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Moderator note:  link to Kristine's benzo thread - Kristine: Protracted clonazepam withdrawal?

 

Hello, I am new to this site and would firstly like to extend my gratitude to all the people who have shared their stories and support. I now know I am not alone.  My story is long and complex so I will attempt to condense it. I am 43 years old and was introduced to antidepressants 10 years ago after being diagnosed with MDD, GAD and PTSD (l do not feel comfortable with labels) by my psychiatrist.  

 

During the first 8 years of treatment multiple antidepressants and other psychotropic medications were prescribed. I will fast forward to October 2015 when I attempted to end my life (I had never been suicidal prior to taking antidepressants). I had to resign from work and was hospitalised for 1 month.  At the time I had been taking citalopram for a number of years and had reached the maximum dose.  My intuition told me it was not helping.  I wanted to stop this medication and my psychiatrist was supportive of this decision.  However, it is obvious to me now that she was inexperienced and uneducated with this process. The citalopram was ceased over one week and due to severe anxiety I was commenced on seroquel and diazepam. After leaving hospital I managed to taper off the seroquel and diazepam but became increasingly unwell both mentally and physically.  My psychiatrist convinced me that my mental illness had returned and I was commenced on Parnate which was increased in dose over 3 months.  Instead of improving my mental and physical ailments worsened and my psychiatrist sort a second opinion.  

 

I was hospitalised again in May 2016 under the 'care' of another psychiatrist.  This was the beginning of an indescribable hell where I was treated like a human lab rat.  Looking back the medications he prescribed were beyond belief and I was the victim of poly pharmacy without adequte professional rational. Unfortunally, like so many others, I was vulnerable and trusted his guidance.  He treated me as both an inpatient and out patient over a one year period.  Over this time I was prescribed over 14 psychotropic medication some of which were abruptly ceased and crossed over with other medications. If this wasn't enough I was subjected to 15 sessions of unnessaccery ECT.  Not surprisingly, I was in a zombified state, unable to function and unable to return to work.  My anxiety and depression was not alleviated and I was plagued with tremors, nausea, vomiting, fatigue and migraines.  By April 2017 I ceased my appointments with this psychiatrist (he had little belief in withdraw symptoms or side effects of the medication he prescribed - he resorted to blaming me) and returned to my previous psychiatrist.  

 

Over the past eight months I have the mammoth task of withdrawing from multiple medications.  These include escitalopram (completed reduction), Lithium (competed reduction), clonazepam (partial reduction), bupropion (completed reduction), seroquel (completed reduction), dexamphetamine (partial reduction) and fluoxetine (no reduction).  My withdrawal symptoms are horrendous and relentless.  My psychiatrist has been unable to advise me along a comfortable path.  She appears to be in denial and her support has mostly evaporated.  I feel abandoned, alone and frightened.  I was forced to seek information independently (for which I am grateful), which continues to be a hideous realisation that for years I was in a constant state of drug withdrawal, side effects and drug interaction.  I also feeling very angry about my treatment.  I am tapering at the 10% rate now (one medication at a time) but even though I know road ahead will be long and rocky, I feel a sense of empowerment from educating myself.  What I am experiencing is common and I am finally breaking free from the clutches of psychiatry.  

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I apologise for the spelling mistakes and gramma in my introduction post.  This is unlike me. I am suffering terribly from withdrawal and I am finding the most simple tasks difficult. I have difficulty concentrating and my brain feels full of concrete. I used to be a well accomplished and capable woman. 

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CGHOLDING

Hi Kristine,
I am new here as well. You have a lucidity that is surprising considering what you've been through. 
You have good reason to be proud.

I have little experience on withdrawing from anti-depressants but I have dropped my dosage of valium and the 10% rule saved me from the worse symptoms and I think more vitally gave my brain/body time to adjust. I suspect it will be similar in relation to anti-depressants. 
Consider creating supports that may help when you are in withdrawal. I know that writing and playing a musical instrument help me with my issues. Also exercise is of import.
Take your time with reducing your dose. I think 10% is a good rate and one medication at a time makes sense.

