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    Hi everyone!

    My step-sister, “T” told me yesterday she is going into a substance abuse hospital here in Atlanta on Monday.

    She was diagnosed with fibromyalgia a few years ago, has quite a few health problems (severe migraines and almost died from heart problems when she had my nephew almost 3 years ago, among other things associated with fibromyalgia). Her doctor gave her tons of meds and she now says “I’m an addict”.

    She said it was mostly Klonopin but her best friend (who is a “normie” but has been around a lot of addicts and is very knowledgeable) says it is also Vicodin and Oxy. I went to her house yesterday to watch my niece (6 years old) – T had told me she was sick, but told me what was going on when I got there. We’ve told my niece that “mommy’s sick and is going to the hospital but you can visit her” ’cause she remembers when my nephew was born and T almost died and my niece couldn’t visit.

    When I finally got to home last night I’d had 1 hour of sleep in 48 (I had some MORE money issues that kept me awake the day b4 and work at night) so I didn’t have the energy to read this site to really find out the withdrawal symptoms of klonopin, although I remember enough to know it’s not good. It was never one of my DOC’s so didn’t pay attention, but will read up on it now!

    Someone at the hospital is talking to her frequently and has her on a taper – I told her I thought she could have seizures if she quit CT. Right now she has the nausea, vomiting, diarrhea and is freezing.

    She did ask me if she could sue her doctor, while admitting that she knows SHE took the pills and takes responsibility. She said she told him she was getting in trouble with the klonopin and he basically told her it wouldn’t hurt her (OMG!!!!) and kept giving them to her. So any thoughts on this?! ‘Cause I really don’t know if she can do anything other than report her to the medical board.

    She’s a wonderful person, very smart (especially when it comes to medical stuff) and a great mom. She can’t understand “how did I get to this point” but I reminded her that I was a nurse, knew all the pitfalls and STILL became an addict – addiction doesn’t discriminate!

    I’m planning on going to family meetings at the hospital and will do whatever I can to support her. I’m already working on keeping myself from getting TOO involved. She’s needy right now and doesn’t understand why her best friend can’t drop everything and come over (she’s sick, taking a cough med with narcotics, can’t drive, and has an ADHD son she’s taking care of). I told T that her BF and I would be there BUT we also have to take care of ourself or we won’t be able to help her. Her BF is wonderful at boundaries. She used to date T’s husband (years b4 T came in the picture) and they are still good friends. Hopefully she will be able to support him ’cause he’s definitely a “normie” and doesn’t understand what’s going on.

    So anyway, please keep T, her husband and her 2 kids in your prayers. I’m grateful today that I’m clean and have gone through what I did, so now I can help her.

    Thanks everyone!
    Amy

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    I went to a hospital 2 months ago for xanax and alcohol and the symptoms you described are normal, Klonopin and xanax are in the same class which is called benzo’s. and part of the time I was using I was taking klonopin and there was a couple of times I ran out and you are right the withdrawals are extremely terrible like you are in hell or something but I would feel better once I got my hands on some more klonopin or xanax cause I couldnt stand the withdrawals. Xanax is just as bad if not worse , I went thru the detox successfully and I have been sober now for 2 months.

    #164082
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    My thoughts and prayers go out to you and her and your family. :angel2:

    #164081
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    I don’t really think anyone here is qualified to give legal advice. I would advise her to work on getting healthy first and foremost.

    #164079
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    Fibromyalgia is a very “interesting” diagnosis.

    My family lives in Atlanta and my sister was diagnosed with the same malady. She went to an endocrinologist who treated her with vitamin B shots and other nutrients, and now she is symptom free. There were no benzos or opiates in this doctor’s bag . . .

    I went to the same guy because I had bilateral tendonitis and he brilliantly diagnosed that I had an allergy to wheat, gluten, and related grains. When I quit eating wheat my symptoms resolved, too. My sister has a milder case of this wheat sensitivity and part of her healing involved cutting wheat out of her diet.

    I don’t know if your step-sister has a wheat allergy, but this doctor has had a lot of success with some hard cases (he is treating a friend of mine who has a variant of ALS and who has not deteriorated in years).

    If you or she are interested in seeing another M.D. PM me and I’ll provide his contact info.

    Buzz

    #164083
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    Thanks everyone!

    CCgirl – I didn’t mean to ask for legal advice. I just thought someone may have dealt with a Dr. who has over-prescribed meds.

    Chris Benoit – the pro wrestler who committed suicide after klling his wife & son – his Dr. is in major trouble for over-prescribing steroids to wrestlers. That’s what made me think of it (Benoit lived in the same city as T).

    Though she’s taking the responsiibilty that SHE took the meds, when the fog begins to clear from her mind, she can decide to do something if she wants to. Since I was a nurse, and our know we can be reported, I told her Dr’s are the same way and can be reported too. Then it’s up to the board whether they want to investigate.

    This isn’t something that has to be decided right now. Main thing is to get her help.

    Thanks again!
    Amy

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