In the beginning, before my ATN had progressed to the point that it is now, Diazapam would leave me pain free for as long as 2 hrs. sometimes. This was in 2003.
By 2009, I was no longer able to work, losing my personality completely and constantly rubbing my face bilaterally (onset right side in '03). It occurred to me one day, that I was no longer fit to be raising children, and that my fiance should move on. The pain was more than the Diazepam could handle, and had been for quite some time. I was still under the impression that this was "nerves", or somehow "in my mind", as my then, new Primary Care Doctor was telling me.
One evening, while surfing the web for stories of TMJ, I ran across "Atypical Trigeminal Neuralgia". I will never forget that moment. As I read, the pieces of my condition fell into place! The condition had progressed to a point where it was so acute, the Diazepam were not doing much to stop it. I knew then that I must get to a Pain Management Clinic. Once there, I dared not speak the words "Trigeminal Neuralgia". It was the doctor who suspected it. This was later confirmed by a Neurologist, more specifically classified as "Atypical TN".
To cut to the chase, the Diazepam are now prescribed to me 10 mg. x 5 daily. I do not always take all that I am prescribed. You can imagine that my tolerance is quite high after all of these years. However, when taken simultaneously with my Roxicodone (Oxycodone w/ no Acetaminphen) 15 mg. x 3 daily, or my Morphine 30 mg. x 3 daily, they seem to help the medications last longer than when I take the analgesics alone.
I cannot explain the logic of above mentioned benefit.
I obtain the Valium/Diazepam from my long-time Psychologist.
Two days ago, upon my visit to the Pain Clinic, I told my Nurse Practitioner that I was thinking of weaning off of my Diazepam/Valium. I asked her if I would have increased pain. She paused at my question, then nodded "mmm-hmmm", she responded. This leads me to believe that she would prescribe them, if they were not already prescribed by my Psychologist for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, which my Psychiatrist believes I suffer from due to the loss of my husband in 2006. At least, I hope she would if they help with the pain.
Given my Pain Management Nurse's response, I will continue with the Valium/Diazepam. I do not want to rock the boat!
Apologies for the lengthy answer, but the reason why I still take them. Perhaps they help with the anxiety caused by chronic pain.
Blessings to all,