Jump to content


  • Content Count

  • Joined

  • Last visited

About StormBeforeCalm

  • Rank
    Compulsive Snarky Geek Chick

Profile Information

  • Gender

Recent Profile Visitors

The recent visitors block is disabled and is not being shown to other users.

  1. I've taken fluoxetine in capsule form since 2010. Recently I found out I'm hypersensitive/chronically allergic to gelatin, so I switched to a tablet form of fluoxetine. Unfortunately, it makes me sick to my stomach for hours, sometimes to the point where I think I'm going to vomit, and it doesn't matter whether I take it with a lot of food and water or not. Two weeks ago I switched back to the gelatin form, and my stomach is much better but the gelatin is causing chronic pain in my tongue, teeth, jaws, etc. I know there are other forms of fluoxetine: syrup and solution. I assume they'd bother my stomach just like the tablets have. I assume I'm screwed. Have you tried a non-capsule form of fluoxetine/Prozac and, if so, how did you do on it? I would ask my pdoc for advice, but she just quit her practice and I don't have a new pdoc.
  2. I was taking 2400 mg of gabapentin a day (800x3). I am currently in the process of going off gabapentin because we've finally identified and addressed the problem that was necessitating the gabapentin. My doctors recommended I drop my dosage gradually and wait at least two weeks before dropping dosage again to give my brain a chance to acclimate. I went from 800x3 to 600x3 with no adverse effects. Since then I've gone from 600x3 to 400x3 and then 300x3, which is my current dose. I haven't had any adverse effects at all. Quitting gabapentin cold turkey is a really bad idea, for all the reasons mentioned earlier in this thread.
  3. Hi ladybug! Been a long long time. I don't get on CB much any more so I just saw you were back. So glad you are doing well!
  4. I take 2400 mg of gabapentin a day (800x3) and it took me several months to get to this dosage. All the doctors I spoke to about gabapentin said that I needed to slowly work my way up to that dosage, allowing my body at least a few weeks to get used to each increase and see how I felt. I can only assume that if I were to stop taking gabapentin, I would similarly have to reduce it gradually over time and not just go cold turkey.
  5. I have been dealing with a variety of medical problems since mid-2015. At this point the doctors have ruled out every possible diagnosis, but their tests still show something serious is wrong with my central nervous system. I've been hanging in there until I see yet another doctor in five weeks who is supposed to be fantastic, but the last few days I've been feeling awful: extreme fatigue, widespread pain, shortness of breath, intermittent numbness, blurry vision, etc. I've had all these symptoms before but never all at the same time. I slept 14 hours last night and I can't work today because I can't concentrate on anything for more than two minutes. I'm frustrated to the point of smashing up the house, and I cry several times a day. At what point do I take myself to the hospital and refuse to leave until I get the right answer to WTF is going on? When do you know that you absolutely need medical help now and cannot wait any longer? Edit: I know this is not strictly an MI post. I do not know where else to post it.
  6. I'm so sorry, Duelist. I lost my father to lung cancer 11 years ago and it still hurts. It just doesn't hurt as much as it used to. The first few weeks were awful for me and gradually the pain lessened. Keep putting one foot in front of the other and in time you will feel better than you do now.
  7. Heading straight for it first thing in the morning. Hoping that my family will realize this is a Really Bad Idea before we hit the road...
  8. I got progressives six months ago and the optometrist recommended them in large part because they give me three ranges: the top for distance, the middle for computer work (roughly arms' length), and the bottom for close-up reading. In reality, things haven't worked quite that way. I find it really annoying to wear them when I'm doing close-up reading, and even a lot of computer work, because I am warm all the time, to the point where my glasses fog up. The glasses were very expensive, and if I had to do it all over again, I think I would have stuck with my old (regular) glasses for at least another year or two. If I wasn't so warm all the time, maybe I would have a different opinion.
