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LexAnger   
LexAnger

I requested the test for Vb myself as I wanted t know before I should start taking the Vb supplement.

All my doctors have no clue (if they dont denyyou hard) about the entire WD and symptoms it can cause so I did not even try to get their buying. SO they are not part of my battle with the meds except for my family doc who gives me prescription whenever I ask. 

 

I did another text on B12 end of last year, it came down to normal.

 

I dont know if it has anything to do with my liver function or my body utilizing the Vb for especially nerve related finctions.

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Skyler   
Skyler

 

>except for my family doc who gives me prescription whenever I ask. 

 

No small plus..  My PC was dubious about all my requests, but figured there was no harm in fulfilling my requests, so he acquiesced.  When I finally got off the diazepam, he stood up, shook my hand, and said I was the only person in his practice who had gotten off.  Guess he did not want to tell me sooner for fear of derailing my effort.. so the doc does not need to believe, only support. 

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Marmite   
Marmite

Hi....interesting topic.

 

I too had my B12 levels checked....normal.

I had tingling and numbness during AD withdrawal, and continuing occasional numbness post withdrawal.

 

Professor David Healy is currently investigating a possible link between these "paraesthesia" and effects of escitalopram. If any of you would like to submit your symptoms to me relating to:

 

1) Paraesthesia - tingling / numbness anywhere in the body.

2) Difficult to explain cardiac problems - not connected to another diagnosis, but including problems with heart rhythm, heart rate, BP, dizziness/fainting, palpitations etc.

3) Sensory disturbances - to sense of sight, hearing, touch, taste, smell.

 

I will pass on to him....although please note I cannot guarantee any response as he is gathering data atm.

 

If you would prefer not to PM, would you please post your symptoms on his www.rxisk.org website. There is a section on it to report symptoms, and helpfully this goes to the FDA and also generates for you a personal Rxisk report which validates your symptoms in the light of other sufferers who have reported similar ones.

 

Quite useful to take to a disbelieving doctor!

 

Your input could help clarify what is happening when people take / withdraw from this drug.

 

Hope to hear from you.

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Serenity23   
Serenity23

I was tapering off zoloft, not escitalopram, but I will say I had major audible sensory issues while tapering. Suddenly I was extremely sensitive to the tv volume, or radio volume, it had to be just so. And the dog across the street that always barks--I became much more sensitive to his barking. It eventually went away, but it was very annoying. Plus I could tell it wasn't anxiety related; it caused anxiety, but it was not because of anxiety. I could tell it was neurological.

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ikam   
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I am beggining to accept that this is part of WD. The most difficult at present is that I cannot predict when I will be hit with paresthesia, or tinggling or pain...i have days without it, and suddenly I wake up with paresthesia in my hands, sometimes chest, back abd a bit on my face. Recently started to have some strange tinggling on my scalp...

Will it ever go away?

Last two days have been better...but I had these better days and was hit again with this sensation...

 

Vit B seems to make things worse. I tried B6 and multivitamin...

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JanCarol   
JanCarol

Skyler says:  

 

 

so the doc does not need to believe, only support. 

Amen to that!  My pdoc smiles wistfully, and sees that I am not worse, but she really believes in neuroleptic drugs, even if she is a "minimalist" prescriber.

 

Serenity:

 

 

I had major audible sensory issues while tapering. Suddenly I was extremely sensitive to the tv volume, or radio volume, it had to be just so. And the dog across the street that always barks--I became much more sensitive to his barking. 

 

While they are not parasthesia, my brain zaps are almost always preceded by external noise.  It's like the noise hits my brain and it explodes in light and electricity.  But it seems to be connected to noise, even if it is - just a dog barking.

 

My parasthesia started with the statin drugs.  Numbness down my left leg.  It would happen in karate class - so an active stance, not a lazy one!  I couldn't stand in queues or at concerts or anything, my leg would go numb.  Like it went to sleep - but without the pins and needles that some people here describe, or the pins and needles when a limb that is asleep "wakes up."  Instead I can pound my heel like a horse, or do squats, or run in place, do star jumps (jumping jacks) and the numbness is still there - sometimes for hours.

