Re: Xanax

From: Karen Kaplan (
Wed Mar 8 19:18:48 2000

Ginni: I know you have too much else to deal with, but Xanax is addictive. I had to go through a supervised stepdown withdrawal last summer, and it was rough, especially the last week and the two weeks after the last tiny pill. Just a warning from when you are hopefully post-operative and not on Vicoden. Xanax is also a depressant. However, for many people ,it really helps. Just a warning - I didn't know until I tried to stop after only ten days. Best, Karen

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From: To: Multiple recipients of list ADHESIONS <> Sent: Wednesday, March 08, 2000 11:35 AM Subject: Re: Karla,

> Karla,
> Glad my experience could help. It helps so much to know that I am not the
> only one suffering. I have been through the worst two months suffering
and > finding the right doctor. I live in Florida and it seems as soon as the
> doctors see my videos of my last two surgeries they say they will not go
in > there. I am going back to California to Dr. Nezhat, who helped me before.
I > just have to stay strong enough for another three weeks and then know I
will > get the care I need. I have seen four doctors here who all say my case is
> too extreme for them. I am lucky to have a good GP who will give me
anything > I want to keep my strong and pain free until the surgery. I know what you
> mean about the bowel movements. They made me have one of those stupid
barium > tests and six days later I have still not passed any. Has this ever
happened > to you? I feel like I am full of cement. A friend in Alaska who just had
> her third adhesion surgery this year just told me about a new prescription
> laxative which she says works wonderfully without any harsh chemicals or
> cramping pain. It is called Miralax. Has anyone tried this and what do
you > think of it? I am going to ask my GP about it. I have had good luck so
far > with Vicoden, although it makes me speedy instead of relaxed so I am also
> taking Xanax twice a day and this is helping. I have not eaten in two
months > now, just liquids to avoid a bowel obstruction and my weight is getting
> ridiculously low. My adhesions have not only completely glued up my bowel
> but have also attacked my stomach and I have vomiting every night. The
> doctor says it is because when you are laying flat (as like sleeping) it
> causes it to flow back upward and this causes the vomiting. Getting
people > to understand what this is like is impossible. My in-laws think their
poor > son got stuck with a reject, sickly wife, thank God he is supportive and
> sticks with me. I hope you find some relief and have more good days than
> bad. Thanks for writing, this waiting for the surgery is the worst. Are
you > considering more surgery? Ginni

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