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CanyonsandRivers: General anesthesia during withdrawal

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Hi everyone. This is my first post! I appreciate everyone taking the time to post here. It has helped me immensely. 


June 2018 I did a rapid taper- nearly cold turkey off lexapro and lithium which I had been taking for ten years. Lithium was only needed after I began lexapro as it was making me hypomanic. 


Once I quit lexapro, I began having paradoxical reactions to lithium and several mood stabilizers I tried thereafter. Everything made me more manic. I began having extreme noise sensitivity- the sound of my own breathing was bothering me. Motion out of the corner of my eye was bothersome.The sound of someone rubbing their hands together or rubbing their hands on clothing or thighs would send me through the roof. Any small amount of sugar overwhelms my system and makes the noise sensitivity get worse and I get a racing heart, etc. My mood is still all over the place and the noise sensitivity is still terrible. People dragging their feet, clicking of women shoes etc are really difficult for me. Small amount of medicine or antibiotics or vitamins etc. makes these symptoms worse. 


While I tapered lexapro June 2018, I still tried some mood stabilizer up to September 2018. October 2018 is the first true month of no meds at all, so I begin my withdrawal date on Oct 1. This puts me at 7.5 months of withdrawal.


I have listed my symptoms to see if there are others who have/had similar symptoms can give me feedback on what their experience was like if they had to undergo general anesthesia. I need to have surgery, which means they will give me antibiotic shot as well as general anesthesia. I will likely be able to go without pain meds. 


Can anyone with similar symptoms and history chime in regarding anesthesia? Did it send you into a terrible wave? a big set back? How long did it take to recover, etc.


Thanks much! Feel free to ask me any questions. 


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Hello, CanyonsandRovers, and welcome to SA.


Here is some information on general anesthesia during withdrawal.

Surgery and Anesthesia - Surviving Antidepressants

Sound sensitivity is a very common withdrawal symptom.

Increased sensitivity to light, noise, sound, exercise etc - Symptoms ...

Regarding antibiotics, you want to avoid the fluorquinoles group as they can cause major problems someone in withdrawal, so request another type of antibiotic.  Common fluoroquinolone include Cipro and Levaquin.


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