 

Since I got off the statins, this is much better, but it is still present.  I'm writing here because I believe it was a combination of the statins and the lithium which set this dysregulation off in me.  Again, it gets better all the time, but I can be getting a massage, and the same thing - down the outside of the left leg will go numb, and there is NOTHING I can do, other than wait, for it to get better.  On the statins and lithium, this was a constant, daily problem.  I could not be on my feet for more than 3 minutes without complete numbness down my left leg (especially on the outside).  Now, it happens less than once a month.

 

Recently I have a new sensation which is like my feet are in a cold running stream.  It is winter here, but that doesn't mean much.  It's not a circulatory feeling like neuropathy, it just feels like my feet are cold and wet, or damp like I've been playing in the snow for hours, and they still haven't "thawed out," even though they are warm and dry.

 

I'm over halfway off the lithium, doing a snail's pace taper, because I'm terrified of "mania," as well as soul killing depression, and of damaging the relationships I've worked so hard to build in a new country. 

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ikam   
ikam

hmmm...just read my post from april, I was wondering if it would ever go away...

 

today I have no paraesthesia, no numbness and other sensations...no headaches, no migraines either...

 

this is SO GOOD :)

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JanCarol   
JanCarol

That's awesome Ikam!  

 

I also wanted to add "dropping things" to my list, like my hands lose all strength and I drop tablets, pens, keys, silverware.  Fine motor coordination, as well as a numbness of ability / feeling.

 

Some of this is my hand injury, or from trying to carry things like I used to (with the hand injury) - but some of it I can see that one second I'm holding a thing, then I cannot feel, then drop the thing.  I hear it, rather than feel it drop.

 

Again, very minor, especially compared to what others have been through.  The dropping things, I do not see much improvement yet.  Maybe it's just aging (though I'm not arthritic, palsied, or psoriatic).

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Toulouse   
Toulouse

I've been feeling my hands fall alseep when I'm in bed. Depending on which side I am lying on.  I need to shake them to get them back to normal. Not sure if this is the same numbness people are talking about.

I've been weening off paxil and this started about 2 weeks ago - when I hit the 1mg mark.  I have been 0 mg for 10 days (Paxil free! And feeling OK except for my quick temper which I'm trying to stay ahead of).  

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Marmite   
Marmite

I've had the numb hands thing too Toulouse. Numb arms too and numb toes.

I can't work out if mine has to do with cardiac issues and circulation...mine isn't clear cut.

It has progressed to tingling and it gives the same feeling as chilblains in my toes....but without cold followed by heat as a cause!

 

I'm glad I don't get the pain reported by many.

x

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Toulouse   
Toulouse

I get this usually in bed, feeling like I'm lying on one or both of my hands the wrong way and putting them to sleep. They go back to normal upon rising. Also one of my toes does this too but not as frequently. This started in the final week or two of my taper. I'm now 3 weeks off Paxil.

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DLB   
DLB

Yes, if my arm is bent my pinkey and ring finger go completely numb. I never had this prior to wd. Happens to both hands.

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Toulouse   
Toulouse

Yes, if my arm is bent my pinkey and ring finger go completely numb. I never had this prior to wd. Happens to both hands.

strangely, its also largely my pinky and ring fingers too (on either hand).

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Cressida   
Cressida

The radial and median nerves supply your hand . If its the little and ring finger that are affected in both hands the likeliest explanation is muscle tension is pinching the nerves in your neck . Could happen where no drugs involved but muscle tension is a problem for many in withdrawal.

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Nomoreheadmeds   
Nomoreheadmeds

Same for me ring and pinky both hands upon waking which isnt very often these days

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JSC7   
JSC7

I'm currently 3 1/2 months off Paxil, and experienced tingling sensations in both hands and forearms. I'd say it happened within the first 1-3 weeks of stopping. It didn't happen all day but it was at random times. That went away completely for me as well. I think it lasted for 1-2 weeks off and on. Good luck, I hope it goes away soon for you.

