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Im glad you are starting to figure it out it sounds like you are finally accepting and that really helps when going through withdrawal i think our attitude towards witbdrawal really does make a big difference i am beginning to understand it and its quite a revelation im so glad some of your symptons are settling 

Jan 2016 SertralineJuly 2016 stopped

Feb 2017 sertraline 50mg

Aug 2017 Sertraline 150mg

Sep 2017 Sertraline 100mg

Nov 2017 Sertraline 50mg 

Feb 2018 Sertraline 25mg

March 2018 Sertraline 12.5 mg 

April 0mg  5mg Diazepam  dec 2018 very infrequent  24 oct 5mg felopidine 

Dec 2.5mg felopidine feb 19 5mg felopidine 

jan 2019 mirtazapine 15mg  reduced to 7.5mg stopped 3 may 19 .4 may 19 citalopram 20mg stopped 12 june .2mg Diazepam as and when needed .omega 3 

 

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1 minute ago, Aquarius said:

Im glad you are starting to figure it out it sounds like you are finally accepting and that really helps when going through withdrawal i think our attitude towards witbdrawal really does make a big difference i am beginning to understand it and its quite a revelation im so glad some of your symptons are settling 

I agree though the symptoms are scary. Since in my case most of my symptoms occur at night or early morning. As soon as I eat breakfast, like nothing is happening, just some random odd symptom. 

Trintellix (Brintellix) 5mg - December 2015 to Mid July 2018

Vitamin C 500mgs daily January 2019 - March 30 2019 Boost my immune system through my withdrawal - Stopped

Up and Up 3 Billion Probiotics - Daily for IBS. - Stopped

Up and Up 30 Billion Probiotics - Daily for IBS. - Stopped

 

June 16-26 2018: C/T to take Antiviral medication for Shingles outbreak (Due to excessive stress - SSRI Poop Out). 

June 27 2018: Reinstated (5mg)

July 14 2018 last dose due to acute withdrawal symptoms. 

 

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Yes they are very scary most of my symptons are usually in morning upon waking ....when you eat your digestive system kicks in amd has to process the food where you are highly sensitized the process is probably triggering something in normal circumstances you wouldnt know but because everything is out if wack one process effects another all our systems are linked its like rhe phrase for every action there is a reaction once your system settles it will get better but at the moment is natural im the circumstances

Jan 2016 SertralineJuly 2016 stopped

Feb 2017 sertraline 50mg

Aug 2017 Sertraline 150mg

Sep 2017 Sertraline 100mg

Nov 2017 Sertraline 50mg 

Feb 2018 Sertraline 25mg

March 2018 Sertraline 12.5 mg 

April 0mg  5mg Diazepam  dec 2018 very infrequent  24 oct 5mg felopidine 

Dec 2.5mg felopidine feb 19 5mg felopidine 

jan 2019 mirtazapine 15mg  reduced to 7.5mg stopped 3 may 19 .4 may 19 citalopram 20mg stopped 12 june .2mg Diazepam as and when needed .omega 3 

 

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Update

 

Most of my GI symptoms occur during the morning or when I get anxious. 

Slight headaches and off balance have made a return. 

Have a slight ache on my left ear. 

 

Sadly, I'm back at it again. Though, that long window before the flu occurred was nice. So, I'm hoping I get another window soon. 

Trintellix (Brintellix) 5mg - December 2015 to Mid July 2018

Vitamin C 500mgs daily January 2019 - March 30 2019 Boost my immune system through my withdrawal - Stopped

Up and Up 3 Billion Probiotics - Daily for IBS. - Stopped

Up and Up 30 Billion Probiotics - Daily for IBS. - Stopped

 

June 16-26 2018: C/T to take Antiviral medication for Shingles outbreak (Due to excessive stress - SSRI Poop Out). 

June 27 2018: Reinstated (5mg)

July 14 2018 last dose due to acute withdrawal symptoms. 

 

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Hi manny, 

 

Sorry you can’t change therapists due to insurance. It would be nice to have one that actually understands withdrawals though. Not many do though, they tend to believe that it’s just anxiety and depression that people are going through when it’s the withdrawals that are causing it. 

 

Yes, this windows and waves pattern we go through is quite something, isn’t it? Just remember though that when you are in a wave again that you have had some windows. It will help you see that you are healing. I know you feel like crying a lot, this really is a sad and scary journey, but you are healing. 