CG

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manymoretodays

Hi Kristine and welcome to Surviving Antidepressants.

 

Good job on your signature.  I am also wondering if you would like to pick a user name that is different from your real name.  Sometimes that's a good idea.  For anonymity and privacy.  This area will now act as your own introduction/journal where you can track your progress and make notes from time to time.  As well as interact with others here.  Feel free to look around the site more........especially the symptoms, support, and tapering areas.........and comment there as well.

 

The next task for you would be to put all of your current medications into the interactions checker at "drugs.com" and then share the results here on your introduction/journal.   This will help to see if there are any current "major interactions" between your present medications.  Some of this does indeed get missed by our prescribers sometimes.

 

And woah,  it looks like you have been through a lot.  And are presently on 3 medications now?  The clonazepam, dexamphetamine and fluoxitine?   And most recently came off the Bupropion last May.  And many more........    I've been there.  Believe me.  Other than the ECT.  I have been on several of those medications that you list.  I had somewhat read about harm reduction approaches to coming off of psychiatric medication, but just wasn't able to always adhere to it.   Hopefully, for you, from here on out, you can begin to manage better.  Less harm to you overall.  And begin the healing.

 

I've had the same experience with psychiatry.  My last psychiatrist pretty much became resigned to fact that I was going to take her prescription, and then do what I was going to do with it.  It does seem to infuriate them, eh? 

 

Not too worry about your writing and mistakes.  I could follow pretty well and just put in some paragraph breaks for ease of reading.  

 

You've come off many medications in the last year or two, as well as started a few new ones and tapered.  For now..........consider just holding.  8 months........and coming off what you did, the way you did.........I feel, is going to take some time for your body and brain to adjust to.  A lot of us know how you feel now and yes, there is hope.........that it gets better.

 

Welcome again and we'll get some links going for you soon to educate yourself further.  It IS empowering.

 

Dearly,

 

manymoretodays

 

 

 

 

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Hi Manymoretodays and thank you for your response, advice and warm welcome to SA.  You clearly have been to hell and back and I appreciate your subtle sense of humour.  I will also check my current medications for interactions.  Kristine is not my real name ;) I guess I could have been more inventive but my imagination and creativity is seriously impaired at the moment!  Yes, I am currently taking 3 medications, clonazepam, dexamphetamine and fluoxetine.  I had reduced the clonazepam significantly but am stuck at my current dose after having to reinstate 1/4 tablet due to unbearable withdrawal symptoms.  At least benzodiazepines are now recognised in professional circles as causing 'dependence' (I think the term 'addiction' is more accurate), however, this has not deterred them from prescribing these dangerous drugs on a long term basis.  

 

The dexampetamine was originally prescribed to treat debilitating fatigue.  I should mention that it was largely ineffective.  I have come to realise that the more recent cascade of drug prescription where due to the psychiatrist chasing symptoms of w/d.  Then as more drugs entered my system, I suffered more side effects, then more drugs were added to treat these effects.  To me, this so-called 'evidenced based practice' is nothing but unethical due to the vast void of available data regarding the mechanisms of action of these drugs. Put simply,  they don't know how they work.  I have halved the dose of dexamphetamine.  Prior to decreasing, my psychiatrist had advised me that dexamphetamine should not cause any issues if I drop it cold turkey!  However, because I was sensitive to decreasing medication I should only decrease 5mg of the 20mg dose.  I did what I was told, even though my gut told me this was not correct. This was when I experienced w/d at a whole new level and started my investigations (25th October 2017). I have an abundance of respect forJoanna Moncrief, Peter Gotzsche, Will Hall, Peter Breggin and Robert Whitaker (to name a few) who have not only challenged the very core of the status quo, but have continued their work through extreme barriers. Finally, many of my experiences over the years started to make sense.  Lingering unanswered questions have now been justified. The truth was painful to digest.

 

Fluoxitine is probably my biggest concern. Not sure when or how to tackle this drug. Does it come in liquid form?

 

I should probably start a post regarding my withdrawal symptoms. Another reason I joined SA was to help others through this mess and hopefully add to the existing data which may (one day) filter through to help change the exsisting model of mental health care. 