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Toulouse   
Toulouse

Thanks, I have noticed it's not as bad as a couple weeks ago. Maybe a separate topic, but the heels of my feet are sore too, like I've been standing all day. Have no idea what this is, but I'm blaming on WD as its my default suspect :/

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JSC7   
JSC7

 

I'm currently 3 1/2 months off Paxil, and experienced tingling sensations in both hands and forearms. I'd say it happened within the first 1-3 weeks of stopping. It didn't happen all day but it was at random times. That went away completely for me as well. I think it lasted for 1-2 weeks off and on. Good luck, I hope it goes away soon for you.

Can I ask, how are you feeling being off Paxil so far?

 

 

Well, I've been up and down. To be quite honest, the first month after stopping was probably the best part. I dealt with dizziness, brain zaps and tingling sensations in my arms but mentally I was pretty stable and was feeling like my thoughts and mind were more clear within 5-10 days of stopping Paxil.

 

However, after the first month or so that's when more annoying symptoms started. I was getting random bouts of nausea, and I realized that my colon was a lot more active than previously and I was going to the bathroom sometimes 2-3 times a day. It wasn't painful or anything like that but I just noticed the increased frequency in which it was happening. That calmed down, and then I dealt with really bad headaches for about 2-3 weeks straight on almost a daily basis but sometimes it would be every 2 days or so. It would just throb really badly in random spots on my head and sometimes even my neck. Then out of nowhere, that disappeared completely. I still get headaches but they're a lot more spread out than they were before.

 

Then starting about 2-3 weeks into August, I got probably the most annoying and hard to deal with symptom yet and that's my appetite. Out of nowhere, my appetite just tanked. My hunger was still there 100%, but when I went to eat I had no desire for it, and didn't even enjoy it but my stomach was growling and everything. I was getting a weird sensation in my throat where I couldn't swallow. This was 100% mental by the way cause I have no throat/stomach problems. A few of the times I tried to power through and swallow food I actually gagged extremely easy and it led to multiple times throwing up. The peak of that was 2 weeks. As of today, I'd say it's about 75-80% better than it was. As of the day I stopped Paxil, I can no longer stomach as much food and eat a lot less. Drinking Ensure shakes saved me nutrionally all those days though lol.

 

The latest with my symptoms is dealing with minor headaches, nausea and weakness after eating meals. Almost never happens after breakfast or lunch, but usually dinner. Doesn't happen every night but it's really annoying. I'm definitely not saying you'll get any of these and I hope you don't, but from what I've read these are all tied to withdrawal. The best thing I've experienced is my mental state. Depression (which I've suffered from for many years), is still there but is a lot less prevalent than it was while on Paxil. I've noticed a little more anxiety than before, maybe tied to experiencing all these withdrawal symptoms but it's not severe. When I feel no withdrawals though, I have a better mood and better outlook on life which I'm happy for.

 

Good luck and hope your withdrawals are easy to manage.

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Toulouse   
Toulouse

Just an update. My hands still are numb when I wake up. Both feet have tingling or burning in the heel area. I'm six weeks off Paxil. going to see a Rheumatologist because I'm still getting flushing or hives still ( I think it's from anew food sensitivities). Maybe this is all WD but I'm just wanting answers I guess.

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freespirit   
freespirit

We all do what feels right in terms of investigation or following up on symptoms. Sometimes it helps, even in just ruling things out. However, I'd encourage you not to invest too much in what a doctor, even a specialist, might say. Doctors know little to nothing about withdrawal and even mast cell or histamine intolerance is almost unknown. And for the most part, the main tool they have to offer is more drugs...which is very often, not helpful for someone in WD.

 

I've had periodic numbness/tingling/burning in my hands especially since a car accident and brain injury in 08. It got much better for awhile, then worse again at times through WD. I went back to the things that helped then, which was wearing wrist braces at night and sometimes using ice. I've had more severe pain in my back, which has been helped by diet, stretching, chiropractor, meditation, and a couple of supplements. Most of us find we are our own best physicians seeking outside help at times...but really, the expertise in my opinion, is primarily on this board.

