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For anyone who is interested, here is my latest update as I have taken myself off of 1800mg of Gabapentin and 15mg of methadone daily for 4 months. Again, this is just my experience; yours may be much different.
I think I'm getting back to normal. Maybe all of the insomnia over the past month finally caught up with me, but I've been sleeping like a log the past few nights. My strength hasn't returned, but, I'm must admit that I can feel myself getting a little stronger every day. Most importantly, I see/sense everything around me with much greater clarity now.
Now, I had my 3rd MRI yesterday, so hopefully I'll be told something about it later this afternoon.
As I look back at my experience of being on gabapention for 4 months, I am shocked at what I see. I should mention again that I was also on methadone, but, I blame the gabapentin for my brain being short circuited the way it was. And, although I have my built in flaws, that stuff turned me into a different person, and, it wasn't a better one.
So, after 4 months on the stuff I quit cold turkey...against almost everyone's advice. Best decision I've made in quite a long time.
I wrote a little blurb last week about my experience after 3 weeks off. If you care to take the time to read it, I think that today I still stand by what I said then:
Week 1 off of the drugs was absolute misery. Going through that first week I came to clearly understand why so many people who attempt to get off of whatever drug their body has become accostomed to are unable to do it. The physical discomfort is noticeable, and the mental frustration is challenging to say the least.
Week 2 off things started getting better. My body was seldom comfortable and my mind, although more at ease than the previous week, continued to not want to cooperate with my time frame for recovery.
Week 3 off was a marked improvement. Body/mind not completely in sync, but getting close and I could see that progress was being made. Clearly reason for hope that I hadn't been permanently harmed by the drugs.
Week 4 off and I'm feeling pretty much back to normal. Sleep pattern is starting to return to normal, and I'm not having any trouble falling asleep when I go to bed. And, if I wake up in the middle of the night I am able to get back to sleep pretty quickly. Everything else seems to be returning to my previous state of "normal" before I started taking the drugs.
That's pretty much it for me: 4 months on them, 4 weeks to recover from taking them.
Again, this is just my experience. Your's might be very much different. Regardless, in my experience gabapentin is some nasty stuff. If you are one of those people making an attempt to get off of it, I can only tell you that there is a light at the end of the tunnel. Getting off of that drug is ugly and miserable for a short period of time...then it starts getting better. Hang in there and don't let it beat you.
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