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#1 peggy

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Posted 07 July 2012 - 01:03 PM

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See also:  Paresthesia: Pins & Needles, Numbness, Tingling, Burning Sensations

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is this a symptom of withdrawal or is my dog too hot for my feet at night?


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Started in 2000 - On 150mg most of the time, (but up to 225mg at highest dose for 6 months in the beginning)
Reduced off easily first time - but got depressed (not too much anxiety) 6 months later
Back on effexor for another 9 months.
Reduced off again with no immediate w/d - suddenly got depressed and anxious ++ again 3 or 4 months later.
Back on effexor - this time for 3 years
Reduced off over a month - 6 weeks later terrible anxiety - back on.
Rinse and repeat 4 more times - each time the period before the anxiety comes back got shorter and shorter
Jan - July 2012 75mg down to 37.5mg;, 8/3/12 - 35mg. 8/25/12 - 32mg. 9/11- 28mg, 10/2 - 25mg, 10/29 - 22mg, 11/19 - 19.8mg; 12/11 - 17m,
1/1- 15.5mg; 1/22 -14mg, 2/7 14.9mg, 2/18 - 17.8mg - crashed big time: back to 75mg where i sat for 2 years....

4th  March 2015 - 67.5mg;   31st March - 60mg;  24th April - 53mg; 13th May - 48mg; 26th May - 45mg;  9th June - 41mg; 1 July- 37.5mg; 20 July - 34mg; 11 August - 31mg; 1st Sept - 28mg;  1st Dec - 25.8mg;  28th Dec - 23.2mg; 23rd Jan-21.9mg; Feb 7th- 21mg; March 1st - 20.1mg, March 30th - 18mg


#2 Brandy

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Posted 07 July 2012 - 02:24 PM

LOL!!!!!!!

If the soles of your feet are burning - almost like they've been painted with acid (only way I can think of to describe it) - it might be a nutritional deficiency, most likely Vitamin B6. Especially if it's all or most of the time - not just when in bed with doggy there.

But I don't know where you're at in withdrawal (or if you're post-w/d if you're still hypersensitive to things, as many people are). It seems to be pretty common that a lot of people are particularly sensitive to some (not all) B vitamins, and particularly some like B6, post-AD. If that's the case, maybe eat more foods with good B vit content, especially B6 - yogurt with active cultures etc.

If it's just when puppy dog is sleeping on your feet - tough call. I treasure when my furry kitty-cat cuddles next to me (or lying on me like I'm a pillow) in bed. Then it's a trade-off, and I usually opt for spitting fur out of my mouth in exchange for the furry cuddles and purring.

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Posted 07 July 2012 - 11:37 PM

LOL, they are not really burning per se, just feel really hot. I notice it mainly at night. I am down to about 15mg effexor so on the downward slope - i haven't had too many of the 'usual' withdrawal symptoms with the last few reductions - in fact it has been a lot easier - but i did wonder about the feet - it's funny isn't it - when ever a new feeling comes along we attribute it first to withdrawal!

Started in 2000 - On 150mg most of the time, (but up to 225mg at highest dose for 6 months in the beginning)
Reduced off easily first time - but got depressed (not too much anxiety) 6 months later
Back on effexor for another 9 months.
Reduced off again with no immediate w/d - suddenly got depressed and anxious ++ again 3 or 4 months later.
Back on effexor - this time for 3 years
Reduced off over a month - 6 weeks later terrible anxiety - back on.
Rinse and repeat 4 more times - each time the period before the anxiety comes back got shorter and shorter
Jan - July 2012 75mg down to 37.5mg;, 8/3/12 - 35mg. 8/25/12 - 32mg. 9/11- 28mg, 10/2 - 25mg, 10/29 - 22mg, 11/19 - 19.8mg; 12/11 - 17m,
1/1- 15.5mg; 1/22 -14mg, 2/7 14.9mg, 2/18 - 17.8mg - crashed big time: back to 75mg where i sat for 2 years....

4th  March 2015 - 67.5mg;   31st March - 60mg;  24th April - 53mg; 13th May - 48mg; 26th May - 45mg;  9th June - 41mg; 1 July- 37.5mg; 20 July - 34mg; 11 August - 31mg; 1st Sept - 28mg;  1st Dec - 25.8mg;  28th Dec - 23.2mg; 23rd Jan-21.9mg; Feb 7th- 21mg; March 1st - 20.1mg, March 30th - 18mg


#4 Barbarannamated

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Posted 09 July 2012 - 05:41 AM

My husband and his brother both got burning feet ON Prozac and had to DC. I assume some sort of dyasthesia or peripheral neuropathy?? Not surprising at all.
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Posted 12 July 2012 - 06:24 PM

I have burning. Legs. Arms. Like bad sunburn. Just short of painful. Never had it before these ads.
Everything was ok. And then it wasn't.