 

I hope there's something that proves useful in your following through on your concerns.

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Toulouse   
Toulouse

We all do what feels right in terms of investigation or following up on symptoms. Sometimes it helps, even in just ruling things out. However, I'd encourage you not to invest too much in what a doctor, even a specialist, might say. Doctors know little to nothing about withdrawal and even mast cell or histamine intolerance is almost unknown. And for the most part, the main tool they have to offer is more drugs...which is very often, not helpful for someone in WD.

 

I've had periodic numbness/tingling/burning in my hands especially since a car accident and brain injury in 08. It got much better for awhile, then worse again at times through WD. I went back to the things that helped then, which was wearing wrist braces at night and sometimes using ice. I've had more severe pain in my back, which has been helped by diet, stretching, chiropractor, meditation, and a couple of supplements. Most of us find we are our own best physicians seeking outside help at times...but really, the expertise in my opinion, is primarily on this board.

 

I hope there's something that proves useful in your following through on your concerns.

Thank you Freespirit.  My appt is two weeks away. If I start to improve by diet and stretching, I will likely cancel.  Even if its a small improvement. If my symptoms grow worse, then I have that appt.  I know this has to be WD related, and I know they don't really have any knowledge regarding it.  I definitely don't want to get on any other pill.  I think I've just gotten frustrated with these strange health issues which began during my taper.  My symptoms collectively sound like histimine intolerance or gluten intolerance. (which I now understand people going through WD can become sensitive to foods or allergies they were fine with before).

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clearday   
clearday

I got hit with my worst withdrawal symptoms beginning at seven months after stopping Lexapro.

 

From ten months off to thirteen months off, I would wake up with the left side of my body slightly numb, and my scalp numb.

 

It was not bad at all. It would go away once I got out of bed.

 

The numbness went away seven months ago and has never returned.

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LexAnger   
LexAnger

Anyone got the sever needling pain on head? My worst and most intolerable needling is always on head, face, neck and upper body. Often times it makes my heart shaking. The most recent needling took a new form even, like constant fireworks inside my head with painful and burning sparks.

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RosePrincess   
RosePrincess

Tapered off Zoloft in August. All symptoms went away. Problems started in November again...

 

Current symptoms: Sharp pin prick pain in neck (right side) along with burning, tingling, and tightness. It's like someone lit a fuse in my neck and it keeps going up and down. Feeling has started to spread down my right arm and to my hand. Popping sensation sometimes also. Haven't been able to get to sleep. A lot of restlessness (I have to get up and walk around instead of lying down).

 

MRI and Xray at doctor turned up negative. Trying to get into a specialist for nerve pain soon. 

After doing research it seems like it could possibly be Paresthesia. However, the only thing that makes me second guess this is that I remember hurting my neck while turning it and holding a heavy object. I felt a pop and a huge burning sensation. It went away but now has gotten progressively worse. This sensation happened 2 months ago. 

 

Again, doctors are currently perplexed. Can't work because of it. Hoping to see if anybody has recommendations for dealing with Paresthesia that worked for them to see if it makes a difference or to see if anybody else has similar symptoms or possible solutions. 

 

Saw some stuff about magnesium and Omega 3s. Just started today with them. Does that work for anyone? Is this permanent? 

 

 

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RosePrincess   
RosePrincess

Anyone got the sever needling pain on head? My worst and most intolerable needling is always on head, face, neck and upper body. Often times it makes my heart shaking. The most recent needling took a new form even, like constant fireworks inside my head with painful and burning sparks.

I get needling in my neck. Goes all the way down to my arm. I think it's paresthesia or some kind of nerve thing. A bit worried about it. Can't work currently and can barely sleep. 

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LexAnger   
LexAnger

 

Anyone got the sever needling pain on head? My worst and most intolerable needling is always on head, face, neck and upper body. Often times it makes my heart shaking. The most recent needling took a new form even, like constant fireworks inside my head with painful and burning sparks.

