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darktimes

I also have these symptoms have to be the worst for me . This is a great thread at least we no were not alone.

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Cressida

I also have these symptoms have to be the worst for me . This is a great thread at least we no were not alone.

That is a comfort . What symptoms exactly are you getting ?

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laineyk

I have been getting this new symptom that I feel this burning sensation in my head!?!

 

 

I have had the burning on my skin but this has been happening since coming off the zoloft.

 

Friday will be 4 months off and I am sicker now then ever......shouldn't I be feeling better some time soon

 

I have already established that going back on is NOT an option

 

I have to be off all psych meds before I get any older and end up with dementia

 

so this burning in my head...do I need to see neurologist? this is scaring me bad

 

 

also extreme woozy/off balanced almost all day

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Petunia

Many people experience burning sensations and all kinds of head symptoms, while going through withdrawal, have a look through this topic:

Head noise and other symptoms in the head *topics merged

 

A 4 week taper after being on Zoloft for 6 years is much too fast, you may as well have gone CT. So being 4 months off is still early days. I did a 2 month taper, after being on SSRIs for 13 years and got progressively worse over the next year.

 

When you get your benzo dosing even, that may help. Look through the topics in this forum to get some ideas for how to manage as you are recovering. Especially read the topics pinned at the top.

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oskcajga

Before I fall asleep my brain literally makes loud noises and crunching noises - like my brain is literally "adjusting" - sometimes there's a very loud audible crack ,followed by a slight jolting of my head.

 

This progressed in the following fashion from 18 months ago until now:

 

Constant pain in my face and skull---->  pain + lots of involuntary twitching before going to bed/relaxing ------------>  pain+involutary twitching + loud audible cracks and grinding noises and feelings in my skull when trying to fall asleep.

 

Throughout this progression, my pain has gotten less severe, and the cracking/grinding/twitching has gotten a bit worse or stayed steady.  It's like a fireworks show in my brain when I'm trying to fall asleep - but it's a comforting feeling because I know that it means I'm about to fall asleep and get a break from the conscious experience.

 

I have only read 1 other anecdotal story of popping/grinding/clicking noises in the brain - so now this is #2.

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mammaP

Somewhere on the site, (sorry but can't remember where and don't have time to look for it) there is a topic on hyper awareness where we become acutely aware of our bodily functions and can feel/hear everything that our bodies are doing when normally we don't notice. 

 

It can be alarming for some people, so its good that you feel comforted by it. 

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oskcajga

Yeah, I agree that we are more aware during withdrawal - but what's going on with me would always be noticable even if I wasn't in this condition.  I'll have a loud "CRACK" in my frontal lobe region of the brain and my whole head will jolt as I'm trying to go to bed.

 

That never ever happened before.

 

I suspect that I have a bunch of scar tissue around my trigeminal nerve and it's adjusting when I try to fall asleep or something.

 

IDK, it's rather concerning though - definitely points to the fact that my body has been significantly altered by these dangerous drugs.

 

this is not TMJ either - the noises and crunches are coming from inside my forehead.

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LexAnger

Before I fall asleep my brain literally makes loud noises and crunching noises - like my brain is literally "adjusting" - sometimes there's a very loud audible crack ,followed by a slight jolting of my head.

 

This progressed in the following fashion from 18 months ago until now:

 

Constant pain in my face and skull---->  pain + lots of involuntary twitching before going to bed/relaxing ------------>  pain+involutary twitching + loud audible cracks and grinding noises and feelings in my skull when trying to fall asleep.

 

Throughout this progression, my pain has gotten less severe, and the cracking/grinding/twitching has gotten a bit worse or stayed steady.  It's like a fireworks show in my brain when I'm trying to fall asleep - but it's a comforting feeling because I know that it means I'm about to fall asleep and get a break from the conscious experience.

 

I have only read 1 other anecdotal story of popping/grinding/clicking noises in the brain - so now this is #2.

My Gosh! So heartbreaking for what you have suffered! I am with you for all the pain symptoms for all t.hese years since tapering d I'm still on the poison! Firework is also how I feel and explain to others, very painful! I can't imagine the torture of the loud noise!

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oskcajga

Actually, this is my favorite symptom because it's a sign that i'm getting better.  When ever I hear the crackling noises, I know I'm going to successfully fall asleep and feel like a somewhat normal human being again the next day.

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ravijaua

I'm having these symptoms now. I'm about 16 months into my WD. I noticed they started around the time I started cherry juice for sleep, which really worked. I don't know if the juice is causing my headaches or if it's just withdrawal but I am hesitant to give up the cherry juice since it helps me sleep so much.