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11/2009- 50 mg Zoloft (1st ad ever) in combo w/.50 xanax for 2 weeks then use xanax as needed (1st benzo ever)
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Posted 23 April 2014 - 04:22 AM

I cant find words HOW TIRED I AM of this burning skin.. its killing me. Im tired but cant sleep because THIS Is killing me. I never had this before i quit my ssri.

I thought it wouldnt last long .. but still soon 9 months later i have the same..

 

I wonder if this is allergic reaktions i get from stuff, like coffee, sugar etc?
It just comes and can last for hours and i get red all over my body , and it iches crazy, and red dots all over, like an allergic reaktion.

 

THE ONLY THING That makes it feel better its cold... I use to go out naked on my balkony to try cool down, or take a cold bath or put cold towels on my body, after a while it feels better but it takes long, and this often comes when im relaxing or tired, / evenings / nights..

 

Often at day when im up i can feel itchy but not as near as this burning sensations..

 

Im thinking of suing my medicine company for causing me a pain in the ass, also with RLS and insomnia.. if this is not gonna end iam gonna be so pissed ..

 

sorry if i sound angry but i do feel tired of this  :(

 

 

hope everyone is doing better or ok outthere, hang in there..

 

 


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#7 cymbaltawithdrawal5600

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Posted 23 April 2014 - 06:02 AM

Sounds like a histamine reaction to something. Your nervous system goes wonky in WD and we all have various symptoms. It may some digging to find out the cause. Did you change laundry detergent, for example? You may be reacting to this (called 'contact dermatitis'). Wash your clothes in plain water for a while and see if it helps (yes, they will get clean enough).

And you might try a 'low histamine' diet. Giak had great results with this:

http://beyondmeds.co...ne-intolerance/

She talks about it in this thread:

http://survivinganti...e/?hl=histamine

You will need to dig out what is causing this or you may have to see a doc for allergy testing before you consider taking an antihistamine, for example, benadryl. Sensitized systems can react badly to them, even OTC stuf like benadryl.
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Posted 23 April 2014 - 07:37 AM

Wash all your clothes now and all your bedding. Stop the perfumes and plug in scents if you use them. Get a hypoallergenic soap like glycerine. Think about what substances you may come in contact with and get rid of them. Question all your supplements too. It may take a while but I bet you find something. It nay well be your diet too. Keep a log of what you eat and see if you can see a pattern. Yours SEEMS like an uncommon WD reaction.

Drink more water.
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#9 Altostrata

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Posted 23 April 2014 - 02:17 PM

This could be a withdrawal symptom, paresthesia, perhaps combined with temperature dysregulation. See http://www.druginfor...raesthesia.html

 

If cold relieves the symptoms, I would pursue that as much as possible.


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#10 Bellisimo

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Posted 28 April 2014 - 01:30 PM

Yes altostrata ive read about parasthesia and i also know not many suiffer from this BUT i do know its VERY common from people quitting lexapro , and i took celexa which is an earlier version then lexapro so i think i now know my answer.. ive been taking to some that was on lexapro and had this annoying thing very much , much be something just inm this celexa drug :(


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2012-2013: was tapering my citalopram all down to 2,5 mg then quit.
2013/aug: Took  my last pill 

W/D hit me bad after a few weeks off my medicine.

2014/August: 12 months off (much improved)

2015/April: 20months off. ( much improved, still some symtoms comes in waves, but not so intense.)

2015/june: 22months off. FELT different than before, all shakings suddenly stopped, feel much better. a fantastic feeling!

2016/Feb : 2 years and 6 months off, END of my suffering. I feel perfectly fine and back to normal. 

 

 

 


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Posted 17 May 2014 - 01:42 PM

Has anyone had a burning sensation in the face--like being flushed. It's hot to the touch too. What could this be?


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Posted 22 May 2014 - 10:35 AM

i'm getting the opposite where my thighs get a flush of chill like sensations. it started a few weeks ago and it went way. now its back stronger, lasting longer and now I'm getting good bumps there. very odd.


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Posted 03 July 2014 - 02:41 AM

Yes I also get the burning especially on the left side of my face and on my lips. I also get what feels like numbness/tightness. These sensations are not always constant but come in waves.
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Feb 2012 - April 2012 - Weekly drops of Lexapro and CT.
Protacted Withdrawal ever since. 0-18 months "severe" psychological hell. Currently at 26months and have left sided paresthesia. Numbness/tightness/burning left side of face. Pins and needles left shoulder blade. Hot patches/electric zaps on lower legs, Eye twitch. Nerve pain in back and crawling feeling on left forearm.

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Posted 03 July 2014 - 11:09 AM

Has anyone had a burning sensation in the face--like being flushed. It's hot to the touch too. What could this be?

Yes, I get the burning sensation on my face too.


