Ambien and neuropathy

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Hi Lin, You mentioned that the docs sent you for a test on your arm and determined by that test that you had peripheral neuropathy. Do you remember what kiind of test this was? My doc is sceduling me for an EMG have you ever had that done? I am kind of scared of what I have read about the needles being stuck in your muscles. OUCH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! What other tests do you think might help to diagnose the problem? Also, I have a question... you said you don't know how you got this.
I have had type I diabetes x 51 years and slowly, but surely even with great care I have developed neuropathy and edema in my legs and feet and hands. I hurt so badly that at times I think I'm going mad. I have been tried on all of the old and new drugs, Lyrica, Neurontin, Cymbalta, Metanx, Tegreatol etc... all with great intolerable side effects. My primary care doctor has me on Lortab, Valium and Ambien.
I told one of my docs, that this basically feels like a heart attack on my right side, with stabbing, burning and crushing pain. I at least know that I have this neuropathy and nerve damage, however, w/o a cause, and w/o any successful attempts at reducing the pain, I am unsure what to do next.
have your tried wsn nerve support formula it helps with the burning and tingling I have had sfn for the last three years it is very depressing I am on cymbalta and lyrica and ambien to sleep it gets horrible taking all of those medicines but it does help a little keeping busy and active also helps
I am disabled now,for the past 2 years mostly due to the amount of medication I am on, but also because the medication doesn't take away the pain all together. I am being treated by a great team of Drs at Scott and White,,but they don't seem to want to answer the question which is what is at the end of this,,I am topped out on most of my meds which is alot,,and though the work for awhile the pain gets past them sooner rather than later...
it seems like you are going on.. and then off the Ambien.... as well as going on... and off the Amitryptiline. They both can aide with sleep.....but you will have rebound affects from stopping and starting the Ambien. And your blood levels don't ever reach an "even" dose of the Ami if you don't CONSISTENTLY take it. It builds.....and then it becomes affective. The Ami will help you, Tooter, with your sleep, your neuropathy and your depression.
Minimal help. Internst Rx Ambien 20mg for sleep. Now he sleeps but moans all night and switches and jumps. Ref to neuro RX Pamelor due to him now being anxious depressed and exhausted. Rx MRI of cervical area to R/O neuropathy of some sort I guess. Only other Rx is lipator. No change in anything in his environment that would precipitate this. No history of allergies. Areas of most intensity are, upper back ( across the shoulders) and chest and neck top of upper and lower arms.
I think I will take the unused bottle of trazadone and this bottle of ambien in to him next visit and give it back and just tough it out. I used drugs in the 60's but do not have a problem nor am I an alcoholic. I'M SICK OF THESE PEOPLE THINKING THEY ARE GODS. Plus if I don't ride them my meds will not be on time every month. I'm told to call after every blood test to call and remind them. I have never yet been asked if I even take the poison when I'm supposed to.
Now I am post TX and the insomnia has not yet left, so they prescribed Ambien and Lunesta for me (i grew allergic to something in the benedryl). They are all harmless to liver but the ambien & lunesta do cause dependence so I alternate them: Ambien for a couple nights, then lunesta (which does not work as well for me) for one night. The 'dependence' is not a big deal; just means you'll have a several very sleepless nights after you quit them.
Yes...Ambien does work wonders and I only need half one on those nights,,,I'm wide awake! I had a time span for about 3 to 4 weeks that I could not sleep for nothing and yes....Makes it hard to operate during days when you are not feeling good and exhausted on top of it. The ambien got me through that period and now I'm sleeping on my own again and no problem. Hope this helps..Good Luck!
I am becoming somewhat frustrated with the way a lot of my colleagues practice medicine. Disenchanted, angry would be the other words that could be used. We all get ostensibly that same training and all of us are supposedly in it to help our patients. So, how come have I been getting so many letters lately on my addiction forum from desperate people unable to quit taking the tramadol pills that their own kind doctors have so freely prescribed for them?
1. Fatigue is my only sympton. 2. I take milk thistle and B-12 3. Haven't treated yet but will eventually. 4. Never heard of Ondansatron.
We have spoken to our Primary care Physician and G.I. Doctor. He was prescribed Ambien, and it helped for several nights, but is now not working. We are still in the staging portion of diagnosis. He also has iron overload, and there has been mention of a theraputic phlebotomy. His fatigue has him in his chair most of the day. He is unable to work and we are looking into disability. I am in need of some information on medications to help his pain and sleeplessness.
It makes it very hard for him to relax and sleep. He has been extremely dependant on Ambien to get to sleep at night. He does not have insurance, nor the money to spend on doctors to try and diagnose what ever condition this is he may have. Any advise would be extremely appreciated. If we could, at the very least, narrow down where he might go to seek help without having to visit 10 doctors first would be great.