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peng

Different types of "brain zaps".

 

Maybe relatively trivial, but thought I should put it on record on our magnificently comprehensive website.

 

Am in slow (<10%/month) withdrawal from Effexor XR.

 

Not had any of the sharp, lightning-type zaps for several weeks now.

 

However, this week have had a few damp squibs going off in my nut, if you can imagine it!

Brain zaps, but kindoff muffled, more like swooshes.

Have caught a cold, though, maybe that encourages this new (to me) form of zap.

 

Best wishes, all.

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ikam

Pulsing in the ear - anxiety symptom

Pulsing in the ear, throbbing sound:

Pulsing sound in the ear(s), ache or pain, shooting pains, heart-pulsing like sound, swishing, swirling, throbbing, or beating sound in or seemingly behind the ear. It can occur in one or both ears, and can randomly shift from ear to ear or from one ear to both ears.

This symptom might also feel as though your heart is beating in your ear.

Sometimes this symptom is diagnosed as Pulsatile (throbbing) tinnitus.

Stress and anxiety caused pulsing in the ear sound should NOT be considered a serious medical problem. Many people experience this symptom when stressed and/or overly anxious. In many cases, this symptom subsides on its own when stress and/or anxiety have been reduced and the body has had sufficient time to calm down and recover.

 

Found this

Hmm, this seems like my symptom... Does it go away?

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IrishMonkey92

Does anyone know if squirrel healed?

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Bobo32

Thanks for responding Cressida! When did it start for you and any patterns over time? I'm trying to figure if it's more from side effects of the drug or withdrawal. Can you update your signature and share more details of your experience in this regards?

 

I always thought its lexapro related, but seems you are taking Paxil.

 

I hope you are doing better today.

 

Hi lex,

I read you had tinnitus issues after using lexapro. I have the same problem and I only used it for 2 1/2 months. How long since you quit the drug? Did the tinnitus stop?

I think it's more of a lexapro toxicity rather than withdrawal

How did it go for you?

Thanks and good luck

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ANR

My symptoms:

Physical - 

Tightness in chest, neck and head. 

Lost a lot of muscles around upper chest, shoulders maybe due to constant tightening and fatigue.

Head pressure, ear pressure, sinus pressure.

On waking in the morning, if I move my head up and down I can hear clicking sounds in the ears mostly right ear. It maybe the eustachian tube or neck bone. Can't say which. 

Very loud tinnitus. Has increased in the last 2 months. 

Bone cracking and grinding. Especially around shoulders and neck. When I sleep on my side my bones grind against each other and make grinding noises. Everything has weakened and atropied. 

Weird pains in my arms and legs around the joints. Happens more in the morning after waking. 

If I force myself to lay down in the morning after waking then my bones hurt. Skull bone at the back, hip bones, shoulder bones. 

Jaw crackling sound. When ever I bite both my jaws make a crackling sound. Like Pop rocks. 

Very shallow breathing. Very slow and incomplete breathing. Difficulty taking a deep breath. Sometimes I stop breathing if I need to focus on something. 

Throat tightness and feeling of something stuck in my throat. Chocking feeling sometimes. 

Nerve snapping (maybe due to weak muscles and joints).

Inability to bear pain. 

Eyes don't move in sync. 

 

Mental - same as everyone else. 

 

Why am I even alive. LOL !! These symptoms are so painful and weird that sometimes it's funny. I find dark humor in myself now. Yipee... 

 

 

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Afnan
On 1/26/2015 at 7:22 AM, LexAnger said:

I am glad to find this thread as I thought I'm the only one with daily head problems ever since my initial attemp tapering. Most complains I saw from others are anxiety, depression, insomnia etc when tapering, while my main symptoms are always physical mostly on head and upper body with pain, numb, pressure, swelling needling, burning and very strange and uncomfortable sensations, it always the worst in morning and usually lasts for good 8 hours gradually lessens in evening. It involves the entire head, face, ear, neck, upper back, shoulders. It also moves around actually I can feel the moves inside my head, ssoooo weirded and uncomfortable I always feel like to cut of my entire head and upper body off.

 

I hope to hear more on this from others who also have the same issue to help me with a better understanding.

Hi lex

i just saw a post for you and you was writing you have physical symptoms on all your body 

do you still have it ?

 

i am now six months off the med and each days i have new symptoms 

i have a headache  and dizziness with blurred vision all the day even when I'm laying down can't move or do anything 

i have pain under my chest on both sides and i have pain on my right side it made me think i have something wrong!!

also have pain on fingers and thighs 

did you have the same thing 

did you get better now

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LexAnger

Hi Annan,

 

sorry you you are still struggling!

yes, I have Ben having those all these year during my slow taper, and now off for 4.5 months some days they got even worse.

