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I feel like a picnic

Well, I just tried to go to sleep and failed. I'm once again experience that sort of weird twitchy sort of sensation on the skin. It's not a big deal if I'm concentrating on something but it makes sleeping sort of impossible. I did some googling and found that the whole bugs on the skin feeling actually has a name, formication. Definitely not something to typo or there could be a lot of embarrassing hijinx. Anyway, the effect they describe doesn't exactly fit what I'm feeling either. At worst, I'm getting a sort of mild tingling, that's orders of magnitude below even something like pins and needles. The wiki entry describes people ripping their skin off through scratching and I can't even imagine wanting to scratch this sensation. It's so mild that I don't even feel an urge to rub the affected skin. Still, it is enough to drive me bonkers when I'm trying to sleep. I have no clue what's causing it though none of the options are good. The top suspects are opiate intoxication (a possibility since I'm always popping pills) and diabetic neuropathy (also possible since while I've never been diagnosed with diabetes, being a fatass certainly makes it more likely).

The really annoying part is I'm not even sure that formication really describes what I'm feeling. It's just the first thing that popped to my mind when I first experienced it, and that might just be because of my history in drug abuse research. I've heard of heroin addicts talking about bugs crawling all over them during detox, and it's the only thing in my experience that even comes close. Those addicts seemed far more disturbed by it than I am though. It would bother them while awake and was apparently distracting enough to really complain about. As for me, it's only been a while trying to sleep thing. That means it's either something completely different or maybe I'm just suffering some early onset.

Anyway, there's nothing to do but wait until it passes. It always goes away after a bit. At least it has in the 3 or so times I've experienced it thus far.

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austin_boo_moo
May. 8th, 2009 08:39 am (UTC)
Christ, now I'm bombarding your LJ *and* your FB. My bad.

Aaaaanyway, what exact pills are you taking, and what dosages per day? (If you care to share.)

My ex-fiance is a pharmacist, and I'd love to run it all by him, just for the hell of it. (Though, yeah, I realize what your degree is in... so I'm sure you've already done research into what the possible side effects are of combining said drugs.) I'm nosy.

Remember: Viagra is not a suppository!

My depression is getting pretty out-of-hand... I'm wondering if I shouldn't start taking some happy pills. (Not that they'd work.) Or I could just overdose on something and be done with it all. Decisions, decisions. Sounds like your depression is worse, though. I'm finding myself spending a lot more time in bed these days, regardless if I'm awake or sleeping. I'm not leaving the room much. I still blame the weather... but once summer comes, and if I'm feeling the same way, I'm shit out of luck. Wanna race to see who is weak enough to kill themselves off first? If I go first, I can have "Haha, I win" written on my headstone.
henwy
May. 8th, 2009 08:45 am (UTC)
I'm not taking anything all that interesting. 20 mg oxycontin 3 times a day, some oxycodone 5/325 whenever I feel like it. I also got a script for labetalol 200 mg twice a day.

As for suicide, I always figured that you should at least try to cash in on it somehow. Maybe killing a bunch of your enemies beforehand or at the very least being a suicide bomber for the US government. Lets see how the towelheads like it.
austin_boo_moo
May. 8th, 2009 09:13 am (UTC)
I once considered suicide... wrote the note, left a will, etc. I was going to drive my car off of the Sandusky Bay Bridge.

Obviously, it didn't happen. A friend of mine read between the lines and figured out I was up to something. Man, I could have been dead for nearly 10 years already! *shakes fist*

Should I ever go that route again, I can think of a few people I'd take with me. It would probably have to involve a killing spree, though, because I'm not sure if I could convince all of the people I hated to converge in one location. I'd kill them off, and then the cops could kill me. How appropriate.
jirel
May. 8th, 2009 03:39 pm (UTC)
pootie_pie - I've been on anti-depression pills for years now and I'm a big fan of them. I contemplated suicide a lot in my mid-20s and then spent years fighting it. Its so nice now not to spend ALL my time fighting depression. And suicide when you have people who love you really isn't a good idea. You would cause them untold amounts of pain.
jirel
May. 8th, 2009 03:41 pm (UTC)
henwy - your nerves are overstimulated and firing with nothing to cause it. Ray had it and I've had. I'm guessing its a prelude to neuropathy although it took me several years to actually work up to real nerve pain.
(Anonymous)
Jun. 22nd, 2009 10:16 pm (UTC)
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