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Quite a few people with chronic pain use benzodiazepine medications like Xanax, Valium, Ativan, and Klonopin. These medications lure people with the promise of relaxation; however, once hooked, it is difficult to shake loose from the benzodiazepine barb. Not many people realize the downside of these types of chemicals which include: confusion, distortion, forgetfulness, depression, tolerance, dependency, and rebound anxiety. Over time the barb digs in deep. Alternatives to benzodiazepines should be considered before becoming endlessly hooked.
One primary reason those with chronic pain use benzodiazepines is to treat muscle spasms. Increased tension can lead to increased pain; but, rebound anxiety created by benzodiazepines can also lead to increased pain as the medication effects wear off. Some alternative muscle relaxants might actually be a better solution for painful muscle spasms. One frequently overlooked medication is called Baclofen . This medication is not only useful to...
I’ve hit a rut. In terms of treatment for my RA and lupus.
Prednisone was the first medication I was put on, before I even had a diagnosis. I hate it, and have been on and off it, and on various doses, but it seems to be the one constant in my medicated life.
Then I was on Cellcept, which is a drug used for organ transplant patients, but has shown efficacy in lupus. I had to go off of that because my rheumatologist and I felt like it wasn’t doing very much for me.
I was also on hydroxychloroquine/ plaquenil, but had to go off of that because of liver toxicity.
Then I was on oral methotrexate, but had to go off of that due to the side-effects. Then I went on injectable methotrexate, but had to go off of that because of liver issues.
Then I was put on Humira, which made my lupus flare horribly, so I had to go off of that, too.
Currently, I am on anti-anxiety medication, birth control, flexeril, lac...
Full Question: I stumbled across this website and wonder if you can help me understand my situation and perhaps offer guidance. I have been in a number of accidents in which I was struck from behind. Also, I was in a motorcycle wreck where I was thrown from the bike and after rolling, landed face first; resulting in a concussion. Two months after this accident a rehab doc informed me that my tests indicated I had previously received a fracture on the left side of C2. I do not recall ever having chronic or severe headaches until after the first accident. Through the next several years I tried all I think of including seeing a dentist for TMJ. I have not ever been free of significant pain since the first wreck. I have been diagnosed by a neurologist as having a rare type of migraine with aura. My headaches originate in the left occipital ridge area. My aura is diarrhea which comes on in an urgent manner. I have pooped on myself far too often as a result of this. The neurologist says ...
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