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After taking 15mgs of Temazepam for sleep for over 25 yrs. I was suddenly refused further prescriptions. Did my research and found Ashton's withdrawal charts and started with 8 mgs Valium almost 2 yrs. ago with ill-informed doctors as my guides. (Just a note: The charts do not take into consideration the duration you've been on benzos. I should have been put on a higher dose of Valium to start.) With approx. 20 of the many side effects, including mini-seizures, unable to talk or walk, HBP as high as 220, ER visits, 2 psychiatrists, cardiologist, and a neurologist who said he wouldn't treat me I was pretty much on my own. At the same time I began the taper I contracted Lyme Disease. Both took a toll on my central nervous system. I now have a Dr. who understands the treatment and is helping me. I'm down to 3.6 mg of Valium with the aid of pills and liquid Valium so I can taper very slowly. I'm still looking at months of tapering at the rate I'm going, but for me speeding up the process is not an option or advisable. (Been there, done that. Not good.) I turned 71 this week and miss my previous life of high energy and sleep. I've come to understand healing from this dreadful withdrawal is not linear but rather like a wave that ebbs and flows. If I may suggest, stay away from refined sugars and alcohol. Both will cause more side effects. It's been a long journey, but I know I've come a long way towards recovery with the help of my new Dr. and my husband (a real support system). I'm so looking forward to having my full and active life back again where I walked 4 mi. 3x/wk in the forest and could entertain friends and family. This has been the most difficult medical challenge I've ever faced. In my opinion, doctors should be better educated regarding benzos before prescribing and not relying on just a pharmaceutical rep. Stay Strong! You can have a full life ahead of you. You not only deserve, but are entitled to one.
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