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Tom   
Tom

Yes, this does get better with time. At least in my case it has. It still flares up sometimes, but I would say that most days either it is not there, or it's so subtle that I don't notice it at all.

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Crocus   
Crocus

Tom, Georgia, Shanti and Alex -

 

Well thank you for letting me know this. It is such an obnoxious thing and primarily at night they go numb, but it has worsened with the taper.

 

I am so glad to hear that symptoms subside over time - thank you for letting me know your experiences.

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alexjuice   
alexjuice

I've been trying some new supplements. They are on the riskier end since they are formulations with lots of ingredients.

 

However, since I started this bad stretch, in mid February, I've experienced skeletal muscular pains, zaps, twitches. They are mostly in the limbs and hands and feet but also occur in the trunk and random places under the skin... They do not occur on my face or zap my brain. So these zaps, pains, pins/needles predate the current supplements.

 

There may be other threads on this topic or omethng similar, but I couldn't find one promptly.

 

Also, one of the reasons I've been trying to minimize blood draws is because a big "zap point" is my elbow pocket, maybe due to 20+ draws in the last 2-3 months. yet... I dunno... I know in drug studies blood is often drawn 24 times a day everyday for the length of the study...

 

Anyway, anyone else had flare ups like this?

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Altostrata   
Altostrata

I had those electrical-like tingling pains in my hands and wrists for a while. At times, I could feel them shoot through.

 

I believe acupuncture helped those.

 

I think they're classic Lhermitte's sign.

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Barbarannamated   
Barbarannamated

I don't believe there's any question that hunching over the computer is bad for your back!

Please do try the chiro, it can save you a lot of suffering. Go to a good one, not a quack.

 

Just saw this message from awhile back and had to throw my OH YES! in. Posture at computer and while driving can flare my neck and back pain in minutes. Positioning of computer screen, chair height, steering wheel can help also to achieve the most ergonomic position.

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lindamorellato   
lindamorellato

It seems to be getting worse. This is what used to happend when I would start an AD. I am off the AD. Is is the what goes up must come down? I'm just so sick of it. I guess these are the physical symptoms of withdrawl and I hate them.

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LostaDecade   
LostaDecade

Hi all. I'm not sure if there was already a topic started on numbness but I couldn't locate it so thought I'd ask here. Off meds for about 6 months after 10 years and my latest symptom is waking up with my left hand numb. Much of it goes away immediately except for from the pinky all the way down to the wrist which never goes away. My neck hurt when it started about a week ago so I thought it was a pinched nerve but now my neck is better but my hand is not. Dad has fibromyalsia so I'm a bit scared that this is permanent but was HOPING it was yet another withdrawal symptom that would go away. I am a musician so this is not good. Any answers would be much appreciated. As always, thank you.

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Altostrata   
Altostrata

If you're sleeping on you hand and then, during the day, leaning on it (while using the computer for example), you might get some numbness.

 

Try stretching and massaging your hand, wrist, and arm, and be mindful of any habits you might have that are reducing circulation to that hand.

 

How do I know this? I've had similar symptoms myself.

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basildev   
basildev

Hi LostaDecade,

 

I'm sorry you're experiencing such distressing symptoms.

 

I had a similar experience except my issue was with a constantly twitching thumb. Being a panic-merchant, I did all kinds of research, took all kinds of supplements but it wouldn't go away.

 

Eventually I saw a doctor who said that in 95% of cases it's benign, there's no known cause and it goes away by itself. So I stopped worrying about it and within a few weeks it was gone. In my case, there was no neck pain or anything else to indicate I had a pinched nerve. But obviously that's what it was in the end.

 

I'm sure you've Googled everywhere but here's a link anyway:

 

http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/003206.htm

 

I think the fact that you previously had neck pain is a good sign - it suggests that the problem could in fact be pinched nerve. Just because the neck isn't still hurting doesn't mean the nerve has healed yet.

 

I hope it gets better soon.

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alexjuice   
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Lost,

 

What is your medication history?

 

Numbness/tingling/'asleep feeling' in extremeties, especially on the left side is very common wth benzos. My left hand lost a lot of fine sensitivity after a rapid bentox detox. This particular benzo symptom has lasted me a long time.

 

Alex

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Jerome   
Jerome

If the area of numbness is the entire suface of the pinkie [including the pinkie side of the ring finger, but not the other side], and the numbness is consistantly located there, something could be disturbing your ulnar nerve. It is responsible for skin sensation in that area. I believe pressure at the elbow, as Altostrata suggests, is a common cause.

