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Cardnal16: surviving PGAD


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I'm new to this site and method of communication. I've always just talked to a counselor or a friend, but the topic of PGAD is so mortifying, I can't bring myself to say the words. It's one of those issues that make me hide my face in shame, even if I'm alone. 

I tried to tell a trusted friend, but their laughter and jokes only shamed me more. 

I came off Effexor, Xanax & pain meds all at once due to insurance coverage. I was diagnosed with a panic disorder years ago, but never faced THIS issue until 6 months ago. 

Please, somebody tell me this will go away!

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Welcome, Cardnal.


When was the last time you took Effexor, Xanax & pain meds? When did the PGAD start? Did you have any other symptoms when you came off the drugs?


We have seen that PGAD very gradually goes away, as do other withdrawal symptoms. Please use search in the Symptoms and Self-Care forum to find our discussions of PGAD.

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Hi Cardnal,


I have PGAD since withdrawing too fast from Sertraline 9 months ago (I also withdrew from Xanax cold turkey at the same time). There is no shame in having PGAD, it is a rare but known SSRI withdrawal side effects,we are many on this site who got it and a lot of us recovered but it takes time. 

There are a lot of things we can do to help with PGAD, there are also a lot of very good specialists in the US who know PGAD and know how to treat it. PGAD is also a symptom of Pudendal Neuralgia and urologists usually know PGAD, they can send you to a physiotherapist specialised in pelvic floor therapy and this can really help. 


A good definition of PGAD to print and to show to your doctor :



Pelvic floor therapy, Homeopathy, Tens units, diet changes ( I follow the non acidic diet against interstitial cystitis because some women with IC also have PGAD) helps. 


See below a link to the PGAD Facebook support group (they will provide you with help and a list of specialists who can help). It is mainly for PGAD female sufferers. 



You can also have a look at the pudendalhope site and there are a lot of people on this site who have a PGAD caused by pudendal neuralgia and they can direct you towards a good specialist. 



And read the story of a lot of us on this site (Hopefull, Martina and Jonhson stories etc) and you will see that a lot of the PGAD sufferers recovered but it took a long time.


Take good care 




PS : I hope the moderators and administrators don't mind that I put these PGAD support group contacts on the SA site. 


- From January 4th 2017 to April 17th 2017:  1 Xanax 0.25 mg in January, replaced by 1 Lyxansia 10 mg in February, replaced by 1 Bromazepam 6 mg a day  in March then back to 1 Xanax 0.25 mg  in April. Every pill was stopped cold turkey.

- April 17th (Easter Monday) started  Sertraline 50.  Xanax 0.25 mg  stopped cold turkey. 

- April 17th to May 4th 1 Sertraline 50, a 25 dose in the morning, a 25 dose at night and half a Zopiclone 7.5 at night

- May 4th  Reduced to 1 Sertraline  25.

-June 1st to June 8th.Tappering off Sertraline every 2 days for a week and put on 1 Risperidone 1 mg a day.June 8th Sertraline 25 replaced by 1 Anafranil 25mg, 1 Risperidone 1 mg a day and 1 zoplicone 7.5 at night, a week later, the Anafranil 25mg and Risperidone 1g was stopped cold turkey and replaced by 1 Xanax 0.25 mg 3 times a day. Since  June 17th : 1 Xanax 0.25 mg 3 times a day and 1 zoplicone 7.5 at night. Other medications  from June 1st to June 15th : Augmentin antibiotics, Chorticoid tablets,  Lanzoprazole, Toviaz. Symptoms : tremors, shaking ,suicidal thoughts, smell and light sensitivity, hyperacusis, floaters, earworms, akathisia, high pitched tinnitus, PGAD.








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