I’ve been on Baclofen for three years now since my stroke, for my night-time spasticity with very little success. Yes, it helped…..mildly. But even at the highest tablet dose, I was still waking up 4-5 times a night with my right leg & arm in spasms!
I didn’t want to add another, stronger medicine, to the others I’m already taking.
So, on my last visit, after telling my doctor again that the Baclofen wasn’t really working, and I was exhausted from not getting enough sleep, we decided to try another medicine: REQUIP. This is a med used for muscle spasms, mostly with Parkinson’s patients.
I was ready to try anything. So for the last 2 weeks, I’ve been lowering my dose of Baclofen, while slowly introducing the Requip.
The last three nights, I’ve taken 1 Baclofen (vs 4) and 3 Reqiuip. And I am so excited to report it’s working great!!!!
The last three days, as the Requip was slowly upped and the Baclofen was taken down to 1, I’ve felt more alert, more “my old self”, with more energy and ready to “get moving”. Best of all? I am sleeping thru the night with no painful spasms during the night!
The folks I work with have even commented on the difference in my alertness, energy, and mood.
I’m keeping my fingers crossed that my body doesn’t throw a whammy in there and get used to the med and start spasming again, but for now, I’m HAPPY!
As always, it’s up to the patient to SPEAK UP, SPEAK OUT, and MAKE THE DOCTOR listen! If your meds, your therapy, your treatment, aren’t working, don’t just “go along”, assuming there’s nothing else.
Today, for now, I’m almost pain-free, sleeping great, and raring to go during the day, all because I didn’t give up and I spoke up!