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On 11/16/2019 at 4:15 PM, Callie said:

Hello, Longroadhome!

 

Here is a list of the skin issues that I have dealt with or still am dealing with in AD WD. Never had any of this in my life until my FT off of the drugs.

 

 

 

Sensations

 

Itching (Insatiable itching subsided months ago. Still have itching that comes in waves.)

 

Sparking sensations on arms (Went away months ago.)

 

Burning (Intensity has eased but still very uncomfortable, especially on arms.)

 

Stinging (Intensity has eased but still very uncomfortable, especially on arms.)

 

Stabbing (Gone)

 

Feeling that arms are wrapped in cactus plants (Gone)

 

Frozen to the bone (Felt this in my arms and hands. Now occasionally, only my hands.)

 

Light touches cause tickly sensation that goes directly into my head.

 

 

 

Hypersensitivity

 

Mostly affects fingers, hands, and arms

 

Extremely smooth, textureless things feel normal

 

Anything with the slightest texture feels like sandpaper, burlap, etc.

 

Perhaps tactile sensory filtering gates in my brain are always open.

 

 

 

Rashes/Skin Eruptions (Easing up on these)

 

Hives

 

Single, itchy eruptions that look just like mosquito bites

 

Rash erupted in 2018 on skin that had received radiation therapy over 20 years ago. This rash completely disappeared but came back recently with less intensity. It’s disappearing again.

 

Two very rough textured rashes. One on my arm is gone. One on leg is still there. These last for months.

 

 

 

Appearance

 

Fingers are most often pruny looking

 

Tight looking skin on palms of hands

 

Dermatographia

 

Some things like dental floss and eating utensils leave red indents on my fingers and palms that last for hours.

 

 

 

There’s probably more than this, and I can go into a heck of a lot of detail about it all. I figured I’d keep it short. If you questions though, just let me know. I still have to update my signature page with all my symptoms past and present. I’ll let you know when that’s done.

 

 

 

What symptoms are you having, Longroadhome, with skin or other?

 

 

 

Healing thoughts to you,

 

 

 

Callie

 

Hi callie

im out at the moment and want to reply in detail to you so I’ll do this when I get home . 

Short term suffice to say for the most part I have all the sensations you have or do have 

interested in the tickle sensation you get with light touches because this has just started happening with me . 

Hives rashes bites extreme cold feeling in arms and hands have them all

and like you never had a problem before ever . 

Thank you so much for post I’ll get back to you later .

LRH 

October 2004 Paxil 20mg - October 2018, 14 years

Nov 2018 Pregabalin - 2x50 mg a day to help with Paxil WD

August 2019 Pregabalin - 2 x 25mg a day 

April 2020 Pregabalin - 45mg, May 40mg, June 35mg, beg July 30mg, end July 25mg, Aug 24mg 

June 2021   Pregabalin - 14mg,

October 2018 Paxil - 20 mg, November 15mg, December 10mg  

February 2019 Paxil- 7.5mg crashed, February 8.5mg, Nov 8mg 

March 2020 Paxil - 7.2mg, April 6.5mg, May 5.9mg, June 5.4mg, July 4.8mg, December 4.5mg 

January 2021 Paxil - 4mg, February 3.6mg, March 3.2mg, April 2.9mg

 

these dates are approximate 

 

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Maybe, are you taking fish oil/omega 3?   Ever since I've been using fish oil, my skin has been noticeably oilier. It annoys me, but if you can tolerate fish oil, it might help you! If not, even

@Callie

 

Hi and thank you for detailed reply of skin issues. It helps all of us in WD. 

 

I’ll try and keep this part brief. I started my journey with poop out in August 2018. Though looking back poop out was there long before I just didn’t realise it. 

