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[QUOTE]Do you have any problems with you voice, like your sound is broken or reduced to whispering? [/QUOTE]
Yes this happens. I had been on clonazepam for 13 years & all the time spasms neck, throat, face, jaw R side... and did avery slow taper c/o to Valium and down but couldn't come off because of the severity of the spasms & burning in my throat/neck/face/jaws & others

. But the sides of and neck particularly strong. Also intense"being burnt alive" type pain in osophagus and lower sphincter. The last 4 months or so I have been on 10 mg Valium, 40mg Nexium, 30mg Remeron and 75mg Lyrica. I have never been on so many meds in my life and am not at all certain Im on the meds to address this problem. How is it usually treated? Do you know? Thanks so much for taking the time to reply.

[QUOTE]There is also another type of dystonia known as Oromandibular dystonia which affects the muscles of the jaws and tongue.It causes distortions of the mouth and tongue. [/QUOTE]
Yes, I have oro-mandibular problems and the muscles of my jaws esp right but left going also are affected. Im concerned because it seems to be a neuropathy. I can see the spasming in my soft palate and a scarred area there (getting larger over the years). Now its started on left side ofpalate. I have been feeling needling and burning in the sides at the back of my tongue (both sides). Im concerned that this is neuropathic and progressive and may lead to ALS.

[QUOTE]I suffer from Cervical dystonia which is severe and uncontrolabe muscles spasms of the neck. I can't lift nothing heavy or reach over my head and do anything because it will bring on these severe muscle spasms. [/QUOTE]
What do you take for this? How is it treated?

Check out and see what you can find on these two types of dystonia and see if you have any the systoms associated with them. Also, have you been checked out by a neurologist if not, then maybe you should see one. I also think that the burning sensation you're having is nerve related as well. I hope you can find some answers soon and someone who can help you.[/QUOTE]
Geez you're on a lot of stuff. You have been so very helpful, thankyou for taking the time to respond. :angel: I feel so lost since Prior to these meds I was just on clonazepam but burning all the time... then read somewhere that it could be a w/d Sx of the benzodiazepines. THe entire R side of my body was contracted and weak and spasming in neck/throat/face full throttle, trouble breathing and choking on food on Clonazepam.......... but as I c/o to valium 3 weeks more burning, choking and jaw cramp episodes burning in head, face throat etc upper R quadrant of body. Have you heard of nerve pain like this? Originally my problem was just in the face, jaw and head R side only.

How do you know if the burning is from withdrawal from the med or from nerve damage or both?

At the end around 5 mg Valium all hell broke lose. My osephagus felt like I was being burnt alive from the inside out the lower sphincter esp. like a dagger all the way to the back b/n shoulder blade. ..all the way up into throat and back of nose etc. Constant spasming of osephagus..couldn't lean back in a chair to sit as the touch would "burn" and trigger more spasms in osophagus, throat. It seemed as if peristalsis itself triggered spasms..I was so hypersensitized and the right side of my face froze and went numb as does the neck area sometimes burns sometimes freezes. IS THIS REFLEX SYMPATHETIC DYSTROPHY? I get it happening in my R hand and R foot which can swell & burn or go frozen.
I notice you say you have RSD, that is why I ask. Have you heard of anyone describing osphageal pain like this "being burnt alive" and in the throat as well?
[COLOR="Red"]Do you get the wheal & flare reaction? [/COLOR] I think it means your body is producing tons of anti-histamine. I would get it immediately for years and years on both sides of my body (after drawing two circles with your fingernail above breasts). THey would turn red immediately whilst I was on the clonzepam. And I always felt as if my body was in "inflammatory &histaminic & Acidic mode". Is it possible that i became allergic to that drug?

[QUOTE]I see you're on Lyrica 75 mg a day maybe you need an increase in this to help with the burning sensation. I believe the highest dosage is like 300 mg a day and maybe a different type of muscle relaxer. Two go ones are Soma and Baclofen maybe you could try one of these to help you with the spasms. I hope this helps answers some of your questions[/QUOTE]

Yeah, the Lyrica hit the same spots as the clonzepam used to. I seem to feel the same Sx also, my lips feel swollen, inner cheeks feel swollen with tip of tongue. I am so concerned that I have develped some sort of allergic reaction the meds. Since I was in Tolerance on the clonzepam for a long time and may be toxic from it. Im still waiting to go to a pain clinic.

Do you get drastic temperature changes like freezing R side of face/numb to burning including neck/throat.. Is this all part of the neuropathy scene? :confused:
many thanks for your support, advice and time.
Thanks Raye. I don't have hives but my skin does turn red like I described in earlier posts. THe swelling of the lips is not "visible" it is just something I sense and same inside the cheeks. When I was on the rivotril I did have trouble with breathing and apnea at night, also spasticity in throat and face but because of the tmj probs I just would put the splint in my mouth to keep itopen...scared of choking., My doc didn't say anything about it. I have come off the rivotril but am now on Valium ..I couldn't make it all the way off because of the severity and widespread nature of the Sx unveiled. I suppose what I need to know from knowledgeable members of the forums (& I hae posted in other areas of this board) if this wheal & flare reaction to scratch a circle on area I spoke of. Is this wheal & flare response (which you can try on yourself) is what people with RSD or CRPS or neuropathy usually have?

Or is it an immune reaction that one has develped to a medication one has taken for a very long period of time and become CHRONIC? Perhaps even become an immune reaction to one's own nervous system? A Hypersensized response or Central sensitization?? Do you know anywhere/or anyone on the boards here who could input in this area? Is it normal for people with Central pain (CNS) to have this wheal & flare reaction?

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