 

One day at a time.

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Kristine

HI CG, Thank you for your kind words and it was lovely to receive a message from a fellow newbie :) 

 

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Gridley

Hi, Kristine, and welcome from me , too.   I am sorry for the horrible experiences you have undergone.  I too am working to get off a benzo and an AD (two ADs in fact).

 

Here are a few links I think would be helpful to you.

 

Why taper by 10% of my dosage?


Dr Joseph Glenmullen's WD Symptoms Checklist

 

Tips for tapering off Prozac (fluoxetine)

 

How do you talk to a doctor about tapering and withdrawal?


What should I expect from my doctor about withdrawal symptoms?

 

Brain Remodelling


Video:  Healing From Antidepressants - Patterns of Recovery

 

What is Withdrawal Syndrome?

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Kristine

Hi Gridley and thank you for all the links to these invaluable resources.  Sometime I feel like I am drowning in a sea of information. Therefore, I am truly grateful to be directed to relevant and useful resources.  I have read some of your previous posts and signature.  It is clear that you have developed a clarity and wisdom through years of personal experience and perseverance. Inspiring! 

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Madeleine

Welcome to the forum. I'm so sorry to hear that you have suffered so much but I am glad you found us 

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FarmGirlWorks

Welcome, Kristine! This forum has definitely been a lifesaver and cornucopia of good information. Just being validated by others who know the hell you are going through is a lot, imho.

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Thank you both Madeline and FarmGirlWorks for welcoming me to SA.  It really does mean the world to me.  It was extremely difficult to write the introduction post but I'm so glad I did!  To have our feelings and experiences "validated" is essential for healthy relationships. 

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Marmot

Hey Kristine,

I'm happy you're finding some comfort here. It sounds like you've been put through an awful lot over the past couple of years. I'm also new to the community, and I look forward to hearing more about your journey.

Cheers,

Marmot

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Staz

Kristine,

Your story and response to my introduction post brought tears to my eyes as I can so identify with your suffering and the ignorance of some doctors and psychiatrists. My story is very similar to your although only for the last 18 months. I was just a guy with some depression until I was hospitalised due to incompetent prescribing. I'm now trying to withdrawal from my drugs as each has made me worse and i too feel like a lab rat.  The last 18 months have been sheer hell and like you I've felt like I've been in permanent withdrawal and my depression is out of control with feelings of suicide never far away. I'm doing my best to fight this and come off as many meds as I can. My CNS is now so sensitive to any changes that even slow changes hurt mentally and sometimes physically and I wonder at 56 if it's worth carrying on. I've a great wife and two grown up children. These drugs have cost me my career and any chance of a normal life. My soul has been stolen from me.

Stz

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Kristine

Hey Kristine,

I'm happy you're finding some comfort here. It sounds like you've been put through an awful lot over the past couple of years. I'm also new to the community, and I look forward to hearing more about your journey.

Cheers,

Marmot


Hey Marmot,  thank you for your post :)  I have read your introduction post and we are all very lucky to have found each other for

support!  I am looking forward to your future posts....you seem to have a grasp on the nutritional aspects of healing.  K

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Hi Staz, Thank you for responding. I have also read your response on you introduction page.  You are clearly suffering terribly and it was only last week when I had similar feelings to you.  When I am at my worst I can become so engulfed in hopelessness that everything seems pointless and I feel so vulnerable and fragile that I am unable to recognise myself....that's when I feel my "soul has been stolen from me".  However, this is only my perception at that point in time.  This perception has evolved over many years, it was always changing, sometimes for the worse and sometimes for the better.  I try not to fight it anymore.  I imagine my brain covered in wounds and it is slowing healing.  Healing is painful. But it will heal.....it just takes time.  You will be ok Staz. Be kind to yourself.

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Hi Kristine,

 

I went ahead and plugged in your current drugs at drugs.com........and no surprise, a couple major interactions came up........which could explain some of your current status.  Go ahead and take a look there,....... if the link doesn't take you to your medications,  I did have to plug in brand names instead of generics.