Started tapering paxil by cutting 5mg every month from Nov 2918 to Feb 2019 . 20mg to 7.5mg when I crashed.  Tried rescue dose to 8.5mg and this is where I have stayed. To help with WD symptoms doctor put me on pregabalin 150mg a day  taken in 50mg tablets morning noon night. I wasn’t happy with being on this tablet so started to wean myself off again too quickly. End of July 2019 I got to 25mg a day of pregabalin and crashed. This is when I did a cold turkey from both meds for two days . At the end of the third day I came to my senses and started taking 8.5mg of Paxil and 25mg twice daily of Pregabalin.  And this is where I have stayed for nearly 4 months . However I have now gone into what feels like protracted withdrawal. 

 

Many many symptoms 

anxiety depression agitation poor sleep tinnitus akathesia rage dry eyes brittle hair spots on face that leave pock marks dizzy spells and much more. 

Three months ago I got a UTI and took antibiotics. It came back some weeks later  and again I took antibiotics. I started to get a really bad rash incredibly itchy and scabby. These covered chest and back and lasted about two weeks. Along with the rash I started getting hives . The hives have been with me ever since. For about 9 weeks now. I’m on antihistamines . It just takes the edge off them . They come in clusters all over my body . Worse of an evening . For about the last three weeks I’ve also got what feels like nerve endings all over my body that intermittently tingle then itch for a few seconds (is this the same as your tickle sensation I wonder?) I also get the rash on skin and eruptions of “mosquito” bites. 

I have been to a dermatologist and she said because of coming of the antidepressants and having two UTIs it has made my body very sensitive and this is why I am getting the hives etc. She also said I have Dermatographia. 

And the same as you I also have burning stinging sensations that are with me every day. 

Extreme cold in arms and hands are with me too not good now the winter is here. 

 

And this is where I am at the moment.  

 

It’s  good to hear you are improving . I have a friend on the site who tells me everyone heals  from between  two and five years of being in WD. 

 

What were /are your other symptoms Callie? 

 

Sending healing thoughts your way

LRH 

October 2004 Paxil 20mg - October 2018, 14 years

Nov 2018 Pregabalin - 2x50 mg a day to help with Paxil WD

August 2019 Pregabalin - 2 x 25mg a day 

April 2020 Pregabalin - 45mg, May 40mg, June 35mg, beg July 30mg, end July 25mg, Aug 24mg 

June 2021   Pregabalin - 14mg,

October 2018 Paxil - 20 mg, November 15mg, December 10mg  

February 2019 Paxil- 7.5mg crashed, February 8.5mg, Nov 8mg 

March 2020 Paxil - 7.2mg, April 6.5mg, May 5.9mg, June 5.4mg, July 4.8mg, December 4.5mg 

January 2021 Paxil - 4mg, February 3.6mg, March 3.2mg, April 2.9mg

 

these dates are approximate 

 

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Hello, Longroadhome!

 

I am going to update my page right now with all symptoms. Look for it here:

 

Callie: Venlafaxine XR or Effexor XR - hoping to be well someday

 

It'll probably be on page 5 or 6.

 

Callie

Lexapro: 2004-2010; Effexor XR 225 mg.: May 2010 - April 2017

Abilify 5 mg.: May 2010 - April 2017; Buspirone 60 mg.: 2004 - April 2017; Trazadone 100 mg.: 2004 - April 2017; Xanax: as needed; Fast taper

 

 

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A year and a half into stabilising. Since about October, I've started to get eczema under my left eye, and it then appeared on my right eyelid. Now I believe it's spreading to under my right eye. I'm just using E45 cream on it, sugar free diet, have cut out cashew nut butter in case that was causing it. It's itchy and burny. Fascinating to read this thread and see it could be from Citalopram WD.

The last time I had eczema was in my teens, so this is quite random. My skin is very dry, I'm 50 and post menopause, but I'm also attributing it to WD.