01/2006 Put on Prozac for anxiety and panic attacks 08/2008 Came off Zoloft after tapering don't remember taper, lost weight, felt like had cold constantly, very panicky, pain everywhere (misdiagnosed fibromyalgia), head funny.05/2010 put back on Zoloft03/2012 came completely off Zoloft followed Dr standard taper- no appetite, lost weight (0.5 stone), flu-like feelings constantly, pain everywhere, head funny, nausea, very panicky, very strong emotions etc Lost 1 stone.04/2013 improving. actually put on some weight and hungry most of the time. Still burning pain joints, stomach upset, headache/feel faint and emotions very strong. Chest very painful too.01/2014 improving still. Gained weight!! Still hungry. Still headache/feel faint and strong emotions and chest/shoulder muscles painful. Periods irregular and very painful. Very tired. Joints burn only if eat refined sugars. Started eating fruits again.03/2014 2 years off. Now intolerances developed to nuts and soya. Permanently hungry, Emotions strong but started healing psychological reasons I was put on antidepressants with therapist. Shoulder pain bad, heady often, very tired.06/2014 flu-like symptoms returned, many intolerances, stomach painful, skin crawling feeling, muscles painful, very emotional. :-((
09/2016 over 4.5 years off, no real changes in symptoms, still much pain, headiness, heart weird, digestion bad, hormones unbalanced, nausea yet very hungry, tired, flu like symptoms etc etc.
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Posted 09 July 2014 - 10:15 AM

I get a burning sensation in my hands as a withdrawal symptom with some meds.

As a side note, I recently got the burning sensation in my hands and also in my face when my doc put me on Prednisone a couple of weeks ago. My face felt hot to me, hot to the touch, and was also flushed.


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#16 DLB

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Posted 30 December 2014 - 11:52 AM

Can't seem to shake this one, I have had soles of feet real sensitive and burning sensation. Not bad when resting but when walking. They also get cold easy now. Anyone else get this during taper? Does it last long? I've had it on and off my entire year taper but now at .75 mg. It is bad!
Paxil start September 2003 due to Fluoroquinolone adverse reaction that I wish doc. knew what it was. 10mg. most of the time with a few short runs of 20mg. FAST tapered 3 times and finally hit poop out or a reaction to nsaid's in Nov.2013. Started a 10% taper Jan. 2014 and have been ok until Sept 14 and went through a short hell. Now plodding through and looking for the light with unrelenting insomnia and pain, fog, loss of interests....<p>12/20/14 - .8mg.
1/01/15 - .75 mg.
1/15/15 - .42 mg. better sleep now, hope it continues...
2/11-15 - .25 mg. doing really good!! 2 weeks feel 85% of old me!
3/17/15 .14 mg. Knee pain bad!
4/07/15 .05 mg. this is so small now that I am estimating and just licking it off palm small as a "." And I'm using small text..
4/13/15 NOTHING !!!! Took my last little micro dose on 4/12/15. 😃👍👍👍

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Posted 30 December 2014 - 04:20 PM

I have burning in my feet and legs. It is horrible and drives me nuts. I also have cold hands and feet but sleep with a fan at the end of the bed because my feet burn at the same time. Middle of winter eith a fan haha. It has been bugging me for a few months.

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Posted 30 December 2014 - 05:17 PM

This feet thing is killing me. Mine is fine while laying down but when I get on them it's bad . Could be my arthritis but it is happening in my left foot to where I don't have arthritis. I can't believe how cold they feel. I wonder if paxil ruined the blood flow to the feet. It is so painful all day. Wish I didn't have two things come on at the exact same time ( psoriatic arthritis and paxil poopout a year ago) because then I could figure out what is withdrawal or the arthritis or withdrawal amplifying the pain. At least I'm better than Christmas eve. That was a real bad wave for me.
Paxil start September 2003 due to Fluoroquinolone adverse reaction that I wish doc. knew what it was. 10mg. most of the time with a few short runs of 20mg. FAST tapered 3 times and finally hit poop out or a reaction to nsaid's in Nov.2013. Started a 10% taper Jan. 2014 and have been ok until Sept 14 and went through a short hell. Now plodding through and looking for the light with unrelenting insomnia and pain, fog, loss of interests....<p>12/20/14 - .8mg.
1/01/15 - .75 mg.
1/15/15 - .42 mg. better sleep now, hope it continues...
2/11-15 - .25 mg. doing really good!! 2 weeks feel 85% of old me!
3/17/15 .14 mg. Knee pain bad!
4/07/15 .05 mg. this is so small now that I am estimating and just licking it off palm small as a "." And I'm using small text..
4/13/15 NOTHING !!!! Took my last little micro dose on 4/12/15. 😃👍👍👍

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Posted 31 December 2014 - 02:06 AM

Yes, I have sumilar problem but with my hands. Often hot palms, cold feet and sweating...also various aches and pains, it feels like arthritis in my both palms, especially middle finger/this started when I started escitaploram...then turned into pins and needles, now it alters.