 

Do you have any distractions? I think distractions are important when withdrawals are bad. Find some things to take your mind off the withdrawals. I do art and crafts, watch DVDs and Netflix, go out in nature, go to concerts, listen to music etc etc etc. Sometimes I’m so anhedonic I can’t enjoy anything, but I do it anyway. Are there things you like to do?

 

You mentioned feeling electric feelings in you body. When I tapered too fast once in the past I felt like I had my finger in an electric socket. It was awful, I couldn’t settle. It felt like my insides were being fried. The same thing happened when the doctors cold turkeyed me. I will always taper slow now. This site has been amazing! 

 

Take care manny, sending hugs🤗

 

 

 

 

Been on antipsychotics, benzos, antidepressants and painkillers for chronic pain. 

Have been cold turkeyed and put on and off all sorts of things.  Was suicidal n ended up in a psych ward because I had akathisia from withdrawals. I can’t remember what I was put on but when I was released was in the same predicament with severe akathisia n was suicidal again.

Back to the psych ward and I was given a number of different drugs while there. Tapered off one when I got home n have been trying to taper off Seroquel since. It’s been years, tapering slowly but still having severe withdrawals.

I’ve  tapered from 300mg of Seroquel to 7.5mg./ March 10th 2019=7.25mg / 17th of April 2019= 7mg / June 5th=6.75mg/ July 14th=6.50mg/ 28th of August=6.25mg/ 10th of Oct= 6.20mg/ 21st October 6mg/ 16th of December 5.80mg/21st of January 5.60mg/

 

I AM NOT A MEDICAL PROFESSIONAL. These are my own views based on what I’ve experienced myself.

 

 

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11 minutes ago, Carmie said:

Hi manny, 

 

Sorry you can’t change therapists due to insurance. It would be nice to have one that actually understands withdrawals though. Not many do though, they tend to believe that it’s just anxiety and depression that people are going through when it’s the withdrawals that are causing it. 

 

Yes, this windows and waves pattern we go through is quite something, isn’t it? Just remember though that when you are in a wave again that you have had some windows. It will help you see that you are healing. I know you feel like crying a lot, this really is a sad and scary journey, but you are healing. 

 

Do you have any distractions? I think distractions are important when withdrawals are bad. Find some things to take your mind off the withdrawals. I do art and crafts, watch DVDs and Netflix, go out in nature, go to concerts, listen to music etc etc etc. Sometimes I’m so anhedonic I can’t enjoy anything, but I do it anyway. Are there things you like to do?

 

You mentioned feeling electric feelings in you body. When I tapered too fast once in the past I felt like I had my finger in an electric socket. It was awful, I couldn’t settle. It felt like my insides were being fried. The same thing happened when the doctors cold turkeyed me. I will always taper slow now. This site has been amazing! 

 

Take care manny, sending hugs🤗

 

 

 

 

Receiving those hugs. :)

 

That's the hope I hold myself to. 

 

This therapist discounted my own half brother's experience that it took him a year for him to get off the drugs. I just rolled my eyes. 

 

Before falling ill with the flu, I was working out and running, though not like before the withdrawals. Though, as soon as the flu hit me, its seems all the months of progress were thrown to the side. 

 

Sometimes the symptoms are that bad that I can't distract myself. Though, as the wave begins to wane, I'm able to get some semblance of control, and go back to my walking, looking at photographs, watching YouTube videos, or listen to music. Seems I must force myself to focus on one thing when the waves become intense, so the withdrawals are bearable at least. 

 

The first time I felt the electricity rush, it was both of my arms in June when I C/T for one week. I felt like I was Storm from the X-Men which was cool though terrifying in the same time. 

 

Then, felt that same sensation in my head at the end of July when I finally stopped taking the medication.  It jolted me awake at 2am...which is the same time that these abdominal symptoms are occurring. 

 

Now, I feel the same electricity feeling in my upper abdominal area during the mornings which scare the crap out of me. Then, its joined either by an ache or pain. It goes away after a bowel movement or I pass gas. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Trintellix (Brintellix) 5mg - December 2015 to Mid July 2018

Vitamin C 500mgs daily January 2019 - March 30 2019 Boost my immune system through my withdrawal - Stopped

Up and Up 3 Billion Probiotics - Daily for IBS. - Stopped

Up and Up 30 Billion Probiotics - Daily for IBS. - Stopped

 

June 16-26 2018: C/T to take Antiviral medication for Shingles outbreak (Due to excessive stress - SSRI Poop Out). 