January 2008 to April 2015 Citalopram 20mg to 5mg, reducing in 50 per cent leaps. Jumped off at 5mg

March 2016 used MDMA triggered setback

April 2016 Citalopram 10mg October 2016 cut to 5mg, May 2017 cut to 2.5mg

May 2018 used MDMA triggered setback

June 2018 Citalopram 2.5mg up to 10mg, then back to 5mg

July/ August 2018 7.5mg, then 10mg

June 2019 updosed to 20mg Citalopram

August 2019 cold switch to Venlafaxine 75mg XR

Supplements; 1100mg fish oil daily; also 100mg Magnesium Glycinate. Tried Vagifem 10mcg from mid May 2021 to mid June 2021; caused depression, so stopped.

 

 

 

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@Ryguy, yes, I've aged about 20 years in the span of a month. Not sure if it's due to withdrawal or hormones (I've been using a cream in which the main ingredient, turns out, is a phytoestrogen). I've also lost a lot of my hair (scalp, eyebrows, eyelashes) and have developed incredibly thin and wrinkly skin. Also I get random hives.

PRN = as needed; WDR = withdrawal reaction; ADR = adverse reaction

2007: Started BC pills  2008: Prozac 0 --> 80 mg  2010: Tapered Prozac 80 --> 0 mg  2015: LSD/shrooms/MDMA once; Xanax 0.25 mg PRN; Prozac 0 --> 40 mg; Lamictal 0 --> 150 mg  2018: Tapered Prozac 40 --> 0 mg (WDR); Klonopin 0.125 mg PRN  2019: DC'd BC pills (WDR); Klonopin 0.125 mg PRN; tapered Lamictal 150 --> 35 mg (WDR); Trileptal 0 --> 4 mg   2020: Jan: one BC pill (ADR + hormonal effects); Apr-Jun: curcumin cream daily + Elidel cream PRN (ADR + hormonal effects); Oct: started melatonin 0.375 mg; Nov: acupuncture treatment (ADR + hormonal effects); Dec: tapered off melatonin 0.375 mg

2021: Jan: benzoyl peroxide cream (ADR); Feb: started probiotic; Mar: tapered off probiotic

Current medications: Lamictal 35 mg, Trileptal 4 mg 

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@Ryguy, yes, I've aged about 20 years in the span of a month. Not sure if it's due to withdrawal or hormones (I've been using a cream in which the main ingredient, turns out, is a phytoestrogen). I've also lost a lot of my hair (scalp, eyebrows, eyelashes) and have developed incredibly thin and wrinkly skin. Also I get random hives.

Me too, what is going on?!?

 

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I am in my third year of tapering Cymbalta with about 1.5 to 2 years left.  Withdrawal symptoms are brutal and agonizing and one of them is very severe itching.  It migrates from one part of my body to another with each stint lasting several months.  It's so bad that it keeps me awake.  It's truly bizarre and I haven't found anything that helps.  My dermatologist prescribed a cream but it's worthless.  My guess is that this is something I'll have to live with for years along with other life-disrupting symptoms.   

 

2016-Aug-Prescribed 2 mg Ativan & 10 mg Ambien; Oct-c/o from 20 mg Lexapro to 60 mg Cymbalta; Nov-Dec-Tapered off 10 mg Ambien    

2017-Jan-Feb c/o from 1.75 mg Ativan to 13 mg Valium & begin daily liquid micro taper; May-taper Cymbalta 60 mg to 48 mg with severe withdrawals.  Begin 11 month Cymbalta hold.

2018-Jan 11 completed Valium taper; Apr-Resume Cymbalta taper.  Interval dose progress: Apr 43 mg; May 40 mg; Jul 35 mg; Sep 29 mg; Dec 21 mg; 

2019- Apr 14 mg; Jun 11 mg; Aug 9 mg; Oct 7 mg; Nov 6 mg

2020-Jan 5.2 mg; Feb 4.8 mg; Mar 4.3 mg; Apr 3.9 mg; May 3.5 mg; Jun 3.3 mg; Jul 2.9 mg; Aug 2.7 mg; 28 Sep 2.4 mg/12 beads; 25 Oct 2.2 mg/11 beads; 22 Nov 2.0 mg/10 beads; 20 Dec 1.8 mg/9 beads

2021- 17 Jan 1.6 mg/8 beads; 14 Feb 1.4 mg/7 beads; 18 Mar 1.2 mg/6 beads; 18 Apr 1.0 mg/5 beads; 16 May

0.8 mg/4 beads; 13 Jun 0.6 mg/3 beads; 11 Jul 0.5 mg/2 beads 

 

 

 

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17 hours ago, gardenlady said:

very severe itching.  It migrates from one part of my body to another with each stint lasting several months.  It's so bad that it keeps me awake.

