BENZO BELLY

Cyber doctor diagnoses himself, dismisses ER docs

Bad Case of Benzo Belly Following Withdrawal
« on: April 05, 2015, 05:18:43 pm »

[Buddie]

I recently spent 6 weeks tapering off Xanax, and have been completely off for six weeks as of today. My dose was .5 mg four times/day. It was medically prescribed for anxiety, which has been a problem for me on and off during my lifetime. I never abused it, but was on it for about ten years non-stop. I went through the usual withdrawal symptoms, which were uncomfortable and unpleasant, but managed to complete the process without further difficulty.

However, my gastric distress has recently gone through the roof! I went to the emergency room Friday evening, convinced I had appendicitis due to extreme bloating, gas, cramps, pain and nausea. After a panel of blood tests, a urine test and a CT scan, I was told I was suffering from diverticulitis and put on two different antibiotics. My tests all came back normal, and I feel that I do NOT have diverticulitis, though I did not argue with the ER physician at 3am!

I have been scratching my head over this and doing some reading, and am convinced that it is benzo belly gone wild following my withdrawal. I have been eating very healthy foods (which I’ve always done) and take regular power walks, and use melatonin at night to help me sleep. I sleep pretty well in general.

So, I am wondering how long I can expect the bloating and cramping to last, and what natural remedies might be available that I am not aware of? I could really use some relief!

In the meantime, it is such a “Sweet Life” now that I am benzo free!

Thanks in advance for any advice from those who have been there.

Charity case’s ugly rant: Wannabe superstar shrieks “fuck em” as she ridicules clinical depression and benzo belly

BENZO BELLY ETC.

BENZOJUNKIE’S BENZO BELLY REVISITED

“Attention all you imaginary symptoms-seekers. There is no such thing as ‘benzo belly.’ No such thing. However, there ARE such things as paying attention to what and how much you eat. If your gut is of sperm whale proportions, don’t blame it on the benzos. Blame it on what you’re forcing down your gullet. It’s not difficult to shed some pounds. Not difficult at all. Just give up the crappy foods. This means anything processed. Basically, anything out of a box or can. And anything delivered or picked up or from a drive-thru. Eat a lot of fresh meat, vegetables, and whole foods. The weight will fall right off without doing anything else. Then you will see that it wasn’t withdrawing from a pill that caused your girth. Only bad food choices. I liberated myself from the ‘wackos’ and ‘nut-jobs’ at BB by using common sense. You can too!”

DON'T IGNORE THE SIGNS

Kooks diagnose each other with nonexistent medical conditions

Benzo belly?
« on: February 10, 2015, 02:42:10 am »

[Buddie]

The last while my abdomen feels bloated and full and it feels like my digestion is very slow. I don’t feel very hungry and seem to feel full after eating a small amount. I don’t have much pain, just feel so bloated and my belly is bulging. I have always had a flat abdomen so this is strange. It is worse at different times of the day but over the last week or two seems to be getting worse. It is a very uncomfortable feeling but doesn’t bother me as much as the anxiety/apathy/fear I am feeling mentally. Am I correct in assuming this is probably a withdrawal symptom? Is this benzo belly? I know the gut and brain are connected so if my brain is adjusting to less benzo, I guess my digestive system is also. Anyone else feel like this?

Re: Benzo belly?
« Reply #1 on: February 10, 2015, 03:12:22 pm »

[Buddie]

Yes. It’s benzo belly.

The apathy and the benzo belly are linked.

Monitor every food that goes in your body. If it’s something fatty/fried/salty … don’t touch it. If it’s light, crisp, watery, go for it.

Paristalsis doesn’t work to well during w/d. The tougher foods tend to sit and rancidify.

http://www.wikihow.com/Relieve-Constipation-Quickly-and-Naturally

Renegade Benzo Buddies member “benzojunkie” posts horrific image of his benzo belly, lets loose torrent of saliva

Post-withdrawal Recovery Support / Re: Dry Mouth
« on: August 06, 2014, 01:43:59 pm »

benzojunkie

just the opposite…. drooling like a wolf eye balling a doe. a doe who’s sleeping in the snow…i have to change my pillow case every day as i wake up drenched in saliva spray.. the lower in dosage i get, the more things around me get wet. if i turn my head real fast, local objects get a blast. forget about my constant burping. now it seems to be never ending slurping….

BENZO BELLY NIGHTMARE INDUCES ‘FEAR OF ROLAIDS’

Upset Benzo Belly. What do you use to feel better?
« on: May 16, 2014, 12:13:03 am »

[Buddie]

I dont know if this nausea is from my last cut, its a new sx for me. Maybe just upset stomach but Im hurting.
What is safe to use? Can we take a simple anti acid like rolaids??? Or will it interact somehow. Seems everything does!