- Started various antidepresants in 1983 (doxepin, amitriptiline, anafranil), always stopped abruptly and then reintroduced; Long term use of benzos since 1983, on and off, in times prolonged use
- 2012 re-started Doxepin 75mg, evening. Atenolol 25mg, twice a day (both as a migraine prevention); Low dose of HRT (Sandrena gel +  Utrogestan 100mg)- evening; Nasal spray Otrivine for about 3 years- evening and morning (Used to abuse nasal spray for years). PPI Omeprazole 40mg-evening

- 24.10.2014- Started escitalopram-first 5mg and then 10mg; 5.01.2015- Escitalopram- 2.5mg (I had an adverse response to escitalopram and doxepin; hence I was decreasing escitalopram faster)

- June 2015- decreased Doxepin from 75mg to 50mg; 28 November- intentional over-dose (doxepin- 250mg). 1-2 April- over-dose 350mg, 17.07.2016 Doxepin 150mg- intentional over-dose(Tendency to overdose when stressed out...)

- 22.07.2016- reduced by 1%, 29.07- reduced by 2%, 2.08- reduced by 3%, 9.08- reduced by 4%. Holding for 5 weeks

- 13.09- reduced by 5%, 20.09- reduced by 6%, 27.09.2016 reduced by 7% , 4.10- reduced by 8% = 2.3mg. Holding for 5 weeks

- 14.11- reduced by 9%, 22.11- reduced by 10% = 2.25mg long holding

​- 06.04.2017- REDUCED by 2% since the last dose = 2.2mg

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Posted 01 January 2015 - 03:00 AM

I get burning in my feet. Mine happens when I am woken by adrenalin dumps at night . I ll generally get short burst of heart pounding ( sometimes feel like whole body pounding) and burning in feet. Sometimes lower legs.
I think mine tends to happen where I carry a lot of muscle tension, I know I do in my feet and lower legs. Might be worth giving your feet a good massage when they are not burning for a few days and see if it helps. Can't hurt and you ll get lovely skin on your feet and maybe a bit of relaxation thrown in

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Posted 01 January 2015 - 04:44 AM

I get burning in my feet. Mine happens when I am woken by adrenalin dumps at night . I ll generally get short burst of heart pounding ( sometimes feel like whole body pounding) and burning in feet. Sometimes lower legs.
I think mine tends to happen where I carry a lot of muscle tension, I know I do in my feet and lower legs. Might be worth giving your feet a good massage when they are not burning for a few days and see if it helps. Can't hurt and you ll get lovely skin on your feet and maybe a bit of relaxation thrown in


Very interesting what you said, as I get exactly the same but in my hands...
Could you explain what do you meant to be woken by adrenalin dumps at night. It seems familiar...

- Started various antidepresants in 1983 (doxepin, amitriptiline, anafranil), always stopped abruptly and then reintroduced; Long term use of benzos since 1983, on and off, in times prolonged use
- 2012 re-started Doxepin 75mg, evening. Atenolol 25mg, twice a day (both as a migraine prevention); Low dose of HRT (Sandrena gel +  Utrogestan 100mg)- evening; Nasal spray Otrivine for about 3 years- evening and morning (Used to abuse nasal spray for years). PPI Omeprazole 40mg-evening

- 24.10.2014- Started escitalopram-first 5mg and then 10mg; 5.01.2015- Escitalopram- 2.5mg (I had an adverse response to escitalopram and doxepin; hence I was decreasing escitalopram faster)

- June 2015- decreased Doxepin from 75mg to 50mg; 28 November- intentional over-dose (doxepin- 250mg). 1-2 April- over-dose 350mg, 17.07.2016 Doxepin 150mg- intentional over-dose(Tendency to overdose when stressed out...)

- 22.07.2016- reduced by 1%, 29.07- reduced by 2%, 2.08- reduced by 3%, 9.08- reduced by 4%. Holding for 5 weeks

- 13.09- reduced by 5%, 20.09- reduced by 6%, 27.09.2016 reduced by 7% , 4.10- reduced by 8% = 2.3mg. Holding for 5 weeks

- 14.11- reduced by 9%, 22.11- reduced by 10% = 2.25mg long holding

​- 06.04.2017- REDUCED by 2% since the last dose = 2.2mg

-20.12. 2016- changed my diet and supplements protocol; Ionic Liquid Iron twice 100ml, Liquid Zynk- twice- 50ml, MegaMag Liquid- evening 100ml, Curcumin 600mg x 3 a day Burdock Root + Epsom Baths. Changed diet to Protein one + Veg; Avoiding carbs. Protein Shake (Pure Power Protein Powder by Mercola) + Supergreens + Coconut Oils, Himalayan Salt with lemon


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Posted 01 January 2015 - 05:06 AM

Look on a thread in symptoms called Cortisol mornings there are excellent explanations in there. Basically I gather, the stress hormone cortisol is high in WD especially at night. Causes dumps of adrenalin at peak times. I get woken at midnight if I ve gone to sleep, around 330am and 5-530am . I wake aware of my heart pounding , sometimes feel as if whole body pounding. Sometimes missed beats. And I feel my body start to burn. The burning was hotter and more widespread when WD was more acute . I have noticed now the burning is localised/worse in areas of chronic muscle tension . The times I wake are remarkably regular. The 530am one seems to be worse and the anxiety in the morning is worse

