There are so few drugs/therapies I've tried that have helped and Klonopin helped a LOT. Obviously, after reading this thread, I'm tapering off. And I wonder how many forum members/readers were scared into stopping cold turkey which sounds like it can be truly dangerous. Benzos have been around a long time and we know a lot about them. My doctor has trialed me on many of the SSRIs and newer classes of drugs that are supposed to help with sleep, pain, etc. They are horrible for me. No benefits and dreadful side effects. It's really painful to see this article and Gabby's story giving more doctors an excuse just to not prescribe drugs that are working for some of us. I read a story about one patient here who takes morphine. If I had a prescription for morphine, I'm sure I wouldn't need benzos. But I have yet to find a doctor who will prescribe any pain meds for ME/CFS, let alone morphine. If I was getting relief from ANYWHERE else, I wouldn't be taking benzos. Here's how it goes. Over=exertion = bad sleep = pain = more bad sleep = pain + depression = more bad sleep. Klonopin breaks the cycle. It relaxes my muscles enough so that they don't feel like they're trying to pull themselves off the bone. The way Klonopin makes me feel, it's not hard to believe there is some protective action during the really severe times. I will be interested to hear how the survey results turn out. And shame on any doctors who use one person's response as a blanket excuse not to prescribe this drug. jmells, it's not hostility, it's fear. Having found something that works, I'm afraid articles like this will cause doctors to be advised not to prescribe it because of one person's rather dramatic story of a health crisis that included Klonopin.