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From Your Experience,Which Field Of Medicine Knows The Most About Benzo Tapering


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Would really like some collective input.

When I first began this taper, I thought about going to see a Neurologist. Wouldnt they be the field that specializes in our specific symptoms?

 

Up until now...I have always believed  that if you have a problem in Life you cannot solve....go to an Expert for advice.

Talk to someone who has seen your problem multiple times, and has experience in the trenches.

This can be applied to Marriage problems, Attorneys, Construction, etc....

What really makes an expert and "expert" is training and experience.

 

Surely with as big a problem as Benzodiazepine withdrawal syndrome has become....I would think that there is a Specialty Field.

 

Appreciate and experience you have

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I saw a neurologist, Lyme doctor and GP. They didn't get it. A naturopath doctor understood the severity and so did another Lyme doctor and limited knowledge from a psychologist.  I really think it depends on the individual Curiosity thus becomes informed.  Even a pharmacist knew side affects but wasn't versed on WD affects which I found odd. I think a lot of folks on this forum know more than the so called "experts."

 

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Up until now...I have always believed  that if you have a problem in Life you cannot solve....go to an Expert for advice.

Talk to someone who has seen your problem multiple times, and has experience in the trenches.

 

 

So, any doctor who has been through this would be our best expert?

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You might find a rare doctor here and there with some knowledge of benzos, but in general the medical community is clueless. Your best resources are people who have been through it. I.e. us folks on benzobuddies. And, if you can find an in-person support group in your area, that's another great resource. I found one in the Boston area but I don't know if they exist elsewhere.
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Up until now...I have always believed  that if you have a problem in Life you cannot solve....go to an Expert for advice.

Talk to someone who has seen your problem multiple times, and has experience in the trenches.

 

 

So, any doctor who has been through this would be our best expert?

 

Yes nextime...that would probably be the Best! A Physician, who has experienced Benzo use, tapering and Withdrawal. Finding such and individual sounds like a challenge though.

  Good feedback, thanks

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Chessplayer,

 

Unfortunately you're right.

 

I don't know about neurologists. Most likely it depends on the indivudual. but usually, a neurologist works by looking for neurological illness ... and benzodiazepine use W/D is not considered an 'illness'.

 

What works well does not for another. One doc who belives in Ashton is one man's savior, and someone else's punishment.

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Yes, a doctor who's been through it or you may find a doctor who takes an interest and does research to educate him/herself. Few and far between.
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I saw a neurologist, Lyme doctor and GP. They didn't get it. A naturopath doctor understood the severity and so did another Lyme doctor and limited knowledge from a psychologist.  I really think it depends on the individual ability to curious thus become informed.  Even a pharmacist knew side affects but wasn't versed on WD affects which I found off. I think a lot of folks on this forum know more than the so called "experts."

 

I agree 100% Mena....the contributors on the BB Support  Board are The Most Educated and Experienced.

We just cannot write Scripts and treat one another within the accepted Medical Parameters.

 

So I guess I am Looking For the most Capable and Trained Physician who specializes in Benzos, to help carry out the information obtained through this life-saving Board ( and I mean that )

How about a Neurologist?

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If the only function of the doctor is to write the scripts you need for tapering, why does it matter how much they understand? Just go to any doctor and say what you need to say to get your taper supply.

 

BTW Your writing Style is rather Interesting. I think I'll try Sprinkling in random Capitalization of Words too.

 

Cheers!

 

CP

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No, I dont think neurologist would help. In my city the sleep specialist was in neurology. They moved that to pulmonology as they only treat sleep apnea.

So anything else would fall under mental health and no doctors are available.

 

A big part of the problem is the DEA. Everyone is afraid to prescribe sleep pills for good reason

Unfortunately, that keeps doctors from wanting to treat dependence on them too since that means prescribing for a taper. Hence the rapid tapers

 

 

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If the only function of the doctor is to write the scripts you need for tapering, why does it matter how much they understand? Just go to any doctor and say what you need to say to get your taper supply.

 

BTW Your writing Style is rather Interesting. I think I'll try Sprinkling in random Capitalization of Words too.

 

Cheers!

 

CP

 

The problem Chessplayer, is the many horror stories on this and other Sites of Doctors not undertanding benzo discontinuation , and thus prescribing too Fast a Taper...No Taper...or more harmful Meds that will eventually need to also be Tapered. Since Tapers are highly personalized, many Physicians have little or no Time to fully Treat Benzo Patients.

  My GP has various patients with various illnesses.

  A Specialist in the Matters of The Mind, Brain and All Things Benzo, would sure be helpful.

  The Doctor has All the Power, as long as We are Tapering. Unless we want to C/T and suffer.

  I Dont.

  I just am surprised that in 2016, with the Benzo problem having been in the News for so long now....that I was hoping for a better Choice in Doctors.

  If I break a Bone, I go to an Orthopedic Doctor, well versed in functional impairments of the skeletal system.

 

  Now That I am Tapering Benzos...I Would Like to go To a Comparable Expert in The Field.

 

 

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The neurologist I saw was clueless, totally dismissed Benzo withdrawl.  I dismissed him.

 

Mena, I see by searching the Posts here that many have had your experience with Neurologists.

I just figured that would be the Leaders I This Field.

 

Apparently There are no Leaders In This Field

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You might find a rare doctor here and there with some knowledge of benzos, but in general the medical community is clueless. Your best resources are people who have been through it. I.e. us folks on benzobuddies. And, if you can find an in-person support group in your area, that's another great resource. I found one in the Boston area but I don't know if they exist elsewhere.

 

Good Advice On The In-Person-Support Group :thumbsup:  I will search for one here in my neck of the Woods.

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If the only function of the doctor is to write the scripts you need for tapering, why does it matter how much they understand? Just go to any doctor and say what you need to say to get your taper supply.

 

BTW Your writing Style is rather Interesting. I think I'll try Sprinkling in random Capitalization of Words too.

 

Cheers!

 

CP

 

  I Have a Patent Pending On My Writing Style Chessplayer....Sorry~ ;D

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You would think a neurologist would make it their business to know this stuff.  Since I had no

Luck with doctors and tapering, I just have the my GP write me a prescription and told him I am tapering roughly 10% every 2 to 3 weeks per the Ashton method (non heard of it, even the therapist) he was fine with it.  Honestly, they don't want to touch this stuff. You can call around to see if a psychologist is up to speed on Benzo WD, but you'll be hard pressed to find one.

 

good luck

 

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There are some experts in benzodiazepine withdrawal. They are called Battle Against Tranquilizers or BAT and they are a charity located in Bristol in the UK. They really know their stuff, as much as the people on benzo buddies and maybe even more so. You can contact them on these UK numbers;

 

0117 9663629

0844 826 9317 (24 hour answering machine)

 

Or email them at; support@bataid.org

 

It can take a while to get through to someone on the help lines so you have to be a bit patient and persistent.

 

I used to go along to the drop in groups for this charity, and what they dont know about benzodiazepine withdrawal isn't worth knowing. The charity is mostly run by people who have been through benzodiazepine withdrawal themselves and so know from personal experience what it is like.

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