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[Buddie]

Numb burning tingling pins & needles Feet
« on: November 24, 2011, 12:14:54 am »
Has anyone experienced the numb or burning or pins and needles feet?
I was on .5 mg Klonapin 2 x a day. I was told by my PA that I could get off of it in 20 days. She said to cut pill in half and take for 7-10 days than cut in half again 7-10 days and your off. By the 15Th day I was feeling weird. I started getting joint pain in my hands. than I started getting muscle twitches all over my body. Than I noticed my feet were feeling numb and tingling. Sometimes my calf's feel like are burning. When I wear my shoes or sneakers my feet feel like tingling or pins and needles and after an hour or two I have to take them off for a while.  I went to my Dr and he said oh u may have diabetic neuropity. So sends me to a neurologist who puts me through a nerve conduction study. The results came back normal. So than I go back to the GP and he says well you are below the radar from what the test is capable of picking up. So I say OH I read in the Ashton Manual about this symptom of benzo wd. Of coarse he never heard of that. So i went back to the the neurologist who also says hes taking people off Klonapin all time never heard anyone getting this and that I most likely have diabetic neouropity and wants to put me on lyrica. So I said no thanks for now. I will wait and see its it is a wd symptom and goes away in time before you mess me up with another drug.
Please if anyone has had similar symptoms while tapering or withdrawal please write me back or answer this new post. Thank you for reading my story. Tommy
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[Buddie]

Re: Numb burning tingling pins & needles Feet
« Reply #1 on: November 24, 2011, 12:17:52 am »
I have had them ever since i started titrating.  Still have them but they are getting better.  Very common in wd.  Try to ignore them.  [...]
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[Buddie]

Re: Numb burning tingling pins & needles Feet
« Reply #2 on: November 24, 2011, 12:33:01 am »
Burning tingling sensations are the worst symptom I have.  Mine started in my chest and moved to my hands and feet.  I too have made the rounds of two neurologists and all tests are negative.  Both acknowledged that benzodiazepines can cause these symptoms and that time is the only thing that will help.  The first neurologist put me on gabapentin and that helped briefly, but then I got worse.  I slowly withdrew from gabapentin and found my symptoms were aggravated.  I think that it set me back and wish I had not taken it.  It may be helpful to those with peripheral neuropathy and other forms of nerve pain, but I'm not sure about withdrawal.  I am experimenting with passion flower and lemon balm - calming herbs.  They help a little. 

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[Buddie]

Re: Numb burning tingling pins & needles Feet
« Reply #3 on: November 24, 2011, 12:57:36 am »
I am new to this site, so hope I'm not stepping on anyone's toes or doing anything wrong by replying.  My Dr also gave me similar schedule for tapering off Klonopin and I was absolutely fine for 6 weeks and then wd hit me with a bang.  I've had to reinstate to original dosage as I am moving and starting new job next week and have to be fu able to function.  I really did not want to go on Klonopin (having read bad reviews about it) but was put on it in hospital, so as soon as I got home I started to take B supplement Biotin as I had read Benzos deplete body of this.  I had burning/itching/pins and needles when wd hit me, so I upped the Biotion and it did help somewhat. Only wd sx I have is chronic diahrrea which I pray will subside before my 12 hour car journey to new job - had no stomach problems prior to the 6 week reduction.  I just keep reading here that symptoms do get better, so I hope yours do too.  I will be starting a much slower taper once settled and have a new Dr who hopefully will let me do it really slowly.  I now don't care how long it takes, just want off with least amount of pain possible.
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[Buddie]

Re: Numb burning tingling pins & needles Feet
« Reply #4 on: November 24, 2011, 01:09:07 am »
Has anyone experienced the numb or burning or pins and needles feet?
I was on .5 mg Klonapin 2 x a day. I was told by my PA that I could get off of it in 20 days. She said to cut pill in half and take for 7-10 days than cut in half again 7-10 days and your off. By the 15Th day I was feeling weird. I started getting joint pain in my hands. than I started getting muscle twitches all over my body. Than I noticed my feet were feeling numb and tingling. Sometimes my calf's feel like are burning. When I wear my shoes or sneakers my feet feel like tingling or pins and needles and after an hour or two I have to take them off for a while.  I went to my Dr and he said oh u may have diabetic neuropity. So sends me to a neurologist who puts me through a nerve conduction study. The results came back normal. So than I go back to the GP and he says well you are below the radar from what the test is capable of picking up. So I say OH I read in the Ashton Manual about this symptom of benzo wd. Of coarse he never heard of that. So i went back to the the neurologist who also says hes taking people off Klonapin all time never heard anyone getting this and that I most likely have diabetic neouropity and wants to put me on lyrica. So I said no thanks for now. I will wait and see its it is a wd symptom and goes away in time before you mess me up with another drug.
Please if anyone has had similar symptoms while tapering or withdrawal please write me back or answer this new post. Thank you for reading my story. Tommy

