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December 15 started lexapro 5mg for panic attacks and anxiety.

 

One week after notice mild hamstring soreness

 

two weeks after severe hamstring soreness, (maybe restless leg)?, and full body joint pain.  I was basically bedridden and went to a clinic where they tested me for the flu, I tested negative.

 

I quit taking the pills after two days of this.

 

The symptoms subsided a bit over the next week then suddenly got bad again a week after discontinuation.  I had Burning skin sensation, severe restless legs or hamstring pain, and joint pain that feels like theflu.  Currently I'm a few days from three weeks after stopping and can barely sleep because the pain is so great.  I'm terrified this is something else because no Dr will admit that this **** drug is poison and "there is no documented case of this happening"  WELL ITS HAPPENING TO ME SO DOCUMENT IT!

 

The pain I would describe is me, a 27 year old male, feels like I just turned 99 years old.  I'm calling my mom daily crying about not being able to sleep and being in constant pain.

 

Has anyone had anything like this after a short and low dose?  I'm really afraid I have some other terminal illness.  Besides anxiety about this pain, I haven't actually had a panic attack in a while.

May 2016 - Sept 2016 Ativan 1mg

December 2018 - December 2019 Klonopin .5mg, Lexapro 5mg daily

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Hi bresh and welcome to SA,

 

Unfortunately the answer to your question is Yes, it has happened to others.  I'm very pleased to hear that you stopped taking the drug so soon after realising that you were experiencing an adverse reaction to it.  Unfortunately we have some members whose doctors have told them that they are start up effects and told them to continue taking the drug.

 

Please see this topic:  are-we-there-yet-how-long-is-withdrawal-going-to-take

 

Especially:  But I only took it for a Week

 

 

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Unfortunately you may continue to experience times of discomfort.  We strongly encourage members to learn and use non drug coping techniques to help get through tough times.

 

Understanding what is happening helps us to not get caught up with the second fear, or fear of the fear.  This happens when we experience sensations in our body and because we don't understand them we are scared of them and then start to panic.

 

This document has a diagram of the body explaining what happens in the body when we become anxious:

 

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

 

 

Audio FEMALE VOICE:  First Aid for Panic (4 minutes)

 

Audio MALE VOICE:  First Aid for Panic (4 minutes)

 

Non-drug techniques to cope

 

dealing-with-emotional-spirals

 

Dr Claire Weekes suffered from anxiety and learned and taught ways of coping.  There are videos available on YouTube.

 

Claire Weekes' Method of Recovering from a Sensitized Nervous System

 

Audio:  How to Recover from Anxiety - Dr Claire Weekes

 

 
Resources:  Centre for Clinical Interventions (PDF modules that you can work through, eg:  Depression, Distress Intolerance, Health Anxiety, Low Self-Esteem, Panic Attacks, Perfectionism, Procrastination, Social Anxiety, Worrying)
 
On 4/28/2017 at 4:03 AM, brassmonkey said:

 

AAF: Acknowledge, Accept, Float.  It's what you have to do when nothing else works, and can be a very powerful tool in coping with anxiety.  The neuroemotional anxiety many of us feel during WD is directly caused by the drugs and their chemical reactions in the brain.  Making it so there is nothing we can do about them.  They won't respond to other drugs, relaxation techniques and the like.  They do, however, react very well to being ignored.  That's the concept behind AAF.  Acknowledge, get to know the feeling involved, explore them.  Accept, These feelings are a part of you and they aren't going anywhere fast. Float, let the feeling float off as you get on with your life as best as you can.  It's a well documented fact that the more you feed in to anxiety the worse it gets.  What starts as generalized neuroemotinal anxiety can be easily blown into a full fledged panic attack just by thinking about it.

 

I often liken it to an unwanted house guest.  At first you talk to them, have conversations, communicate with them.  After a while you figure out that they aren't leaving and there is nothing you can do to get rid of them.  So you go on about your day, working around them until they get bored and leave.

