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    Phillis, it is best to start very low on valium. Most people do accomadate to valium quickly so it is normally tried last now for spasms which is why I started it. The help with the foot pain is a bennie. More are started on nortriptyline or amitriptyline for the burning pain. I took one dose of amitriptyline in rehab and found out what a bad acid trip is supposed to be like. Most find those drugs help a lot especially at night while few find valium helps their neuropathic pain much. Give the 2 mg dose a try for a few weeks. And remember to lay off anything caffeinated early in the day. Hope it helps.
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    My husband experiences the same problem with pain at night. He takes Nortriptyline also and has a prescription for Valium but if he takes the Valium can't wake up to cath. How does he get to where he doesn't need to cath every 4 to 5 hrs?

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    PBing - how about using a foley catheter with a two liter drainage bag. Then you can hydrate to your heart's content and take the nortript and the valium and sleep uninterrupted for 8-9 hours. Just an idea that I am playing around with. I'm tired of cathing.

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    PBing - how about using a foley catheter with a two liter drainage bag. Then you can hydrate to your heart's content and take the nortript and the valium and sleep uninterrupted for 8-9 hours. Just an idea that I am playing around with. I'm tired of cathing.

    Arndog - worth a try I'm sure. He's tired of it too! I know I'm tired of hearing the alarm go off in the middle of the night (along with the multiple snoozes!) I don't blame him at all, don't think I'd handle it any differently, if I was in his situation. On the weekends when I don't work he'll take the Valium just to get some sleep and I wake up to cath him. We've just gone along with what we were told in rehab.
    Thanks for the suggestion. This site has been a great source of info for us. Best to you

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