Doctor changed drugs, causing adverse reactions....

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   Posted 10/6/2006 2:20 AM (GMT -6)   
My neuro decided he doen't want me to take the Xanax at night anymore and perscribed me Restoril. I hate it. I causes leg cramps and charlie horses from the groin area down to my ankles. I have been trying yo reach him for 3 days now to see if there is something else we can try. I'm not sleeping well. I call my pharmacy and they say that they haven't seen anything come through. I call my neuro and beg for the nurse to get him to change it. Nothing yet. It's now Friday morning, early. I called and left him a message again. I hope he responds. Oh by the way, the restoril keeps me up. As an alternative until I here from him, I've been taking the xanax he told me not to take at night. I've also been taking triple and quadruple the Restoril dosage. I've also been taking my Esgic Plus, which is a migraine narcotic. I've GOT to get some sleep, quality sleep. I'm so tired and depressed and that turns into anxiety/panic. I had a really bad panic attack while I was driving a couple of weeks ago. I had my hubby and two step kids in the car. I had to pull over and couldn't stop crying. I felt that it was for no reason at all. Just out of the blue.
However, there are a lot of financial, ex-wife(Hagatha), and dealing with an 11, almost 12 yr old girl and an almost 11 year old boy, who has Prader Willi Syndrome and can be extremely difficult sometimes. It's a chromasomal disorder, kinda along the lines of downs but not. I'm in school full time. I have no job. I feel useless, worthless and that everyone just puts up with me because they have to. I know this is due to some of my past relationships, but how do I get past it? I've an appt with a counselor on Monday. I pray that she can helpme. I'm almost at the end of my rope.
I have no childrenn of my own. I had a total hyster in 1997. Does this still make me a woman? I can't do what we were meant to do and what I want to have. I see mothers treat their children so poorly, like Hagatha. They are just a pay check to her. Or I hear two women in the grocery line and one is pregnant. Here's the conversation, "do you know what it is yet.? No, but I hope it's a girl this time. I'm tired of all boys. What happened to accept what you get? What happened to you are lucky enough to have them at all? And then my thought turn to things like,"You ungrateful hag. I'd take it in a minute, no matter the sex or the health problems. That is your child, no matter what. I have 2 nephews who are my saving grace. one is a smary pants 18 yr old and the other is an 8 yr old autisic (Aspberger Syndrome). I've helped raise them both since they were babies. I feel like they are my own. But having my very own is different. Maybe I was put here to help them along with their trials and obsticles they face. Maybe that's my role. Also, I do love hubby's kids. They are very cute. I'm just having a hard time bonding with them. I had two WONDERFUL step boys from my first marriage who are now 24 and 20. I love them to pieces, but can't get them to keep in touch,. I guess it's a teenage boy thing.
Luckily, (counting my blessings) I have a great husband who supports me in everything I do, I have a very close relationship with my parents and sisters, I also have my Timmie (cockatiel). He is so much fun. He stays up with me all night when I'm ill, just sits on my shoulder and snuggles. He is my baby. He is definately a mama's bird. I couldn't love him any more if I tried.
I just nede to get all this out. I don't know what's wrong with me. I'm so very tired. Any advise at all? Am I doing what you all think I should be? Please tell me. I'm very open to suggestions. Anything at all?
Take Care,
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   Posted 10/6/2006 3:28 AM (GMT -6)   
I myself take Lexepro and Ativan.  Ativan (Lorazepam generic) is kind of like Xanax but different.  I like it, it doesn't make me too drowsy during the day, but the second pill at night helps me get to sleep. 
I know what it's like to feel as you do, but hold on there, hopefully you can get a better pill than what you're on.  It sounds extremely painful!
I mean, panic attacks come and go, and it's good that you have your husband's support through it.
I would suggest reading a book maybe at night, to take your mind off things?  That's what I do every night; read a book, because eventually I get too tired and fall asleep.
Just remember..
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   Posted 10/6/2006 5:59 AM (GMT -6)   
Restoril WILL keep you awake if you dont take it about 20 to 30 minutes prior to going to sleep it will work the opposite
When hading out HS meds at night to paitiens restoril was given ONCE they were in bed
many c/o of leg cramps and charlie horses
Please really be carefull about doublig and tripling up on there pills.......What is the mgs of these 15 or 30
I hope you get your doc asap and he lets you go back to xanax
Sorry you are having such a rough time of it
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