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I'm also surprised at how little traffic comes through here as well as the old meds forum. I suppose part of that is my fault as I've had experiences that were probably worth sharing since getting under control with baclofen and could very well serve to help others.
I got hooked on Benzodiazapine. It took a long time to come off it, long before I took any baclofen but I felt lousy for years after I stopped taking it. I then took baclofen starting about 8 years ago for anxiety and got up to over 100 mg a day but it made me very drugged at that level. I got off baclofen after few years and then took it intermittently as and when. As time goes by taking baclofen, you find it doesn 't feel as though it's doing anything and you ramp up the dose, but now I could take any level and it wouldn't have any side effects so I just take enough to deal with occasional episodes of stress, maybe 20 mg and that works well.
My experience with baclofen for my anxiety made me feel that it is very good at allowing me to think through things without getting stressed about them. After a while, I felt it had made a permanent change, that I became used to the idea that worrying was just a bunch of garbage and if I just calmed my mind, I'd think about how to deal with issues and then do what I needed to do.
I'd certainly never take benzos again. I don't stress about anything and if I feel something coming on, I take a couple of baclofen. Hope that helps.
Hi, it's a bit quiet here. Glad to see you are ok.
Baclofen is a muscle relaxant, by the way. I wonder whether your back pain is because the baclofen is making a lot of muscles relax, ie., all of them, so you are now finding you are putting strain on parts of you back that are being allowed to move around in a different way. Just a thought but I'm no doctor.
You are right when you say it is a rough road. That was something we were discussing several years ago. The big mistake in all this is to take what Olivier Ameisen said about baclofen working "effortlessly", the wrong way. What he meant is that it means you don't have to exert willpower. When it works, it just stops your cravings in their tracks.
But, what is no "effortless" is dealing with the administration of the medicine and dealing with the other effects and aspects of the medical treatment regime.
Any idea where everyone is?
Baclofen is used to treat muscle spasm. It loosens off the spasm so it's more likely that if you get stiffness in your leg at night, it's because the baclofen is wearing off. That's my guess. I find I tense up from stress a lot and that baclofen eases it off.
During my 1st run-up in baclofen dose (many years ago) I experienced extreme tension in my lower trapezius. This coincided with a significant bout of hypomania and associated sleep deprivation. I think it was more related to the "always on" nature of mania than that of baclofen.