 

https://www.drugs.com/interactions-check.php?drug_list=703-0,190-1645,1115-648

 

best, mmt

 

And it does look like Prozac does come in a liquid form.  This might be a prescription that you can obtain from a regular GP, rather than having further often non productive(and sometimes pricey) debates/talks with your new shrink.  Oh, or try the method of telling he/she/whoever prescriber that you are attempting to maintain on the lowest dosages possible of your medications.  Sometimes that goes over better.

 

It is a ton of information to try and absorb all at once.........just try and go slowly, as tolerated.   Keep it simple, keep it slow, and keep it stable.

 

As far as journaling for now.....

 

What we need to see is:

 

time and dosage of any drugs taken in the morning

time and description of any symptoms in the morning

 

time and dosage of any drugs taken in the afternoon

time  and description of any symptoms in the afternoon

 

time and dosage of any drugs taken in the evening

time and description of any symptoms in the evening

 

time and dosage of any drugs taken in the middle of the night

time and description of any symptoms in the middle of the night(such as waking and so forth)

 

This will be really helpful information.

 

Love, peace, healing, and always growth and neuroregeneration,

 

mmt

 

 

 

 

 

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18 hours ago, Kristine said:

 Prior to decreasing, my psychiatrist had advised me that dexamphetamine should not cause any issues if I drop it cold turkey!  However, because I was sensitive to decreasing medication I should only decrease 5mg of the 20mg dose.  I did what I was told, even though my gut told me this was not correct. This was when I experienced w/d at a whole new level and started my investigations (25th October 2017).

 

And oh yah.......same thing happened to me.  When I did drop the adderall my Lexapro W/D hit with a vengeance(at least that was my take).  At that point......I was here at SA........and took some rather sage advice to just take some time, take it easy...........which I was able to do and that reeaaaalllllllly helped.

 

See what you think however, after reviewing your current drug interactions, and some daily symptoms, as far as serotonin syndrome goes..........  I mean it can present in a milder form than the crisis type described at drugs.com.  You have mentioned a ton of fatigue, but the horrid confusion is no picnic either.    Sooo.......let's try and see how much and when your various symptoms are hitting in regards to your current regimen.

 

I think that in your favor, it's a good thing that you caught on after only 7 years, and I am continually amazed by the brain and bodies resiliency to the stress(and trauma) of our previous treatments.  Above all, stay hopeful, positive, and have faith............which you ARE demonstrating in your posts.  Kudos!!!

 

......and hugs....... and most definitely a day at a time, eh?

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4 hours ago, Kristine said:

Hi Staz, Thank you for responding. I have also read your response on you introduction page.  You are clearly suffering terribly and it was only last week when I had similar feelings to you.  When I am at my worst I can become so engulfed in hopelessness that everything seems pointless and I feel so vulnerable and fragile that I am unable to recognise myself....that's when I feel my "soul has been stolen from me".  However, this is only my perception at that point in time.  This perception has evolved over many years, it was always changing, sometimes for the worse and sometimes for the better.  I try not to fight it anymore.  I imagine my brain covered in wounds and it is slowing healing.  Healing is painful. But it will heal.....it just takes time.  You will be ok Staz. Be kind to yourself.

Thanks Kristine,

It seems I've been engulfed in hopelessness for the last 18 months or so but things have gotten a lot worse of late. I came off of Lyrica with what SA would describe as a quick taper in July. Reduced quetiapine from 150mg to 25mg over 4 months and cut my dosulepin back from 200mg to 150mg in the same time frame. My cns is fried and it will take a while to heal to a point I can continue to taper anything. The depression is all consuming having gone from being a well paid manager in a major company to sitting alone day times while my wife works. The drugs have robbed me of my sense of humour, enjoyment, ability to relax and my general enjoyment of life. I'm hoping this will come back but I'm 56 and it will take me the rest of my life to taper at 10% off of all my drugs. I feel I'm running out of time and my quality of life is so low which just makes my depression worse especially as I was a very active person.

A glimmer of light or a window would be so welcome but i just don't seem to get them which isn't surprising as all my meds are sedating.

