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moses

I read that itch and rashes can be caused by hormones. I also have an itchy rash on my inner thighs.

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Patience

I have had intense itching on my right foot since last June. I eliminated dairy for a month and eggs for two weeks, but got no relief from the itching. I then concluded it must be thyroid related, so I waited it out and kept on scratching it. My thyroid is finally stabilized, but I still itch. I've made a mess out of my foot. It spread up my left leg and now it's on my hands. I've recently tried putting an ice pack on it for a few minutes and that seems to take the itch away. I think it's a vicious cycle, so I'm trying to break it by using the ice packs. So far it's been working, but I only started doing it today.

 

Whatever you put on your skin gets absorbed into your body. Think hormone and nicotine patches. I'm opting for the natural route, however inconvenient it is because I don't want the long term effects from steroids and other drugs.

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ajnjj

After They started me on Paxil, almost immediately I started to experience a severe burning sensation in my legs. actually, mostly the thighs and upper legs. The pharmacist said it waS A negative reaction, however, my doctor and family told me to stick it out an I did. the burning sensation eventually went away. After i weaned Paxil, all was okay, after a few months I started getting those burning sensations out of no where, they were severe. it was at this point the docs thought I had MS. After numerous tests, they decided it wasnt MS, it was a relapse in my anxiety. Thats when they put me on Lex again. The burning stopped. Well, I am 14 weeks off Lexapro. Guess what? Here is the burning again. My entire right leg. down to my foot. Its awful. I was wondering if anyone else experienced this or why, if anyone knows, the burning started 14 weeks after my last pill? among all my other symptoms, this added, its kind of making me lose it again.....Anyone have any ideas? Suggestions? I get a monthly b12 shot....doesnt really do anything...lol

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Barbarannamated

Ajnjj,

Both my husband and his brother got burning feet on Prozac. They couldn't tolerate it. I don't know what the mechanism is. It *seems* like side effects that are known to be treatment-emergent also happen during tapering/withdrawal (mood lability in particular). This is just my informal observation. I'm sure someone will have better info.

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alexjuice

Is it worse at different times of the day? Or associated with any activity -- like bathing?

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ajnjj

Not associated with an activity. Seems to come and go. So strange it just started again out of the blue. Never had it before the paxil. And it travels!!!!

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Shanti

Geez, I feel like I just pick up topics left and right and say "Yep, I do that too". Yes, I get this sometimes on my back. It seems to correlate with back pain. It almost feels like I put some Icy-Hot on it. I was also suspected of having MS for other reasons but found no lesions. So they don't know. Who knows. smh.

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Maybe

I also have this symptom on and off. Mostly during the course of some weeks, but very irregular. Then it is gone again for a month or so. It also changes quite a lot. Started with burning all over my body for some minutes when going to bed, to needles and pins in some areas or whole body to burning around throat and neck and round again.

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ajnjj

Hi all,

 

Quick question. I'm a little over 6 months off lexapro. I have developed a skin tingling, bug crawling sensation similair to when I first had a bad reaction to paxil. What does it mean???

 

Anxiety comes and for a throughout day. Head symptoms went away for a little while but are now back....shaking vision went away but is now back. What does it all mean??

 

Is my anxiety back? Is it a disease? Am I actually crazy???

 

I thought I was doing so well now Im scared again.

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jr1985

I have the skin tingling sensation too, even after reinstating. I don;t think it's anything to worry about, it's just our nervous system trying to balance itself out.

 

From what I have read, it seems to be normal for symptoms to come and go in waves. As time goes on the bad waves get shorter and good waves get longer.

 

It's not a disease and you're not crazy, it's just your nervous system recovering from the shock of withdrawal.

 

I know it's scary and you want to get better now, we all do, but it will get better eventually, it just takes time.

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annej

Hi all,

 

Quick question. I'm a little over 6 months off lexapro. I have developed a skin tingling, bug crawling sensation similair to when I first had a bad reaction to paxil. What does it mean???

 

Anxiety comes and for a throughout day. Head symptoms went away for a little while but are now back....shaking vision went away but is now back. What does it all mean??

 

Is my anxiety back? Is it a disease? Am I actually crazy???

 

I thought I was doing so well now Im scared again.

 

Hi ajnjj,

 

Your symptoms, although distressing, are not dangerous and are not a sign of mental illness or disease. Everything you describe is a symptom of anti-depressant withdrawal. The question that some of the "old timers" can help you with is whether or not reinstating a very small dose will be helpful or not. Some people get relief from reinstating a small amount and then doing a really, really, slow taper. Some people do not. It is very individual. :) Hugs, Annej

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GiaK

skin crawling sensations are generally some form of parasthesia...and are often associated with drug withdrawal.

 

there are all sorts of parasthesias and they can all vary greatly in severity as well...

 

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Parasthesia

 

they can be anything from mildly annoying to painfully acute...

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ajnjj

I gotta say, after 6 months being off these drugs I am never reinstating. I don't care what happens to me.

