I really apologize for not writing. I’ve been dealing with some major muscle weakness that’s made it enormously challenging to type at all. Many days lately, I haven’t even been able to manage short comments to introduce links on facebook.
And it’s not even the illness this time. Remember that fever and sore throat I was having? It kept going on, not getting better or worse, which gave me a hunch. I looked up the side effects for Soma, the muscle relaxant I’d had to add to the sleep cocktail when it had gone pear-shaped once again, and there it was: fever and sore throat. I stopped it (this process was no fun, because I’d been on it a few weeks – Soma has a discontinuation syndrome of pain and anxiety) and swapped it out for a different muscle relaxant, Norflex, and after a couple days, the sore throat and fever went away. I then quickly determined that the Norflex made me anxious and antsy – great fun when you’re trying to go to sleep, let me tell you – but it was working. Then two days ago, I realized I was having fever and sore throat again. Back to the side effects list: Yep, Norflex apparently causes the same thing in me.
Chimp looked up both drugs, and seeing that they seemed to have different mechanisms of action, had a good idea, which we’re going to try. He noted that when I made the switch, the symptoms went away for several days, then reemerged. It took about five days for each of those two drugs to cause the fever and sore throat, I think, going by my notes in the medication/sleep spreadsheet I keep. So what we’re going to do is try using each one for several days, then switch to the other. Hopefully that’ll allow them to work and not build up in my system to the point that I am feverish and uncomfortable, and also not cause me to have withdrawal effects from the Soma.
The problem with both of these drugs, besides what I’ve already noted here, is that they are both muscle relaxants, like the Baclofen I’m also on for sleep, and relaxed muscles effectively means muscle weakness, and that means the inability to type. But, I’m sorry to say to my readership, sleep is more important than writing blog entries. (For those of you who don’t know, the reason I don’t take the usual sleep aids, like Ambien or Lunesta, is that they, like the benzodiazepines, give me screaming anxiety. Yes, Xanax actually gives me panic attacks. No, it’s no fun to live in bizarro biochemistry world.)
We’re going to try a few other things, too, which I’ll relate if they pan out. This all reminds me once again that I’m living on borrowed time with this insomnia problem.