I wish you well Kristine.

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Hey MMT, Thank you for your posts and linking me to the drug interaction page.  I'm not surprised by the major drug interactions, however, I don't think there is not much I can do about this other than stopping my nightly glass of wine. This is something that I enjoy and I don't drink to excess.

 

I think I should clarify a few things.  I attempted to keep my introduction and signature as simple as possible.  I could not have fitted my entire medication history in the signature area.  I began seeing my current psychiatrist in 2007 after seeing a psychologist for two years.  This is when I was commenced on my first antidepressant (Effexor).  My childhood was dysfunctional but it built a resilience in me that I am grateful for.  In 2004 a series of external traumatic events took place which were out of my control.  These events were due to the evil (I do not use that term lightly) actions of one individual and consequently the failure of the Australian justice system which grossly failed to protect my child.  I was traumatised over many years but I tried to stay strong for my son and husband.  I fought hard.  Depression and anxiety were an inevitable response to profoundly difficult human experiences. At the time I thought the antidepressants worked. However, I can see now they only temporarily numbed the pain.  It was only when these drugs were introduced that I first experienced suicidal thoughts. Now I know why.

 

From May 2016 - March 2017 a was referred to another psychiatrist who took over my medication management as an inpatient and outpatient.  As I have mentioned in previous posts, this was the timeframe where my life went from bad to much much worse.  So returned to my original psychiatrist.   In her defence she is unlike most psychiatrists I have met or heard about.  She feels upset about my treatment by her colleague.  She has always been supportive of my wishes to reduce and stop my medications.  However, she has; like most health professions; been ignorant to the effects of withdrawal on patients and the process of tapering.  This has lead to an diminished ability to distinguish between withdrawal sympotoms and mental illness.  Over the past 10 years she has introduced me to mindfulness meditation (which she actively practices herself),  CBT, host's a weekly meditation and discussion group and has recently introduced neurofeedback to her practice at her own expense.   I have been open with her about my recent research and discoveries.  She was clearly uncomfortable with what I was saying but I believe she is currently trying to digest this information herself.  In retrospect I think I was a little harsh about her in previous posts due to frustration and anger about the truth. I have more recently told her about Will Hall's 'harm reduction guide to coming off psychiatric drugs' and she printed out a copy for herself.  She is a good person and I see will see how my next appointment goes.  Probably two weeks time.  It wouldn't surprise me if she is one of the psychiatrists to go to the other side! 

 

Sorry, but this post has completely worn me out and my head is pounding once again.  I'll attempt to address the other points you brought up in future posts.

K

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Yah.  No problem Kristine, and thanks for filling me in on some of the "situational" stuff that led up to your visiting a psychiatrist.  I'm not really in favor of you making any med/drug changes right now.  I'd prefer you just hold for a bit. 

 

Same here.....much worse with treatment.  Yet......here I am now......"in recovery" and healing.......accepting.  And it is better, overall.

 

It does sound good on your present psychiatrist.  That he/she may be a great help going forward.  As well as "real person" support, which we all so desperately need after we are first "enlightened", so to speak.    And you already have learned and practiced some good coping with her.  You're moving forward.

 

I think you're doing super.   Try and work on the journaling part when you feel up to it.  Do some on paper first if you want, and just share a day or so.

 

This is your healing/"in recovery" and you really do get to call the shots.  I don't know........one glass of wine?  May not be interfering too much........  I was using herb/weed for a bit there, at my start here.  It helped.  Until it didn't anymore.  Enough about that.

 

Love, peace, and healing thoughts and intentions,

 

mmt

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Thank you MMT,  It is really lovely to have such wonderful support from someone who truly understands.  I keep a journal of my ups and downs (mostly downs) but when it comes to writing it in this forum, my anxiety (which is always present) hits the ceiling. I have even started to panic a few time ie. hyperventilating.  When this happens I use the '4-7-8 breathing technique' which is a quick and natural method for dealing with anxiety and panic.  I can say the past week has been much better but insomnia, headaches, muscular body ache/pain, heightened senses, anxiety, depression, and irritability are daily companions :(  Prior to this (especially after I dropped 5mg of Dex on the 21st October 2017) my w/d symptoms were truly horrific.  The following is from an entry in my diary on the 4th November 2017  I have angry outbursts sometimes (for no good reason) which is horrible for my family. I try to control it but it seems to have an energy of its own.

