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Today's update.  Overall good day today.  Woke upv with very mild burning/numb feeling in my head. No nausea. Almost felt like myself.

 

 

4:30 a.m. woke up slept on and off until 7:00 about 7 hours of sleep. Woke up very tired, like I barely slept, but that's how I feel every morning and miod brain sensations burning/numbness 

8:00 took 1.5 mg Valium, 

8:30 took 133 mg magnesium and 1400 mg fish oil, ate breakfast.

10:00 went to bible study. Increased anxiety and brain sensations.

12:00 1mg Valium, ate lunch still brain sensations, less anxiety

1:00 brain sensations lessened to mild, no anxiety

2:00 133 mg magnesium and 1400 mg fish oil

4:00 took .5 mg Ativan, still mild brain sensations

5:45 ate supper

6:00 update SA pag

7:00 133 mg magnesium 

8:00 .5 mg Ativan

9:30 54 mg of Trazadone and .5 mg Melatonin 

 

Effexor 2008 - 2017 37.5 Mg . Upped to 150 mg on 2017.  November of 2017 to March 2018 went from 150 mg to 0.

Ativan May 2018 started 1 - 2 mg daily stayed at 1mg Sept 2018. 03/9/19 .975mg, 03/16 .950mg, 04/13 .94, 04/20 .93, 04/27 .916 slowly tapered from April to  August 2019 at .77mg,  December 2020 .10mg, Jan 2021 0.0 MG 

Valium June 2018 started 10 mg currently 2.5 mg daily, September 2021 0.0 mg

Trazadone started March 2018 100 mg at night to sleep Oct 16, 2018 went to 75 mg , November 13, 2018 67.5 mg, Dec 11 60.75 mg, January 21, 2019  54 mg, 02/09 50 mg, March 2022 0.0 mg

Six Ketamine treatments September 2018.  2 treatments a week for 3 weeks

Completely drug free as of March 2022

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Today's update.  Not as good a day as yesterday.  Burning/tight feeling in brain was moderste all day.

 

 

4:30 a.m. woke up slept on and off until 7:00 about 6.5 hours of sleep. Woke up very tired, like I barely slept, but that's how I feel every morning and moderate brain sensations burning/numbness. Mild nausea. 

8:00 took 1.5 mg Valium, 

8:30 took 133 mg magnesium and 1400 mg fish oil, ate breakfast.

12:00 1mg Valium, ate lunch still brain sensations, no nausea 

2:00 133 mg magnesium and 1400 mg fish oil, crying spells 

4:00 took .5 mg Ativan, still moderate brain sensations

5:45 ate supper

7:00 update SA page. Moderate brain sensations, tired.

7:00 133 mg magnesium 

8:00 .5 mg Ativan

9:30 54 mg of Trazadone and .5 mg Melatonin 

 

Effexor 2008 - 2017 37.5 Mg . Upped to 150 mg on 2017.  November of 2017 to March 2018 went from 150 mg to 0.

Ativan May 2018 started 1 - 2 mg daily stayed at 1mg Sept 2018. 03/9/19 .975mg, 03/16 .950mg, 04/13 .94, 04/20 .93, 04/27 .916 slowly tapered from April to  August 2019 at .77mg,  December 2020 .10mg, Jan 2021 0.0 MG 

Valium June 2018 started 10 mg currently 2.5 mg daily, September 2021 0.0 mg

Trazadone started March 2018 100 mg at night to sleep Oct 16, 2018 went to 75 mg , November 13, 2018 67.5 mg, Dec 11 60.75 mg, January 21, 2019  54 mg, 02/09 50 mg, March 2022 0.0 mg

Six Ketamine treatments September 2018.  2 treatments a week for 3 weeks

Completely drug free as of March 2022

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I thought you were going to reduce trazodone?

 

Here's another way to improve sleep: Soft music 

 

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3 hours ago, Altostrata said:

I thought you were going to reduce trazodone?

I was going to wait until Monday, when it was three weeks from last cut, but I'll reduce it tonight.  I guess I misunderstood something in your post.  

 

Effexor 2008 - 2017 37.5 Mg . Upped to 150 mg on 2017.  November of 2017 to March 2018 went from 150 mg to 0.

