Hi blon55 -
Klonopin was explained to me like this:
------†GABA is a neurotransmitter - a chemical that nerve cells use to communicate with each other. Klonopin enhances the effects of GABA in the brain. Theoretically reducing over-stimulated nerves.
I suppose the "over-stimulated" nerves can apply to chronic pain situations as well as anxiety disorders.
Although it is in the benzo family, many docs now use it in conjunction with other pain meds and muscle relaxers for conditions where nerve pain is present. I personally have had better results with Klonopin than I had all the years I took Neurontin.
I use the orally disentegrating form and it really gets at that nerve pain quickly - within 10 minutes or less. It has been a great adjunct med for my chronic neck to arm pain caused by osteophytes, bulging discs, etc. encroaching on nerves.
I take .25mg when a bad flare up hits and also up to 1mg at bedtime for the past 3 years. Added bonus, it helps with my sleep issues (caused by the pain).
Good luck - I hope it works well for you too.