OK so some of you know that the other day I started taking Ritalin (Methylphenidate) since I stopped the Nuvigil about a month ago. At first my doctor was recommending Adderall but I had some concerns that I was unsure could be addressed. I tried to make it through the month with nothing but coffee and it was horribly difficult. So on Wednesday they offered Ritalin since I was ready to try something new despite my previous concerns.
When I got home and read some of the potential side effects I was pretty worried. Headaches? Same as Nuvigil, great. Psychosis? Well that is a new one. The list went on and since I am usually the lucky guy who gets the rare side effects (if any at all) I was worried. Loss of apatite; great for trying to put weigh back on… Well I took it anyways. Can’t know if it works until I try it right? The first day I didn’t really notice anything. Yesterday however, yesterday I felt great. I had energy, more than I have had in a while. I also started taking Aleve for the aches and pains at work and I tied that just right so I felt good at work! Not fine, GOOD. No insomnia as I was expecting, good sleep. I have been waking up before my alarm goes off and even with 7 hours of sleep (instead of my usual 8 that I could not stray from) I feel great.
I also bought some new foot orthotics (Dr. Scholls) and though it feels weird at first I think it is helping with my knee pain. I can walk across my second floor apartment much quieter that is for sure so I am sure who ever is beneath me can appreciate that! I am still waiting to notice and cognitive differences, mainly my focus, attention span, and problem solving skills. I have heard it really helps with all that fun MS stuff but so far not so much. Maybe it takes time or I have to adjust the amount I am taking since right now I am starting off at the lowest amount (10mg twice a day). Either way I am just grateful for the energy and lack of side effects (thus far) because now I feel like my days are longer (in a good way).
So if anything changes I will be sure to let you know. Sure it’s a Schedule II drug and sure getting off (when the time comes) can be rather difficult (so they say) but I am liking it’s effects so far. It is much easier to be positive about the near future when you don’t feel like passing out and your not in as much pain. Now I can work on my next goal; finding a new job so I can visit my loved ones in California for Christmas!