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Posted 01 January 2015 - 05:35 AM

Look on a thread in symptoms called Cortisol mornings there are excellent explanations in there. Basically I gather, the stress hormone cortisol is high in WD especially at night. Causes dumps of adrenalin at peak times. I get woken at midnight if I ve gone to sleep, around 330am and 5-530am . I wake aware of my heart pounding , sometimes feel as if whole body pounding. Sometimes missed beats. And I feel my body start to burn. The burning was hotter and more widespread when WD was more acute . I have noticed now the burning is localised/worse in areas of chronic muscle tension . The times I wake are remarkably regular. The 530am one seems to be worse and the anxiety in the morning is worse


Thank you. This explaines a lot. Most of my symptoms are at night, as you said, I wake up feeling kind of anxious and at present my WD symptoms are worse at night. I also get hot, sweat a lot and get these parasthesia type symptoms in my arms and palms...i think it affects one of the nerves, as it goes always through my arms to the ring and small fingers. My palms seem to be hot and I also experience type of burning sensation...

Thank you again...i will read more about cortisol...

- Started various antidepresants in 1983 (doxepin, amitriptiline, anafranil), always stopped abruptly and then reintroduced; Long term use of benzos since 1983, on and off, in times prolonged use
- 2012 re-started Doxepin 75mg, evening. Atenolol 25mg, twice a day (both as a migraine prevention); Low dose of HRT (Sandrena gel +  Utrogestan 100mg)- evening; Nasal spray Otrivine for about 3 years- evening and morning (Used to abuse nasal spray for years). PPI Omeprazole 40mg-evening

- 24.10.2014- Started escitalopram-first 5mg and then 10mg; 5.01.2015- Escitalopram- 2.5mg (I had an adverse response to escitalopram and doxepin; hence I was decreasing escitalopram faster)

- June 2015- decreased Doxepin from 75mg to 50mg; 28 November- intentional over-dose (doxepin- 250mg). 1-2 April- over-dose 350mg, 17.07.2016 Doxepin 150mg- intentional over-dose(Tendency to overdose when stressed out...)

- 22.07.2016- reduced by 1%, 29.07- reduced by 2%, 2.08- reduced by 3%, 9.08- reduced by 4%. Holding for 5 weeks

- 13.09- reduced by 5%, 20.09- reduced by 6%, 27.09.2016 reduced by 7% , 4.10- reduced by 8% = 2.3mg. Holding for 5 weeks

- 14.11- reduced by 9%, 22.11- reduced by 10% = 2.25mg long holding

​- 06.04.2017- REDUCED by 2% since the last dose = 2.2mg

-20.12. 2016- changed my diet and supplements protocol; Ionic Liquid Iron twice 100ml, Liquid Zynk- twice- 50ml, MegaMag Liquid- evening 100ml, Curcumin 600mg x 3 a day Burdock Root + Epsom Baths. Changed diet to Protein one + Veg; Avoiding carbs. Protein Shake (Pure Power Protein Powder by Mercola) + Supergreens + Coconut Oils, Himalayan Salt with lemon


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Posted 02 January 2015 - 05:28 PM

Can't seem to shake this one, I have had soles of feet real sensitive and burning sensation. Not bad when resting but when walking. They also get cold easy now.

 

I get this too, the soles of my feet have become sensitive.  I used to be able to walk for hours, even in heels, but not any more.  A few weeks ago I found myself unexpectedly having to walk for about 15 minutes in medium high heels, after 5 minutes my soles felt like they were on fire.  When I got home I had developed a blister.

 

My feet also get cold too, even in the middle of summer when its very hot, not all the time, just when I'm very symptomatic in general.  Its completely crazy,  I will be hot, sweating, wearing shorts and t-shirt trying to stay cool, under a fan, but will be wearing 2 pairs of socks trying to get my feet warm :wacko:


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Posted 02 January 2015 - 06:13 PM

Ok, so I'm glad it's not just me but am also sorry to hear it's happening to all of you too. I can't believe how incredibly sensitive my fingers and soles of my feet are. I can literally feel the texture of socks on my soles, like every fiber almost. Two years ago I started having issues with opening beer bottles ,the twist top digs into my skin and burns and my skin is real soft. I have worked blue collar all my life and had callouse hands and am a cold weather outdoors person and my skin is now softer and thiner than my wife's!! Real weird I thought it was strange how much it was hurting my hands and had to have my wife open a bottle but on this crap you kind of become complacent and when you come off its like a light turning on and you can connect all this weirdness to paxil.
Paxil start September 2003 due to Fluoroquinolone adverse reaction that I wish doc. knew what it was. 10mg. most of the time with a few short runs of 20mg. FAST tapered 3 times and finally hit poop out or a reaction to nsaid's in Nov.2013. Started a 10% taper Jan. 2014 and have been ok until Sept 14 and went through a short hell. Now plodding through and looking for the light with unrelenting insomnia and pain, fog, loss of interests....<p>12/20/14 - .8mg.
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1/15/15 - .42 mg. better sleep now, hope it continues...
2/11-15 - .25 mg. doing really good!! 2 weeks feel 85% of old me!
3/17/15 .14 mg. Knee pain bad!
4/07/15 .05 mg. this is so small now that I am estimating and just licking it off palm small as a "." And I'm using small text..
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Posted 02 January 2015 - 09:40 PM

You have had some good responses to your question and though my feet don't "burn" feel like a needle is piercing into my foot.

