March 2011 – start of baclofen treatment : addiction

Side Effects: I am currently at 240/250mg. There are some weird SE’s at this level. For instance, I have this focused interest in my fingernails. I have started biting them and picking at the cuticle. I never used to do that. Another thing is my appetite. I have gained weight over the three months on Bac, but I think I have leveled off. However, when I start eating, it seems that my switch that tells my stomach that it is full is not working and I frequently over eat. Now, I do like being full. But this is too full.
Of course, I still have insomnia. I was up at 4:00 am this morning looking at the news and reading some email. And now, I need to get ready for work.
I had an incident yesterday where I forgot my Bac. We signed a lease on a new house and I was over there hanging some new curtains. We were there for about 5 hours and I had forgotten to bring my Bac with me. My wife told me that I was getting a little crabby, and she was right. For some reason I was angry, probably from not taking my baclofen. I had to take my pills and lay down for about an hour. I didn’t sleep, just had to rest my eyes and let the bac get into my system.

On the bright side, I posted in Hopeful In Minnesota’s post that my wife and I had gone wine tasting over the weekend. I was once again impressed at how little I could tollerate. After about 3 glasses of wine I could no longer drink more. I had had enough. Then I came home and fell asleep on the couch for about an hour. That was nice.
Another oddity is my indifference to this forum. Sorry to say, but I don’t seem to have the patients to read and write anymore. Also, I seem to be a little short tempered in general. I have this guy staying at my office in the upstairs loft. He is a little down on his luck at the moment and needed a place to stay. However, I just can stand listening to his crazy ideas. He is also a German. I don’t know if that has anything to do with it. But I had to tell him to “shut your pie hole” ! I am generally a direct person, but this was a little extreme. But, he got the message and doesn’t talk to me much anymore.

I am attempting to quit my tobacco habit (chewing tobacco) for the umpteenth time. I bought some nicotine gum, which helps alot. I am certainly using less tobacco, but I am totally wacked out if I am without either my chew or the gum. I guess I was hoping the bac would be more effective.

Got to get to work…

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