Kate, this drug is for children normally but I suppose if you are still ADD as an adult it is prescribed. It is well known fact that parents of children with ADD that have drug addictions take their children's meds to get "high" on this drug. It acts like an amphetamine in people who are not ADD. I would never take it as I know my heart would race too and I do take BP meds.
I am also post-op failed back surgeries 7 plus times. I understand what it is like to be older, 58, and dealing with aging issues with all the issues I am having from back surgery and ATN, also atypical GN. I need a decompression of my lumbar spine again, have not had surgery since '09 so actually managing, the surgery in '09 was successful. I feel like an old horse that has outlived it's usefulness but needs some patching up once in a while. I am a grandmother and have had to give up visiting them 2x a week. I am hoping this surgery will at least get me back up on my legs again. I can get comfortable down on cold packs but bam out of nowhere this ATN flares up. I don't know which one is worse. Before my back started bothering me again I was isolating myself with this ATN.
It is stress, whether it is good stress or bad aggravates mine. Peace and quiet for me please although I do enjoy my grandkids, 3 and 1 in small doses. I was babysitting but had to tell my daughter she could not depend on me anymore. That was hard to give up. And my pain meds were increased so I won't be asked even if I do well after this surgery for my back. Yep, it stinks not being reliable anymore. So I have a little dog to take of, just me, I am widowed and that's the way it is. I am a big fan of ON DEMAND series. I also love to paint but that is on hold. Sharon
I see I am on a page of many who are isolated from family and friends because of this hideous disease. I do not plan, I do not get invited very often either. I am on disability.
I just told my daughter I felt like I was living on Mars because I have no social life and have had to give up my 2x a week visits to my grandkids.
I do know I am not alone in my struggles when I start to read other sufferers stories and so many of you are having a harder time than I am having. It really gets complicated when you get older and have to deal with aging issues, post-op issues and then dealing day to day with TN or ATN and also GN and ON. I have atypical GN too. My pain is not the stabbing, electric shock like pain, it is 24/7 building in intensity ATN and GN. Sometimes it feels like spasms but I think that is the tmj getting aggravated.
After I get patched up with a decompression of my lumbar spine, I had a successful one in '09, no surgeries for almost 5 years and then back up on my legs again I am going to resume my search for PNS for my atypical TN and GN.
I have one comment regarding those sufferers who have to work and are getting brain fog from the meds they take that thankfully are controlling your pain...if this drug for ADD helps you get through your work day without side effects then great. This is the first time I have heard this drug is being used for adults. Sharon
I was put on Ritalin for memory loss and short term memory problems. But the drug went against my bp meds. It caused my heart rate to incease. I had to be take to the the ER. They had to slow my heart rate down. My bp had droped 70/40. They said that some times Ritalin don't mix with some meds. I have a hard time with Prescrictions.
I hope others don't.