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    Hello all (or few) on TEOMA. I haven't been on here for a long while. I hope everyone is going okay. I think I have found the source of my sore lower back. It seems to be the Bac, although I should wait a little longer to confirm. I have titrated down from 125mg over the last month or so to 25mg. My back doesn't ache almost all the time as it did. My solmenance has all but gone too. I started to notice it on 37.5mg (a pill and a half) a few weeks ago. Until then I would regularly (but randomly) have a lower back ache... often waking me at night, I'd getting it sitting, standing, sometimes it would just suddenly stop for a while without me seeming to do anything. Some days it seemed endless. Drove me crazy. I have been doing some work on my cars recently and got a sore back after, but it disappeared soon after -- unlike when on a higher dose of Bac, where I would know all about the pain for all that day and the next. I do still get slight soreness, it's the same ache but much less -- it's barely noticable. When I saw an rheumaologist 3 years ago he said it couldn't be the bac causing the pain. Well, after x-rays, blood tests etc etc showing nothing wrong and now I'm mostly free of the pain, I beg to differ... arthritis is well and truly in my family and I have some knee and finger joint pain, but the back ache was different. I am still indifferent, even more so if that is possible. I don't really understand that. I last drank about 3 weeks ago on a work trip. I felt peer-pressure to do so. They were light beers -- I had four or five over about 3 hours -- and I didn't really enjoy them. I certainly did not want more. I still don't have a handle on my depression. My daughter is being a rotten teenager. I love her dearly but she's been doing things lately that made me very anxious and stressed. So I've started smoking again, after almost 12 months. God that's so annoying. Anyway, I am trying to get a plan together to stop again. THe thing is I really wanted an escape from the stress, from my feelings but a drink was the last thing I wanted. It seemed like I couldn't imagine anything I wanted less. I have used exercise a lot to try to manage stress and also 10-minute meditations but clearly those weren't enough. I think now that Bac-induced solmenance is out of the way, I should be able to exercise more and hopefully give away the cigs again. Anyway, enough blather from me. How's everyone else going?
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    I'd say give 180MG a chance. Also, is the 3 beers typical for you (ie is that what you had before Bac) or is that a reduced amount? What is indifference for you -- do you want to be abstinant or are you happy to drink small quantities of AL? Everyone is different, with what they consider unmangeable quantities of alcohol (aside from medical prescriptions on the matter) but also on their personal level of Bac to reach indifference. I can't say I am typical, but certainly I had to do other things in my life to reach some kind of abstinance. In my case I had to taper off Effexor to help reduce my cravings (SSRIs are known for increasing AL cravings in some people). Having a partner who no longer drinks also helped me. Most important thing you can do is find a good doctor to advise on Bac dose etc. Not always easy, I know...
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    Hi katallus, This forum, as well as its predecessor – the medication section at mywayout – have certainly slowed down in traffic. I wouldn’t let that deter you from sharing your experiences. People are checking in and will gladly offer feedback. There are many – including myself – who have achieved success in achieving abstinence or indifference thanks to baclofen therapy who were once very active here (and at MWO) and will be of eager assistance and can be an invaluable resource with your journey.
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