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[Buddie]

benzo belly
« on: June 15, 2012, 12:42:33 pm »
I know you all are probably getting sick of hearing about my benzo belly. It is the only symptom I have left after almost 7 weeks off klonopin. Are there any stories out there that you can tell of your benzo belly healing. I have pain and spasm all day long. How long did it take for the pain to go away? I don't care about the swelling and bloat, I just want the pain to go away. This is my 2nd run with the drug and it took a good 10 months before I felt relief the first time. i took it for about a year, and cold turkeyed it because I didn't know any better. I stayed off for a year and a half then had severe belly pain in dec and had to reinstate in jan. I took it jan and feb and sort of cold turkeyed again. I should have known better but I felt worse trying to taper than if I just got off. I hope it doesn't take another 10 months to feel better.
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[Buddie]

Re: benzo belly
« Reply #1 on: June 15, 2012, 01:00:32 pm »
I know you all are probably getting sick of hearing about my benzo belly. It is the only symptom I have left after almost 7 weeks off klonopin. Are there any stories out there that you can tell of your benzo belly healing. I have pain and spasm all day long. How long did it take for the pain to go away? I don't care about the swelling and bloat, I just want the pain to go away. This is my 2nd run with the drug and it took a good 10 months before I felt relief the first time. i took it for about a year, and cold turkeyed it because I didn't know any better. I stayed off for a year and a half then had severe belly pain in dec and had to reinstate in jan. I took it jan and feb and sort of cold turkeyed again. I should have known better but I felt worse trying to taper than if I just got off. I hope it doesn't take another 10 months to feel better.

[...], I have not seen my feet in about 6 months. The gi problems are my worst symptom right now. It is encouraging yours went away after ten months. My stomach feels like i have tumors in it and after every meal i get bloating and stinging all over my torso. others that have had this symptom go away will chime in. I'm very interested in this topic myself. hope you feel better soon,[...]
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[Buddie]

Re: benzo belly
« Reply #2 on: June 15, 2012, 01:46:00 pm »
The first time I got off the drug, it took about 3 months for the pain to subside, but the spasms never really went away. I took a break from alcohol for the first 3 months, but after that I could not tolerate the pain anymore, so I did drink quite a bit and it took 10 months for me to feel somewhat normal. This time, i cut out the alcohol and don't plan to drink again til i am fully healed. Hopefully cause I didn't take it as long, it wont take as long to heal. I am kinda counting on that 3 month mark, and I know I shouldn't, cause no one really knows. I am kinda nervous cause this is my 2nd time around. I do take EmergenC daily, and I notice that it takes the pain in my right lower abdomen away, but I do feel like there is a tight band around my midsection which is more tolerable than the whole belly hurting. I hope this helps. Do you still have pain tho or is it just the bloating big belly? I wish you the best of luck. Thanks for responding.
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Re: benzo belly
« Reply #3 on: June 16, 2012, 11:37:56 am »
I am sorry, I just had to move this back to the front. I can't take the pain. I need suggestions. I am depressed about the pain. Anyone know if because this is my second time around if the symptoms might longer. The first time, it took 3 months for it to subside, but I took it off and on for a year and cold turkeyed it.  I am a little over half way there. On top of it I caught a nasty cold. If someone could give me a little hope that maybe i only have 6 more weeks of excrutiating pain. It is really the only withdrawal that I have left. Anyone do a holistic detox with vitamins and nutrion with massages and sauna and counseling? I am really thinking I need to get away to deal with all this.
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[Buddie]

Re: benzo belly
« Reply #4 on: June 16, 2012, 02:26:39 pm »
I've had debilitating GI pain.  I still have the bloat and bm issues, but the pain has left (knock wood).  I don't know if this actually had helped but this is what I did that seemed to help:
yoga stretches - cobra to stretch out the top part of my belly; gentle torso twists
massage  -- lay on back with knees bent then in slow clockwise circles starting from belly button and moving out
pacing -- walking around and massaging my belly
No dairy, no onions as both of these foods caused lots of pain.

I hope these suggestions help
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Re: benzo belly
« Reply #5 on: June 16, 2012, 05:24:21 pm »
Hi Hope , Rs and Sas
 I am 11 months next week  and my almost last w/s is huge belly , pressure  abdom. nausea . Some days is better , some is bad .
What help me is bike or walk fast ,  tention from body go away with exercise . But stomach is huge , 10 lbs only in abdominal .  cannot fit in anything , but baggy pants . :-[ :( Can exercise like crazy  and stop eat , but stomach dont' go away , always there . :smitten: :smitten:
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[Buddie]

Re: benzo belly
« Reply #6 on: June 17, 2012, 01:35:18 pm »
Hi hope,
If I might ask, how long did it take for the pain to go away? I can handle the bloat but thi pain everyday is terrible! I'm on my 7 th week, so Im in the lack of appetite, weight loss stage, and Bowel problem stage, but I can deal with that, but I just wish the. Burning stabbing day in and day out pain would go away. I can't exercise yet, but as soon as I can I am going to!
Thanks
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Re: benzo belly
« Reply #7 on: June 17, 2012, 02:22:29 pm »
I have a dull ache in my lower abdomen, and for a while had the constant urge to urinate which wasn't from a UTI. The more severe pain and urge to urinate went away in the 3rd week I believe, a few days after partially reinstating, and are just mild now.
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Re: benzo belly
« Reply #8 on: June 17, 2012, 02:46:41 pm »
Sometimes....people detoxing from benzos can develop "gastritus" which is inflamation of the stomach lining.  Antacids like Tums or Prilosec do not help in any way.  I developed this problem and started taking a medication called Carafate.  Symptoms of Gastritus can be indegestion, weight loss, belching and LOTS OF GAS coming out of both ends.  It sucks!

Carafate actually lays down a protective coating on your stomach lining which allows any type of inflamation to heal.  The inflamation could be an ulcer as well.  Anyway...this med did work for me but the Gastritus keeps coming back from time to time so I keep the Carafate with me at all times.  I do not recommed taking this med for an extended periond of time because it contains Aluminum but when I'm in pain I dont give a damm what the med has in it as long as it workd. 
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Re: benzo belly
« Reply #9 on: June 17, 2012, 08:08:33 pm »
It's not really stomac area, it's right side pain and bloating and spasms just under the ribs
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