See the doctor today about another electrical patch, but going to ask the doctor about a shot. fingers have pins/needles. Shoulder pops with any movement and is getting stiffer. Back pain is minimal today -3. Upper thigh pain/numbness is irritating. Medications: Oxycodone, Ibuprofen, Vit.
I was prescribed Topamax along with an appetite suppressant (Adipex) for weight loss a bit over a year ago and stopped taking them after two and a half months. I did not lose all of the weight I had wanted to, but most of it. I had gained 55 pounds while on Paxil over the course of two and a half years. By taking a combination of the two medicines, I lost 22 pounds the first month, 10 pounds the second month, and 8 pounds the first half of the third month.
I've been taking 500mg metformin myself and I have not experienced any weight loss. I am actually taking it for diabetes treatment. But it has not helped with my weight loss.
My sister had a breast lumpectomy, then hurt her back in her yard and couldn't sleep. Her doctor gave her ambien and she walked in her sleep, so the doctor gave her Lorazapam. She took it for two months, then just stopped when her prescription ran out. She immediately began experiencing horrible shaking, burning, hallucinatory dreams and ended up in the ER once or twice. Her doctor refused to acknowledge that the medication could be causing it and said she had anxiety.
I do know that if one gets dehydrated, the muscles will start cramping. I try to drink twice as much when my muscles start aching. (my leg aches drive me crazy)....water does help. When my husband was on tx, he drank tons of water, and still ended up in the hospital a couple of times from dehydration and muscle cramping. He had to stay overnight and get rehydrated. I am a 3a. (hopefully not for too much longer :>) My husband "was" a 1a, and has been SVR for almost 3yrs.now.
I never heard of a lot of the things that happen on say, Ambien(in some people), using tranqs for the same thing...and if money is an issue, and you don't have all these meds on insurance, tranqs like xanax and ativan, are a lot, lot cheaper than sleeping meds like Ambien, and for many people, they work just as well for sleep... one thing I found interesting on the Ativan literature that might interest you...
So I dug up some more info that I wanna share ... in case you are dying of curiousity. Or need more info like I do. ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- http***mb.rxlist.com/rxboard/ultram.pl?noframes;read=3179 not just for breakfast anymore Posted By: mkny Date: Friday, 21 October 2005, at 3:53 a.m.
Now since I've stopped the tx meds, my arm and hand are always and I mean always numb and falling asleep. It use to just be my right arm and hand, now my left hand is going asleep all the time. Use to be just every other day for a couple of minutes....now it is happening about 4 times a day and starting to happen in my left arm and hand as well and I wake up 2 or 3 times a night with numb hands and arm. I've been to my doctor and he has taken a chest xray and blood tests.
The pain wakes me up at night and I now take Ambien to help me sleep. Sometimes the pain is bad enough that it feels like I have a tight band around my chest and taking a breath of air causes shooting pain clear to my middle back. It all starts in about a fist-sized area in the middle of the spine in the thoracic spine. None of my physicians have been able to offer me any help for pain relief involving the thoracic spine. It seems as though this is an area that is lacking in information.
Now that I've turned it down my heels don't hurt near as bad, And as far as the ambien goes, I've switched to amitripyling. Haven't had any ambien in 2 nights. I've been sleeping til 3:00am Then go right back to sleep!!!!!!!!!!!!! I just hope I don't have to be on it for long. Do you think I'll go through WD when I quit it? I got my back injections yesterday. God Bless everyone.
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It might be best to see a neurologist and confirm the diagnosis of peripheral neuropathy. There are many good neurologists in the Cleveland area, in particular at the Cleveland Clinic. You could arrange an appointment at the Cleveland Clinic by calling 1-800-CCF-CARE. There are medications on the market such as Neurontin that are not metabolized by the liver that might help you find relief from your pain. When you see a neurologist, he or she will be able to tailor a medication just for you.
Well, remember, I'm on high dose Riba and daily Ambien 15mcg. When I was sitting there playing rummy (cards) with my son, all of a sudden I started feeling so weird in my head. I was confused, I got a numb right hand, I could barely put words together to make a sentence. When I went to try to dial my cell phone, I couldn't remember how to use it. Then, when I left my son and went to drive home, my check engine light came on in my car. I continued feeling strange.
Well I already saw an orthopedist (a week after the incident) and he took x-rays, put the cast on, etc. Basically, my radius (right arm) was fractured near the wrist, almost to the point of breaking. And the ulna (right arm) was slightly fractured, about halfway through the bone, right near the ulnar styloid, and it made a very disgusting protrusion in that area as well.
It began with complete ear fullness. Went to internist, and he gave me Rhinocort and said to take Sudafed. It then appeared to go away for 2 weeks. Then it returned, but not to the severity as the first time. I proceeded to an ENT who peformed the test analyzing the pressure in the inner ear canals. Came back negative. I have continued to use the Rhinocort along with Sudafed and Claritin D. I then began to experience slight jaw pain in the area below the ear. Hurts when I chew.
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