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  1. Hi ! I am now two years off klonopin. I used it for 13 years. I still now suffer from nerve pain : numbness, buzzing, tingling, burning, pins and needles burning sensation in limbs. But this condition worsens as I started Tapering Luvox last spring. The condition is now so bad that I can't sleep. I also have to deal with muscle pain all over. I really think tapering the SSRI increased that benzo protracted withdrawal related nerve pain symptoms. I had an MRi which is normal. Not sure if I should continue to taper the SSRI or take a break. I am currently half way through...Outside the nerve pain, I haven't noticed other symptoms ! So taking a break ? But if it takes years anyway before nerve pain goes away, this might just be a waste of time stopping to taper Luvox.
  2. I recently have been working on cleansing my system. i was on several pscyh drugs over the years but olanzapine was hell on steroids. i am on my third year of symptoms. the term 'mad as a hatter' comes from chronic mercury exposure while making hats. looking back on my insanity during withdrawal i have to consider my own mercury exposure and its role in my withdrawal symptoms. while discontinuing olanzapine, i developed verbal tics and jerking movements, similar to tourettes syndrome. there is an article on pubmed of a case from olanzapine withdrawal causing tics. ironically, olanzapine is used to treat tics. but eli lily pushes zyprexa on everyone including the elderly and children so thats no surprise. there also seems to be a link between mercury and tourettes and i have five 'silver fillings' in my mouth' and looking back i think my mental health problems began shortly after putting them in. some have been in for almost 20 years now. i don't do sugar or soft drinks anymore but a coke used to make me sick when i was peaking during withdrawal. i would imagine that the hfcs, carbonation, and aluminum from the can combined with acid hitting a mouth full of mercury sounds like a recipe for disaster. so no wonder it made me sick. i have been doing a cleanse and was getting good results for the most part. mostly was trying to deal with parasites and put some the EBV/CFS in its place that i got last summer. i realized too late that i was also mobilizing mercury without a binder in my gut. i was using acetyl cytseine (NAC) and MSM both sulfur based supplements. also organic vitamin c powder, b12 and glutathione. i was planning on removing metals at some point but havent done so. most of the supplements i take can mobilize mercury i realized as they are for detoxing. if you mobilize mercury without a binder you can redistribute it around tissues, organs and brain. so no good. you can get it out but sometimes organ damage can be very long lasting and even permanent. i kind of wish i wouldn't have flushed all that candida down the toilet now bc it was probably at least feeding on my mercury. itll grow back im sure lol. oh boy love how us amateurs have to figure this stuff out on our own. but i seem to have myriad problems happening that are uncharted territory for most steroid and antibiotic GPs. my point of all this is i think there might be a link between mercury exposure and severity of withdrawal. olanzapine isn't easy for anyone and any of them can be hard but withdrawal symptoms and mercury toxicity are almost exactly the same. together i would imagine to be quite synergistic. i have also noticed that my nerve pain has gotten more severe and my kidneys are a little tender in addition to my tics getting worse. but its only been a short time and my symptoms arent that much more severe. so i wonder how much my mercury exposure is preventing me from becoming fully well and exacerbating my withdrawal symptoms or visa versa. i am making plans to get them removed from a biological dentist because you don't want to use a regular dentist. so if you haven't started tapering or are stable and have fillings in you might want to get those out and do a several months long mercury cleanup. it may make your life a lot easier and prevent brain damage. i really have felt brain damaged but i continue to improve but i still have plenty of symptoms. i know im ready for the burning hot nerve pain to be over though and the tics and pretty much all of it to be over. still one more drug to quit to boot. Lord give me strength. anyhow i thought it might be an interesting link to consider in all of this withdrawal business. i would be pretty apprehensive about fish oil myself and never felt super great about taking it but thats just me personally. cheers and God bless.
