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Anyone deal with Dementia type symptoms in your “Waves” and then feel some what more clear headed in the windows?


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Waving2MyWindows

This has been brutal, for the last month I’ve started to notice the “Waves and Windows” pattern somewhat starting.  Through all of this I “think” I’ve noticed a more clear window a a couple weeks back, but my memory is so bad in the waves I struggle to validate experiences via my own memory.

 

I’m 33 years old going on 85.  But then in the window I remember...maybe more like 33 years old going on 60.  

 

I hope it gets better, I feel so depersonalized on top of this all, its time travel.

2019 (poor taper jump off celexa 20mg to 10mg in 1week and xanax 1mg to .5 and jumped.

 relapsed onto Ativan 1mg per day and Effexor 150xr i think i maxed out at 225mg
2020:
tapered off Effexor April-September
tapered Ativan from late Sept-Oct
tapered Nov2-14 on Valium, JUMPED Nov 15 2020
 

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hennie86

I can definitely relate. During worsr waves I have an idea what dementia can be like. I feel terrible brain fog. Even during windows I have issues with short term memory and consentrating, but during waves its even worse and I am constantly forgetting what I am doing etc.  During windows my head is more "clear"

 

I feel DP and DR on top of this. Confusion is also good word to describe what I feel some days, especially when the brain fog is bad and experience a wave.

 

I have been making improvements slowly but it wasnt long time ago when I had a wave when the cogn symptoms got worse again

2005-2009 Lexapro 10-20mg & Remeron 7,5mg: cold turkey

2010 tried Venlafaxine (month),

2011-2012 Seroquel 25mg (8 months) & 2011-2015 Lexapro 10-20mg (tapered off during 4 months) 

2014 6 days Cipro(antibiotics) adverse reaction

2015-2016 (all these drugs during 9 months,did not tolerate most of them ) : tried Remeron. Reinstatement of Lexapro 3 months after stopping it: fail. Akathisia, insomnia. Zyprexa10mg, Sodium Valproate, Temazepam(20mg), Oxazepam 30-45 mgs. switching meds: Seroquel 50-100mg, Oxazepam  30-45mg , Temazepam 20mg. Then back to Zyprexa 10mg, Temazepam20mg, doctor took me off Oxazepam fast. Then Zyprexa 20mg, Temazepam 20mg, melatonin10mg ( sometimes very rarely Valium 10 mg.) Zyprexa: cold turkey because Zyprexa made akathisia intolerable after every dose. After it insomnia, 24/7 akathisia. Bad reactions to supplements

2016 spring daily  Valium 15mg>0mg (used for 4,5 months and during that time slowly tapered off), Temazepam 40 mg > 25 mg (tapered in 3 months)

2016 summer Temazepam 25 mg > 20 mg, melatonin 2,5 mg

2016 november Melatonin 0,5 mg, Temazepam 20 mg.  Started tapering again.

2021 march (microtapering) Temazepam 4,0 mg Supplements: probiotics, magnesium oil occasionally, melatonin 0,5 mg

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Yes, it's quite frightening. I forget very basic things, zone out, can't think, can't focus... And I also feel like it's affected me in the windows as well. When I get tired I start to feel it. Sometimes I feel like I'm slurring my words slightly (partner says he hasn't noticed, so it's probably very mild because I definitely feel it). Omega-3 fish oil is helpful for supporting brain function (or hemp seed oil if you're vegan/vegetarian). 

Jan 2020-now - Tranexamic acid and 800mg ibuprofen for heavy periods

2015-2020 - Sertraline (Zoloft) - started at 25mg, went up to 200mg, tapered back down to 75mg, off in August 2020 (don't recall dates)

2015-now - Ritalin on and off as needed

2015 for 6 months - (before Sertraline) a month on Lithium, list of others I can't recall, Quetiapine (period of psych trying me on different drugs to see what would 'work')

 

Supplements: Probiotics | Magnesium + zinc + B6 | Hemp seed oil (omega-3) | Ferrograd (iron) + vitamin C | Collagen 

 

Intro topic: lostmysock: Sertraline 5 years, off since August 2020

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