 

It might be worth keeping a food diary to see if there is something you are ingesting which is causing/worsening the itching. 

 

I sometimes experience severe itching and it drives me nuts, making me want to rip my skin off, so I understand how difficult it is to cope with it.  It usually happens in the late evening just before bed time.  The area I get the itching is mainly where the body heat builds up (across my bikini line and pubic area) when I've been sitting at the computer for a while.  I had previously thought that it was caused by coleslaw that I had bought, but it recently started again and I had been eating egg tomatoes but no coleslaw every day for 3 days.  I think I had been eating the egg tomatoes when I was eating the coleslaw.  I've recently eaten truss tomatoes and I can't recall having the itching, or if I did it wasn't too bad.  I suspect that the egg tomatoes might contain more of whatever is causing the itchiness.  I've also thought that I might have got itching from eating a yoghurt with probiotics (which I bought because it was on special) whereas regular yoghurt doesn't seem to cause a problem.  However, I can't recall if I had been eating tomatoes at the same time as the yoghurt.

 

I found an old bottle of calamine lotion in the cupboard and used that and it worked really well and quickly and I've been able to get to sleep after using it.

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Current from July 2021:  Pristiq 0.11mg

ADs since ~1992:  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 

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Just as some people find that their skin problems are caused by certain foods, I've found that mine are due to Cymbalta withdrawal.  I have found over my many years of tapering that my withdrawal symptoms are unrelated to anything I do or don't eat or drink.  

 

2016-Aug-Prescribed 2 mg Ativan & 10 mg Ambien; Oct-c/o from 20 mg Lexapro to 60 mg Cymbalta; Nov-Dec-Tapered off 10 mg Ambien    

2017-Jan-Feb c/o from 1.75 mg Ativan to 13 mg Valium & begin daily liquid micro taper; May-taper Cymbalta 60 mg to 48 mg with severe withdrawals.  Begin 11 month Cymbalta hold.

2018-Jan 11 completed Valium taper; Apr-Resume Cymbalta taper.  Interval dose progress: Apr 43 mg; May 40 mg; Jul 35 mg; Sep 29 mg; Dec 21 mg; 

2019- Apr 14 mg; Jun 11 mg; Aug 9 mg; Oct 7 mg; Nov 6 mg

2020-Jan 5.2 mg; Feb 4.8 mg; Mar 4.3 mg; Apr 3.9 mg; May 3.5 mg; Jun 3.3 mg; Jul 2.9 mg; Aug 2.7 mg; 28 Sep 2.4 mg/12 beads; 25 Oct 2.2 mg/11 beads; 22 Nov 2.0 mg/10 beads; 20 Dec 1.8 mg/9 beads

2021- 17 Jan 1.6 mg/8 beads; 14 Feb 1.4 mg/7 beads; 18 Mar 1.2 mg/6 beads; 18 Apr 1.0 mg/5 beads; 16 May

0.8 mg/4 beads; 13 Jun 0.6 mg/3 beads; 11 Jul 0.5 mg/2 beads 

 

 

 

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On 7/11/2011 at 11:32 PM, Eliotsmum said:

Hi: I've been off Pristiq for 3 months now, 3 weeks into w/d I started getting hives, they were bad, I have been keeping them at bay with a low dose antihistamine evey 2 days. I am now taking the antihistamine every 3 days.... they are getting better....I'm now worrying about them now. I just know that they will soon subside.....