  9. I'm a professional non-fiction writer. I have degrees in a scientific field and also a degree in technical writing. I'm currently self-employed as a freelance writer in that scientific field, and I've been a full-time writer for the past 13 years. The biggest lesson that I've learned during my work, which seems like it would be just as relevant to you with fiction, is to first know what you want to say and then figure out how to say it. I can't tell you how many authors I've worked with who struggle with writing because they don't take the time to fully understand their topic and plan their writing before actually sitting down to write. On a major project, I used to spend 10% of my time planning, another 40% writing the first draft, and the remaining 50% doing revisions. Planning includes everything from doing research to make sure that I really understand the subject matter to organizing the flow of the material, developing a structure, deciding which topics to cover in which order, etc. I also think about my audience (who am I writing this for? what are their expectations? what do they already know or not know?) and my purpose in writing the document. What do you want to communicate to others? Is there a key message or group of messages that you want people to remember? Are you trying to entertain people, educate people, persuade people, etc.? I would guess that if you're going to write a work of fiction and you simply sit down and start writing, it's not going to go well. Not that you need to plan out every detail, but you need to do some high-level planning before you jump in. On the other hand, when you write, you don't want to overanalyze every word as you write it. You'll make yourself crazy. Focus on getting your thoughts down, and polish your words later. Be prepared to do a lot of rewriting. As I said above, you will probably spend more time rewriting than you spent writing in the first place, at least when you're first starting out. Finishing your first draft is a huge accomplishment, but it's only part of the whole process. I wish you the best of luck in your writing!
  10. I know, and I've been checking those out. My interest in asking on CB is that the primary treatment for this form of neuropathy is typically antidepressants and other psych meds. So far my neurologist and GP have come up with two ideas to help with my pain, and my pdoc has shot them both down because they affect serotonin and may have nasty interactions with my existing meds. I'm looking for a new pdoc (since mine is moving next month anyway) who is familiar with neuropathy treatment and might have some non-psych med suggestions for me.
  11. I have, and some of the information in there is inconsistent with what I've read from more authoritative sources, unfortunately. I spent a good chunk of yesterday reading more about small fiber neuropathy in general, instead of just looking for info on my variant, and nothing I read was encouraging. Most folks have pain from the neuropathy, so treatments are heavily focused on suppressing pain. That's good, but I also have motor and autonomic issues in addition to sensory. For example, my blood pressure keeps skyrocketing for no reason, and sometimes I have trouble swallowing. I can't find anything about treating those issues. I think what makes me so nuts is that I've been diagnosed by two neurologists as having an incurable and largely untreatable disease, but neither of them has made any effort to help me with what treatments are available. They seem to think that my situation is no big deal and that I should be fine with living with these symptoms without any treatment or further investigation. Meanwhile, I continue to get worse from week to week, and I wonder what is next.
  12. I have just been diagnosed with non length dependent small fiber neuropathy. (See rant at http://www.crazyboards.org/forums/index.php?/blogs/entry/73508-my-thoughts-on-the-medical-profession/.) Looking for anyone with the same condition. There's very little information on the Internet and my doctors are pretty much useless.
  13. It's rapidly approaching infinity. I think this week it's ten plus a few to be taken as needed that I haven't taken lately. This is a good reminder to me to update my signature...
  14. Sending a new message is broken for me as well. My box looks just like the one in the original post. I've tried it in three different browsers on my laptop, and I've tried it on two mobile devices, all on three different networks, and I always get the same thing. So that rules out pretty much everything I have any control over.
  15. Glad I stumbled across this discussion. My GP is thinking about putting me on Lyrica or Neurontin. I have peripheral neuropathy from an unknown cause and it would be great to have something to reduce the pain while we are trying to find the underlying cause. I started taking Robaxin last week when the muscle tightness in my neck and head was so bad that I couldn't stand it any more. Taking one (500 mg) does nothing for me. Taking two helps me to sleep and takes away maybe 80% of the pain and discomfort. The last few days I've been doing fine without it, but I can feel the tightness coming on again now.
  • Create New...