 

This stuff has so many faces it is hard to believe.  :o

 

Wishing you recovery in 2015.

 

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Posted 03 January 2015 - 07:24 PM

I feel like my big toe on each foot is getting constantly electrocuted, and it even seems to be the origin point for some of my body zaps.  


-Dual cold turkeys off TCA & Ativan in October 2014. Prescribed from 2011-2014, off-label for pain

-Meds were prescribed for an "autoimmune chronic pain disease."  It was a MISDIAGNOSIS, but did not find out until AFTER meds had caused total damage.  All med tapers & cold turkeys directed by doctors 

-Nortriptyline from May 2012 - Dec 2013

-Desipramine from Jan 2014 - October 2014. 60 mg reduced by 10 mg each month. Held 30 mg for 3 months. Rapid taper over 1 week from 30 mg down to 20, 10, 0

-Lorazepam 1 mg per night in 2011. In 2012, used 1 mg per month or less.  Lorazepam on & off Dec 2013 - Aug 2014, did not exceed 1.5 mg, did not exceed 3x a week

-On desipramine had muscle tremors & rigidity. Were they side effects or withdrawal effects as I reduced desip throughout 2014? Or was I in WD from nortrip as I was on desip? First muscle/dystonia side effects started on nortriptyline, but docs were too stupid to help me figure it out

-Last dosage desip 10 mg on Oct. 29, 2014. Last dose lzpam 1 mg, Nov. 2, 2014. Paradoxical reactions to benzos after quitting TCAs

-Tardive dystonia, dyskinesia, myoclonic jerks ALL over body, ribcage wiggles, facial tics, twitching tongue & fingers, tremors/twitches of arms, legs, cognitive impairment, throat muscles semi-paralyzed & unable to swallow solid food, brain zaps, ears ring, dizzy, everything looks too far away, insomnia, numbness & electric shocks everywhere when I try to fall asleep, jerk awake from sleep with big, gasping breaths, wake with terrors & tremors, severely depressed.  NO HISTORY OF DEPRESSION, EVER. Meds CREATED it.

-Month 7 off meds: hair falling out; no improvement in vision; still tardive dystonia; facial & tongue tics returned
-Month 8 off meds: thrown back to acute, including Grand Mal seizure-like episodes. New mental torment, PGAD, worse insomnia
-Month 9 off meds: tardive dystonia worsened, dyskinesia returned. Unable to breathe well due to dystonia in stomach, chest, throat.
-Month 13 off meds: Back to total acute, brain zaps back, plus developed eczema & stomach problems. Left leg no longer works right due to dystonia, meaning both legs are now damaged


#28 Moonlitelotus

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Posted 03 January 2015 - 09:14 PM

Yep! I have the burning feeling too. I only get it in my left foot sometimes and sometimes it changes spots on me. I also get body zaps but mine originate in my neck and goes throughout my body. Withdrawal definitely causes a plethora of symptoms.
I started out on zoloft 50 mg or 20mg (can't remember at that point) and was on it for a few months then decided I didn't want to take it because of the side effects so I cold turkey'd it and then was miserable and reinstated and all my symptoms went away and I felt normal. Stayed on it for a while tried lexapro 5mg for a month or two instead to see if I had less side effects. Then switched back to zoloft 20mg I think and weaned down to 6mg and jumped off too soon because it supposedly wasn't a "therapeutic dose" and was told it would be ok. Then I was going through withdrawal again so I reinstated again after about a month I switched to prozac because it's easier to wean off of supposedly. Weaned off over 9 month from 8mg Prozac. Then two months after stopping it on September 2, 2014. I went into withdrawal.

18 months off as of March 2, 2016

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Posted 04 January 2015 - 01:16 PM

the last few weeks my feet have been really sensitive and I never connected it with wd but now you've got me thinking..........


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10mg sept-December 2014
9mg Dec-Jan 2015 (4 weeks)
8.5mg Jan-Feb 2015 (4 weeks)
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#30 greentrain

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Posted 07 January 2015 - 02:33 PM

My feet, ankles and hands have been burning, tingling and going numb for the past few months. I woke up Saturday and it was gone. It felt amazing to have sensation back. Amazing. It lasted until this AM when I found out that we have to put our dog to sleep. I thought I was handling it well, but my nervous system is telling me otherwise. This wave has been relentless. 

 

May we all reach healing this year.  May we all become whole again. 