 

Aweigh

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Marmite   
Marmite

I have experienced this in two areas of my body.

 

1) In my hands. In my case I think it is due to problems with circulation originating from my heart. I wake up with numb hands, but when I move around it goes away, so probably not the same as yours.

 

2) In my left side (hip and lower back). This area troubled me a great deal for several years, and I was worried there was nerve damage in this area. I couldn't get the nerves / muscles to activate when turning over in bed. It was worse if I was inactive.

 

Hope this is vaguely helpful.

x

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Altostrata   
Altostrata

I had various symptoms in my hands, wrists, arms, and back. Hunching over a computer on top of withdrawal-related hypersensitivity was the culprit.

 

I found chiropractic treatments and acupuncture to be very helpful.

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LostaDecade   
LostaDecade

Thanks so much, all! As with the horrid might sweats, brain zaps etc., etc., hoping it will go away. I, to, believe it could be a pinched ulnar nerve. Time will tell!

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Francis   
Francis

A few months into withdrawal, I started getting shooting pains down my arms and numb finger tips.

Im not sure if it was a coincidence, but it seemed that taking magnesium helped with it. (I feel like magnesium was somewhat magic for me, as it took away a lot of distressing symptoms... my hands and neck were also clenching painfully out of the blue.)

 

Some of these physical symptoms are quite scary- as if the general awful emotions/insomnia/what-have-you aren't enough to deal with!

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LostaDecade   
LostaDecade

Yes! Scary, indeed, but so nice to have my brain back. My left hand is better but every night I wake up and now both my pinky sides are numb. I know it had in part to do with a habit of sleeping with my hands over my head though I never had a problem with it before I went if the meds. Magnesium - have you read about people putting a bar of hotel soap at the foot of their bed to get rod of leg cramps? Sounds silly but mom did it and her legs no longer cramp! Whatever works! :-)

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MissMellie   
MissMellie

I am almost currently into my 26th month of a cold turkey Lexapro withdrawal and am having a bad wave of pins and needles and numbness. Just seeking some reassurance on others that have struggled with this for so long...At present I am getting numbness on the left side of my face on and off  - I can have weeks without it and then it comes back again. I also get a similiar feeling on my left forarm but it also feels tingly. I also get a big patch of pins and needles on my left shoulder blade, this also at times feels numb. This has all come on since lex withdrawal, I have had a brain MRI to rule out MS, as well as blood tests to check for vitamin deficiency and a neck xray to rule out any problems - all have come back negative. Would love to hear from anyone with similar issues.

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Furiated   
Furiated

I used to have this too but on my fingers.

Read my threads, maybe you can get an idea on how to treat yourself. :) Everyone is different so you know better what to do.

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trouper   
trouper

i've been dealing with this lately too. i was thinking it was withdrawal but now it seems to be getting worse and appears to be affected by my posture and how i sleep so i'm in the process of looking for a doc to rule things out. i had a numbing of the face happen the other day which reminded me of when i would get numbing from migraines, so withdrawals or a migraine, its definitely neurological. i hope its wd and will go away... :)

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Petunia   
Petunia

I am almost currently into my 26th month of a cold turkey Lexapro withdrawal and am having a bad wave of pins and needles and numbness. Just seeking some reassurance on others that have struggled with this for so long...At present I am getting numbness on the left side of my face on and off  - I can have weeks without it and then it comes back again. I also get a similiar feeling on my left forarm but it also feels tingly. I also get a big patch of pins and needles on my left shoulder blade, this also at times feels numb. This has all come on since lex withdrawal, I have had a brain MRI to rule out MS, as well as blood tests to check for vitamin deficiency and a neck xray to rule out any problems - all have come back negative. Would love to hear from anyone with similar issues.

 

 

I've had numbness, pins and needles/pain in my right heel for about 2 months.  It started suddenly for no reason.  Was quite bad for a while and the pain would occur when I walked or held my foot in various positions.  Its slowly getting better, there is only slight pain now and the numbness has decreased.  I found that light stretching and massage of the area helped at times.

 

These symptoms are common in withdrawal and if tests have ruled out other causes, then there is nothing to worry about, they will pass.

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MissMellie   
MissMellie

Thankyou everyone for your replies. Pokeshaw I believe I have already put in an Introduction about myself but have now also added a signature. Trouper I have also found that it is affected by posture. Have you had any luck finding a dr? Petu I have been thinking about trying accupuncture or an osteopath to try and relieve the sensations, but I struggle to explain my situation - I have told dr's before and I just get the puzzled/disblief look. Its so hard to keep telling myself that this is still withdrawal, my anxiety levels at the moment are really high. When I get the sensations I start to panic and I think it exacberates them.

