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RachelSusan: Zoloft - on, off & reinstated

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Rosetta

Fabulous update!  So very happy you are recovering so well.  Slow and steady is the key.  (When will the medical professionals get that?). 

 

Peace, Rosetta

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FarmGirlWorks

I often think of you, RachelSusan, and glad I stopped by too. Zoloft is a bat and we all need to stick together. It helps to see the similarities in the process.

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@Rosetta

Hi Rosetta,

Thank you for stopping by, I appreciate it.  I follow you and gain a lot of insight from you, both on your thread and what you write for others. It looks like you've had a few days with the small improvements. I hope things continue to get better for you.

RS

 

@FarmGirlWorks

Hi FarmGirlWorks,

You are right, it does help to see similarities in the process.  At the beginning that is what helped keep me going. I could say to myself, "OK what I am experiencing is normal in this abnormal process." I really hate what these drugs have to done to us.

 

By the way, I like your art piece of the stitched brain. It is glorious.

RS

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FarmGirlWorks

Yes, this is abnormal and I'm with you on hating what the drugs have done. Thanks for the kind words on the felt brain.

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Frogie

RS:

 

I hope the burning sensation goes away for you soon.

 

Take care,

Frogie xx

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RachelSusan

@Frogie

Hi Frogie,

Thank you for stopping by, I appreciate it. I too hope the burning skin goes away, however in the scheme of symptoms it is very acceptable. I think both you and I have experienced much worse. I hope you have a good day.

xo

RS

 

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Frogie
27 minutes ago, RachelSusan said:

@Frogie

Hi Frogie,

Thank you for stopping by, I appreciate it. I too hope the burning skin goes away, however in the scheme of symptoms it is very acceptable. I think both you and I have experienced much worse. I hope you have a good day.

xo

RS

 

Yes we have.

 

You have a good day also.

 

Take care,

Frogie xx

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Survivor1

Hi RachelSusan,

 

I wanted to stop by with some words of support.  I see you are doing reasonably well with your taper; that is great. I will take some tips from you when I decide to proceed with my next!

 

All the best

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RachelSusan

@Survivor1

 

Hi Survivor1,

 

Thank you for stopping by, I appreciate it.

 

It sounds like you are having a little improvement, at least with your sleep. I'm sorry though to read about the stomach cramps from the  Lamictal. I hope with time the cramping goes away.

 

Yes I am doing reasonably well and grateful for every single day without suffering.

 

Hang in there my friend.  Better days will come your way.

 

RS

 

 

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Survivor1

Thanks RS.  Fortunately the cramps are gone. Just hanging in there now.

 

take care.

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Miracle123

Hi RS, i so happy and feel good hearing your new. Awesome and so encouraged updated. I hope you will getting milder and better in your next taper. Time and patient is a key of freedom and recovery. Hang in and take good care...:)

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@Miracle123

Hi Miracle123,

 

Thank you for stopping by and giving me encouragement. I really appreciate it. You are so right, time and patience is the key to getting off the antidepressants.

 

I'm glad you are sleeping better, however I am sorry to read that you have other symptoms.  I hope you feel better soon.

 

RS

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Miracle123
15 hours ago, RachelSusan said:

@Miracle123

Hi Miracle123,

 

Thank you for stopping by and giving me encouragement. I really appreciate it. You are so right, time and patience is the key to getting off the antidepressants.

 

I'm glad you are sleeping better, however I am sorry to read that you have other symptoms.  I hope you feel better soon.

 

RS

Thanks RS, i also hope and waiting for getting better and healing too. Take care.

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Frogie

Hi RS:

 

Just wanted to drop by and see if you had a good weekend.

 

I hope you did and had little symptoms.

 

Take care,

Frogie xx

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RachelSusan

Hi,

It’s time to check in again.  I’ve been doing OK.  The tapers have been going smoothly however I made a minor change to my prednisone intake and for a few days some of the withdrawal symptoms came back. What I have learned, at least for me, is that after my body went through a cold turkey withdrawal and then a reinstatement it became very sensitive to any change in medication, stress, or exercise.  I do everything with caution and my tapers are tiny.  Over all things are good. 