Ativan May 2018 started 1 - 2 mg daily stayed at 1mg Sept 2018. 03/9/19 .975mg, 03/16 .950mg, 04/13 .94, 04/20 .93, 04/27 .916 slowly tapered from April to  August 2019 at .77mg,  December 2020 .10mg, Jan 2021 0.0 MG 

Valium June 2018 started 10 mg currently 2.5 mg daily, September 2021 0.0 mg

Trazadone started March 2018 100 mg at night to sleep Oct 16, 2018 went to 75 mg , November 13, 2018 67.5 mg, Dec 11 60.75 mg, January 21, 2019  54 mg, 02/09 50 mg, March 2022 0.0 mg

Six Ketamine treatments September 2018.  2 treatments a week for 3 weeks

Completely drug free as of March 2022

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Today's update.  Overall ok.  Woke upv with very moderate burning/numb feeling in my head. No nausea. Throat a little more thinker feeling than usual. Some crying spells on and off.

I will be going to 50 mg Trazadone tonight. 

How much fish oil should I be taking?  Mine has 647 mg EPA and 253 mg of DHA.

 

 

5:00 a.m.  Woke up very tired, like I barely slept, but that's how I feel every morning and moderate brain sensations burning/numbness 

8:00 took 1.5 mg Valium, ate breakfast

8:30 took 133 mg magnesium and 1400 mg fish oil, ate breakfast. still moderate brain issues, feeling disconnected.  

9:30 went to two stores. Felt very disconnected, more brain issues while out. 

12:00 1mg Valium, ate lunch still brain sensations, 

1:00 brain sensations lessened to mild

2:00 133 mg magnesium and 1400 mg fish oil

4:00 took .5 mg Ativan, still mild brain sensations

5:45 ate supper

6:30 update SA page

7:00 133 mg magnesium 

8:00 .5 mg Ativan

9:30 50mg of Trazadone and .5 mg Melatonin 

 

Effexor 2008 - 2017 37.5 Mg . Upped to 150 mg on 2017.  November of 2017 to March 2018 went from 150 mg to 0.

Ativan May 2018 started 1 - 2 mg daily stayed at 1mg Sept 2018. 03/9/19 .975mg, 03/16 .950mg, 04/13 .94, 04/20 .93, 04/27 .916 slowly tapered from April to  August 2019 at .77mg,  December 2020 .10mg, Jan 2021 0.0 MG 

Valium June 2018 started 10 mg currently 2.5 mg daily, September 2021 0.0 mg

Trazadone started March 2018 100 mg at night to sleep Oct 16, 2018 went to 75 mg , November 13, 2018 67.5 mg, Dec 11 60.75 mg, January 21, 2019  54 mg, 02/09 50 mg, March 2022 0.0 mg

Six Ketamine treatments September 2018.  2 treatments a week for 3 weeks

Completely drug free as of March 2022

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Today's update.  Overall good day today.  

 

 

5:30 a.m. woke up slept on and off until 7:00 about 6.5!hours of sleep. Woke up very tired, like I barely slept, but that's how I feel every morning and moderate brain sensations burning/numbness. Some anxiety

8:00 took 1.5 mg Valium, ate breakfast

8:30 took 133 mg magnesium and 1400 mg fish oil, feeling emotional, cryingbspells

10:00 went to church. Low anxiety

12:00 1mg Valium, ate lunch still brain sensations, less anxiety

1:00 brain sensations lessened to mild, no anxiety

2:00 133 mg magnesium and 1400 mg fish oil

4:00 took .5 mg Ativan, very mild brain sensations, very mild anxiety

5:45 ate supper

6:30 update SA page.  Very mild brain sensations and mild anxiety

7:00 133 mg magnesium 

8:00 .5 mg Ativan

9:30 50 mg of Trazadone and .5 mg Melatonin 

 

Effexor 2008 - 2017 37.5 Mg . Upped to 150 mg on 2017.  November of 2017 to March 2018 went from 150 mg to 0.

Ativan May 2018 started 1 - 2 mg daily stayed at 1mg Sept 2018. 03/9/19 .975mg, 03/16 .950mg, 04/13 .94, 04/20 .93, 04/27 .916 slowly tapered from April to  August 2019 at .77mg,  December 2020 .10mg, Jan 2021 0.0 MG 

Valium June 2018 started 10 mg currently 2.5 mg daily, September 2021 0.0 mg

Trazadone started March 2018 100 mg at night to sleep Oct 16, 2018 went to 75 mg , November 13, 2018 67.5 mg, Dec 11 60.75 mg, January 21, 2019  54 mg, 02/09 50 mg, March 2022 0.0 mg

Six Ketamine treatments September 2018.  2 treatments a week for 3 weeks

Completely drug free as of March 2022

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Today's update.    Woke up with very moderate burning/numb feeling in my head. Mild nausea.