June 27 2018: Reinstated (5mg)

July 14 2018 last dose due to acute withdrawal symptoms. 

 

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Update

 

I was able to have full night's sleep. Though, as soon as I woke up my symptoms began to slowly creep up. 

 

Slight chest palpitation.

Slight crying spell. 

Slight nausea 

Slight aches and pressure on the right side of my stomach. 

Or when I eat - seems the muscles around my abdomen are out of whack with my brain since I felt a weird tug in my abdomen and in my head at the same moment. Perhaps I caught my brain and gut rewiring itself. 

Burping. 

Head pressure on the back of my head. 

 

Trintellix (Brintellix) 5mg - December 2015 to Mid July 2018

Vitamin C 500mgs daily January 2019 - March 30 2019 Boost my immune system through my withdrawal - Stopped

Up and Up 3 Billion Probiotics - Daily for IBS. - Stopped

Up and Up 30 Billion Probiotics - Daily for IBS. - Stopped

 

June 16-26 2018: C/T to take Antiviral medication for Shingles outbreak (Due to excessive stress - SSRI Poop Out). 

June 27 2018: Reinstated (5mg)

July 14 2018 last dose due to acute withdrawal symptoms. 

 

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That virus messed us up mate.

 

I have been poorly since that virus. Im 7 months out. Its a joke. 

 

Can see me looking gor some help soon on the ground. Its a joke going on daily like this.

May 2016 - Aug 2016 - Prozac 20mg

 

March 2017 - June 2017 - Sertraline 100mg. Horrific withdrawal 5 m onths.

 

July 2017 - Aug 2017 - Mirtazapine 15mg. Horrific.

 

August 2017 - December 2017 Fluoxetine 10mg for 2 weeks ghen Escitalopram 20mg for 12 weeks. Never felt normal since this. Or baseline.

 

March 2018 - June 2018 - Escitalopram 5mg for 12 weeks. Stopped and here i am full of symptoms i never had.

 

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Im thinking long half life stuff. If thats what i decide. 

May 2016 - Aug 2016 - Prozac 20mg

 

March 2017 - June 2017 - Sertraline 100mg. Horrific withdrawal 5 m onths.

 

July 2017 - Aug 2017 - Mirtazapine 15mg. Horrific.

 

August 2017 - December 2017 Fluoxetine 10mg for 2 weeks ghen Escitalopram 20mg for 12 weeks. Never felt normal since this. Or baseline.

 

March 2018 - June 2018 - Escitalopram 5mg for 12 weeks. Stopped and here i am full of symptoms i never had.

 

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4 minutes ago, Leo1983 said:

That virus messed us up mate.

 

I have been poorly since that virus. Im 7 months out. Its a joke. 

 

Can see me looking gor some help soon on the ground. Its a joke going on daily like this.

 

 Same here. Five months. I thought I was done with this. Though as soon as the Flu hit me, seems all the progress I had done was thrown to the side. Yesterday, my GI symptoms had calmed down though I was having weird ear pressures on both of my ears, then my head feeling bloated which was weird. I rather keeping going like this than taking pills since they truly messed me up. 

Trintellix (Brintellix) 5mg - December 2015 to Mid July 2018

Vitamin C 500mgs daily January 2019 - March 30 2019 Boost my immune system through my withdrawal - Stopped

Up and Up 3 Billion Probiotics - Daily for IBS. - Stopped

Up and Up 30 Billion Probiotics - Daily for IBS. - Stopped

 

June 16-26 2018: C/T to take Antiviral medication for Shingles outbreak (Due to excessive stress - SSRI Poop Out). 

June 27 2018: Reinstated (5mg)

July 14 2018 last dose due to acute withdrawal symptoms. 

 

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Five months out of Trintellix.

 

Seems my thread will become a daily diary for me to vent. 

 

I noticed that my symptoms have somewhat calmed down, though they're still there. Seems that my G.I. muscles and brain are hyper sensitive since I feel every sensation when I eat which freaks me out.  For example, yesterday I was thinking that I had heartburn, though didn't have the classic symptoms, it was as if my brain intentionally make me focus on my stomach. Plus, noticed I've become constipated. 

 

Then, I've becomes too agitated which does not help. 

 

Also, I'm not able to properly sleep since I wake up, feel odd sensation/ache on my stomach, then I feel its bloated, then I go and after a bowel movement I'm able to go sleep. I wake up later, no issues or problem, like nothing was wrong.  throughout the day, I have weird symptoms that make me realize oh ok, I'm going to have bowel movement. 