List of ongoing daily withdrawal issues/symptoms (nausea has thankfully eased a little) many of these have either stopped or improve during over the past week.

  • Constant headache ranging from dull ache to migraine
  • vertigo and dizziness, also happens when I'm in bed and move my head
  • uncoordinated and clumsy - frequently bumping into doorways and dropping items (legs turned to jelly and I fell once
  • uncontrolable body tremors. Unable to coordinate walking at times.
  • feel like I walk in slow motion 
  • unable to drive 
  • difficulty concentrating - unable to formulate simple sentences without extreme mental effort, difficultly following simple written or verbal instructions. Memory issues.
  • lack of appetite (I have lost 15kg over 10months) I had weight to loose due to seroquel weight gain.
  • insomnia 
  • fatigue 
  • extreme muscular aches and pains. Increased sensitivity to pain.
  • buzzing/jolting/flickering sensation in my brain and behind my eyes
  • All senses heightened. Very sensitive to light, some smells make me feel nauseated (similar to morning sickness). Some sounds eg.ticking clock are unbearable
  • relentless anxiety - pacing, restless, rocking, clenched jaw
  • Hours of severe depression. Feeling that my family would be happier without me.  Ruminating negative thoughts.
  • unable to regulate body temperature. Hot / Cold / excessive sweating/ shivers
  • wierd fuzzy feeling under my skin

During this time I had two days of painful feet.  The soles of my feet felt like they were on fire. I can not describe how bad the pain was. I could barely walk and resorted to applying ice packs to the soles of my feet :(

This is the best I can do at the moment.....breath 4-7-8....breath 4-7-8! :wacko: 

 

Don't worry MMT, I have no intention of tapering any more medication at the moment! K

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53 minutes ago, Kristine said:

Thank you MMT,  It is really lovely to have such wonderful support from someone who truly understands.  I keep a journal of my ups and downs (mostly downs) but when it comes to writing it in this forum, my anxiety (which is always present) hits the ceiling. I have even started to panic a few time ie. hyperventilating.  When this happens I use the '4-7-8 breathing technique' which is a quick and natural method for dealing with anxiety and panic.  I can say the past week has been much better but insomnia, headaches, muscular body ache/pain, heightened senses, anxiety, depression, and irritability are daily companions :(  Prior to this (especially after I dropped 5mg of Dex on the 21st October 2017) my w/d symptoms were truly horrific.  The following is from an entry in my diary on the 4th November 2017  I have angry outbursts sometimes (for no good reason) which is horrible for my family. I try to control it but it seems to have an energy of its own.

List of ongoing daily withdrawal issues/symptoms (nausea has thankfully eased a little) many of these have either stopped or improve during over the past week.

  • Constant headache ranging from dull ache to migraine
  • vertigo and dizziness, also happens when I'm in bed and move my head
  • uncoordinated and clumsy - frequently bumping into doorways and dropping items (legs turned to jelly and I fell once
  • uncontrolable body tremors. Unable to coordinate walking at times.
  • feel like I walk in slow motion 
  • unable to drive 
  • difficulty concentrating - unable to formulate simple sentences without extreme mental effort, difficultly following simple written or verbal instructions. Memory issues.
  • lack of appetite (I have lost 15kg over 10months) I had weight to loose due to seroquel weight gain.
  • insomnia 
  • fatigue 
  • extreme muscular aches and pains. Increased sensitivity to pain.
  • buzzing/jolting/flickering sensation in my brain and behind my eyes
  • All senses heightened. Very sensitive to light, some smells make me feel nauseated (similar to morning sickness). Some sounds eg.ticking clock are unbearable
  • relentless anxiety - pacing, restless, rocking, clenched jaw
  • Hours of severe depression. Feeling that my family would be happier without me.  Ruminating negative thoughts.
  • unable to regulate body temperature. Hot / Cold / excessive sweating/ shivers
  • wierd fuzzy feeling under my skin

