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Medication/Nerve specialist

Discussion in 'Structured Educational Program' started by Bex1111, Jun 29, 2023.

  1. Bex1111

    Bex1111 New Member

    I have a doctors appointment tomorrow. I wasn't sure if I wanted to go as I know I meed both feet here but the nerve issues have not been looked at by a specialists. I have had many other test/scans and bloods all negative but I was thinking I should get this looked into . The nerve pain jumps around my face, left to right to noes inside and out, then numb also the rib, arm pain is prickly and painful so I just thought I better see somebody in this area . I was also wondering if taking a mild anti anxiety medication for now would not hinder my TMS recovery. I just need something to help sleep and calm me. I realise having one foot in and one out isn't helpful but these nerve test are the last things I think I should look at. My brain MRI came back clear the other day so no MS or anything. Thank you for your advice
  2. JaneSandyJane

    JaneSandyJane Peer Supporter

    Hi Bex
    Congrats on a normal MRI.
    Beware that a common side effect of benzos is terrible weepy depression.
    I don't know much else about what you describe but I wish you healing, for sure!
  3. Bex1111

    Bex1111 New Member

    Thank you. I was on a very low dose of amitriptyline a few months ago and it helped me sleep but I came off it cos I didn't think it helped the pain. To be honest I just want something to help me rest as sleeping is challenging x
  4. JanAtheCPA

    JanAtheCPA Beloved Grand Eagle

    Tylenol can be surprisingly effective as a temporary relaxant. Several years ago I had to have a benign growth removed from next to my Achilles tendon, which was a tricky procedure with risk of nerve damage, in addition to which I hadn't gone under general anesthesia since I had my tonsils out at age 5 - so I was quite anxious. They had me take 1000mg of acetaminophen (eg Tylenol), not really explaining why, but then it turned out my procedure was delayed, and I fell asleep and had a nice little nap while waiting. I was quite calm when I woke up and they finally started prepping me.

    I also remember reading about a study, just a couple of years ago, which discovered that acetaminophen, much to everyone's surprise, has a calming effect on emotional distress.

    Of course we have to remember that due to liver toxicity, long term use of acetaminophen is not sustainable, and my pre-surgery dose was definitely too much to take more than very occasionally.
  5. JanAtheCPA

    JanAtheCPA Beloved Grand Eagle

    @Bex1111, I responded re the type of med, but didn't answer what I think is your real question, one that is often asked due to a perception that taking medications will hinder TMS recovery.

    Dr Sarno himself said that sometimes we need a little help to get started, or to deal with a setback. The key is to see your use of medication as a temporary tool, in order to calm your mind and symptoms enough to effectively apply yourself to your plan of action. Always use it with a long term goal where you can visualize being medication-free.
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  6. Bex1111

    Bex1111 New Member

    Yes thank you so much . I never wanted to take anything but I am struggling with everything with lack of sleep too so hopefully the medication can just help with that.

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