 

I know some will say oh you had a condition before, I'm like I was diagnosed with Anxiety induced IBS, but didn't cause these symptoms that I'm having now. I know this is full on withdrawal symptom since it suddenly stops and switches to headaches or agitation/anger. I'm just hoping the medication didn't permanently damaged me.

 

I have certain rage towards the psychiatrist who didn't have a clue on what to do with me than just throwing pills at me or telling me my withdrawals were due to antiviral pills. 

 

The only solace that I hold is that I had blood work, and ultrasounds which found nothing wrong. 

 

 

 

 

Trintellix (Brintellix) 5mg - December 2015 to Mid July 2018

Vitamin C 500mgs daily January 2019 - March 30 2019 Boost my immune system through my withdrawal - Stopped

Up and Up 3 Billion Probiotics - Daily for IBS. - Stopped

Up and Up 30 Billion Probiotics - Daily for IBS. - Stopped

 

June 16-26 2018: C/T to take Antiviral medication for Shingles outbreak (Due to excessive stress - SSRI Poop Out). 

June 27 2018: Reinstated (5mg)

July 14 2018 last dose due to acute withdrawal symptoms. 

 

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Hi.

 

Hope your ok mate.

 

Sucks dont it!

 

Your symptoms appear mainly physical? 

 

Is your mental symptoms ok?

 

Hope next xmas is happier

May 2016 - Aug 2016 - Prozac 20mg

 

March 2017 - June 2017 - Sertraline 100mg. Horrific withdrawal 5 m onths.

 

July 2017 - Aug 2017 - Mirtazapine 15mg. Horrific.

 

August 2017 - December 2017 Fluoxetine 10mg for 2 weeks ghen Escitalopram 20mg for 12 weeks. Never felt normal since this. Or baseline.

 

March 2018 - June 2018 - Escitalopram 5mg for 12 weeks. Stopped and here i am full of symptoms i never had.

 

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11 minutes ago, Leo1983 said:

Hi.

 

Hope your ok mate.

 

Sucks dont it!

 

Your symptoms appear mainly physical? 

 

Is your mental symptoms ok?

 

Hope next xmas is happier

 

In my case, I pent up all my sadness and rage that sadly let up to me having my mental breakdown in 2014. 

 

I rarely expressed myself hence my body took over to release whatever I was feeling ...through weird aches and pains. 

 

With the Withdrawals....

 

At the moment, both mental and physical symptoms are hitting me left and right.

 

Besides the G.I. symptoms,   Yesterday, I was went to the store, and had felt off balance and light headed when I wanted to talk to someone, then suddenly a fit of rage would come, and it took a lot of me to stop myself from pushing people to the side. 

 

Earlier, I would be depressed, with crying spells. 

 

 At the moment, I haven't changed clothes for three days, and shaved for a week. 

 

I'm hoping that I get better next year since this is no way to live by. 

Trintellix (Brintellix) 5mg - December 2015 to Mid July 2018

Vitamin C 500mgs daily January 2019 - March 30 2019 Boost my immune system through my withdrawal - Stopped

Up and Up 3 Billion Probiotics - Daily for IBS. - Stopped

Up and Up 30 Billion Probiotics - Daily for IBS. - Stopped

 

June 16-26 2018: C/T to take Antiviral medication for Shingles outbreak (Due to excessive stress - SSRI Poop Out). 

June 27 2018: Reinstated (5mg)

July 14 2018 last dose due to acute withdrawal symptoms. 

 

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2 hours ago, manny03 said:

Yesterday, I was went to the store, and had felt off balance and light headed when I wanted to talk to someone, then suddenly a fit of rage would come, and it took a lot of me to stop myself from pushing people to the side. 

 

This may be anxiety.  And the sudden fit of rage feeling is the fight/flight response.

 

Check out the diagram in this item on anxiety and how it affects the different areas of the body. 

 

https://www.getselfhelp.co.uk/docs/AnxietySelfHelp.pdf

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Update

 

My symptoms have swapped hours. 

 

I might had a symptom or two during the day (off balance, weird aches and pains) though besides that, like nothing is wrong. 

 

At night is when they mostly occur now. 

 

Symptoms 

Sudden feeling to use the restroom but get constipated. (Evening),

 

During time time I try to sleep

Jolt awake every two hours with a bloated feeling in the pit of my stomach, but then gets improved when I pass bowel movement. 