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dekiru   
dekiru

I'm experiencing pins and needles as well, it comes in waves. I have to be very careful not to let myself worry and tell myself it's yet another symptom of withdrawal.

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Altostrata   
Altostrata

I'm right-handed and I got painful tingling early on in withdrawal in my right arm and shoulder (as well as other places) from spending too time using the mouse and typing on the computer.

 

Acupuncture and chiro helped, but stretching and getting exercise that wasn't sitting at the computer helped more.

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LexAnger   
LexAnger

For me, sharp pins and needling pains have been my major suffers from both lex and withdrawal of it. Often times I feel I am close to have a panic attack or heart attack when the pain is so severe. The pain is always on head, neck, shoulder and can get to upper back. Paied with all the above is the intolerable jaw pain.

 

Sometimes I feel a very uncomfortable sensation of numbness and pressure on head, face, nose etc instead of pain.

 

I have been on those ever since tapered down to 2 mg 7/13 they stayed with me 24/7 since. Interesting thing is my thinking is not impacted by pain but numbness can affect my thinking ability.

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spectio   
spectio

Hi, missmellie, what were the results of your vitamin b 12 tests? I know pins and needles sensations are mentioned under low levels. If you have anxiety/ depression issues along with the p& n and your b 12 levels are under 300 you may have a deficiency. I'd love to know your b 12 levels. Mine are under 300 and I have some other odd symptoms, too!

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LexAnger   
LexAnger

Hmm, why do you think it's associated with VB level, spectio? My B level is too high, 1205 for normal range of 220-960 and I have the worst needling and pin everyday dorm the time I take lex and last for many hours. Im very curious to know the source of the relationship between The two. Thanks!

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MissMellie   
MissMellie

I have had my B12 levels checked and they were fine. I even went to a chiropractor who insisted that I was B12 deficient and told me to buy a vitamin B12 spray, I did this and it made my symptoms worse. Still unsure as to what is causing this or if it is still withdrawal.

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LexAnger   
LexAnger

Missmellie, I'm glad you vb is normal. As my doc said high vb can cause tingling/ numb sensation which I was wondering if that is what caused my pin and needling. So it seems still th WD as three of us all have it with low vb, normal vb and high vb. I though it only associated with lex, but now it seems other Ssri can have it too.

 

I also found yago, breathing helps the most, while alcupuncture/light massage definitely help too. If your doc is Chinese, I am happy to help with an explanation. My Chinese doc can stop the needling pain quickly with light massage, although it comes back every time immediately after I take the dose.

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Petunia   
Petunia

I've had numbness, pins and needles/pain in my right heel for about 2 months.  It started suddenly for no reason.  Was quite bad for a while and the pain would occur when I walked or held my foot in various positions.  Its slowly getting better, there is only slight pain now and the numbness has decreased.

 

This went away after another month.  But strangely, one day last week, I took a step and suddenly got a sharp pain in the same area and for a few hours this symptom was back.  But this time it only lasted a couple of hours, its gone again now.

 

A slight numbness of the skin in this area has remained, so perhaps there has been some permanent damage, but the pain went away.

 

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Serenity23   
Serenity23

Sharing my recent experience:

 

About six weeks ago, I began experiencing worsening neurological symptoms, and my doctor thought it could be MS, Lyme, or a vitamin deficiency like B12 from my plant based diet.

 

I had been on 12mg Zoloft for about 2 years (with a few days of 25mg, 6mg, or skipped doses as a test thrown in there too). Before this happened, I tested myself on 6mg and 0 mg, thinking it was such a low dose, I'd be fine as the psychiatrists have told me that in the past. However, I experienced very bad muscle weakness and soreness in my legs and my arms, pins and needles in my feet and sometimes my hands, (interestingly enough I also had bad pins and needles in my right heel), balance issues when walking, inability to grasp small things like a pen--dropping things, inability to visually focus, inability to project my voice or put full articulate sentences together, one-sided migraine like headaches, with no medical history of neurological issues or migraines.

 

The worst occurred three weeks ago. I had crashing fatigue, my left arm went lead-like heavy and numb, left hand and fingers tingled, and my speaking was comprehensible but completely slurred. I thought I was having a stroke, but I have no risk factors.  I went to the hospital to be safe. Fortunately, all blood work, MRIs, neurological exams, and other tests have come back normal. I wish I didn't waste the medical professionals' time in the hospital for four days with this, but who knew it was related to SSRI withdrawal?

