Withdrawal is the End in sight.

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 then finally 100 mgs every other day. With no great help from the doctors who just want to hand them out like sweets to keep me quite. Recently I had been altenating between one 100 mgs morning and night one day and just one 100mgs in the evening on the alternate day. Now as I said I am down to one pill everyother evening.

Today Geoff of TanGental (a great person and a great blogger) asked me how I am getting on. He made me think two things… One: I have not been sharing with you guys because I have gone down so low.

Two: Fingers crossed and not to anger the gods of withdrawal I do actually feel I am turning a corner.

🀞 Maybe the final corner. I am down to one tablet every other night. Really the big barrier is phsycological l need to be a big girl and drop this last pill. I have about a months worth left and to make sure I cannot cave and re-order any Gabapentin I have had them removed from electronic prescription so I can’t get anymore without a drs say-so.

Even though I have been resting and healing a nasty sprained and strained ankle and foot I have managed to keep my spirits up. Also I kept away from any painkillers apart from one ibufen at night to help me sleep.

It has been a long journey ( over 8 years ) and though I am not there yet I do feel I am getting there and I am hoping that just like the Tramadol I can beat this!

I treated myself today and had my nails done.

Time to hopefully feel confident and spoil myself a little. Thanks Geoff for making me think.

Thanks to all of you for your amazing support I am so grateful. I just wanted to say it has been no picnic and I wish I had never started on these tablets, Tramadol and Gabapentin but I did. I am nearly there I kicked Tramadol about 2 years ago and the end is in sight for the Gabapentin.

I hope anyone going through this same journey might read this and take heart. I wish you well and know you can do it.

Thank you everyone.


35 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. pensitivity101
    Jul 19, 2018 @ 14:43:19

    I was on tranquillisers, valium and sleeping pills for over six months, and weaned myself off them by reducing the dosage as you have done. My problems weren’t a patch on yours, but coming off those pills, even after just a short time, was a major event. Luckily, when I met Hubby, I had already turned the corner (as you have done and now the only way is up!). I remember a year into our relationship we had a ceremonial flushing the pills down the loo. There were so many in so many different colours they stained the toilet bowl, and as we were in rented accommodation and bleach wouldn’t shift it, we used the Loo Bloo so that at each flush, coloured water refilled the pan
    Keep going. You’ll get there. Everyone here is behind you.


  2. robbiesinspiration
    Jul 19, 2018 @ 14:45:03

    I have been wondering how you are, Willow. I am glad you are making such good progress. You need to stop that last pill slowly. 3/4 then 1/2 then 1/4. All the very best.


    • willowdot21
      Jul 19, 2018 @ 14:49:04

      That is the right advice Robbie but the tablets are powder filled capsules so I am going to lengthen the days between taking them. I hope I can do this Robbie πŸ’œ


  3. Smorgasbord - Variety is the Spice of Life.
    Jul 19, 2018 @ 15:08:09

    That is an amazing job Willow.. well done.. apart from anything else your liver will be very grateful and feeling down is natural during that period of withdrawal. It is so difficult and so pleased that you feel you have turned a corner.. I hope you continue to feel brighter in the weeks to come.. hugsx


  4. colinandray
    Jul 19, 2018 @ 15:22:34

    Great perseverance Willow. You’re almost there, so hopefully you will announce it loud and clear on WP when the time comes?


  5. LindaGHill
    Jul 19, 2018 @ 16:47:50

    You’ve done so well, my friend! ❀ I have no doubt the sailing will get easier by the day. And your nails look wonderful!
    Sending you lots of love. xx ❀


  6. Ritu
    Jul 19, 2018 @ 18:15:35

    You are an inspiration sis and u know you will do it. We are all here with you 😍


  7. JT Twissel
    Jul 19, 2018 @ 18:41:53

    Oh boy, withdrawal is so difficult. But hang in there. You’ll do it. Hugs!


  8. TanGental
    Jul 19, 2018 @ 19:39:38

    We are all so with you on this…


  9. Betty Hayes Albright
    Jul 19, 2018 @ 21:37:55

    Willow, I’m glad to hear you’ve turned the corner. Sounds like you’re almost there! Glad you updated us, as I’ve been wondering too how you were doing.
    Also hope your ankle is healing up!
    And pretty nails, btw. πŸ˜πŸ’…πŸ’–πŸ’“


  10. thebeasley
    Jul 20, 2018 @ 14:16:38

    You are amazing and you are doing so bloody well. You’ve been able to turn several corners already, so no doubt you’ll be able to turn more. Much love xx


    • willowdot21
      Jul 20, 2018 @ 18:28:52

      Thank you so much, love that beautiful baby of yours, I bet she looks very different now. Thank you for your kind words and support I really appreciate them πŸ’œ


  11. dobetteralways
    Jul 21, 2018 @ 19:28:28

    Oh I’m so pleased to read that you’re getting closer and closer to the end of the Gabapentin chapter of your life πŸ™‚


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