I’m new around here unfortunately. been lurking for a bit over 6 weeks now. I crashed and had a whole host of problems, all mental. At this time, some have alleviated but I remain with terrible sleep and a dibilatating clogged ear feeling. The feeling makes me reclusive and unmotivated to do anything. Cant enjoy anything, you know the drill. sometime its lifts and I feel absolutely normal but the lifts are rare and unpredicatable. I havent done up a member profile post but will soon.
Anyway, I get 0 hours sleep most nights without any medication. Mostly it is punctuated with body jolts as I drift off or adrenal rushes. I suspect it is an issue with Gaba or gabaa receptors. I tried Ambien and it had very little or no effect. I would initially take half a xanax and that seemed to help me get a slight bit of sleep but the clogged ear feeling would be afwul the next day. This was when things were worse about 5 weeks ago.
My doctor prescribed me dalmane (flurazepam) since ambien wasn’t working. I’m not sure who knows this already but flurazepam is a benzo with a very long half life, so much so that i can sleep 3/4 hours the night after taking one on my own. This for me has essentially been an insta-fix. I sleep 8 hours and the clogged ear feeling is faded the next day. If I take dalmane 3 nights in a row I basically feel back to myself on day four/five (no clogged ear). After finishing my script I would slowly over a couple of days return to my chronic insomnia and debilitating clogged ear feeling. The results of the flurazepam lead me to believe the blocked ear feeling is a manifestation of low gaba or gaba receptor problems being expressed physically.
I know, unfortunately Flurazepam is not something I can take long term since it is a benzo and I dont want to get addicted or reliant incase it hampers any natural recepter repair or incurs more health issues. Just wanted to know if anyone else out there had tried Flurazepam and were their results similar to mine? I wonder also if a prolonged script would encourage the receptors or rather damage their ability to recover.
Please share any theories or experiences