 

I've never felt crazy like this. Never felt helpless to symptoms. I have awful allergies and haven't taken an antihistamine in over 7 months.

 

Everything in my body , especially my head, is so messed up. Reinstating, not an option. But I thank you all for your advice and suggestions. Gives me slight comfort.

I truly thought after 6 months id be feeling way better.

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annej

I gotta say, after 6 months being off these drugs I am never reinstating. I don't care what happens to me.

 

I've never felt crazy like this. Never felt helpless to symptoms. I have awful allergies and haven't taken an antihistamine in over 7 months.

 

Everything in my body , especially my head, is so messed up. Reinstating, not an option. But I thank you all for your advice and suggestions. Gives me slight comfort.

I truly thought after 6 months id be feeling way better.

 

I am so sorry for your suffering. For many, myself included, this process takes much time. Much more time than I ever thought possible. Setbacks, improvements, followed by setbacks and then hopefully restoration of full health. This site has been a source of great comfort for me and I hope it does the same for you. :) Many hugs, Annej

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Nikki

ajnjj ~

 

I do admire your determination to not reinstate. That takes guts. The symptoms you have described are WD symptoms. When you initially had the onset of anxiety you probably had physical symptoms (we all do) but I bet they were nothing like this.

 

Anxiety is anxiety, but the other stuff is not the original problem. Just look at everyone's symptoms, we all have the same stuff. When we all first had anxitey, Ibet we did not all have the same symptoms.

 

When I got off Lexapro It took a good year to have the effects wear off. Lexapro was a hellacious drug to get off of for me.

 

Nikki B)

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ajnjj

hey guys,

 

Thanks, I get it. I go through waves as you all do. I know we are all suffering and I know we are all fighting. Today, for instance, I had to fight to keep my attention focused. I literally felt like my brain was going in super slow motion. It was awful!

 

I hope one day we can all look back and say that this experience made us stronger, smarter and better off....however, it feels lke its making me slower, crazy and sick....

 

If I can say one thing, I have noticed some WD symptoms have faded. And have not returned. That is a good thing. I can handle the crawling skin. I can handle the tingling/numbness. I can even handle the stomach issues or weird pains. But i gotta tell ya, these head symptoms....Whew. They get to me. This includes the visual stuff guys, its pretty intense. I stopped taking the fish oil about 2 months ago. I took 2 the other day when the head symptoms started again. Well, I almost came out of my skin. I felt like I was on speeed. The next day I took them agan, figured that I never had a reaction from fish oil before so it must have been a fluke. No way, again, got that speedy feeling. So I guess no more fish oil for a while.

 

I wonder why that happened all of a sudden? Anyone have anything like that happen? Anyone feeling any better these days?

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Dani

I've been having that creepy crawly feeling in my skin & what feels like in my brain. Ugh.

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Fenrir

since I started reducing from 20mg I started breaking out, now at 14mg and not stable I'm breaking out very badly. Are the two things correlated, withdrawal and acne? 

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merged similar topics

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Sweetcreature

I don't think so Lex...I have suffered acne on a off for a long time..are you eating a lot of sugar?  stay away from it for a few weeks and see - its a known toxin! If I avoid it my skin clears up quickly and effectively, try to avoid dairy too - I think some people have also spotted a link with it.

 

SC

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Fenrir

well if you consider that wd can impact strongly on your hormonal system, I would not exclude that some link exist

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ladybug

I have had the same exact experience. I had clear skin throughout my whole life (even puberty) until I was 26 years old and my taper went below 20mg.  My skin started breaking out and hasn't stopped since. Five years later (still tapering) and I have a face full of scars, and still breaking out. I manage to keep it somewhat under control with a benzoyl peroxide regimen and lactic acid lotion. I miss my flawless skin. These drugs wreak havoc with your hormones so I absolutely believe it's WD.

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WinningThrough

Hi. I was searching for skin topics and I came across this one.

 

In withdrawal, the skin on my face keeps going really dry hard and flaky. A couple of times this week, it's like I've had a skin peel or something. I've literally had to rub all the flaky skin off my face. It's really sore. I'm not using anything different on my face. Every shampoo I use makes my ski worse and my scalp is ridiculously flaky too. I have hard skin on my ear lobes. There seems to be no moisture in my skin anywhere.

 

Anyone else had this? Withdrawal really does wipe out every ounce of self esteem we have, doesn't it? I used to always have low self esteem and before these drugs, I was in a really good place with that. Now, my self esteem is shot to shreds.

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Swedishgirl

Hi. I'm having a rough night. It's four in the morning and I'm tired but can't sleep. It's for many reasons, but one big reason is that I'm having one of those nights when I feel allergic to all kinds of materials. My skin isn't itching, but I have this extreme "unpleasant feeling" all over my body, that I don't know how to get rid off. I've moved around from my bed to the floor, from my floor to my couch, changing clothes more than five times, but nothing can take away the unpleasant skin-sensations.

Does anybody recognize this, and if so, is there anything I can do about it? I can't see any connection between different fabrics and these sensations, but maybe there's something else that's causing them? Can I reduce these unpleasant sensations by excluding gluten or wheat from my diet or something? Will the sensations reduce over time?