 

I follow some of you and I know that you’ve had some life stressors, other health issues, and losses.  I hope everybody is hanging in there and that you are able to stabilize soon.

RS

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Rosetta

Glad to hear it -R

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RachelSusan

@Rosetta

Hi Rosetta,

Thanks for the message.  I'm also thrilled to read that you are more functional now than you were last year.  I do relate to the isolation issue.  I hope you manage to find some way to resolve that.

xo

RS

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SkyBlue
On 6/5/2018 at 11:26 AM, RachelSusan said:

Hi,

It’s time to check in again.  I’ve been doing OK.  The tapers have been going smoothly however I made a minor change to my prednisone intake and for a few days some of the withdrawal symptoms came back. What I have learned, at least for me, is that after my body went through a cold turkey withdrawal and then a reinstatement it became very sensitive to any change in medication, stress, or exercise.  I do everything with caution and my tapers are tiny.  Over all things are good. 

 

I follow some of you and I know that you’ve had some life stressors, other health issues, and losses.  I hope everybody is hanging in there and that you are able to stabilize soon.

RS

 

Hi RS, 

Thanks for checking in. 

I'm glad your taper is continuing to go smoothly. 

Yes, as you know, many people have found that CT/withdrawal definitely sensitizes our bodies to change in medication, stress, etc. Shows how powerful these drugs are.

I'm really glad to see that you're tapering at a very cautious rate. 

Take care. : )

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RachelSusan

@SkyBlue

Thanks for stopping by.  I really appreciate it.

 

Oh my goodness have you got that right about our bodies becoming sensitized.  Prior to this very little upset my system, now a simple tea with caffeine can have an effect me.

 

Warm wishes,

RS

 

 

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Miracle123

Hi RS, Thanks for your latest updated. Im happy you are able to managed your mild withdrawals so well. At least not like me, my withdrawals is more fluctuated now . ( i think im fast taper or considered cold turkey) i still hang in there and waiting inside dark tunnel😂.Hope you will be more improvement better in your next taper. Take care😁

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RachelSusan

@Miracle123

Hi Miracle,

Thank you for your post. I'm sorry to hear you are still suffering. It does appear that you tapered much more quickly than I am currently tapering. I hope you come out of the dark tunnel very soon.

Rachel

 

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Miracle123
11 hours ago, RachelSusan said:

@Miracle123

Hi Miracle,

Thank you for your post. I'm sorry to hear you are still suffering. It does appear that you tapered much more quickly than I am currently tapering. I hope you come out of the dark tunnel very soon.

Rachel

 

Hi RS, Thanks for drop by my thread. You are really so kind and i hope for recovery too. Reading your updated give me alots of comfort. 😍

 

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RachelSusan

I'm coming up on my two year anniversary of cold turkey and subsequent reinstatement. First off I hate to use the word anniversary because I think of an anniversary as being something festive, which this is not.  For want of a better word I guess I will stick with it.

 

On my two year anniversary I wanted to say something deep and profound but alas I just don't have it in me.  I am exhausted from this journey. It was h*ll and it is h*ll. It is however far better than it was and there is recovery. I have made a lot of recovery. Currently I am down to 4.0mg of Zoloft with an occasional symptom and a slight temporary bump up of additional symptoms shortly after a taper.

 

Thank you Altostrata for creating this website.  Thank you for the time and energy you continue to give to us. Thank you to all moderators, both present and past who do the same with their time in-spite of their own health issues. Thank you for helping me, guiding me, and getting me this far.

 

 

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wantrelief
3 minutes ago, RachelSusan said:

On my two year anniversary I wanted to say something deep and profound but alas I just don't have it in me.  I am exhausted from this journey. It was h*ll and it is h*ll. It is however far better than it was and there is recovery. I have made a lot of recovery. Currently I am down to 4.0mg of Zoloft with an occasional symptom and a slight temporary bump up shortly after a taper.

Your post is so hopeful and, therefore, profound in itself, RS.  Despite being exhausted (I understand exactly how you feel), you are doing such an amazing job with your taper!  Congratulations on all you have and will achieve.  