tommy, the skin tingling is a classic benzo w/d s/x. it is very annoying but probably the least painful. i am working towards 4 months off and still have alot of it. numb hands and feet and burning all over my torso and face. it got so bad the first couple of months my nerve endings were burning small holes in my skin. i would feel a really bad sting and scratch it and could feel a little scab about the size of a pinhead. the doctor told me it was my nerves. i hope it gets better soon,[...]
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[Buddie]

Re: Numb burning tingling pins & needles Feet
« Reply #5 on: November 24, 2011, 04:09:13 am »
Tommy, I was put on Lyrica for Fibromyalgia (that was misdiagnosed) b/c I aslo had a lot of the same symptoms that you experienced. I just finished getting off the Lyrica about a month ago (it's one you also have to taper like a benzo) and I am experiencing the same symptoms I had prior to taking the Lyrica, only they are worse. I believe it's due to the withdrawal from the Lyrica! So, while it may alleviate some of the sxs in the short-term, eventually, it will likely be a med you have to come off through a taper process and re-live the same symptoms, as it acts on GABA as well.

I haven't begun my benzo tapers yet, but will soon, so I expect to enjoy the fun that is feeling like my muscles are being put through the ringer, and then going numb, or being set on fire, for quite awhile. But I think that will eventually heal.

So, from a personal standpoint, I would avoid Lyrica or its cousin (Neurontin?) just so you have one less thing to taper from in the future and let your body heal. I have been doing water therapy classes in the warm water therapy pool that combine yoga, pilates, strength, and stretching, and then I soak in the hot tub afterwards. That really seems to help with the pain. I also apply Traumeel (homeopathic) cream to the areas that are the worst when I'm in severe pain, and that also immediately helps.

HTH and good luck. Hugs,
Marie
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[Buddie]

Re: Numb burning tingling pins & needles Feet
« Reply #6 on: November 24, 2011, 05:02:34 am »
   Yes, it is the burning, tingling,and general muscle tension that I have had in my lower legs and also feet.  I have been slowly tapering, and these problems started @6 mos. ago. Really caught me by surprise and has been quite persistent and painful.  I also thought I had suddenly developed a large number of serious health concerns until I researched, and realized that it was withdrawl from an escalating and incorrectly done taper.  I feel better knowing that.  Just want to experience less symptoms overall.  I think I've had almost every one listed.
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[Buddie]

Re: Numb burning tingling pins & needles Feet
« Reply #7 on: November 24, 2011, 05:37:44 am »
Yea, in my feet and legs. It's bad but I have worse problems.
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[Buddie]

Re: Numb burning tingling pins & needles Feet
« Reply #8 on: November 24, 2011, 05:58:17 am »
  The problems for me have been many.  I have had transient dental pain that has become persistent in addition to the tingling, muscle, and joint pain in my legs and feet.  Surprisingly, I didn't really have a lot of real anxiety problems during all these other symptoms.  But I've had tinnitus in my left ear, extreme light sensitivity, and an awareness of my heart beating even as it had a slow,steady beat.  Like I said, the list goes on with comprehensive body system impacts.  Now I know I'd rather feel some anxiety rather than go through this.  Not at all worth it overall.  Just have to get through it slow and steady.
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[Buddie]

Re: Numb burning tingling pins & needles Feet
« Reply #9 on: November 24, 2011, 04:18:58 pm »
Hi tommy
I started getting the pins and needles, burning sensations , skin prickling and constante muscle twitches all over the body, when i starting cutting down on my lorazepam dose. I had some blood tests done, and everything came back normal and doctors keep saying I have nothing and that its probably withdrawal, so I am going with that. The twitches are really annoying but all of these symptoms are mentioned in the ashton manual. Many people in this forum seem to be having these symptoms. However, you are the only member who seems to have exactly the same combination of symptoms I a having. I believe that what we are going through is withdrawal. Feel free to write to me to discuss the symptoms, maybe we can find reassurance in each other.

Regards,
Adrian
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