I take 350mg Soma tablets, 1-1/2 of them about 10-11pm with valium now down to 10mg. I fight sleep because it is the first time all day I'm not in pain from 24 broken bones 12 years ago. Soma is great for pain. Been tapering valium, went down from 20mg to 15 then went to 10mg last year and hit the wall. Tapered too fast. I felt like I was shaking inside, irritable, anxiety feeling in chest. Had heart attack 3 years ago, so the anxiety feeling in my chest worried me. After 6 weeks on 10mg I said screw this, went back to 15mg and stayed there until a month ago. I was probably about to feel better, couldn't believe the 2nd 5mg drop lasted 6 weeks. This time I have weaned down to 10mg, a little piece at a time, been at 10mg for 5 nights, feeling ok this time. Woke up this morning though with HR of 140. Stayed over 100 BPM for about 1/2 hour. Within an hour of waking up it was back to 74 beats a minute. I'm sure my HR has been way high in the morning for a long time, just never checked it until today. I think it's the Soma, maybe I chose the wrong one to wean off. Doctors kept me on soma for 12 years and will continue. He used to prescribe 120 soma w/11 refills then the rules changed and he gave me 120 Soma w/4 refills, 120 Lortabs w/4 refills and 90 Valium w 4 refills, then he moved away after 25 years of being my Doctor. I never took as many as he rx'd me. 2 soma and 2 valium at night was the most I ever took. I only take 2 Norco during the day.
I will need the Norco for pain although it doesn't help much, not like Soma. Never will I go to Oxy or anything stronger unless I'm on my death bed due to my addictive, crazy personality, I'm crazy about that stuff!
Another Dr I've been seeing for 18+ years(never got meds from) kept giving me all the meds only not as many, then he got arrested for frauding medicare and over prescribing SubSys. I don't know what it is but he billed medicare $6 million for it, about $4.5 million more than the next highest prescriber of SubSys in the whole country(US). The new Doc told me I could have valium or soma, I chose soma. I am reading that a side effect of soma is rapid HR, so I guess I have to stop it too. Now that I'm down to 10mg Valium I don't want to go back to more. I have about 90, 10mg left and a script for 30, 5mg. The new Doc wanted me to go from 15mg valium to 10 for a week, then 5mg for a week then stop. I don't think so, he would give me another heart attack. He didn't know I had some in the hole for emergencies. He thinks I'm going through w/d now. He never asked me how I feel, whats my problem, nothing. Just choose which drug you want, Valium or Soma "no matter what you say". What a jerk. All I said was I'll take the Soma, that's all I was able to say, except nice to meet you. He knows nothing about my medical history and asked no questions, the FBI has my records from that office. I guess he's scared being in the same office the other Doc just got hauled off in handcuffs in, so I can't blame him for being scared I guess.
He said the Soma you can just stop. Is that true? Made an appt with Pain management Dr but cant get in for another 2 months.
Sorry to be so long. Thank You for reading all this. Any Advice?