Burping

Knot sensation in my throat. 

Then, have bloated feeling moves to the left or right obliques that improves once i have a bowel movement. 

 

So, I guess it's an improvement since its not as intense as it was two weeks ago, though I need my sleep.

 

 

Trintellix (Brintellix) 5mg - December 2015 to Mid July 2018

Vitamin C 500mgs daily January 2019 - March 30 2019 Boost my immune system through my withdrawal - Stopped

Up and Up 3 Billion Probiotics - Daily for IBS. - Stopped

Up and Up 30 Billion Probiotics - Daily for IBS. - Stopped

 

June 16-26 2018: C/T to take Antiviral medication for Shingles outbreak (Due to excessive stress - SSRI Poop Out). 

June 27 2018: Reinstated (5mg)

July 14 2018 last dose due to acute withdrawal symptoms. 

 

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Just came across a study that @Altostrata posted a month ago regarding the U.S. and U.K. needing to update their AD withdrawal protocols after the discovery of many suffering withdrawals for many months to years. Even though, I'm going through hell at the moment, reading that study at least brings some peace to know I'm not going mental or I'm suffering from some physical ailment. It's just Withdrawal.  though, it frustrates me that my primary and psychologist think it only last from two days to two months, and I've fallen back into depression. When, that's so far from the truth. 

 

 

Trintellix (Brintellix) 5mg - December 2015 to Mid July 2018

Vitamin C 500mgs daily January 2019 - March 30 2019 Boost my immune system through my withdrawal - Stopped

Up and Up 3 Billion Probiotics - Daily for IBS. - Stopped

Up and Up 30 Billion Probiotics - Daily for IBS. - Stopped

 

June 16-26 2018: C/T to take Antiviral medication for Shingles outbreak (Due to excessive stress - SSRI Poop Out). 

June 27 2018: Reinstated (5mg)

July 14 2018 last dose due to acute withdrawal symptoms. 

 

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I do still ponder on how people who cant see you or assess you can give a solid 100 % answer that we are not suffering depression or that we are suicidal. And that this is all 100% wd and that at some point it will just vanish. 

 

I get the success stories. 

 

It does play on my mind daily am i doing the right thing here whilst everything around me is on a tight rope. 

 

Is this guna end and is it all wd??? Who knows. 

May 2016 - Aug 2016 - Prozac 20mg

 

March 2017 - June 2017 - Sertraline 100mg. Horrific withdrawal 5 m onths.

 

July 2017 - Aug 2017 - Mirtazapine 15mg. Horrific.

 

August 2017 - December 2017 Fluoxetine 10mg for 2 weeks ghen Escitalopram 20mg for 12 weeks. Never felt normal since this. Or baseline.

 

March 2018 - June 2018 - Escitalopram 5mg for 12 weeks. Stopped and here i am full of symptoms i never had.

 

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9 minutes ago, Leo1983 said:

I do still ponder on how people who cant see you or assess you can give a solid 100 % answer that we are not suffering depression or that we are suicidal. And that this is all 100% wd and that at some point it will just vanish. 

 

I get the success stories. 

 

It does play on my mind daily am i doing the right thing here whilst everything around me is on a tight rope. 

 

Is this guna end and is it all wd??? Who knows. 

 

 

If you never had such symptoms before starting the drugs, and the drugs didn’t improve how you felt (which I believe is the case for you), it’s extremely unlikely that this is your depression or anxiety returning. 

PLEASE NOTE:  I am not a medical professional.  I can only provide information and make suggestions.

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I only got anxious at work doing particular things.

 

Now im like a hobbit. Im like some walking mental crisis. Im choosing to work xmas day so i dont have to sit at the dinner table. For 15 year before this you could not get me to work xmas eve never mind xmas day. I feel like shite daily. I wake up and ya think the army were at the bottom of my bed. My face looks like its been hit with a slipper during waken hours. 

 

So yeh im worse now than before meds. The meds killed me. I was a fool keep trying them.

May 2016 - Aug 2016 - Prozac 20mg

 

March 2017 - June 2017 - Sertraline 100mg. Horrific withdrawal 5 m onths.

 

July 2017 - Aug 2017 - Mirtazapine 15mg. Horrific.

 

August 2017 - December 2017 Fluoxetine 10mg for 2 weeks ghen Escitalopram 20mg for 12 weeks. Never felt normal since this. Or baseline.