Re: Upset Benzo Belly. What do you use to feel better?
« Reply #1 on: May 16, 2014, 12:34:14 am »

[Buddie]

I take pepto, marshmallow root and slippery elm for upset gastro issues. Ginger tea works well too – use fresh ginger.

Kooky Monday: Someone/something pulling from inside addict’s stomach

Bellybutton/naval pain. Weird
« on: April 22, 2014, 08:04:55 pm »

[Buddie]

Hi all. I am a little over a month of being benzo free. All in all in feeling good besides a few bumps in the road but that is to be expected. But this threw me for a loop.

I have been having not quite a pain but more like a discomfort right behind by bellybutton, almost like someone is pulling or stretching it back from the inside and it goes all the way down. It is not constant, just comes and goes especially when I stretch. I’ve been to the doc before and show not a darn thing wrong with me anywhere except for acid reflux and IBS. Has anyone else experienced this?

DOES HOPE-FIEND HAVE A FATAL CASE OF BENZO BELLY?

WINDOWS

CULT LINGO: WAVES & WINDOWS

Thought-stopping language

Thought-terminating clichés and slogans

Cults have lots of slogans and thought-stopping clichés, and cults have their own language with plenty of redefined words. This is one of Dr. Robert J. Lifton’s eight criteria for a “thought reform“, or “brainwashing” program.

Slogans are handy because they can condense whole pages of dogma into snappy one-liners which are easy to remember and easy to repeat.

Slogans are effective tools for stopping thought. When a simplistic slogan is the answer, there just isn’t much more to be said on the subject.

A few examples of slogans Benzo Buddies uses to stop their members from thinking:

  • “I’m in a wave”
  • “I have benzo belly”
  • “Welcome to Benzo Buddies”
  • “The Ashton Manual says…”
  • “This is my longest window”
  • “I have benzo brain”
  • “You’ll find a lot of information and support here”
  • “Dr. Ashton is an expert in the field”
  • “Our families don’t understand us”
  • “This is the best forum in the world”
  • “I’m protracted”
  • “Ashton says”
  • “The Ashton Manual is an authoritative source”
  • “Doctors are idiots”
  • “Microtapers work”
  • “Save us Bliss”
  • “I haven’t had a window in months”
  • “MSG makes me twitch”
  • “Create a signature”
  • “Colin knows best”

The above kinds of slogans are also known as “thought-stopping clichés.”

Dr. Robert J. Lifton, the author of the classic study of Chinese Communist brainwashing, Thought Reform and the Psychology of Totalism: A Study of ‘Brainwashing’ in China, said that thought-terminating clichés constrict, rather than expand, human understanding. When the cult controls language, it also controls what people can think, because words are the tools we use for thought. And such jargon has the advantage (to the cult) that non-members simply cannot comprehend what cult members are really talking about. This further isolates the cult members, and makes them feel that nobody but another cult member really understands.

Slogans can also codify ideas which don’t work well in other formats: For example, Hitler’s “Ein Volk, Ein Reich, Ein Führer!” sound bite (translation: “One people, one empire, one leader!”) wouldn’t have the same zing if it were a long essay, especially because it is actually an irrational emotional appeal to the people to abandon democracy and embrace a fascist dictatorship. Hitler wrote in Mein Kampf that the average voter could not handle any idea that took more than two sentences to express, and for best results, the idea should be expressed in six words or less. Hence all of his short slogans.

All propaganda must be popular and its intellectual level must be adjusted to the most limited intelligence among those it is addressed to. Consequently, the greater the mass it is intended to reach, the lower its purely intellectual level will have to be. But if, as in propaganda for sticking out a war, the aim is to influence a whole people, we must avoid excessive intellectual demands on our public, and too much caution cannot be exerted in this direction.

The more modest its intellectual ballast, the more exclusively it takes into consideration the emotions of the masses, the more effective it will be.

It is a mistake to make propaganda many-sided, like scientific instruction, for instance.

The receptivity of the great masses is very limited, their intelligence is small, but their power of forgetting is enormous. In consequence of these facts, all effective propaganda must be limited to a very few points and must harp on these in slogans until the last member of the public understands what you want him to understand by your slogan.
Mein Kampf, Adolf Hitler, pages 180-181.

What are so called WInDOWS?
« on: February 20, 2014, 07:29:52 pm »

[Buddie]

I will be 4months off klonopin in the next couple days and have been wondering about these windows. I have moments where I am totally just spent and cant do much of anything. Then there are days where i am just okay but have very intrusive thoughts that just plague every moment of my day. I also find it hard and very frustrating to enjoy ANYTHING. Anyways I was just wondering if these symptoms stay around till I you “turn the corner”. Any one suffering through benzo withdrawal my heart goes out to you and I do relate with a lot of what is being said on here. Hope this doesn’t last much longer.  