 

I get needling in my neck. Goes all the way down to my arm. I think it's paresthesia or some kind of nerve thing. A bit worried about it. Can't work currently and can barely sleep.

Hi roseprince, so sorry you got this horrible symptom! Did it start after you completely stopped or before that? did it have a daily pattern?

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Altostrata   
Altostrata

RosePrincess, please see the discussion above in this topic.

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NJJ   
NJJ

Hi,

 

The last week I've been having really strange sensory disturbances. My face and scalp is numb, as if a dentist has given me an anesthetic. Also when I eat it's like I can't feel my mouth. I also have that feeling like I'm falling, even while lying down. When I'm sitting it's like an invisible hand is pushing me down. Even though my symptoms are a result of a severe interaction with zoloft/bactrium/Zofran (anti nausea drug) not withdrawal related (although I've been thru a unsuccessful withdrawal ten years ago) it's hard to believe even after a year I'm still getting bizarre symptoms.

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Cressida   
Cressida

Yes I feel the same way after 3 years 8 months. As in incredulous that I am still symptomatic

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grandmaD   
grandmaD

I am not sure if mine is w/d.  I always put the tingling in legs/ankles/feet to sciatica as I did have 4 slipped/ruptured discs.  They have since healed and my back is a lot better except for backaches each taper that are improving as time goes by.

 

Is it painful for others also?  My legs/ankles/feet are also extremely painful at times and mostly ache and a burning sensation.  I read something yesterday that said to use heat and/or cold so i put a muscle cream with menthol on and it did give some relief for a short time.  Just enough to be able to get so sleep would be helpful.  Hubby is getting the cold gel you use for sunburn to try tonight.

 

I had forgotten, but remembered that last year I used wet socks at night - especially in the summer.

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Xavier   
Xavier

I am free for 3 months now and a new symptom is occuring when i start falling to sleep (with difficulty), feeling like tingling in nose and cheeks. Note : it is a zone from my face which has horribly transformed overnight when I was polydrugged (swelling and sagging cheeks, nose enlargement with skin texture change , it is not imaginary, a few friends and honest physician told me it's not wrong seeing pictures before after).

Might I hope that reversing could occur to get back my juvenile and healthy face ? Any members experienced same kind of symptoms ?

Sorry if this thread could have been posted elsewhere but I didn't found any that was about both neurological and morphological symptoms.

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reachingforthestars   
reachingforthestars

I have numbness on my both ring fingers tips and on the right side of my lips and nose. I have tingling in one of my toe. The numbness on my finger tips has lasted now for six months. 

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Africa   
Africa

It's been nearly 6 months since I started getting all the sensory symptoms. I am still on 7.1mg of Paroxetine and doing a slow taper. I still have a pressure/numbness on my forehead that comes and goes during the day as well as tingly feet. This is still an improvement from the symptoms which occurred in the beginning.

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marie123   
marie123

I have having itching and some tingling on my arms, legs, feet and hands. I guess it could be spring allergies that could make my skin hypersensitive. It also could be fluctuating hormones as I am close to menopause and my cycles lately have been extremely out of wack.

 

I believe though it is AD withdrawal as I just reinstated a small dose of Trazodone. Maybe it's my body's way of telling me no more Trazodone?  Any suggestions/remedies for the itching?

 

Marie

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grandmaD   
grandmaD

HI Marie,

I have had itching that comes and goes with each taper.  I have tingling in my legs and at its worst is a burning sensation.  The last few days have seen a prickling sensation with each drop that was at its worst this taper in weeks 3 and 4 and was torturous.  It woke me in the middle of the night and I had to get up.  I tried using a hot water pack, I tried wearing cold wet socks and I tried using dencorub to alleviate the pain aspect but nothing really helped, sorry!  Just try what you can.

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marie123   
marie123

Thanks for your advice grandmaD. I'm going to order some Neem online as I read it's great for itchiness. I took an epsom salt and baking soda bath and that seemed to help. I also used warm water instead of hot. I'm not as itchy today. This is a long strange trip but we'll get there.

 

Marie

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