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Re: HELP! Best med to treat headachemuscle pain? IsoM

Posted by jay on June 18, 2002, at 0:42:47

In reply to Re: HELP! Best med to treat headachemuscle pain? jay, posted by IsoM on June 17, 2002, at 13:11:13

Thanx IsoM. I had to "kill" the Effexor XR dose right away...or I would never do it. I have taken that med mostly since the time it came on the market. I am kinda proud of myself for being able to, and so deeply empathise with all of the folks whose withdrawl "complaints" from some of these meds are ignored. Again, I am far from 'anti-med', but I think we need to get back to using a certain med for particular symptoms, rather than the "magic potion" the new a.d.'s as they are touted to be sometimes.

I have never tried adrafinil or modafinil...these aren't available in Canada, right? I think I will wait until I see my doctor tommorow. I'd like to get a narcotic and a benzo...but I don't know how he will react. He is a young and nice guy, though, and I know he isn't going to give me some lecture if I ask about using both meds. I will keep your thoughts on muscle relaxers in mind...but may try one just to see how they work.

Also..I have read beta blockers where good for tension headaches. It's another avenue. We may just have to play around with these things until we find something right.

Oh..and yes the muscle exercises...for sure! I may even be getting into touring bike riding again this summer, so that will be good exercise, going through small towns and staying at bread-and-breakfast places.

Anyhow...thanks so much for the input...I will let you know how I make out!

Take care...

> Jay, we've discussed meds before but I can't remember all that was said. I was never able to fully stop Paxil, even after I'd switched to Celexa, due to those "withdrawal" problems. After being off Paxil for months & the problems still hadn't left, I went back on 10 mg of Paxil to stop them. But I REALLY wanted off it completely.
> When I started adrafinil a few months back, I ran out of my Paxil, didn't want to go to the pharmacy that night & figured one day of withdrawal symptoms would be bearable till I went the next day. Lo & behold - no problems at all! Thought I'd extend it another day & see - still nothing! The adrafinil killed any withdrawal symptoms *completely*.
> Even after I ran out of my adrafinil & didn't get any for a month or more, those withdrawal symptoms never returned like previously. SO my suggestion is, if you can tolerate adrafinil or modafinil (that's the part I can't remember about you), why not try it for a while to see if the withdrawal stops. You wouldn't need to continue taking either one after a while - just to tide you through.
> As for headaches - Emme's suggestion is good. I prefer hot water bottles rather than heating pads as it molds itself to your body shape & cradles it rather than feeling lumpy like a pad. Fioricet is a good pain killer but be aware that there's a small amount of sedative in it that will accentuate the Gravol. And rather than muscle relaxants (which I've used), a BZD like Ativan or Xanax loosens muscle tension MUCH better. I found muscle relaxants (Flexeril) better for strained or spasmed muscles than muscle tension.
> And don't forget to use those tight muscles! Gentle slow motion (like Tai Chi exercises) releases that built up tension best.




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