 

If anybody have had this problem, and now is free from it, please tell me about it and give me some hope!

 

I haven't written my drug story in my profile yet, but I'm currently (on the day actually, which feels very sad) two months off an adverse reaction to Prozac.

 

Thanks in advance and all the best!

/An atm very sad swedishgirl with little hope.

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Petunia

several similar topics merged

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DLB

I also have a skin thing too, I took a different brand of fish oil two nights ago and for about an hour after my skin felt like fire as well as my eyes. I really hate having to wear any clothes other than loose sweats. Never was like this before tapering. Also, last night as I fell asleep I heard what sounded like water running then scratching sounds in head while my fingers felt like they were being pulled had to force myself up like from sleep paralysis.

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cymbaltawithdrawal5600

A lot of these 'weird skin things' are symptoms of a nervous system reacting erratically to various normal stimuli. It will eventually calm down but in the mean time, soothing baths, and magnesium via soaking in epsom salts baths MAY help. Distraction is also necessary but it is inconvenient to do when you are trying to sleep. Just be assured, a lot of this stuff goes away in time.

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DLB

So has anyone had their skin return to normal when they got off ssri's? My skin has gotten so thin prob from elevated cortisol for so long.

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ang

My skin has been awful all the years on these drugs.   I didnt realise.  Scabby face, scabby scalp, and of all things constant pain in my left ear  .  Now I find out it is all the AD use.  Now I have given them up and in WD, my skin is like that, all sort of peely, but the ear soreness and scabby face has all but gone (I hope).

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Dee1100

This started a few days ago. In my upper back just on one side towards the shoulder I have this strange pain/sensation when I lightly touch or brush my fingers against the skin. It's freaking me out. I'm withdrawing off Luvox - currently down to25mg from 75mg and have been having a horrific time with withdrawal.

Anyone else experience symptoms similar to this? Any reassurance would be much appareciated.

 

Dee

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Petunia

Hi Dee,

Is this anything like a burning sensation?  Different kinds of nerve pain and unusual sensations are common in withdrawal.  This topic on 'skin issues' has some discussion about it:

 

http://survivingantidepressants.org/index.php?/topic/611-skin-issues/

 

 

A lot of these 'weird skin things' are symptoms of a nervous system reacting erratically to various normal stimuli. It will eventually calm down but in the mean time, soothing baths, and magnesium via soaking in epsom salts baths MAY help. Distraction is also necessary but it is inconvenient to do when you are trying to sleep. Just be assured, a lot of this stuff goes away in time.

 

If you are really worried about it, you could check with your doctor.

 

Please would you start an introduction topic for yourself in our intro/update section, so we can get to know you better.

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LexAnger

I have been suffering constant needling pain all over on top of other pain for the entire withdrawal for 2 years, and it can cuse heart failing sometimes in my case when it's very severe. My symptoms meet the entire set for fybromygia.

 

Lots ppl have this from either side effect or/and WD.

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someday

Hi everyone,

 

Sorry to hear about all your pain.

 

I had an MRI this morning due to tingling and electric zap sensations all over my body (seriously - every single area has been affected at one point or another, even my tongue and inside my nose!) I am certain it's due to the Lexapro withdrawal, but it's still frightening, especially if you are prone to hypochondria. I will get the results tomorrow and hopefully that will put an end to my paranoia about potential sinister causes of this issue.

 

Most of the posts in this thread are quite old now but if you read this can you let us know how your skin sensations are doing now?? Thanks!

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LexAnger

Hi someday,

 

We have very similar meds history with lex etc. except for you have been on higher doses and tapered off now while I am still playing games with this evil drug.

 

Tingling sensation is most common to lex users, you can find specific topic for that in the pins and deedling sensation topic. I believe it's not a type of skin problems ppl are talikng about here.

 

I will find the link for you next.

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Leeantics

Hey guys! I have been reading a lot around the internet about this topic and was wondering if anyone else has experienced this. Back in high school I tried Wellbutrin and LOVED it however two weeks in, I got hives all over my body which was very discouraging because, to this day, it is the only medicine I have ever liked. I am currently weaning off Prozac and would really love to try Wellbutrin again. I have read quite a bit about how people have been starting the medicine, getting hives, letting the medicine clear out of their system, then starting back up again at a lower dose and adding an antihistamine (Claritin/Zyrtec). I know of course you have to be careful of severe reactions, etc, but I was wondering if anyone else had this problem and what did you do for it? Or have you found anything else similar to Wellbutrin that you liked?

 

Thanks!

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Altostrata

You are allergic to Wellbutrin. Taking a psychiatric drug to which you are allergic can lead to life-threatening problems.

 

This is a site for going off drugs. As such, we do not discuss the comparative merits of psychiatric drugs in order to get re-medicated. There are many sites on the Web, such as http://www.depressionforums.org/, where members enthusiastically dish about their drug cocktails. I suggest you go there for the discussion you seek.

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