Posted 16 February 2017 - 03:50 PM
I'm a good example of WD insomnia improving and then disappearing completely, along with your correct assessment of why there are so few posts about improvement and recovery.
During my worst, acute period between 2012 - 2013 I was barely getting 1 - 2 hours of broken sleep a night. Some nights I would doze off for a few seconds and then be startled awake, only to have the cycle repeat over and over all night long.
My ability to sleep properly has recovered slowly in a windows and waves kind of pattern, with it being disrupted by a variety of changing symptoms through the process.
Today, I can say that its 99% back to normal. Sleep is wonderful and restorative again and I never need to take anything to induce its onset. I reserve that 1% for the rare waves that I'm still getting from time to time and because I'm still sensitive to stress and some substances and these will also temporarily effect my ability to get a good night sleep.
I'm also an example of your correct assessment that when people start to get better, they visit the site less and therefore, don't post their increasingly more positive experiences or continue to document their ongoing recovery process.
You may have already seen it, but here is the link to our sleep topic: Tips to help sleep -- so many of us have that awful withdrawal insomnia
I'm not a doctor. My comments are not medical advise. These are my opinions based on my own experience and what I've learned. Please discuss your situation with a medical practitioner who has knowledge of tapering and withdrawal...if you are lucky enough to find one.
My Introduction Thread
Full Drug and Withdrawal History
Several SSRIs for 13 years starting 1997 (for mild to moderate partly situational anxiety)
Various other drugs over the years for side effects
2 month 'taper' off Lexapro 2010
Short acute withdrawal, followed by 2 -3 months of improvement then delayed protracted withdrawal
DX ADHD followed by several years of stimulants and other drugs trying to manage increasing symptoms
Failed reinstatement of Lexapro and trial of Prozac (became suicidal)
May 2013 Found SA, learned about withdrawal, stopped taking drugs...healing begins.
Protracted withdrawal, with a very sensitized nervous system, slowly recovering as time passes
Supplements which seem to help: High doses of Vitamin C, Magnesium, Garlic and Ginger. Taurine,
Vit D3, L-Theanine and Inositol. I'm one of the rare people who react badly to fish oil.
June 2016 - Started daily juicing, mostly vegetables and lots of greens.
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