9/2006 Began Lexapro

1/2014 Began taper from 15mg 

Cut dose by 2.5 mg every two weeks or until stabilized 

5/25/2014 Last dose 

 

Experienced: Anxiety/depression, intrusive thoughts, dizziness, de-personalization, mood swings, stomach pains, nausea, headaches, gastro upset, anger, many spells of brain fog, chills, water retention, hypoglycemia, heart palpitations, weight gain, light headedness, muscle constriction - jaw, chest, neck, cortisol surges waking me several times at night with heart racing, blurry eyesight / visual snow, neuropathic pain, burning/numbness in hands and feet, muscle twitching, light sensitivity, sinuses, temperature disregulation, ear zaps, FEAR, hopelessness, doom and gloom, muscle spasms and tension across whole body, low energy, apathy, depression, constant post nasal drip, ear pain, jaw pain and cracking, tooth pain, burning/tingling/numbing, right rib cage pain FOREVER, lymph congestion, hypersensitivity to many foods and many supplements, bladder/ urination issues, creaky bones, sallow, yellow skin on hands/feet, emotional dysregulation, back pain, vivid dreams, mucus, peeling lips.

 

What's left: Occasional mild brain fog or moderate fatigue spells, low energy some days. muscle pain, crawling bugs sensations, hormone imbalance, eye floaters, nerve pain in shoulder running down arm.

 

 


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Posted 07 January 2015 - 08:21 PM

Hello all! Has anybody with this issue had your vitamin b12 levels tested? There's a number of articles online under "burning feet" associated with low vitamin b12 levels. I'm understanding a lot of us have this problem. Unfortunately a lot of us also can't tolerate supplementation with vitamin b12. What a connundrum!
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Posted 08 January 2015 - 07:16 AM

My feet, ankles and hands have been burning, tingling and going numb for the past few months. I woke up Saturday and it was gone. It felt amazing to have sensation back. Amazing. It lasted until this AM when I found out that we have to put our dog to sleep. I thought I was handling it well, but my nervous system is telling me otherwise. This wave has been relentless. 
 
May we all reach healing this year.  May we all become whole again.


So sorry about your dog...

You said you have had these symptoms for the past few months. I wonder how you cope with them? What helps?
I have noticed that they are more prominent when I get more emotional.
Then, in times, I get anxious over them and of course the sensation increases.

I have this paresthesia type sumptoms in my both hands, mostly in my fingers and palms. I can feel this sensation going from my spine through my arms to my palms...

I wonder, maybe there are some stretching exercices?

- Started various antidepresants in 1983 (doxepin, amitriptiline, anafranil), always stopped abruptly and then reintroduced; Long term use of benzos since 1983, on and off, in times prolonged use
- 2012 re-started Doxepin 75mg, evening. Atenolol 25mg, twice a day (both as a migraine prevention); Low dose of HRT (Sandrena gel +  Utrogestan 100mg)- evening; Nasal spray Otrivine for about 3 years- evening and morning (Used to abuse nasal spray for years). PPI Omeprazole 40mg-evening

- 24.10.2014- Started escitalopram-first 5mg and then 10mg; 5.01.2015- Escitalopram- 2.5mg (I had an adverse response to escitalopram and doxepin; hence I was decreasing escitalopram faster)

- June 2015- decreased Doxepin from 75mg to 50mg; 28 November- intentional over-dose (doxepin- 250mg). 1-2 April- over-dose 350mg, 17.07.2016 Doxepin 150mg- intentional over-dose(Tendency to overdose when stressed out...)

- 22.07.2016- reduced by 1%, 29.07- reduced by 2%, 2.08- reduced by 3%, 9.08- reduced by 4%. Holding for 5 weeks

- 13.09- reduced by 5%, 20.09- reduced by 6%, 27.09.2016 reduced by 7% , 4.10- reduced by 8% = 2.3mg. Holding for 5 weeks

- 14.11- reduced by 9%, 22.11- reduced by 10% = 2.25mg long holding

​- 06.04.2017- REDUCED by 2% since the last dose = 2.2mg

-20.12. 2016- changed my diet and supplements protocol; Ionic Liquid Iron twice 100ml, Liquid Zynk- twice- 50ml, MegaMag Liquid- evening 100ml, Curcumin 600mg x 3 a day Burdock Root + Epsom Baths. Changed diet to Protein one + Veg; Avoiding carbs. Protein Shake (Pure Power Protein Powder by Mercola) + Supergreens + Coconut Oils, Himalayan Salt with lemon


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Posted 09 January 2015 - 06:00 AM

Thank you, everyone. I cope by:

--knowing that my GP and I have ran every blood test under the sun to check for disease related to the neuropathic pain and the results have been normal

--knowing that it will pass eventually as have many other symptoms

--walking

-- yin yoga helps - I like this one - 

--this spinal exercise calms my nervous system greatly also -

-- meditation and surrender

-- when I have pain in the ankles laying my legs up against the wall for a few minutes helps

-- try not tax my nervous system with new supplements or foods

 

I had my B levels checked and B12 is at the top of the range, however, B1 and B7 were low/not absorbing and they are implicated in neuropathic pain and neuropathy. 