 

It can take some practice, but AAF really does work.  I hope you give it a try.

 

 

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ADs:  25 years - 1 unknown, Prozac (muscle weakness), Zoloft; citalopram (pooped out) CTed (very sick for 2.5 wks a few months after)

Pristiq:  50mg 2012, 100mg beg 2013 (Serotonin Toxicity)  Tapering Oct 2015  Current from 14 Nov 2020:  Pristiq 0.50 mg

My tapering program                                      My Intro (goes to my tapering graph)

My website - includes my brief history + links to videos & information on the web

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

REMINDER TO SELF:  I don't need the drug now, but my still brain does.

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Because you have had such a bad reaction to a psychiatric drug I would caution you against taking any sort of them again.  Please be aware that there are some drugs that the brain adapts to getting but people don't realise that.  I suggest that you research any drug which is suggested before taking it.

 

Examples:

 

Bupropion, sold under the brand names Wellbutrin and Zyban among others, is a medication primarily used as an antidepressant and smoking cessation aid. It is an effective antidepressant on its own, but is also used as an add-on medication in cases of incomplete response to first-line SSRI antidepressants.

 

Pregabalin, marketed under the brand name Lyrica among others, is a medication used to treat epilepsy, neuropathic pain, fibromyalgia, and generalized anxiety disorder. It is a gabapentinoid and acts by inhibiting certain calcium channels.

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ADs:  25 years - 1 unknown, Prozac (muscle weakness), Zoloft; citalopram (pooped out) CTed (very sick for 2.5 wks a few months after)

Pristiq:  50mg 2012, 100mg beg 2013 (Serotonin Toxicity)  Tapering Oct 2015  Current from 14 Nov 2020:  Pristiq 0.50 mg

My tapering program                                      My Intro (goes to my tapering graph)

My website - includes my brief history + links to videos & information on the web

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

REMINDER TO SELF:  I don't need the drug now, but my still brain does.

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Just found this response by another moderator to another membr:

 

An adverse reaction to any drug could take awhile for your mind/body and nervous system to sort out.

 

Immediate adverse reactions to SSRIs? How long for recovery?

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ADs:  25 years - 1 unknown, Prozac (muscle weakness), Zoloft; citalopram (pooped out) CTed (very sick for 2.5 wks a few months after)

Pristiq:  50mg 2012, 100mg beg 2013 (Serotonin Toxicity)  Tapering Oct 2015  Current from 14 Nov 2020:  Pristiq 0.50 mg

My tapering program                                      My Intro (goes to my tapering graph)

My website - includes my brief history + links to videos & information on the web

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

REMINDER TO SELF:  I don't need the drug now, but my still brain does.

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Wow Chessie!  Thank you so much for compiling this answer.  It really puts me at ease.  I was really freaking out that it was something more.  I even got tested for autoimmune disorders as well, which tests showed that I do not have thank god.  I really think the timing of when all these symptoms happens points to it being the medication.  Its disheartening to hear that it can be a long process but hoenstly if youve suffered from anxiety and panic attacks you get used to ignoring weird sensations and im trying to get better at it.

 

You're seriously a lifesaver and I appreciate it.

May 2016 - Sept 2016 Ativan 1mg

December 2018 - December 2019 Klonopin .5mg, Lexapro 5mg daily

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You're very welcome.  I'm pleased that the information on SA has helped.

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ADs:  25 years - 1 unknown, Prozac (muscle weakness), Zoloft; citalopram (pooped out) CTed (very sick for 2.5 wks a few months after)

Pristiq:  50mg 2012, 100mg beg 2013 (Serotonin Toxicity)  Tapering Oct 2015  Current from 14 Nov 2020:  Pristiq 0.50 mg

My tapering program                                      My Intro (goes to my tapering graph)

My website - includes my brief history + links to videos & information on the web

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

REMINDER TO SELF:  I don't need the drug now, but my still brain does.

