Hi Chicagoprinter -
Because of the "motor" part of my neuropathy, I get "Charlie Horses" (calf cramps) up the fronts and backs of both calves. As you well know, these are unbearable. That's where the Klonopin helps me no end. Without it, I wouldn't have wanted to go on living with these cramps, as they put me totally out of commission, i.e., all I could do was sit on my bed and rock back and forth in agony. No way to spend the rest of your life, that's for sure!
This is one of the main reasons I recommend the drug to folks who have Neuropathy, as it stops the nerves from firing and sending messages to the calf muscles to cramp. It's also great for stopping the stabbing nerve pain some people get from their Peripheral Neuropathies, diabetics in particular, who also, like me, get that awful burning on the soles of both feet, which the Klonopin also stops.
I'm amazed that more people don't take this drug for Peripheral Neuropathy, as it has the least side effects, and does the most good, imo. Most people who have Neuropathy or Peripheral Neuropathy have irreversible Neuropathies, and must always take the drug, so the addictiveness of the drug really isn't a consideration, i.e., I've been on what they consider a "pediatric dose" for 22 years now, (1/2 to 3/4 mg. 2-3x daily), with no need to increase it or tolerance build-up, and few side effects other than some dry mouth and lack of libido. I can live with this. I can't live with the cramps!
Hope this helps you!