 

 

4:30 a.m. woke up slept on and off until 7:00 about 7 hours of sleep. Woke up very tired, like I barely slept, but that's how I feel every morning and moderate brain sensations burning/numbness 

8:00 took 1.5 mg Valium, 

8:30 took 133 mg magnesium and 1400 mg fish oil, ate breakfast.

9:00 crying spells, increased anxiety

11:00 went to store

12:00 1mg Valium, ate lunch still brain sensations, less anxiety

1:00 brain sensations lessened to mild, no anxiety

2:00 133 mg magnesium and 1400 mg fish oil

4:00 took .5 mg Ativan, still moder ate brain sensations

6:15 ate supper

6:45 update SA page. Still moderate brain sensations

7:00 133 mg magnesium 

8:00 .5 mg Ativan

9:30 50 mg of Trazadone and .5 mg Melatonin 

 

Effexor 2008 - 2017 37.5 Mg . Upped to 150 mg on 2017.  November of 2017 to March 2018 went from 150 mg to 0.

Ativan May 2018 started 1 - 2 mg daily stayed at 1mg Sept 2018. 03/9/19 .975mg, 03/16 .950mg, 04/13 .94, 04/20 .93, 04/27 .916 slowly tapered from April to  August 2019 at .77mg,  December 2020 .10mg, Jan 2021 0.0 MG 

Valium June 2018 started 10 mg currently 2.5 mg daily, September 2021 0.0 mg

Trazadone started March 2018 100 mg at night to sleep Oct 16, 2018 went to 75 mg , November 13, 2018 67.5 mg, Dec 11 60.75 mg, January 21, 2019  54 mg, 02/09 50 mg, March 2022 0.0 mg

Six Ketamine treatments September 2018.  2 treatments a week for 3 weeks

Completely drug free as of March 2022

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I am concerned about the brain sensations that I'm having.  I've had issues all along but it seems  more pronounced in the last month but some days are better than others. Is it part of withdrawal symptoms or is it drug interactions.  Do I do a quick taper or continue a slow taper? I'm very nervous.  My therapist recommended a dr. Who supports people coming off medications but does it quickly.  So far my current doctor will support slow taper. 

 

Effexor 2008 - 2017 37.5 Mg . Upped to 150 mg on 2017.  November of 2017 to March 2018 went from 150 mg to 0.

Ativan May 2018 started 1 - 2 mg daily stayed at 1mg Sept 2018. 03/9/19 .975mg, 03/16 .950mg, 04/13 .94, 04/20 .93, 04/27 .916 slowly tapered from April to  August 2019 at .77mg,  December 2020 .10mg, Jan 2021 0.0 MG 

Valium June 2018 started 10 mg currently 2.5 mg daily, September 2021 0.0 mg

Trazadone started March 2018 100 mg at night to sleep Oct 16, 2018 went to 75 mg , November 13, 2018 67.5 mg, Dec 11 60.75 mg, January 21, 2019  54 mg, 02/09 50 mg, March 2022 0.0 mg

Six Ketamine treatments September 2018.  2 treatments a week for 3 weeks

Completely drug free as of March 2022

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Today's update.    Woke up with very moderate burning/numb feeling in my head. Mild nausea. Lots of crying spells today.

 

 

3:30 a.m. woke up fell back aslerp around 5:30slept on and off until 7:00 about 6hours of sleep. Woke up very tired, like I barely slept, but that's how I feel every morning and moderate brain sensations burning/numbness 

8:00 took 1.5 mg Valium, 

8:30 took 133 mg magnesium and 1400 mg fish oil, ate breakfast.

9:00 crying spells started 

11:00 therapy apointmnt 

12:00 1mg Valium, ate lunch still brain sensations

1:00 brain sensations lessened to mild, no anxiety crying spells

2:00 133 mg magnesium and 1400 mg fish oil.

4:00 took .5 mg Ativan, still mild brain sensations. Still crying spells 

6:15 ate supper

6:30 update SA page. Still mildbrain sensations, crying spells

7:00 133 mg magnesium 

8:00 .5 mg Ativan

9:30 50 mg of Trazadone and .5 mg Melatonin 

 

Effexor 2008 - 2017 37.5 Mg . Upped to 150 mg on 2017.  November of 2017 to March 2018 went from 150 mg to 0.