 

March 2018 - June 2018 - Escitalopram 5mg for 12 weeks. Stopped and here i am full of symptoms i never had.

 

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Just now, Leo1983 said:

I only got anxious at work doing particular things.

 

Now im like a hobbit. Im like some walking mental crisis. Im choosing to work xmas day so i dont have to sit at the dinner table. For 15 year before this you could not get me to work xmas eve never mind xmas day. I feel like shite daily. I wake up and ya think the army were at the bottom of my bed. My face looks like its been hit with a slipper during waken hours. 

 

So yeh im worse now than before meds. The meds killed me. I was a fool keep trying them.

 

Try not to be too hard on yourself, you tried the medications in the hope they would help and no doubt you were mislead in regards to how effective they are and how hard they are to withdraw from. 

 

You will come out of this wiser and stronger, I’m sure. I just wanted to try and demonstrate, in many cases it’s easy to determine it’s withdrawal and not original symptoms returning, as you never had symptoms so bad before the meds. 

 

Sorry to hijack Manny. 

PLEASE NOTE:  I am not a medical professional.  I can only provide information and make suggestions.

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23 minutes ago, eymen23 said:

 

Try not to be too hard on yourself, you tried the medications in the hope they would help and no doubt you were mislead in regards to how effective they are and how hard they are to withdraw from. 

 

You will come out of this wiser and stronger, I’m sure. I just wanted to try and demonstrate, in many cases it’s easy to determine it’s withdrawal and not original symptoms returning, as you never had symptoms so bad before the meds. 

 

Sorry to hijack Manny. 

No problems. I appreciate seeing some activity on my thread since it's being mostly me through all this time. 

 

Though, I'm like Leo that sometimes I doubt myself that these symptoms are just withdrawing from the medication. In my case I reached tolerance and some symptoms began to creep back and once I went into full withdrawal all of these symptoms came crashing on me. Though, like you've mentioned I have to force myself to remember I never had these symptoms before starting the medication especially the cognitive, balance, and gi symptoms. 

 

It's just scary and like I mentioned it irks me that my symptoms are brushed off. At least, my blood work and ultrasounds were done for my abdominal pain and everything came clear. I also did h plyori test, never heard back, if I had a bug I would of been notified. So, this is just some scary withdrawal symptoms. 

Trintellix (Brintellix) 5mg - December 2015 to Mid July 2018

Vitamin C 500mgs daily January 2019 - March 30 2019 Boost my immune system through my withdrawal - Stopped

Up and Up 3 Billion Probiotics - Daily for IBS. - Stopped

Up and Up 30 Billion Probiotics - Daily for IBS. - Stopped

 

June 16-26 2018: C/T to take Antiviral medication for Shingles outbreak (Due to excessive stress - SSRI Poop Out). 

June 27 2018: Reinstated (5mg)

July 14 2018 last dose due to acute withdrawal symptoms. 

 

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Want to wish Merry Christmas and happy holidays to everyone. 

 

Update

 

Last night I got emailed my breath test results for H Plyori as many suspected, it came as a negative. Leaving my symptoms to be withdrawal based.

Trintellix (Brintellix) 5mg - December 2015 to Mid July 2018

Vitamin C 500mgs daily January 2019 - March 30 2019 Boost my immune system through my withdrawal - Stopped

Up and Up 3 Billion Probiotics - Daily for IBS. - Stopped

Up and Up 30 Billion Probiotics - Daily for IBS. - Stopped

 

June 16-26 2018: C/T to take Antiviral medication for Shingles outbreak (Due to excessive stress - SSRI Poop Out). 

June 27 2018: Reinstated (5mg)

July 14 2018 last dose due to acute withdrawal symptoms. 

 

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Sooner we accept that the better.

 

Merry xmas. 

 

Happy healing 2019

May 2016 - Aug 2016 - Prozac 20mg

 

March 2017 - June 2017 - Sertraline 100mg. Horrific withdrawal 5 m onths.

 

July 2017 - Aug 2017 - Mirtazapine 15mg. Horrific.

 

August 2017 - December 2017 Fluoxetine 10mg for 2 weeks ghen Escitalopram 20mg for 12 weeks. Never felt normal since this. Or baseline.

 

March 2018 - June 2018 - Escitalopram 5mg for 12 weeks. Stopped and here i am full of symptoms i never had.

