Discussion in 'Fibromyalgia Main Forum' started by Mikie, May 3, 2003.
Please see my post to you under Minkeygirl's post on stimulants.
THERE ARE ALWAYS THEORYS ON A 'SLIGHT SEIZURE STATE' IN MANY CHRONIC ILLNESS. STIMULANTS DO NOT INDUCE SEIZURES, EXCEPT IN OVERDOSE--HOWEVER, THEY ALSO DO NOT HELP SEIZURES.
THEY CAN LOWER THE SEIZURE THRESHOLD....SO CAN ALCHOHAL AND A HOST OF OTHER SUBSTANCES. THEY AREN'T CONTRADICTED IN EPILEPSY, BUT CAUTION IS WARRANTED, JUST AS IT DOES WITH WELLBUTRIN. ALL A SEIZURE IS, IS ABNORMAL ELECTRICAL ACTIVITY OF THE BRAIN. THE ACTUAL SEIZURE ITSELF IS A SIGN OF THIS ACTIVITY. LIKE AN ABSCENSE SEIZURE, IS ALMOST NON APPARENT AND USUALY GOES UNDETECTED, NEVERTHELESS IT STILL HAPPENED.
TOO MUCH INFO TO GET INTO IN ONE POST. I DO THINK, HOWEVER, THAT LONG-TERM, HIGH DOSE USE IN SUSEPTIBLE INDIVIDUALS CAN CAUSE SO CALLED, NEURON BURN-OUT. I HAVE A FEELING IN THE NEXT 15 YEARS THIS WILL BE RECOGNIZED.
Thanks for the info. I appreciate you input. Yes, I was familiar with the fact that the seizure activity which we experience is just misfiring of the neurons. That is why I always refer to it as the "slight seizure state" when I post as I don't want people to think we suffer from grand mal seizures.
What you call burning out the neurons is what Dr. Cheney refers to as "frying the brain," which I also think is a bit too much in terms of being scary.
This slight seizure state does produce some aggravating symptoms, though: Racing brain, inability to sleep, sensury overload, anziety, muscle spasms, and tinnitus. I am very glad the Klonopin seems to work well for me both night and day. I realized I had not been utilizing it well during the daytime. I was only taking it when I experienced a symptom. Now, I make sure I slip 1/4 of a .5 mg. tablet under my tongue a couple of times a day and it does seem to help with alertness.
I had high hopes with the Provigil, but the paradoxical effect (or possibly the interaction with the Klonopin, which I didn't take during the daytime when on the Provigil) made my symptoms worse during the day. As a child, I am sure I suffered from ADHD and that may explain the paradoxical effect.
How do you feel about the long-term effects of taking Klonopin? I have heard that it, like antidepressants, causes permanent changes in the brain. What changes are these? I do know that there are some here who have taken Klonopin at the same dose for years. I appreciate you taking the time to answer.
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Mikie...can u or will you tell me whats this Bump, or Bumpity Bump..or Bumpity Bump Bump about..LOL
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