Ativan May 2018 started 1 - 2 mg daily stayed at 1mg Sept 2018. 03/9/19 .975mg, 03/16 .950mg, 04/13 .94, 04/20 .93, 04/27 .916 slowly tapered from April to  August 2019 at .77mg,  December 2020 .10mg, Jan 2021 0.0 MG 

Valium June 2018 started 10 mg currently 2.5 mg daily, September 2021 0.0 mg

Trazadone started March 2018 100 mg at night to sleep Oct 16, 2018 went to 75 mg , November 13, 2018 67.5 mg, Dec 11 60.75 mg, January 21, 2019  54 mg, 02/09 50 mg, March 2022 0.0 mg

Six Ketamine treatments September 2018.  2 treatments a week for 3 weeks

Completely drug free as of March 2022

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You're taking a benzo several times a day. Diazepam has a half-life of more than 4 days. Whatever diazepam you take today is overlapping with the diazepam you took the past week. Plus the Ativan.

 

Still not clear what "brain sensations" mean. Disorientation? Confusion? Spinning? Inability to focus?

 

Do you feel better, worse, or the same since you reduced trazodone?

 

Up to you whether you want to go off drugs slow or fast. If you go to the doctor for a fast taper, strongly recommend you first find out what this person would do if you got withdrawal symptoms.

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3 minutes ago, Altostrata said:

Still not clear what "brain sensations" mean. Disorientation? Confusion? Spinning? Inability to focus?

The sensations are sometimes a burning feeling in my scalp, or a tightness like pressure.  Some days worse than others.

 

4 minutes ago, Altostrata said:

Do you feel better, worse, or the same since you reduced trazodone?

I feel about the same. Sleep has been the same.  The burning sensation has increased maybe a little, but not sure it's from Trazadone reduction.

 

6 minutes ago, Altostrata said:

Up to you whether you want to go off drugs slow or fast. If you go to the doctor for a fast taper, strongly recommend you first find out what this person would do if you got withdrawal symptoms.

I dont want to do a fast taper as I am afraid of further withdrawal symptoms.  I am just getting panicky I guess and want off these drugs as everyone else would like off theirs too.  Not having a good day.  But I want to get off them as safely as possible.

 

Effexor 2008 - 2017 37.5 Mg . Upped to 150 mg on 2017.  November of 2017 to March 2018 went from 150 mg to 0.

Ativan May 2018 started 1 - 2 mg daily stayed at 1mg Sept 2018. 03/9/19 .975mg, 03/16 .950mg, 04/13 .94, 04/20 .93, 04/27 .916 slowly tapered from April to  August 2019 at .77mg,  December 2020 .10mg, Jan 2021 0.0 MG 

Valium June 2018 started 10 mg currently 2.5 mg daily, September 2021 0.0 mg

Trazadone started March 2018 100 mg at night to sleep Oct 16, 2018 went to 75 mg , November 13, 2018 67.5 mg, Dec 11 60.75 mg, January 21, 2019  54 mg, 02/09 50 mg, March 2022 0.0 mg

Six Ketamine treatments September 2018.  2 treatments a week for 3 weeks

Completely drug free as of March 2022

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@Altostrata I read that taking magnesium with the diazapam can cause it. Should in stop taking magnesium for now while I taper? I guess I should taper diazapam instead of Ativan first?

 

Effexor 2008 - 2017 37.5 Mg . Upped to 150 mg on 2017.  November of 2017 to March 2018 went from 150 mg to 0.

Ativan May 2018 started 1 - 2 mg daily stayed at 1mg Sept 2018. 03/9/19 .975mg, 03/16 .950mg, 04/13 .94, 04/20 .93, 04/27 .916 slowly tapered from April to  August 2019 at .77mg,  December 2020 .10mg, Jan 2021 0.0 MG 

Valium June 2018 started 10 mg currently 2.5 mg daily, September 2021 0.0 mg

Trazadone started March 2018 100 mg at night to sleep Oct 16, 2018 went to 75 mg , November 13, 2018 67.5 mg, Dec 11 60.75 mg, January 21, 2019  54 mg, 02/09 50 mg, March 2022 0.0 mg

Six Ketamine treatments September 2018.  2 treatments a week for 3 weeks

Completely drug free as of March 2022

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If I were you, I'd taper Ativan first. The benzos work together.

 

Don't understand your question about magnesium. You're taking so much benzo so often, it hardly matters when you take magnesium.

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2 minutes ago, Altostrata said:

Don't understand your question about magnesium. You're taking so much benzo so often, it hardly matters when you take magnesium.

I had seen in one of the links you sent me that magnesium and diazapam could cause burning sensation so I thought maybe it might help for now to not take as much.  I realize the benzos are the real issue.  I see my Pdoc next week and will get a script for liquid Ativan. 