Re: What are so called WInDOWS?
« Reply #1 on: February 20, 2014, 07:59:50 pm »

[Buddie]

A “window” is a moment of clarity. It can be a few seconds, a few minutes, hours, or even days. It really depends on the individual and how their recovery is going. On the opposite end of the spectrum are “waves,” which are periods of intense unpleasantness, in which one feels almost as if they are back in acute w/d. Again, the intensity and symptoms accompanying a “wave” are similar to a “window,” in that the length can be hours, days or weeks and the intensity varies from person to person. It’s not uncommon for some people to “cycle” through “windows” and “waves” in the same day (It is quite common when you’re bipolar. – editor) Both are signs that healing is occurring. Even the worst wave is to be appreciated in a way, as it’s a sign that there is some healing activity taking place. I spent 6-7 weeks on an “emotional plateau,” where everything was emotionally flat, with no real waves or windows. I think my body and brain used that period to rest up and recuperate. I’m back in a wave now and I know at some point it will fade and a window will follow. It seems as if after each cycle of waves and windows my “baseline” recovery level increases ever so much. At some point I think windows and waves will simply cease and I’ll not notice it for a while until one day it hits me that “all this crap is finally over and I’m healed.” I looking forward to that day! At six months, it’s probably at least another six months or more away… (I used benzos for 15+ years, so your recovery may be faster if you used for a shorter period of time. I think long-term, regular users seem to take longer to fully recover. We DO recover, it just takes longer…)

Re: What are so called WInDOWS?
« Reply #2 on: February 20, 2014, 08:09:09 pm »

[Buddie]

Quote from: [Buddie] on February 20, 2014, 07:59:50 pm A “window” is a moment of clarity. It can be a few seconds, a few minutes, hours, or even days. It really depends on the individual and how their recovery is going. On the opposite end of the spectrum are “waves,” which are periods of intense unpleasantness, in which one feels almost as if they are back in acute w/d. Again, the intensity and symptoms accompanying a “wave” are similar to a “window,” in that the length can be hours, days or weeks and the intensity varies from person to person. It’s not uncommon for some people to “cycle” through “windows” and “waves” in the same day. Both are signs that healing is occurring. Even the worst wave is to be appreciated in a way, as it’s a sign that there is some healing activity taking place. I spent 6-7 weeks on an “emotional plateau,” where everything was emotionally flat, with no real waves or windows. I think my body and brain used that period to rest up and recuperate. I’m back in a wave now and I know at some point it will fade and a window will follow. It seems as if after each cycle of waves and windows my “baseline” recovery level increases ever so much. At some point I think windows and waves will simply cease and I’ll not notice it for a while until one day it hits me that “all this crap is finally over and I’m healed.” I looking forward to that day! At six months, it’s probably at least another six months or more away… (I used benzos for 15+ years, so your recovery may be faster if you used for a shorter period of time. I think long-term, regular users seem to take longer to fully recover. We DO recover, it just takes longer…)

I guess I am yet to really see any windows just waves and feel like I have been flat through most of this process.  thanks for the information you have shared with me. I really hope i doesn’t take me a whole year to get some what back to a normal feeling. Congrats on six months its a rough ride for sure hopefully your symptoms have gone down some in the last 6months. Just looking forward to when my healing will begin and not try to get caught up in how far away it is.

Re: What are so called WInDOWS?
« Reply #3 on: February 20, 2014, 08:13:38 pm »

[Buddie]

Your “signature block” doesn’t say how long you were on benzos, just how much you c/t’d from. Some more details about your length of use would be helpful… Hang in there. Four months was a turning point for me. I found I began to lose momentum, emotionally, because the first 4 months or so I was so heavily invested in getting through this. That’s kind of when my “emotional plateau” began. I think at some point your body and brain just need a break and they’ll decide when to take it easy. Your experience, of course, may be totally different. Everyone that sticks this out seems to heal, they just take different journeys and different lengths of time to get to the same destination: “healed.”

Re: What are so called WInDOWS?
« Reply #4 on: February 20, 2014, 08:20:19 pm »

[Buddie]

I took benzos for about 2years and 1year of that was every day. Most people would say I was a benzo abuser but I had no idea the real harm that was to come from taking these. urgh what a nightmare. I feel like everyday is a battle just to make it to the next day only to wake up in a shear panic. 

Re: What are so called WInDOWS?
« Reply #5 on: February 20, 2014, 08:47:50 pm »

[Buddie]

[…], Yes, it is a nightmare…don’t beat yourself up about what’s behind you but look forward instead. Every day is a step closer to being well again. And you will be well again. It’s better to accept the process and the process is simply this: your central nervous system is temporarily extremely sensitive and it takes awhile to repair itself. […] 

Re: What are so called WInDOWS?
« Reply #6 on: February 21, 2014, 12:29:40 am »

[Buddie]

Hey if you knew that the withdrawal was this bad you would not have taken them at all doesn’t matter if you abused them or not. It is what it is, like Ray Lewis says in the new xbox commercial don’t trip on what’s behind you