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    Benzodiazepine for neuro pain?

    I have a medication for sleep called Restoril (temazepam) but at the 30mg dosage it doesn't make me sleepy. So, I was so anxious yesterday that I took one to see if it would help w/ my anxiety since it is a benzo as well. I noticed that it helped with my pain! I tried it again today, I felt my pain level creeping up, so I took another capsule and within an hour or so, my pain decreased again. I know I can't take temazepam daily, so I wonder if something like it would help.

    Are there long acting benzos, and is it possible other benzos would have the same effect? Are there medications that aren't benzos that might act in the same manner and help with the pain?

    Thanks
    Jason

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    My husband used to take a small dose of Xanax at night plus ambien (both benzos) and usually ended up with a few pain-free hours before his terrible neuro-pain returned. At that time, his pain was so bad and constant that it was very plain to see that the benzos had an effect. We were also considering treating it with something like this, but ended up raising the dose of Lyrica, which worked well.

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    you need to stop self medicating. i know it's tough but you need to see a specialist and work with them. (and i thought you weren't going to post anymore)
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    I don't want to open a can of worms here, but I made a list of every thing that people take for pain on this site, and worked my way through the list. About half the drugs I alrighty new I could not take. My GP would prescribe what I requested knowing that I would keep track of what happened with each med, and would sometime offer suggestions. To me it is my body and nobody noes it better then me, plus there aren't any good pain people around here in the back country anyway. But if you are going to go down this road, you need to be very disciplined and keep track of what does what. And you can not go off half cocked if you know what I mean. Neuro pain comes and goes on its own so you half to try a med for awhile to know what affect its having long term, and how your body tolerates it. Its very ease to think something is working after a couple of tries if your pain is decreasing anyway. Bottom line, if your are going to try different meds on your own you need to be very disciplined about it and keep very good track of what does what. And remember were in this for the long haul, so one must have a lot of patience.
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    Quote Originally Posted by flying View Post
    I don't want to open a can of worms here, but I made a list of every thing that people take for pain on this site, and worked my way through the list. About half the drugs I alrighty new I could not take. My GP would prescribe what I requested knowing that I would keep track of what happened with each med, and would sometime offer suggestions.
    This is a very good suggestion.

    J, I posted that chronic pain booklet. Since you have tried so many drugs already, you need to do this.

    I do the same but I keep copies of all my medical records (old habits die hard) and I keep good documentation with them as to what I have tried and not tried and what has worked. I pull a notebook out when I am seeing a new doctor. Then watch the blood drain from their face when they realize this ain't no fifteen minute diagnosis LOL

    Also and I know it seems lame but do a pain journal and see what is making your pain worse. I did that and found out years ago that the barometric pressure is one big thing that influences my pain. If the atmosphere is unstable I will have more pain. The storms in the spring here in the south and in monsoon season in Arizona was really bad for me. I also have other triggers.

    Finding those triggers is going to make a difference in coping with your pain. I know someone mentioned coping skills....I thought it was a bunch of hogwash until I tried some things within the last year.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jbridges9 View Post
    I have a medication for sleep called Restoril (temazepam) but at the 30mg dosage it doesn't make me sleepy. So, I was so anxious yesterday that I took one to see if it would help w/ my anxiety since it is a benzo as well. I noticed that it helped with my pain! I tried it again today, I felt my pain level creeping up, so I took another capsule and within an hour or so, my pain decreased again. I know I can't take temazepam daily, so I wonder if something like it would help.

    Are there long acting benzos, and is it possible other benzos would have the same effect? Are there medications that aren't benzos that might act in the same manner and help with the pain?

    Thanks
    Jason
    Jason,

    There are benzodiazepines that are time-release if you're prescribed that particular type. Most benzodiazepine pills are not time-release because they're used to combat anxiety, more emphatically panic attacks, which needs a fast-acting effect.

    A drug like Xanax may not have the same pain-alleviating effects of Restoril because I read Restoril has an hypnotic effect, which Xanax doesn't. It may be worth a try if only because all benzodiazepines have an effect on the CNS.

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