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Derok: Dealing with Pain


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i have been reading this forum a lot lastly. im not english native but i can read pretty well :)

i can find like 80% of my symptoms in common with the people coming from an AD w/d

Actually im having nervousness and low days following the window and wave evolution (but i should add that this thing have been improving).

My problems i believe come from (i dont feel any proud of...) one intake of  illegal substance (mdma) than from the ADs that i had to take after the anxiety that mdma induced (lexapro and paroxetine)

i have brain zaps too...the same pattern as ADs! 

i have food sensitivities and medicantion too, induced for this state.

Cause the symptoms are the same...i truly thing that whatever happened in my brain, is close to what happened in a person with ad withdrawal .

i stopped all medication. sometimes docs give me relaxants (but i had anxiety coming off them so i guess now im very sensitive)


Now my mood is doing weekly waves but this improved.

im fighting mainly limbs ache , neck ache, and jaw pain , and its because i have bruxism when i sleep  and maybe RLS, severe one. i think that it improved from the last 2 years but i the pain today is not easy to deal with. i have a mouth guard that help a little


i wanted to ask your knowledge and research about some help (supplements, medication..) that could help me with the pain. also if would be nice if you could help me with your way to deal with the pain daily.


thanks a lot a sorry for the possible mistakes i did in the post.

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Please note that the post above was moved from 'Symptoms and self-care'. It is Derok's first post.

Psychotropic drug history: Pristiq 50 mg. (mid-September 2010 through February 2011), Remeron (mid-September 2010 through January 2011), Lexapro 10 mg. (mid-February 2011 through mid-December 2011), Lorazepam (Ativan) 1 mg. as needed mid-September 2010 through early March 2012

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Introduction: http://survivingantidepressants.org/index.php?/topic/1588-introducing-jemima/


Success Story: http://survivingantidepressants.org/index.php?/topic/6263-success-jemima-survives-lexapro-and-dr-dickhead-too/

Please note that I am not a medical professional and my advice is based on personal experience, reading, and anecdotal information posted by other sufferers.


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Hello Derok, welcome to the forum.


It is not clear to me what medications you have taken, when you took them and for what length of time you took them, and when you stopped them.  From your post, it sounds like you took lexapro and paroxetine for some period of time and then stopped them both without tapering. Is that correct? You refer to also taking relaxants, what were those?


I suspect that much of what you are experiencing now actually is withdrawal, but I don't know enough about your medication history to be able to say for sure. Maybe you could give us a more clear history. It would be helpful if you could put your history into your signature line, like this: http://survivingantidepressants.org/index.php?/topic/893-please-put-your-withdrawal-history-in-your-signature/


As far as how to deal with the pain, I would recommend reading through threads in the Symptoms and Self Care section. You can go back to older pages and see if anyone has posted anything on that topic. Pain is very common in psych med withdrawal.


Welcome to the forum. I hope you will find support and useful information here.

Started on Prozac and Xanax in 1992 for PTSD after an assault. One drug led to more, the usual story. Got sicker and sicker, but believed I needed the drugs for my "underlying disease". Long story...lost everything. Life savings, home, physical and mental health, relationships, friendships, ability to work, everything. Amitryptiline, Prozac, bupropion, buspirone, flurazepam, diazepam, alprazolam, Paxil, citalopram, lamotrigine, gabapentin...probably more I've forgotten. 

Started multidrug taper in Feb 2010.  Doing a very slow microtaper, down to low doses now and feeling SO much better, getting my old personality and my brain back! Able to work full time, have a full social life, and cope with stress better than ever. Not perfect, but much better. After 23 lost years. Big Pharma has a lot to answer for. And "medicine for profit" is just not a great idea.


Feb 15 2010:  300 mg Neurontin  200 Lamictal   10 Celexa      0.65 Xanax   and 5 mg Ambien 

Feb 10 2014:   62 Lamictal    1.1 Celexa         0.135 Xanax    1.8 Valium

Feb 10 2015:   50 Lamictal      0.875 Celexa    0.11 Xanax      1.5 Valium

Feb 15 2016:   47.5 Lamictal   0.75 Celexa      0.0875 Xanax    1.42 Valium    

2/12/20             12                       0.045               0.007                   1 

May 2021            7                       0.01                  0.0037                1

Feb 2022            6                      0!!!                     0.00167               0.98                2.5 mg Ambien

Oct 2022       4.5 mg Lamictal    (off Celexa, off Xanax)   0.95 Valium    Ambien, 1/4 to 1/2 of a 5 mg tablet 


I'm not a doctor. Any advice I give is just my civilian opinion.

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