  3. MY GP wants me to go see a rheumatologist because my basic RA factors are high. Has anybody had any success going to a rheumatologist? I don't have joint pain. I do have neuropathic pain thanks to the darn withdrawal syndrome. Are there auto-immune solutions that can help with withdrawal? Or do they just give more drugs. I'm trying to avoid anything like medications that will make my withdrawal symptoms worse. SJ
  4. Currently taking 40 mg Prozac (fluoxetine), approx 1.5 mg Ativan, and 600 mg Gabapentin for nerve pain. The gabapentin is new (2-3 mos) after a year of awful nerve pain in feet. I am convinced it is related to 12+ years of Klonopin/Ativan (either intra-dose withdrawal or just exhausted receptors, because it would subside with extra Ativan). Basically always low and tired, with intermittent awful anxiety and despair. Can will myself to do things but get exhausted. Foot pain flares up occasionally. Need Ativan to sleep and have weird spacey dreamy sleep. Also being treated for adrenal exhaustion: basically, no cortisol at all. Low serotonin, GABA, dopamine, very high epinephrine. ---------------------------------------------------------------------------- I was first prescribed Klonopin in 2001 for anxiety and IBS symptoms, which were causing me to lose weight. I also needed it for sleep in unfamiliar or stressful situations. I didn't take it regularly until around 2004 (0.5 mg and never increased), and twice switched to Ativan, back and forth. I disliked the nightmares I often got from Klonopin, but found the same issue with Ativan. I was diagnosed with major depression in 2011, and given different AD's like Pristiq, Abilify, Wellbutrin, and Prozac. The Prozac is the one I tolerated best so I have stayed on it except for about a year in 2015 when I tapered off it because I didn't feel any better. Wanted to use acupuncture and diet for mood swings. But I felt worse without it and was weepy and overwhelmed. Back on Prozac in 2016, doc went straight to 40 mg. She wanted to try other things for sleep but I didn't want to add something new when I knew I couldn't stop Ativan. Foot nerve pain finally diagnosed and treated with gabapentin, no one mentioned that this is even more GABA receptor confusion. I'm exhausted and don't know how to make changes without major symptoms and crises.
  5. AR2003

    AR2003 Struggling

    Hi everyone. Some of my past history : I was first prescribed Antidepressants in 1990. I remember it was called Prothiaden. From then up unti 2013 I was prescribed different ones from Cipramil , Prozac , Seroxat ( twice), Anafranil , Lexapro , Effexor. I was diagnosed with clinical depression. I had intermittent usage and there was long periods of time that I was not on any meds. In 2013 after bereavement and trauma , I found myself to be very anxious and I could not sleep. I was prescribed Lexapro and from there , this horror story unfolds. The Lexapro seemed to make matters worse. I felt so much worse when it was increased. Then they added in Cymbalta . I was quickly tapered off Lexapro. The Cymbalta also made me feel even worse. I couldn't sleep , eat , I honestly couldn't function properly. My mind was in a mess. I tried counselling. I exercised. Nothing helped. A doctor then abruptly requested me to stop Cymbalta at this point. I was given Xanax for a week. Then It was discontinued and I was given Valium for a week. I became really ill at this point. I was then prescribed Lithium Abilify Seroquel and placed back on Cymbalta. ( in hospital ) I developed Akathisia from Abilify. It was discontinued. At this point , doctors were becoming more aware that these meds were making me so ill. They began to say I was ' super sensitive to meds' . I was now under the care of my previous doctor who tried to help me get off these meds. Since November 2013 , I bave come off Lithium ( 5 months use ) Abilify ( 3 weeks use ) Cymbalta ( in total 8 months use ) Lamictal ( 8 months use ) Ambien (1 year use ). To get off the Xanax , I was cross tapered to Valium. I was unable to get off any of these medications easily. I may seem very matter of fact in this post but honestly I am not. It's been sheer hell. The physical pain started in January 2014 . Nerve and muscle pain. Paresthesia . Crawling burning searing pain. Muscle twitching. ( I used to get ready bad electric type shocks in my spine and really bad muscle spasms. This has lessened ) My mental symptoms of anxiety , deep sadness , dp , irritation , anger and agitation have all decreased. My sleeping is better. Oh for this I am so very thankful. It's this physical pain. It never lets up. This is the scary part. Will it ever let up ? ..... I would really really appreciate your help and advice in this forum . It has taken me a long while to get as far as here. I am currently tapering off Seroquel. From 25mgs. I am holding at 6.25 mgs. This is another awful painful withdrawal. Can anyone help me with it ? Any other suggestions or thoughts about the pain I am in ? I have had countless blood tests and Mri Ultrasound and Xrays. All came back fine. I have some degenerative changes in lumbar spine but nothing to warrant this degree of pain. Many thanks for taking the time to read this.
  6. Hi all! I have OCD and panic attacks and have been on Zoloft for 7 years. Description of dosage in signature. Tapered off of Zoloft with doctor over a month. One week 50, 25, 50, 25. One week, all 25s. One week 25, 0, 25, 0. Then 0. Withdrawal symptoms while tapering: Brain zaps that lasted a few weeks, vertigo, fits of anger, shakes. All these went away relatively quickly with the zaps being the most annoying. Panic is manageable and therapy has made OCD manageable also (yay!) 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.
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