 

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4 minutes ago, Leo1983 said:

Sooner we accept that the better.

 

Merry xmas. 

 

Happy healing 2019

Same to you, leo. 

 

:)

Trintellix (Brintellix) 5mg - December 2015 to Mid July 2018

Vitamin C 500mgs daily January 2019 - March 30 2019 Boost my immune system through my withdrawal - Stopped

Up and Up 3 Billion Probiotics - Daily for IBS. - Stopped

Up and Up 30 Billion Probiotics - Daily for IBS. - Stopped

 

June 16-26 2018: C/T to take Antiviral medication for Shingles outbreak (Due to excessive stress - SSRI Poop Out). 

June 27 2018: Reinstated (5mg)

July 14 2018 last dose due to acute withdrawal symptoms. 

 

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On 12/24/2018 at 9:42 AM, Leo1983 said:

I do still ponder on how people who cant see you or assess you can give a solid 100 % answer that we are not suffering depression or that we are suicidal. And that this is all 100% wd and that at some point it will just vanish. 

 

I get the success stories. 

 

It does play on my mind daily am i doing the right thing here whilst everything around me is on a tight rope. 

 

Is this guna end and is it all wd??? Who knows. 

 

Leo, not everything everyone is experiencing is withdrawal syndrome. In your case, you may well benefit from psychotherapy, which we cannot provide. I believe we've been very straightforward with you about this.

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Besides the GI symptoms that constantly keep changing...now its more of IBS like symptoms though not in the area I usually have them, seems some of the flu like symptoms have come back for example body temperature sensitivity were I feel the change of temperature in a room within a second that makes me think I might be falling for the flu when I'm not. Also, the odd reddish spots on my right arm have come back. Oh well. At least with last week's blood work up coming up fine, seems its just the withdrawals doing its thing.  

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Seems the odd sensation when eating and heartburn like sensation have faded away, and now being replaced by abdominal cramping on the left or right flanks, colon gurgling, which are solved with passing a bowel movement or gas. Besides that, I have my crying spells, off balance, and nausea. This has been one rough wave. 

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June 27 2018: Reinstated (5mg)

July 14 2018 last dose due to acute withdrawal symptoms. 

 

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I will second that. Its been one wave and a half. 

 

I thought i had it in hand. Then from no were slap!

 

 

May 2016 - Aug 2016 - Prozac 20mg

 

March 2017 - June 2017 - Sertraline 100mg. Horrific withdrawal 5 m onths.

 

July 2017 - Aug 2017 - Mirtazapine 15mg. Horrific.

 

August 2017 - December 2017 Fluoxetine 10mg for 2 weeks ghen Escitalopram 20mg for 12 weeks. Never felt normal since this. Or baseline.

 

March 2018 - June 2018 - Escitalopram 5mg for 12 weeks. Stopped and here i am full of symptoms i never had.

 

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On 12/28/2018 at 9:00 AM, Leo1983 said:

I will second that. Its been one wave and a half. 

 

I thought i had it in hand. Then from no were slap!

 

 

I'd rather trade these GI symptoms and get the headaches. Though, I'd be freaking out that its brain cancer.

 

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Up and Up 30 Billion Probiotics - Daily for IBS. - Stopped

 

June 16-26 2018: C/T to take Antiviral medication for Shingles outbreak (Due to excessive stress - SSRI Poop Out). 

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I dont have the health anxiety. That must be hard in wd.

 

I have pissed off anxiety. Pissed off this happened anxiety. 

 

 

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July 2017 - Aug 2017 - Mirtazapine 15mg. Horrific.

 

August 2017 - December 2017 Fluoxetine 10mg for 2 weeks ghen Escitalopram 20mg for 12 weeks. Never felt normal since this. Or baseline.

 

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1 minute ago, Leo1983 said:

I dont have the health anxiety. That must be hard in wd.

 

I have pissed off anxiety. Pissed off this happened anxiety. 

 

 

I'd be faring better if I didn't have Health Anxiety, though that pesky disorder just makes everything worse. 

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Up and Up 3 Billion Probiotics - Daily for IBS. - Stopped

Up and Up 30 Billion Probiotics - Daily for IBS. - Stopped

 

June 16-26 2018: C/T to take Antiviral medication for Shingles outbreak (Due to excessive stress - SSRI Poop Out). 

June 27 2018: Reinstated (5mg)

July 14 2018 last dose due to acute withdrawal symptoms. 

