Re: Coping without surgery

From: Karen Kaplan (
Tue Feb 1 05:45:03 2000

Toni: be careful with that list of drugs you are on. Ativan can be wicked - worse than Halcion for adverse side effects. Plus, it's a depressant. My surgeon gave me Ativan post-op after too much Xanax in the hospital. the idiot told me they were the same and they are not. I didn't realize how much they had given me, so when I got anxious and jumpy from the unknown withdrawal, I took the Ativan for about thirty hours, but had become violent and dangerous. really ugly. check it on Ativan and Halcion are benzodiazepines, along with Valium and Xanax, but the first two are known for their adverse, paradoxical side effects. While on Ativan, I wrote a letter that almost got me fired, but because it inhibits memory formation, I didn't even remember I had written it! Before you take Ativan, try cutting out caffeine and sugar, and try kava kava. I believe these benzodiazepines feed the anxiety because you need more as they wear off- plus they are addictive (for some, in less than two weeks - and no one tells you that) and the stepdown withdrawal is awful. just awful. Karen

>----- Original Message -----
From: toni welsh <> To: Multiple recipients of list ADHESIONS <> Sent: Monday, January 31, 2000 1:59 PM Subject: Re: Coping without surgery

> At Mon, 31 Jan 2000, wrote:
> >
> >Toni,
> >I don't know for sure what surgery you need but try to avoid a laperatomy
at > >all costs. I too was told that this was the type of surgery I needed and
was > >even told that to do it laparoscopically was impossible, but in doing
> >research found that many doctors do not know what is possible. I found
in > >doing research that the least invasive the surgery was the better for
> >adhesions. I had to travel across the country to find a doctor who could
do > >it, but they are out there! Do some more research before you let anyone
cut > >you. I believe some doctors don't know the procedures, don't want to
learn > >them or are just not skilled enough to do them so they opt for the easy
way > >out for them. This is your body, your life and even if it takes more
time > >and opinions made absolutely sure this is right for you. Sorry to
preach, > >but I found this out theard way and really believe in the laparascopic
> >approach. You are worth the best care. Ginni
> Thank you Ginni and Peggy, I have been told this by so many doctors here
> in Cinti, and even dr semertzidies does them all laparotomy, I know that
> the large incision causes more adhesions, I am aware of this, just do
> not know where to turn.
> I am ahving trouble trying to understand the pain I have had for the
> last two days, it was so much better, at least I could do things. I
> have suffered alot the last 2 days. And the pain clinic says there is
> no more they can do with meds. I am still on oxycontin, neurotin, and
> trazadone, and they added ativan for my nerves. That was my pcp did
> that! I am so tired of all of this! BUT THANK YOU GIRLS!
> Toni

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