. I asked to be tested for Lyme

and it came back positive. Had IV doxy & released

4 days later, been on doxy ever since. These are

the only symptoms I've had and the worst, to me

anyway, is the fatigue. So you see compared with

what others are going through I don't have much to

complain about. I am certain I was diagnosed in late

1st stage...I am one of the lucky ones.

Was diagnosed Lyme 10 years ago and was sick

only one day with fever...had the bulls eye, got on

doxy the next day and stayed on it for 3 months.

Not much was known then...I was lucky I had the

rash if I didn't I shudder to think of what condition I

would be in today.

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   Posted 8/23/2009 6:45 PM (GMT -7)   
Traveler and McJane,

You two have me laughing!
**You never know how STRONG you are....until being STRONG is the ONLY choice you have**

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