 

Effexor 2008 - 2017 37.5 Mg . Upped to 150 mg on 2017.  November of 2017 to March 2018 went from 150 mg to 0.

Ativan May 2018 started 1 - 2 mg daily stayed at 1mg Sept 2018. 03/9/19 .975mg, 03/16 .950mg, 04/13 .94, 04/20 .93, 04/27 .916 slowly tapered from April to  August 2019 at .77mg,  December 2020 .10mg, Jan 2021 0.0 MG 

Valium June 2018 started 10 mg currently 2.5 mg daily, September 2021 0.0 mg

Trazadone started March 2018 100 mg at night to sleep Oct 16, 2018 went to 75 mg , November 13, 2018 67.5 mg, Dec 11 60.75 mg, January 21, 2019  54 mg, 02/09 50 mg, March 2022 0.0 mg

Six Ketamine treatments September 2018.  2 treatments a week for 3 weeks

Completely drug free as of March 2022

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1 minute ago, Rezten said:

I see my Pdoc next week and will get a script for liquid Ativan. 

 

Good idea. Please let us know how you're doing.

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It's been just about a year since my last dose of Effexor.  I though i would share what the past year has been like for me. Maybe it's a form of therapy for me to share this, I'm not sure but i felt complled to write. 

 

The first 2-3 months I was fairly functional but lots of anxiety and emotional spirals.  I had to stop working in April, and I had been admitted twice to partial hospitalization programs.  I saw three different doctors as well. Not one would accept I was in protracted withdrawal, they threw one medication after another at me and I didn't know what I didn't know.  I don't remember all of them, some I only took once or twice, they aren't listed in my signature.  I was told I was sensitive to medications, I was looking for the perfect pill, I wasn't giving the drugs enough time to work.  Every drug I tried made me worse.  Except benzos. They helped for a short time. A year and a half ago I didn't know what benzos were.  When I started taking them, I realized they can be addictive but was told I wouldn't have trouble coming off. I tried to be careful, take them occasionally, but I got desperate for relief and was assured I could come off. I was also prescribed Trazadone for sleep and was told I could stop taking it at anytime. 

 

Finally in September I found SA, Thank God!  I realized I was misinformed to put it nicely.  By that time it was to late to reinstate, but SA has been very helpful with helping me with benzo and Trazadone taper.  

 

By September I was pretty much bed bound, could hardly eat, extreme nausea, brain issues, palpitations, insomnia etc.  Symptoms most of us go through. That time is a blur for me, but what I do remember still makes me cringe.  

 

I have had some improvement since then. I am still home mostly, but I can sometimes go out to eat with my husband, I can go to church and bible study and to the Grocery store. I can listen to music again, I can watch TV, and shower.  All these things are still uncimfortable, but I can push through them. My faith in God has grown stronger in the past year and gives me strength.

 

My symptoms now consist of a lot of emotional spirals, neuro emotions.  I'm always anxious, fearful, suicidal ideation, hopeless, nausea but not as intense and I have had weeks when it is gone completely,. Brain pressure too. It comes and goes.  I still have trouble sleeping and wake up feeling hortible. I have derealization.   I wonder how I will ever recover or stabalize while I still have drugs to come off of and it scares me.  But I am grateful for what I can do. I can go for short walks outside.  I can make supper most of the time and I need to remember what I can do when I get really down, but it's very hard to do.  

 

I have a long road a head of me, but I'm hoping next year at this time, my life will be much brighter and I can share that hope with everyone.

 

Effexor 2008 - 2017 37.5 Mg . Upped to 150 mg on 2017.  November of 2017 to March 2018 went from 150 mg to 0.

Ativan May 2018 started 1 - 2 mg daily stayed at 1mg Sept 2018. 03/9/19 .975mg, 03/16 .950mg, 04/13 .94, 04/20 .93, 04/27 .916 slowly tapered from April to  August 2019 at .77mg,  December 2020 .10mg, Jan 2021 0.0 MG 

Valium June 2018 started 10 mg currently 2.5 mg daily, September 2021 0.0 mg

Trazadone started March 2018 100 mg at night to sleep Oct 16, 2018 went to 75 mg , November 13, 2018 67.5 mg, Dec 11 60.75 mg, January 21, 2019  54 mg, 02/09 50 mg, March 2022 0.0 mg

Six Ketamine treatments September 2018.  2 treatments a week for 3 weeks

Completely drug free as of March 2022

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