ryuujidiceboy: (Kanda-Pissy)
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So for over a month or so I've been tapering off of the medication I was was taking for my arm's nerve pain. Since the doctor said I could stop taking it. The medication is Gabapentin and when I first frist started taking it I came across info on it online. People were complaining about bad withdrawal symptoms. I asked her about it and she said not to worry because I was taking for nerve pain and not mental reasons. Honestly, I know that doesn't make sense but I let it go. She was wrong cause I just stopped taking it all together I'm miserable. I'm jittery/anxious most of the time, sweating, can't sleep more then a few hours (when i can fall asleep), hard time focusing, and I think you get the idea. It's not a crippling a the pain had become but it's driving me crazy and hitting me a little more mentally. I go to keep telling myself I can do this but ugh. I just started with these symptoms and I'm afraid of how long they will last. I went from taking 300 mg 3 times a day to 2 times then once a day. I'm thinking of maybe trying every other day and going from there. It depends on how much this I can take.
Another thing I'm scared of is that nerve pain coming back. I don't want to start taking  this again and going through this all over again. -sigh- I hate this.

Date: 2015-09-08 01:55 am (UTC)
silvrguillotine: (WTF Jasdero and Devit (and Chicken))
From: [personal profile] silvrguillotine
That doctor sounds incompetent. ಠ___ಠ If it leads to physical withdrawal, it leads to physical withdrawal! The body isn't going to go "welp the intention was to help a physical problem so that's totally different yep." What the fuck.

Your plan for tapering off sounds good to me, but I would definitely say to take it easy and not go too fast. As you say, do what you can take. I can ask around for more thoughts on safely tapering off / how to manage withdrawal symptoms, if you want.

As for the fear of nerve pain... There's something I can relate to. Doing careful exercises on the regular might help build your confidence and reduce the fear of relapse? Slow, deliberate flexing, small tasks, that sort of thing. Not pushing limits (unless you feel confident enough for that!).


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