During this time I had two days of painful feet.  The soles of my feet felt like they were on fire. I can not describe how bad the pain was. I could barely walk and resorted to applying ice packs to the soles of my feet :(

This is the best I can do at the moment.....breath 4-7-8....breath 4-7-8! :wacko: 

 

Don't worry MMT, I have no intention of tapering any more medication at the moment! K

"All I can do is keep living until I feel alive again" Call The Midwife - Jenny

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Sorry, tried to insert a quote but posted the whole bloody post again!!!! 

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Thank you Marmot :) I found this quote scribbled at the bottom of a page in my journal from the 16th Feb 2017 - This particular page details an appointment with the psychiatrist who over medicated me. "Dr *** decreased 10mg escitalopram to 5mg...Prozac was increased from 20mg to 40 mg..." OMG :angry:

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If only I knew then what I know now <_<

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Welcome to SA Kristine!  Wow - it sounds like you've had a difficult journey getting here! :(  

 

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Hi everyone, I really need some advice/support. I had an appointment today with my gynaecologist (long history of endometriosis).  She is concerned I may have endometrium cancer and tomorrow Morning I've been scheduled for a biopsy and surgery under a General anesthetic. I guess I had a normal stress response to this but was magnified by everything else.  I come to the point where there is no point worrying about the outcome. What will be will be.  My question is.... has anyone had a general anaesthetic in the middle of withdrawal? Any words of wisdom would be appreciated....it is 1:15am here in Australia and I can't sleep. K

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Oh buggers Kristine!! 

 

And good quote.......I love(d) that show to pieces.  It's officially morning here in the U.S.A.  And no, I have not had experience with general anesthesia.  You can always google any subject and then surviving antidepressants.org..........that often brings up any posts on any given topic here.  I haven't tried the search option here lately......never had much luck with it though in the past.

 

I will most definitely keep you in my daily intentions/prayers/meditations.

 

BTW.......your posting is so much more together than I was ever able to do intially.  And great symptom list.

 

Healing best,

 

mmt

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Kristine

Thank you MMT, I did search on sa and found some posts from people who have had surgery whilst in WD.  Hope you are enjoying a lovely morning in the U.S! K

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Kristine

Hi Owen, Thank you for your welcome! I read your intro and I'm so sorry you are having such a tough time.  You are very lucky to have found sa! I am very familiar with citalopram. I was on it for 5 years and the dose was increased to 40mg.  Over time I just felt worse. I decided to get off it (2015) but my psychiatrist ceased it over only one week.  To combate the withdrawals I was put on high doses of seroquel and diazepam. Nausea, vomiting, vertigo, tremor, internal mental turmoil and debilitating fatigue (to name a few) were daily companions. Then I had to withdraw from the seroquel and diazepam. I was so so sick for months. My psychiatrist did not believe my symptoms could possibly be related to protracted withdrawal.  The solution.....put me on another antidepressant (Parnate)....arhhhhh!!!! K

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Gridley

Kristine, you have a great attitude and that will serve you very, very well.  

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Marmot
On 07/12/2017 at 9:17 AM, Kristine said:

My question is.... has anyone had a general anaesthetic in the middle of withdrawal? Any words of wisdom would be appreciated....it is 1:15am here in Australia and I can't sleep.

 

Hey Kristine, You feeling okay after the anaesthetic?

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Kristine

Hi Marmot, yes, I'm feeling ok after the anaesthetic.  The fatigue is worse but that's to be expected.  Good news is last night I had the best nights sleep I've had in at least two years! K

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Thank you Gridley,  the support extended on SA is comforting! Quick question....I've just noticed 'escitalopram' is spelt incorrectly in one of my tags.  I tried to fix it.  Computer technology is not one of my strengths! Any ideas? K 

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manymoretodays

I'll try and fix it Kristine.  My error.  We mods have a few extra editing tools at our disposal.  And done.  Changed the order a bit too.

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