I am a CBT proponent, it cured my depression when I had to stop working due to FMS symptoms worsening.
Her description may be one component of CBT, but there are others too.
My mind tends to race, especially at night when I want to sleep, and even worse when my son was deployed in Afghanistan and Iraq. I used another trick to slow my brain down so I could sleep better. I would recite in my head all the old poems and prayers, etc. that I was forced to memorize as a child. Our Father in Heaven, the 23rd psalm, Apostles Creed, Nicene Creed, Hiawatha, Evangeline, etc. This shut out the intrusive meanderings of my brain. I took just enough concentration to keep me busy, and offered just enough meditative leaning to help me go to sleep.
CBT takes a lot of work, it does not come easily to anyone. But I would rather be happy with CBT than unhappy without it.
The half life in adults is 19-50 hours. The way I understand "half life" is that it is the length of time that it takes your body to clear half of the dose you took. Because of this, in some folks, it builds up slowly in your system if you take it every 24 hours or even more frequently, this can cause an increase in side effects and the sedation connected with this type of drug.
I have no memory at all of about three months of my life while I took this drug once a day, as prescribed by my doctor. 1 mg. a day at bedtime was the highest dose I took. I rolled my car on the way to see my doctor, and told him I wanted off of it from the phone in the ER. Thank God no one was hurt except me. My son was not in the car.
He later told me, and I verified it with my own research that this was probably due to the clonazepam (Klonopin). I did require medical treatment for withdrawals after I stopped taking it.
We all respond to different drugs in different ways. I get no withdrawals when I decrease my opiates or have a good day and forget to take them. But benzos are a totally different thing for me. My present doctor agrees with me that these are drugs I should stay away from.
Just be careful, you may not react the same way I did.
Valium is a controlled substance, class IV. A special FDA RX blank is not needed. One can write for refills on this drug also.
I know from experience with this drug that I WOULD become addicted to it if I had regular access to it. I took it for three nights to help me sleep back in the early 1970s when it was so popular. I had a GREAT high for 20-30 minutes. I opted to flush the rest down the toilet.
Pixe5 and I both suggested folks be aware of the drugs they put in their bodies. Neither of us said not to do it, we just said we would not do it at this time with these drugs.
I worked with heroin addicts early in my career, I don't ever want to be in their shoes, my choice. I use pain meds very carefully, I am aware every time I put one in my mouth what it can do. I choose not to use stimulants, my choice. It isn't a big deal, we just have different opinions from yours.
I Googled this book and the author. It does not claim he is a doctor. No where does it say what kind of education he has.
I read his website and he is a professional author, no claim to any education at all. No explanation beyond he has 35 years of "research" on this subject. I don't know what that means.
He wants to sell stuff, supplements and books. He clumps FMS, Arthritis, Lupus, and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome all together as things this will fix by fixing our broken lymph systems????
He had peripheral neuropathy allegedly from Agent Orange in Viet Nam, that he says this stuff has pretty much, but not entirely fixed. However, he does not add PN into the disorders that he claims this will work on. Strange.
Best of luck to you, but I opt not to fatten his wallet.
It is my own decision to leave these kinds of drugs alone. I remember the 1970s when doctors prescribed amphetamines freely to help people feel sharper at work or at school. Then they could not sleep, so the doctors prescribed valium for sleep. The next thing they knew they had a whole bunch of drug addicts on their hands who would buy illegal drugs when their prescriptions ran out early because over time they were taking more than the doctors prescribed.
I am not saying that everyone with FMS will do this with the drugs mentioned. I am willing to wait longer and see what happens.
Some people will opt to use these drugs, and no doubt feel it is worth the risk. Everyone is entitled to make this decision. Insomnia is one of the side effects of these drugs, and FMS causes enough insomnia as it is. Just think first and be aware of the risks involved.
I agree with you. All meds can cause problems for some people. I don't know what I would do without it either.
I have no side effects other than having little memory of conversations I have after taking it. But since I take it as I get into bed, that really is not a big deal. My husband knows not to discuss anything important at that time of night.
I have taken it for nearly 15 years now. I rarely miss a night. I have not eaten in my sleep, nor do I drive in my sleep. I always give myself 8-10 hours after I take it, before I have to do anything requiring my complete attention. I no longer work, so I don't know how it would work for me if I had to get up and pay attention early in the morning.
I did stop taking it for a couple of weeks while my son was on his third deployment in Iraq. I couldn't sleep even with it. My doctor tried me on several other drugs, that either didn't work or caused severe side effects. She finally put me back on ambien at a slightly higher dose and it worked well. I have stayed on it ever since.
I believe that anyone who does take this or any mind altering drug, should have someone nearby to keep an eye on things and make certain all is well. But if you get more benefits than ill effects, why not?