 

ppl say month 5 or 6 are still early in WD, so hope they go away eventually over time. Unfortunately we don't know how much time.

 

when did you started having those symptoms?

 

lex

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Afnan
1 hour ago, LexAnger said:

Hi Annan,

 

sorry you you are still struggling!

yes, I have Ben having those all these year during my slow taper, and now off for 4.5 months some days they got even worse.

 

ppl say month 5 or 6 are still early in WD, so hope they go away eventually over time. Unfortunately we don't know how much time.

 

when did you started having those symptoms?

 

lex

The pain under chest from two weeks ago

My headache and dizziness it was not constant but from 2 months it get constant 7/24 and get worse especially the dizziness 

sometimes I wake up in the middle of my sleep with so much pain in my head dizziness and zaps I can't describe it but make me feel I will get crazy 

 

i don't know if i can handle it any more 

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IrishMonkey92
8 minutes ago, Afnan said:

The pain under chest from two weeks ago

My headache and dizziness it was not constant but from 2 months it get constant 7/24 and get worse especially the dizziness 

sometimes I wake up in the middle of my sleep with so much pain in my head dizziness and zaps I can't describe it but make me feel I will get crazy 

 

i don't know if i can handle it any more 

What type of dizziness are you experiencing? Lightheadedness, spinning or rocking/swaying like on a boat? 

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Afnan
10 hours ago, IrishMonkey92 said:

What type of dizziness are you experiencing? Lightheadedness, spinning or rocking/swaying like on a boat? 

spinning or rocking/swaying like on a boat with headache and blurred vision 

all the time even when I am lying down:( 

 

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IrishMonkey92
5 hours ago, Afnan said:

spinning or rocking/swaying like on a boat with headache and blurred vision 

all the time even when I am lying down:( 

 

I have the rocking/swaying like being on a boat! 

 

It’s like you’re at sea and you’ve waves splashing over your body with great force. I feel it goes away in a car, and then worse when I get out of the car. 

 

How long have you had it? 

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Afnan
1 hour ago, IrishMonkey92 said:

I have the rocking/swaying like being on a boat! 

 

It’s like you’re at sea and you’ve waves splashing over your body with great force. I feel it goes away in a car, and then worse when I get out of the car. 

 

How long have you had it? 

From 6 months but it get constant from 3 months with headache 

 

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IrishMonkey92
On 14/02/2018 at 3:48 PM, Afnan said:

From 6 months but it get constant from 3 months with headache 

 

Do you think it’s withdrawal? What triggered it? Did you go on long car journey or anything? Or did you take a panic attack and then it happened? 

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Afnan
On 2/20/2018 at 5:14 PM, IrishMonkey92 said:

Do you think it’s withdrawal? What triggered it? Did you go on long car journey or anything? Or did you take a panic attack and then it happened? 

I don't know 

it happened with no reason 

maybe its WD 

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IrishMonkey92
22 hours ago, Afnan said:

I don't know 

it happened with no reason 

maybe its WD 

Have you tried going in a car to see if it goes away? 

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Afnan
4 hours ago, IrishMonkey92 said:

Have you tried going in a car to see if it goes away? 

No I didn't 

i don't drive 

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mirage
7 hours ago, IrishMonkey92 said:

Have you tried going in a car to see if it goes away? 

I have this same dizziness. It is with me from the moment my eyes open in the morning and it ends when I fall asleep at night. It is awful. I have to say, it is my worse symptom. I do find that it goes away when I am driving and starts right back up when I stop and get out of the car. 

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mirage

Hi everyone. Just wondering if anyone had the terrible experience of all day dizziness and how long it took until it went away? I am also experiencing, an odd feeling in my head. No pain but it feels like my brain is struggling. It's awful!

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IrishMonkey92
30 minutes ago, mirage said:

I have this same dizziness. It is with me from the moment my eyes open in the morning and it ends when I fall asleep at night. It is awful. I have to say, it is my worse symptom. I do find that it goes away when I am driving and starts right back up when I stop and get out of the car. 

Very interesting. What’s your history? When did it start, were your stressed, anxious? Did you have a panic attack? Were/are you in a Benzo or antidepressant? 

 

Do you find it gets worse after getting out of the car, well at least the longer the journey you’re on? Im fine for 2 hours (no increase in severity), after that, it gets worse. 

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mirage
8 minutes ago, IrishMonkey92 said:

Very interesting. What’s your history? When did it start, were your stressed, anxious? Did you have a panic attack? Were/are you in a Benzo or antidepressant? 

