Hearing things that are not there
« on: April 07, 2018, 10:53:57 am »
Lately i’ve been hearing things / imagining things that are not there. For example:
* Phone ringing, i rush downstairs to find out that the phone had not been ringing.
* People calling my name.
* Hearing gas from the stove being turned on. I then often check the stove if it’s really on or not.
Am i becoming schizophrenic now? Or is someone just messing with me?
Eating + Withdrawal = SHOCK
« on: March 30, 2018, 12:36:47 am »
Has anyone else had a problem with chest shocks after eating during withdrawal process? Off Klonopin for 10 weeks yesterday… It was a low does C/T stop (medically monitored) & could not be avoided at the time. After I eat – I get a shock or a ZAP that is really intense. Usually followed with a headache. A few times I get really close to syncope. Worst symptom by far.
The type of food makes no difference. It seems to be anything in my stomach…. is hitting an incredibly sensitive vagus nerve.
Anyone else? Remedy?
What is "benzo belly"?
« on: March 29, 2018, 03:25:18 pm »
I’m bloated and having lots of discomfort in my abdomen. It is another very concerning symptom.
It hurts a little to press against my gut in the area of where my belt would be. Yesterday, I had a very stressful moment, and I think it triggered this overnight.
Is this normal? Is this what is called benzo belly?
Re: What is "benzo belly"?
« Reply #1 on: March 29, 2018, 06:21:50 pm »
Bump, but need answer too
Re: What is "benzo belly"?
« Reply #2 on: March 30, 2018, 01:09:02 am »
Benzo belly can be caused by lots of things.
Muscle spasms in the gut, inflammation of the stomach lining & bowels, hiatal hernia.
That’s in addition to overall sensitivities that can be caused by hormones run amok, a virus that impacts the gut or just plain old indigestion.
If you continue to have stomach pain, especially if you haven’t yet had your appendix removed, I’d book an appointment with a gastro just to make sure. The gastro’s I’ve met have all been fairly supportive, and fairly benzo wise.
Coping - I feel like calling the ambulance so I think I'll go for a walk.
« on: March 30, 2018, 07:36:24 pm »
Hey Buddies! I’m an 83 year old geezer who was on 2.5 mg/day of Klonopin for 25 years as prescribed and have been off for about 22 months. I decided to wean off after realizing that the strange symptoms I had been experiencing for several years were due to tolerance withdrawal. The docs merrily prescribed this stuff without the slightest indication of the inherent risks involved. In any case, I thought it might be useful to my fellow sufferers to learn about my current circumstances given my history.
My typical day starts at about 6:30 AM after a night of fitful frequently interrupted sleep. My bed feels like a war zone. Feeling a bit dizzy and light-headed I make breakfast and sit down to read the paper. About an hour into it I begin to feel like a pall is settling over me; my brain feels leaden (physically) and my thinking becomes wooly. My whole body feels heavier and less responsive and my dizziness increases. I feel faint. An icy-hot sensation blooms over the skin of my arms and legs. With growing agitation I ask myself what the hell is going on? Do I have some horrible tumor like a carcinoid (which causes flushes) or pancreatic cancer? Do I have MS or lupus? I feel like I can hardly move, should I call the ambulance? Then, what’s left of my cerebral cortex sends a directive – Screw this! That’s no way to live! If you’re gonna go, go down swinging; get your ass in gear! (I need a bit of bravado at that point.) So I struggle to my feet, put on a jacket, unlimber my outdoor walker (My back is so bad I can no longer walk any significant distance without one. I wrecked my back running 12 miles/day in my 40s as a means of coping with job stress. I switched from running to Klonopin. Alas.) and head out. I take my driver’s license so I can be identified in case I keel over along the way. But amazingly I start to feel better almost immediately. My head clears, my spirits lift, and the leaden feeling disappears. I go as fast as I can up and down the hills in the neighborhood, covering about 2.5 miles in about 40 minutes, puffing all the way. People stare – who’s this decrepit old weirdo race-walking with his walker? But hey, when I get home I feel much better than when I started out and this exercise-induced window lasts for a few hours, after which that pall, somewhat less intense, begins to settle again. If I could only keep going flat out physically I think all my symptoms (except the skin sensations, which continue to come and go during the exercise) would be alleviated but, alas, this is impossible.
So folks, this is what one benzo sufferer’s life is like. It’s doable though not easy and at my age I don’t feel sanguine about the possibility of completely healing. The most beneficial coping strategy for me is to keep exercising as much as possible. Keep the blood flowing to all those damaged neurons! That will facilitate whatever healing is going to occur.
I don’t know if any of this will be helpful, but I hope so. Best of luck benzo-warriors!
I created a discord chat for 2017-2018 jumpers
« on: March 13, 2018, 03:46:05 pm »
I’ve been wanting to join a voice chat support group for casual conversation during the day so I figured I would start my own.
This is in no way or shape affiliated with benzo buddies.
Please use this group for casual chat and support
You can download discord from the app store it’s free. Also available on computers. Just google discord voice chat.
Then follow this link
My username on there is finishline9. Talk to you guys soon.
Also if anyone knows of active established groups please link me. Thanks
I ate a McDonald's grilled salad and holy cow!!!
« on: March 27, 2018, 01:15:52 am »
I’ve been feeling normal lately and ate a McDonald’s salad for lunch and it threw me into acute so since 130 pm I have been shaking with the flu times ten. It’s let up a little but I’m cock eyed. I am so sick of not getting to eat the things I love. I’ve eaten the salads before and this hasn’t happened but that’s been months ago. Crazy how we go through phases.