 

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On 11/1/2018 at 12:26 PM, manny03 said:

 I live in Southern California which is always warm or hot. So, it's going to be a while until I get rid of them. Though, I'll use this tip to help me out. 

 

I got a really bad heat rash on my chest whilst on vacation in early Oct!

 

We were in Croatia which at that time of year is mid 20s degrees C at most.

 

The heat rash remained most of that week and vanished when we returned to cooler temps in the UK.

 

ALSO

 

Have currently got some inflammation (atopical eczema / dermatitis) on my throat and shoulder areas.

 

For me, eczema usually raises it's ugly head when my body is struggling to cope with stress.

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5 minutes ago, Junglechicken said:

 

I got a really bad heat rash on my chest whilst on vacation in early Oct!

 

We were in Croatia which at that time of year is mid 20s degrees C at most.

 

The heat rash remained most of that week and vanished when we returned to cooler temps in the UK.

 

ALSO

 

Have currently got some inflammation (atopical eczema / dermatitis) on my throat and shoulder areas.

 

For me, eczema usually raises it's ugly head when my body is struggling to cope with stress.

I know the struggle. Right now I'd rather have rashes than these abdominal cramps. Though, they'll pass. 

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Up and Up 30 Billion Probiotics - Daily for IBS. - Stopped

 

June 16-26 2018: C/T to take Antiviral medication for Shingles outbreak (Due to excessive stress - SSRI Poop Out). 

June 27 2018: Reinstated (5mg)

July 14 2018 last dose due to acute withdrawal symptoms. 

 

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1 hour ago, Leo1983 said:

I dont have the health anxiety. That must be hard in wd.

 

I have pissed off anxiety. Pissed off this happened anxiety. 

 

 

 

Continually catastrophising and whinging about your situation does not help you or other members. 

 

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My gi symptoms have waned for now though I'm having flu like symptoms. Feel like I'm going to get a fever and feel aches and pains though no swollen lymph nodes and my temperature is normal. Also, I'm having restless legs. Can't believe I'm going through this.

 

it doesn't help that I lost my job, had the flu which rocked my CNS causing this wave, I just found out that my sister's family dog which I adored passed away. I want to cry, but can't. I feel numb. 

 

 

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Up and Up 30 Billion Probiotics - Daily for IBS. - Stopped

 

June 16-26 2018: C/T to take Antiviral medication for Shingles outbreak (Due to excessive stress - SSRI Poop Out). 

June 27 2018: Reinstated (5mg)

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Hi manny, 

 

I’m so sorry you’re struggling so much. I’m sorry to hear about the loss of your sister’s dog too, that’s very sad. It’s heartbreaking when animals die, I can’t even watch a movie where an animal dies without bawling. I know what it’s like to be totally numb too though, like you’re feeling, anhedonia really makes you so numb. 

 

You said you feel like you have the flu, I woke up with a sore throat the last couple of days, but it never eventuated into anything. I was even coughing a tiny bit. It happens occasionally with me n I think I should start swallowing the coconut oil to kill it, but then it doesn’t end up being a virus. 

 

I have CFS, which is also a CNS illness n in the past, before I knew what was wrong with me, I always pushed myself n would get sore throats all the time. I thought it was strange that I didn’t end up with a cold. Once I found out about my illness I stopped pushing myself, and now I very rarely get swollen glands. 

 

The moral of the story is same with withdrawals , don’t overdo our activity or we will pay for it. 

 

Take care, sending hugs🤗

 

 

Been on antipsychotics, benzos, antidepressants and painkillers for chronic pain. 

Have been cold turkeyed and put on and off all sorts of things.  Was suicidal n ended up in a psych ward because I had akathisia from withdrawals. I can’t remember what I was put on but when I was released was in the same predicament with severe akathisia n was suicidal again.

Back to the psych ward and I was given a number of different drugs while there. Tapered off one when I got home n have been trying to taper off Seroquel since. It’s been years, tapering slowly but still having severe withdrawals.

I’ve  tapered from 300mg of Seroquel to 7.5mg./ March 10th 2019=7.25mg / 17th of April 2019= 7mg / June 5th=6.75mg/ July 14th=6.50mg/ 28th of August=6.25mg/ 10th of Oct= 6.20mg/ 21st October 6mg/ 16th of December 5.80mg/21st of January 5.60mg/

 

I AM NOT A MEDICAL PROFESSIONAL. These are my own views based on what I’ve experienced myself.

 

 

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