Re: Baclofen vs. Gabapentin/pain clinics
sorry to disappoint but it might work for you..i was weaned off too quickly.
I was put on oral baclofen last year for a muscle spasm in my face. i had an ear pain which then resulted in my face and tongue going into spasm..i have a history of tight muscles in my back and a torticollis and the ear pain caused everything to clench so was put on baclofen to relieve the spasm in my face. i was prescribed 30mg but on just taking 20mg my arms started burning so i reduced my dosage to 5mg to stop the burning. When i went to see my regular neurologist he just told me to come off baclofen cold turkey as it was only 5mg and that i would be fine.....well i wasnt: I began violently retching three days later after only using baclofen for two weeks and eventually after two weeks they decided to reinstate and wean me off....When i was put back on the baclofen at 5mg someone opened the doors of hell and pushed me in.
i suffered from hallucinations, violent retching, a feeling of my intestines swinging from side to side ,extreme nausea like you would not imagine..you have to live it to believe it, menstrual bleeding for 40 ..yes 40 days!! muscle rigidness and spasms, sharp shooting nerve pains, retching, couldnt sit in the bath without the sensation on my skin making me heave woosiness, giddiness, a feeling of swinging from a hammock, thoughts of impending doom..basically i thought I was going to die and wrote a goodbye letter to my family, severe headaches, gastro intestinal problems and a loooong list of other withdrawal symptoms. i have been diagnosed with central nervous system malfuntion caused by oral baclofen.
Anyway im actually looking for help here of someone who has experienced the same as me. At the moment Im 5 months off baclofen and still unable to work. My normal muscle tone has not returned and I get spasms of pain instead. i get a buzzing inside me and inner vibration.I am nauseus every morning and have an inner feeling of rotation. Doctors have been really unhelpful and have just let me get on with it. Im on half pay at the moment and in 4 months time im on nothing..This has been a tall price to pay for a muscle spasm...i went to the docs with 1 problem and got 30 back in return.
Is there anyone who is able to tell me why im still suffering and if i will eventually recover. i know people on benzos take between 6 and 18 months to recover. Is it the same as baclofen. I wanted to start a new thread about this but dont know how to or where?
I am 5 months off baclofen and suffering from drug withdrawal syndrome and am unable to work.