[QUOTE=yvette777;3046002]Many of us here are put on valium and it acts as a duo kinda for muscle relaxor and anxiety and stress. Love that. But they have me on xanax. It does help me relax but I am given it for depression and anxiety.
yvette777,Clover66,Moldova and MomaKitKat.(Thanks for your replies)
I too took Valium 10 mgs 3 x a day. It did help the small compenent of muscle pain that I actually had and calmed me very well. I did not have no where near the amount of muscle pain as I did nerve pain, in fact it was really all nerve pain. They stopped the Valium and put me back on Ativan 1mg 2x daily with was like taking water after the Valium. I had been taking it for years for Panic and Anxiety Disorder. And recently he decided to try thr Klonopin after I told him what the Neuro said and that they nerve pain and numbness was awful and the Ativan was no longer even contolling the anxiety and panic I have had for over 10 years. He said Klonopin was a very safe drug and in the class of Benzodiazapines it was much stronger then Xanax, Ativan and Valium and had the ability to address nerve pain in many patients taking the drug so I agreed. Its inexpensive and after taking Elavil and all the others this drug has given me incredible improvement. I have been taking it since the 8th of June and I have no more numb toes or feet or heel (Knock on wood hard!!) The pain is down from a 6-7 to a 1-3, No knee numbness, I can sleep at night, I can move around faster and step up. I also got on my hands and knees for the first time other then for a ESi since August 06. I also turned without assistance to my right side and slept. I can move faster, longer and better. and none of this happened including sitting up for more than 5 minutes..when I started this incredible little yellow pill. I realise that different things work for different people and there are always extenuating circumstances to evryones case, but I felt the need to pass this info along and if it could help just one of you I would be elated. I relate through and through to all of you. The pain of a ruptured disc especially a bad one compressing nerves and the resulting sciatica is horrific to say the least and someone who has not experenced it has not the foggist idea how it feels..I have heard from family and friends many times over "Oh come on now! It can't be that bad its just a backache!"...I wanted to kick them in theirs..The pain is the worst I have ever felt..I told the doc I would rather give birth to 10 babies one behind the other than to feel that pain. And as for my neuro saying I will neber be pain free, Well Maybe I won't but maybe I will, and I have decided to adopt a positive attitude and take each day as it comes and enjoy life the the fullest extent possible evn if i have to be in bed because I hurt that day, I can always read a good book to my daughter or watch a movie with her or just plain cuddle...I am not going to let this beat me...I am going to work hard to beat it. But I do hope some of you already on Benzo's EG: Valium, Xanax, Ativan etc will ask your PCP or pain Doc about Klonopin as it is one that is indicated in pain caused by nerve damage... If I can help anyone by passing along a small piece of info to lose some of their pain and suffering that would be a gift all on its own
I wish you all the best now and in the future, You have all been a great source of support and encouagement to me on the board. I am not so new to the boards. I was here many years ago and even moderated for a while and I truely enjoyed helping others as well as knowing I too could learn from the knowledge of others. So from the heart best of blessings to all of you..Keep in touch and keep posting!!!!! KOC (Betty) (Using my sis's comp so I use her ID till I go back home, with her permission of course...):wave: PS: These boards have come a long way and have always been a great source of help and support for many many people