Withdrawal update

Yesterday I wrote about how I have been feeling the last few weeks. I have been telling you all, about (I hope) the last few weeks of weaning myself off of Gabapentin. It’s a neuropathic painkiller. I have been on it for over eight years I have weaned myself down from four times six hundred mgs a day to one hundred mgs twice a day. With no great help from the doctors who just want to hand them out like sweats to keep me quite. This week I am altenating between one hundred mgs morning and night one day and just one hundred grams in the evening on the alternate day. It is hard,harder than I thought. This last part is so hard I just want to reach for the pills. So you guys can help me by listening to me writing it out.

A big thank you for baring with me.

Today is a pill in the morning and a pill at night day. Yesterday was just one at night. It was a hard day the imaginary spiders were all over me even in my hair , I was edgy and stressed, no energy and hot and cold sweats. Not to mention the aches and pains.The night was not good either.

So far today I have had an upset tummy, the sweats… No spiders..yet. I have kept myself busy this morning hoovering, washing floors and getting Ruby’s meal, the hubby walked her. I am exhausted now but at least I have achieved something. I have had to cancel my Pilates lesson today just to tired and achy.

I don’t want to moan so positives: jobs are done, I am washed,dressed and I have make up on.

Look I am smiling too. The thing is I do have to make a huge effort or I will just curl up on the bed… I have been there before and it doesn’t help.

So upwards and onwards, don’t want hubby to worry mind you I might bite his head off before the day is out.

Okay I am not going to bang on about this everyday but I will keep you informed of progress.

Oh!the spiders attacking my left side….

69 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Ritu
    Jun 01, 2018 @ 09:54:42

    Sis you can do this. You look great and you will come out the other side feeling wonderful 😊


  2. ksbeth
    Jun 01, 2018 @ 10:02:47

    You are amazing- keep going)


  3. tesscol
    Jun 01, 2018 @ 10:22:43

    stay strong


  4. Judy E Martin
    Jun 01, 2018 @ 10:27:29

    You are looking great, Willow, despite the pain and anguish you are going through. Keep on going, YOU CAN DO THIS!!! πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–


  5. trentpmcd
    Jun 01, 2018 @ 10:40:56

    You have come a long way. Even if you pause here for a while, you’ve accomplished a huge amount. Keep going πŸ™‚


  6. Jane Dougherty
    Jun 01, 2018 @ 11:19:03

    You look fitter than me! Keep away from the pillsβ€”have a biscuit instead πŸ™‚


  7. J-Dub
    Jun 01, 2018 @ 12:30:54

    I wish you the best. I took gabapentin for only six months and still had some of the withdraw symptoms you mention. Recently I have been tempted to try again considering the pain never goes away. I know like you say the doctors will hand them out like treats. But reading this gives me resolve not to ask for them again. Sometimes the treatment is worse than the disease. Again best of luck to you. Keep writing it out!


  8. neeltheauthor- author of WHEN LIFE THROWS THOSE CURVE BALLS
    Jun 01, 2018 @ 13:30:44

    Be brave and soldier on.


  9. pensitivity101
    Jun 01, 2018 @ 14:40:53

    Think of the positives! You’re doing great, and being totally practical in your efforts.
    I was on propranolol for years to prevent migraines and weaned myself off them once I’d left that particular job. I have never been happy taking pills on a regular basis, but sometimes we have no choice (as in my post cancer meds ie. the menopause in a box).
    Stick with it Willow. Keep writing it out.


  10. K'lee L.
    Jun 01, 2018 @ 15:06:00

    Hold fast to the positives in the present moment. Something tells me you’re going to do just fine…


  11. Kat Myrman
    Jun 01, 2018 @ 18:53:23

    I am pulling for you Willow. You can do it! ❀️ btw you look fab in your picture. πŸ‘


  12. Lynz Real Cooking
    Jun 01, 2018 @ 20:00:08

    Wow so proud of you!!!! I am here right beside you sister xo


  13. dobetteralways
    Jun 02, 2018 @ 16:52:16

    I admire and encourage this difficult but positive path you’re on. Recognizing and fighting against staying captive to a medicine that no longer serves any propose but addiction takes strength. May your resolve forever triumph over your pain and may your journey inspire others to follow.


  14. Betty Hayes Albright
    Jun 02, 2018 @ 23:57:05

    You look wonderful! Stay strong, I know you’ll feel so much better when you get through it. Sending hugs. πŸ’žπŸ’ž


    • willowdot21
      Jun 03, 2018 @ 05:45:50

      Thank you Betty this last part is so hard but I am determined, but I do feel rough πŸ’œπŸ’œβ€οΈβ€οΈ


      • Betty Hayes Albright
        Jun 03, 2018 @ 19:12:11

        Wish there was something I could do to help you. I hate it when doctors prescribe meds and then don’t warn us about how difficult it’ll be to stop taking them. Just hang in there! I’m proud of you for doing this on your own. Keep writing about your progress. That should help also. πŸ’•πŸ’•πŸ’•

      • willowdot21
        Jun 03, 2018 @ 19:56:39

        Thank you Betty I am doing my best, not had a good day but then again I have survived. Just knowing you are there supporting me is a great help .πŸ’œπŸ’œ

  15. prior..
    Jun 03, 2018 @ 13:12:26

    oh and “hand them out like sweats”?

    maybe meant sweets –

    but I think both work…


  16. prior..
    Jun 03, 2018 @ 15:11:52

    hey -you are in my thoughts and prayers because you are doing the right thing – they do hand out stuff with no long-term hope for deliverance and so god for you – and I send good thoughts your way and hope that you find exactly what your body needs. I did but it took a decade – I never had to wean from stuff, but I did have to hunt and investigate digestive health stuff and whew – hard work paid off…


    • willowdot21
      Jun 03, 2018 @ 14:47:56

      Good for you I am heartened to hear that you have got yourself sorted . I hope to get there too soon thank you for your encouragement and support πŸ’œ


  17. robbiecheadle
    Jun 08, 2018 @ 14:53:35

    The spider feeling sounds horrible, Willow. So sorry.


    • willowdot21
      Jun 08, 2018 @ 15:12:01

      It is very difficult but I am getting there. The crawling feeling of thousands of spiders is very nasty. Thank you for reading RobbieπŸ’œπŸ’œπŸ’œ


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