 

Do you find it gets worse after getting out of the car, well at least the longer the journey you’re on? Im fine for 2 hours (no increase in severity), after that, it gets worse. 

Wellbutrin 300xl for 8 years. Went off CT in May 2017. Had no knowledge I needed to tapper. I was put on it by my obgyn. I was having some slight stress at the time because I had just lost my mom to cancer and was left to help take care of my dad and an elderly aunt that my mom cared for. Had no anxiety or depression. My dr, said it would help with the overwhelming feelings. My fault for not looking into it before I started it.

 

My symptoms did not start until around 4 weeks off. So, early June 2017. Started with severe vertigo that lasted about 4 days and then came the severe anxiety. Heart pounding, non stop. High cortisol. Intense sensitivity to light, sound, anything scary or sad. Always dizzy and terrible nausea. My internist said it was severe anxiety and that it is common during menopause. Hmm...I believed that. Was put back on Wellbutrin 150xl. It took away a few symptoms but didn't do much. My weight was dropping fast and I am already small, 115lbs, so I couldn't afford to lose any. Because of that and not being able to sleep, 30mgs of Remeron was added in early September. 

 

Was having too many symptoms from the Remeron so I decided to wean off of it. Started the wean first week of January. Took a month to wean but it was too fast. Ended up re-instating at 3.25mgs a couple of nights ago. I'm not sure that helped. No benzos. I have not weaned off of the Wellbutrin 150xl yet. My system is just too fragile to do any more. 

 

The dizziness is just awful and I think that is causing me to have more problems with the nausea. I have never been a fan of carnival rides or spinning so this is no fun! I have not been on any car trips longer than a couple of hours. I do okay. Haven't noticed a difference between that and shorter rides. 

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IrishMonkey92
30 minutes ago, mirage said:

Wellbutrin 300xl for 8 years. Went off CT in May 2017. Had no knowledge I needed to tapper. I was put on it by my obgyn. I was having some slight stress at the time because I had just lost my mom to cancer and was left to help take care of my dad and an elderly aunt that my mom cared for. Had no anxiety or depression. My dr, said it would help with the overwhelming feelings. My fault for not looking into it before I started it.

 

My symptoms did not start until around 4 weeks off. So, early June 2017. Started with severe vertigo that lasted about 4 days and then came the severe anxiety. Heart pounding, non stop. High cortisol. Intense sensitivity to light, sound, anything scary or sad. Always dizzy and terrible nausea. My internist said it was severe anxiety and that it is common during menopause. Hmm...I believed that. Was put back on Wellbutrin 150xl. It took away a few symptoms but didn't do much. My weight was dropping fast and I am already small, 115lbs, so I couldn't afford to lose any. Because of that and not being able to sleep, 30mgs of Remeron was added in early September. 

 

Was having too many symptoms from the Remeron so I decided to wean off of it. Started the wean first week of January. Took a month to wean but it was too fast. Ended up re-instating at 3.25mgs a couple of nights ago. I'm not sure that helped. No benzos. I have not weaned off of the Wellbutrin 150xl yet. My system is just too fragile to do any more. 

 

The dizziness is just awful and I think that is causing me to have more problems with the nausea. I have never been a fan of carnival rides or spinning so this is no fun! I have not been on any car trips longer than a couple of hours. I do okay. Haven't noticed a difference between that and shorter rides. 

Sounds very similar to my story. My symptoms didn’t really start till 5 months after. The anxiety was slowly building from the very week I stopped the medication though. I was on Citalopram for 2 years. 

 

I’ve had the rocking/swaying boat sensation for 2 years unfortunately :( Its my worse and main symptom. 

 

Mine eases/goes away while in motion (like being in a car). 

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mirage
11 minutes ago, IrishMonkey92 said:

Sounds very similar to my story. My symptoms didn’t really start till 5 months after. The anxiety was slowly building from the very week I stopped the medication though. I was on Citalopram for 2 years. 

 

I’ve had the rocking/swaying boat sensation for 2 years unfortunately :( Its my worse and main symptom. 

 

Mine eases/goes away while in motion (like being in a car). 

I'm so sorry the dizziness has lasted so long. I am praying mine won't and I will pray for yours to go away as well. I did see a vestibular specialist and I did go to physical therapy for it. I have daily exercises I do. I'm not sure they are working but I am giving it a try. From what I understand, with me, is the vestibular system  is part of our nervous system and it can be injured and it can be strengthened. 

 

So your symptoms didn't start until 5 months after you stopped the med? What other symptoms did you have and how long did they take to go away?

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