 

Within hours of going from 0mg Zoloft (they didn't give me any in the hospital because I told them I was "weaning off" the 12mg) to 25mg per my primary care physician, my speaking ability and voice improved 90%. The other symptoms took about a week to resolve but now all I have left is fatigue probably from whatever I went through neurologically.

 
 

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LexAnger   
LexAnger

Great post Serenity!

I have been trying years to find relation between dose and the needling, still confused as it seemed occure so randomly. This left me wondering every day weather I'm too low or too high at the dose while handling the severe pain and discomfort from the needling.

 

So it seems to your case, it is a WD symptoms.

 

Thanks for sharing

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Serenity23   
Serenity23

Great post Serenity!

I have been trying years to find relation between dose and the needling, still confused as it seemed occure so randomly. This left me wondering every day weather I'm too low or too high at the dose while handling the severe pain and discomfort from the needling.

 

So it seems to your case, it is a WD symptoms.

 

Thanks for sharing

LexAnger,

 

I am glad my post was helpful. :)  As you probably saw from my signature, I've been on meds on/off for 20 years and although I've had symptoms going off of them or switching, I never had anything like this happen. The closest I had to this was brain zaps when my psychiatrist weaned me off of Effexor about 6 or 7 years ago when I wasn't feeling depressed or anxious anymore.

 

I had been taking a Super B Complex the last 2 years, thinking it would help support my nervous system while weaning off of Zoloft. About six weeks ago, however, when I started to have the start of these neurological symptoms, I thought I was B12 deficient from my plant based diet, so I started taking quite a lot of sublingual B12. I also got a B12 shot because I truly thought I was deficient.

 

Perhaps the extra B12 just made things worse, and that's my fault. Perhaps those of us who have sensitive nervous systems from these SSRIs/SSNRIs could be sensitive to B vitamins supplements, too--just a thought. I have stopped taking both the super B complex and the sublingual B12, and have changed my diet.

 

It does still seem to be WD symptoms, perhaps made worse by overdoing the B12, as much as I tried to convince myself otherwise. Of all the symptoms people who have seen me are commenting on, it's my voice/speaking they've been commenting the most on. I could not believe how it came back after taking a Zoloft.

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LexAnger   
LexAnger

Thanks again for sharing further your experience/ thoughts! They are valuable.

 

I found from reading here that most complains about deedling are from lexapro users, another guess almost made me to switch. I'm on a micro taper now cutting 1% every 3-4 weeks and this takes care of most other symptoms but the pain related- needling, jaw, face, head pain etc. you mentioned Vb possibilities another great insight! I had my Vb12 And Vb6 tested early last year and they are way too beyond the normal range. Doctors have no explanation how it possibly happened as I have not been taking them and they are not provided by most of food we eat. This might give us a clue.

 

So you feel more needling after the b12 shot?

How are you doing otherwise?

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Petunia   
Petunia
 Perhaps those of us who have sensitive nervous systems from these SSRIs/SSNRIs could be sensitive to B vitamins supplements, too--just a thought.

 

 

This is true, many people find they can't tolerate B vitamins in withdrawal.

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Serenity23   
Serenity23

Thanks again for sharing further your experience/ thoughts! They are valuable.

 

I found from reading here that most complains about deedling are from lexapro users, another guess almost made me to switch. I'm on a micro taper now cutting 1% every 3-4 weeks and this takes care of most other symptoms but the pain related- needling, jaw, face, head pain etc. you mentioned Vb possibilities another great insight! I had my Vb12 And Vb6 tested early last year and they are way too beyond the normal range. Doctors have no explanation how it possibly happened as I have not been taking them and they are not provided by most of food we eat. This might give us a clue.

 

So you feel more needling after the b12 shot?

How are you doing otherwise?

That was so strange that your levels were so high! Do your doctors think the high levels are related to the needling? I honestly don't remember if I felt more needling after the B12 shot, but I think my symptoms may have gotten worse when I was over-supplementing the B vitamins and B12 myself as well as the shot. I should never have started to supplement without my labs being checked first. Otherwise I am doing 95% better. I did read online that although B vitamins are water soluble, some of them can actually cause neurological symptoms if taken at too high a dose.

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Serenity23   
Serenity23

 

 Perhaps those of us who have sensitive nervous systems from these SSRIs/SSNRIs could be sensitive to B vitamins supplements, too--just a thought.

 

 

This is true, many people find they can't tolerate B vitamins in withdrawal.

 

I had no idea. I was specifically taking them during withdrawal. I have since stopped.

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