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Hi bresh, 

 

How are you doing?💚

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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I took Lexapro 5mg for almost 4 weeks, that was 7 months ago.. The burning you mentioned started 2 months ago here. 5 months after ct. Its hell. Driving me insane.. Whole torso on fire all the time, everything hurts. I feel your pain. How u doin now..? 

2008 - Setralin 150mg, CT after 1 year. 
2015 - Venlafaxin 150mg. CT after 1 month. 
2016 - Brintellix 100mg, CT after  2 years.
2018 

January - Mirtazapin 25 mg, CT after 1 month. 
Mars - Setralin 100 mg. CT after 1 month. 
August- Lexapro 5 mg. CT after 1 month, adverse reaction. Stopped all benzo, sleeping pills here too. 

2019 

January - Took fluconazol and itraconazol, strong reaction, like bein floxed. 

January - Used progesteronecream 200mg a day for 1 month. Severe reaction month 2 so i stopped (maybe built up cream in tissues?) 

April - Took plan-B, this messed me up the most. 

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Hi Carmie and Repent

 

Thank you so much for reaching out again.  I'm glad you reminded me to post.  Its been months since I quit and I'm going A LOT better.  I had the joint pain for a while, the DR said that it could be like a post viral reaction or just random swelling in tendons people get.  I don't really believe her.  I dont have any more joint pain or burning as of today.  But for the last four days I've had a really brutal migraine which is now scaring me that I have a tumor or something.  I'm hoping its just whatever and my anxiety is making it worse.

 

I am convinced that all of that ****, and maybe the migraines, are from lexapro as I didn't have this **** before.

 

Hope you are all well and its comforting knowing you guys check in on people.

 

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May 2016 - Sept 2016 Ativan 1mg

December 2018 - December 2019 Klonopin .5mg, Lexapro 5mg daily

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Altostrata

Hello, bresh, how are you doing?

This is not medical advice. Discuss any decisions about your medical care with a knowledgeable medical practitioner.

"It has become appallingly obvious that our technology has surpassed our humanity." -- Albert Einstein

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1 minute ago, Altostrata said:

Hello, bresh, how are you doing?

Hey altostrata,

 

im doing so much better. I haven’t had any side effect type symptoms from the lexapro for a while. Still managing panic and anxiety but using ACT therapy which has helped tons. I hope people can find this thread and know that there is a way to get through the tunnel and feel better.

 

thanks for checking in and best of luck

May 2016 - Sept 2016 Ativan 1mg

December 2018 - December 2019 Klonopin .5mg, Lexapro 5mg daily

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ChessieCat

Hi bresh and thank you for updating us.

 

What drugs and doses are you currently taking?

 

Please update your drug signature if there have been changes.  Thanks.

NEW!!!              INTERVIEW with Altostrata, SA's founder               NEW!!! 

 

ADs:  25 years - 1 unknown, Prozac (muscle weakness), Zoloft; citalopram (pooped out) CTed (very sick for 2.5 wks a few months after)

Pristiq:  50mg 2012, 100mg beg 2013 (Serotonin Toxicity)  Tapering Oct 2015  Current from 14 Nov 2020:  Pristiq 0.50 mg

My tapering program                                      My Intro (goes to my tapering graph)

My website - includes my brief history + links to videos & information on the web

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

REMINDER TO SELF:  I don't need the drug now, but my still brain does.

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Altostrata

Thanks for popping in. How long did it take for you to recover? What was the pattern of your recovery?

 

Because you're feeling better, I added our cheerful "here comes the sun" symbol ☼ to the title of your Intro topic, to show you're recovering.

 

Please continue to let us know how you're doing. I hope you will add your story to our Recovery Success Stories eventually!

This is not medical advice. Discuss any decisions about your medical care with a knowledgeable medical practitioner.

"It has become appallingly obvious that our technology has surpassed our humanity." -- Albert Einstein

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