 

Thank you for your condolences!


9/2006 Began Lexapro

1/2014 Began taper from 15mg 

Cut dose by 2.5 mg every two weeks or until stabilized 

5/25/2014 Last dose 

 

Experienced: Anxiety/depression, intrusive thoughts, dizziness, de-personalization, mood swings, stomach pains, nausea, headaches, gastro upset, anger, many spells of brain fog, chills, water retention, hypoglycemia, heart palpitations, weight gain, light headedness, muscle constriction - jaw, chest, neck, cortisol surges waking me several times at night with heart racing, blurry eyesight / visual snow, neuropathic pain, burning/numbness in hands and feet, muscle twitching, light sensitivity, sinuses, temperature disregulation, ear zaps, FEAR, hopelessness, doom and gloom, muscle spasms and tension across whole body, low energy, apathy, depression, constant post nasal drip, ear pain, jaw pain and cracking, tooth pain, burning/tingling/numbing, right rib cage pain FOREVER, lymph congestion, hypersensitivity to many foods and many supplements, bladder/ urination issues, creaky bones, sallow, yellow skin on hands/feet, emotional dysregulation, back pain, vivid dreams, mucus, peeling lips.

 

What's left: Occasional mild brain fog or moderate fatigue spells, low energy some days. muscle pain, crawling bugs sensations, hormone imbalance, eye floaters, nerve pain in shoulder running down arm.

 

 


#34 ikam

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Posted 09 January 2015 - 08:47 AM

Thank you! I believe that exercices help a lot.
After my effexor tapper few years ago I had ongoing pelvic pain for over one year. Had difficulty with sitting. Doctors did not know what it was, but prescribed lots of painkillers and doxepin. It was physiotherapist who helped me, I had sessions for almost one year, exerciced a lot and used to walk a lot...

- Started various antidepresants in 1983 (doxepin, amitriptiline, anafranil), always stopped abruptly and then reintroduced; Long term use of benzos since 1983, on and off, in times prolonged use
- 2012 re-started Doxepin 75mg, evening. Atenolol 25mg, twice a day (both as a migraine prevention); Low dose of HRT (Sandrena gel +  Utrogestan 100mg)- evening; Nasal spray Otrivine for about 3 years- evening and morning (Used to abuse nasal spray for years). PPI Omeprazole 40mg-evening

- 24.10.2014- Started escitalopram-first 5mg and then 10mg; 5.01.2015- Escitalopram- 2.5mg (I had an adverse response to escitalopram and doxepin; hence I was decreasing escitalopram faster)

- June 2015- decreased Doxepin from 75mg to 50mg; 28 November- intentional over-dose (doxepin- 250mg). 1-2 April- over-dose 350mg, 17.07.2016 Doxepin 150mg- intentional over-dose(Tendency to overdose when stressed out...)

- 22.07.2016- reduced by 1%, 29.07- reduced by 2%, 2.08- reduced by 3%, 9.08- reduced by 4%. Holding for 5 weeks

- 13.09- reduced by 5%, 20.09- reduced by 6%, 27.09.2016 reduced by 7% , 4.10- reduced by 8% = 2.3mg. Holding for 5 weeks

- 14.11- reduced by 9%, 22.11- reduced by 10% = 2.25mg long holding

​- 06.04.2017- REDUCED by 2% since the last dose = 2.2mg

-20.12. 2016- changed my diet and supplements protocol; Ionic Liquid Iron twice 100ml, Liquid Zynk- twice- 50ml, MegaMag Liquid- evening 100ml, Curcumin 600mg x 3 a day Burdock Root + Epsom Baths. Changed diet to Protein one + Veg; Avoiding carbs. Protein Shake (Pure Power Protein Powder by Mercola) + Supergreens + Coconut Oils, Himalayan Salt with lemon


#35 luv2knit

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Posted 10 January 2015 - 06:33 AM

Yes, for me this is especially bad when my akathisia is ramped up. I just cope with it and it eventually gets better. I'm sure eventually it will go away altogether. Not pleasant, though.
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Tapered Zoloft about 6 wks. Totally off since the end of July (25-29, 2014). 3 wks. vertigo at end of taper, then 3-4 wks. OK, followed by withdrawal symptoms increasing in severity (nausea, gastric disturbances, loss of appetite, insomnia, restlessness, jitters, anxiety, agitation--jumping out of my skin--possible akathisia?) Seem to have paradoxical reactions to everything new, even Vitamin C. Severity of akathisia comes and goes, but is constant to some degree. Hard to leave house, and cannot be home alone. (Retired)

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Posted 08 March 2015 - 06:59 PM

This is a late response but I got Burning skin so bad. What actually helped me were a series of neurofeedback sessions and it took the burning sensation away most of the days. I now only get it once every two months.