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RachelSusan

@wantrelief

Thank you Wantrelief.  You too have been part of my recovery. Your thread and your posts on my thread have helped me along.

xo

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Rosetta

I am so glad you are feeling better!  I'm sure you are exhausted, but thanks for your post.  People need hope more than anything.  I'm glad you can be an example of reinstatement working. 

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@Rosetta

Hi Rosetta,

I follow you and your posts have been very inspirational. Thank you for being part of my healing process and thank you for stopping by now. I really appreciate it.

RS

 

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Madeleine

Glad you are feeling better!   🙂 

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RachelSusan

Hi Madeline,

Thank you for stopping by, it means a lot to me.  You too recently had a good post, I think you said you have been doing 10% cuts for a year.  I'm going a lot slower than you but I am getting there.  I  hope we both continue to improve.

RS

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Madeleine

Hi Rachel:
How are you doing? I see you are continuing your taper and down to 3.75 mg. That's great!  How are you feeling in general?

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RachelSusan

@Madeleine

 

Hi Madeline,

 

What a pleasant surprise to wake up this morning and see a message from you.  First off, that you for stopping by.

 

In answer to how I am doing, over all pretty good.  I am still struggling with the tapering however it is a lot better than it used to be.  I found a safe percentage for me to taper is about 3 to 4 percent which is working out to be about 1/8 of a mg at a time.  Even then I get a slight recurrence of symptoms. But I guess the good word I used in the last sentence is "slight." I love the word slight in the context of symptoms. So much better than heavy or even moderate.

 

How are you doing Madeline?  I know you have been struggling with the Zoloft as well.  Have you decided to hold at 50% for while?  It's hard to believe that this stuff is so powerful that the slight drops we all do can cause us so many problems. 

 

I think you took a vacation last spring, didn't you. I know you took one but I can't exactly place the date.  The reason I mention it is because I took a vacation last month.  The first I have taken since this all began.  I believe you said yours was good.  So was mine. A year ago I wouldn't have attempted to go anywhere or do anything.  Good for both of us.

 

Warm wishes,

Rachel

 

 

 

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FarmGirlWorks
On 6/28/2018 at 11:31 AM, RachelSusan said:

On my two year anniversary I wanted to say something deep and profound but alas I just don't have it in me.  I am exhausted from this journey. It was h*ll and it is h*ll. It is however far better than it was and there is recovery. I have made a lot of recovery.

Congratulations! This may be a wee bit late but so glad --relieved -- to see that you've made some recovery. Good to hear!

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@FarmGirlWorks

 

Hi FarmGirlWorks,

 

It's never too late for kind thoughts, so thank you very much. I have managed to make something of a recovery.  It's not perfect but I'm grateful for the improvement.

 

You mentioned in one of your recent posts that you only have cortisol spikes when lying down. I have something similar.  I get only cortisol spikes when sleeping.  It doesn't matter if it is night or a daytime nap, they wake me up. I have no idea why this is.

 

It sounds like you had one recent setback but over all are doing better.  I hope I read your thread correctly. My best wishes for continued improvement for you.

 

Thanks again FGW, it was good to get your message.

 

RS

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FarmGirlWorks

Hi @RachelSusan: overall I am doing better, that is for sure. What is frustrating and surprising is that new symptoms pop up that I didn't have before. Like the intense cortisol spikes. I even had one today when I was in acupuncture. I am believing that they will disappear like other physical symptoms. Still have the anxiety/despair and scrambled brain/cog fog pretty strong but have had windows that last 3-6 days a few times and that gives me hope.

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RachelSusan

@FarmGirlWorks

 

Hi FGW,

I'm so l glad you are getting windows.  I hope it continues to get even better for you.  I hear you about the new symptoms. It's always a surprise, isn't it? As for cog fog I haven't had it for almost a year now. I am very happy about that. But the cortisol spikes are still hanging around. I get two every night and they wake me up. I don't mind waking up, but it is a shocking and jolting way to wake up. Sometimes I hate to go to sleep just because I know what is coming. Oh well, it's still better than it was in 2016 which I first started with this mess.  I think we both will continue to improve. Fingers crossed.

RS

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