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Hey Eric, how are you?

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Hey. Im ok, been losing some sleep from the itchiness of shingles, but took some neurontin and that seems to work well. Its getting better pretty quick.

8 months off suboxone this Saturday.


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WOW :D :D :D

Thats awesome, eric

great job :wink: :wink: :wink:

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How is everything else going? The depression, anxiety? I hope that you are doing better all around and not just with the itchiness. Just curious, is that what the neurontin is helping? And also, I saw where you said that you read, everyone who has had chickenpox, has shingles. I read that too. It's called the varicella-zoster virus. It reamins after the chicken pox have gone, and anyone can get an outbreak of shingles. That sucks!

Hope you are doing better all around kiddo! Let me know. And congrats on the 8 month mark!

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Hey Kelly, yeah things have been a bit better the past week, surprisingly. Not great, but better than they have been, perhaps because my schedule has cleared up.

I havnt decided whether or not to stick with the neurontin more than a week or two, i guess i'll play it by ear. I've been taking everyday for a week or so because it helps calm the itching of the shingles rash so I can sleep. I think the itchiness and pain are almost gone now though, perhaps thanks to the antiviral drugs I got from the doctor. Or maybe just my age and bouncing back from things a bit quicker (although I havnt bounced back from opiate dependency very quickly haha)


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[font=Comic Sans MS]Hi Eric, you would laugh your ass off if you knew how long it took me to find this thread!

Just wanted to check in and see how you are feeling. If you feel like it, give me an update! I'd love to know how you are. How did you end up making out with the neurontin? Still taking it? Hope all is well with you!!![/font]

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ive been taking neurontin semi-consistantly, doesnt do a whole lot for me. Kinda scared of large doses, dont want to be dependent on anything, guess i dont have a choice though.

Also started St Johns Wort. It is suprisingly decent!

I've talked to some addiction specialists and am just trying to get the ball rolling on figuring out how to proceed. I guess its mostly a waiting game in terms of PAWS


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Hey eric,

You sound like you're doing better, maybe not all better, but better than you were.

PAWS is a pretty crappy thing to deal with. It's not as intense as Acute wd, but goodness gracious it seems to go on a long time for some of us. Towards the end of my PAWS, my symptoms seemed to drift off one by one, then I kinda realized one day how much better I was feeling. It's hard to explain.....PAWS doesn't seem to go away abruptly, it kinda just fades out.

I'm glad you seem to be doing better. Keep hanging in there.

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well, i've noticed some of my symptoms "drifting off" over the last few months, so I guess thats a good sign. it seems the hardest symptoms to deal with, like constant fatigue and anxiety, are the ones sticking around longest:-/


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3 of my symptoms that hung around the longest were craptacular sleep, constant fatigue and anxiety.

My sleep improved to almost normal around the 1 year mark.

I think it was in an around that time that I noticed how bad caffeine (I used to drink 6 or 7 cups of coffee per day) spiked my anxiety. I cut back to 2 cups a day and cut back on my Coca Cola and my anxiety improved greatly.

I was about 18 months when I started lifting weights, that's when the constant fatigue improved. When I first started lifting, I was only lifting for about 1/2 hour, but that 1/2 hour made a tremendous difference. By no means was I lifting and pushing myself to failure back then. I was actually just building my strength up to get to where I could really start pushing myself.

I also have to mention that learning to live my life in balance (recovery) helped with my anxiety and constant fatigue. For some reason, my emotions get the better of me a lot. I find that I still react to situations instead of thinking, then acting. As I continue to get better at not reacting, but thinking, then acting....my anxiety calms down significantly.

I know what you're going through sucks, believe me, I know....but you also have to look back at where you were and give yourself a MAJOR pat on the back for how far you've come. Don't ever forget how far you've come.

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I have to agree with "Diary of a Quitter", that Remeron is a good medicine for a lot of people. I had been prescribed many of the other meds for depression, etc, they took a long time to start working and made me feel bad the next day and made me feel like a zombie, especially a med called Seroquel.

Remeron worked for helping me sleep the very first night, I had no residual bad side effects the next day either.

I know this is not a new psot, I am hoping you or other members can benefit from this information.


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