 

October 2004 Paxil 20mg - October 2018, 14 years

Nov 2018 Pregabalin - 2x50 mg a day to help with Paxil WD

August 2019 Pregabalin - 2 x 25mg a day 

April 2020 Pregabalin - 45mg, May 40mg, June 35mg, beg July 30mg, end July 25mg, Aug 24mg 

June 2021   Pregabalin - 14mg,

October 2018 Paxil - 20 mg, November 15mg, December 10mg  

February 2019 Paxil- 7.5mg crashed, February 8.5mg, Nov 8mg 

March 2020 Paxil - 7.2mg, April 6.5mg, May 5.9mg, June 5.4mg, July 4.8mg, December 4.5mg 

January 2021 Paxil - 4mg, February 3.6mg, March 3.2mg, April 2.9mg

 

these dates are approximate 

 

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On 7/4/2020 at 2:27 PM, gardenlady said:

Just as some people find that their skin problems are caused by certain foods, I've found that mine are due to Cymbalta withdrawal.  I have found over my many years of tapering that my withdrawal symptoms are unrelated to anything I do or don't eat or drink.  

 

For the information of all members:  misterkarenb-hot-itchy-while-on-effexor

 

 

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Plodding along inch by inch:  12" = 1',  3' =  36 " or 1 yard,  1760 yards  = 63,360" or 1 mile

Current from July 2021:  Pristiq 0.11mg

ADs since ~1992:  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 

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

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

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The skin problem I've had while tapering Cymbalta has become more sinister and has evolved from an itching rash to bloody sores in multiple places over my body.  It's so bizarre.  I have bloody dots all over my nightgown and sheets.  The odd thing is that they don't heal, rather, they itch and remain like widespread small open sores.  I use generic Neosporin, but haven't found anything that really helps. 

 

While many people write of burning skin during withdrawal, I am experiencing a different form of it in these bloody rashes/sores.  Both problems are caused by iatrogenic neuropathy as a result of damage to the CNS by the antidepressant or other psych drug.  In my case, it's not food-related or alleviated by any dietary intervention.  I just hope it eventually goes away once I'm off the drug (still a year or more left in my taper) and, hopefully, begin the long recovery process.  

 

2016-Aug-Prescribed 2 mg Ativan & 10 mg Ambien; Oct-c/o from 20 mg Lexapro to 60 mg Cymbalta; Nov-Dec-Tapered off 10 mg Ambien    

2017-Jan-Feb c/o from 1.75 mg Ativan to 13 mg Valium & begin daily liquid micro taper; May-taper Cymbalta 60 mg to 48 mg with severe withdrawals.  Begin 11 month Cymbalta hold.

2018-Jan 11 completed Valium taper; Apr-Resume Cymbalta taper.  Interval dose progress: Apr 43 mg; May 40 mg; Jul 35 mg; Sep 29 mg; Dec 21 mg; 

2019- Apr 14 mg; Jun 11 mg; Aug 9 mg; Oct 7 mg; Nov 6 mg

2020-Jan 5.2 mg; Feb 4.8 mg; Mar 4.3 mg; Apr 3.9 mg; May 3.5 mg; Jun 3.3 mg; Jul 2.9 mg; Aug 2.7 mg; 28 Sep 2.4 mg/12 beads; 25 Oct 2.2 mg/11 beads; 22 Nov 2.0 mg/10 beads; 20 Dec 1.8 mg/9 beads

2021- 17 Jan 1.6 mg/8 beads; 14 Feb 1.4 mg/7 beads; 18 Mar 1.2 mg/6 beads; 18 Apr 1.0 mg/5 beads; 16 May

0.8 mg/4 beads; 13 Jun 0.6 mg/3 beads; 11 Jul 0.5 mg/2 beads 

 

 

 

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5 hours ago, gardenlady said:

The skin problem I've had while tapering Cymbalta has become more sinister and has evolved from an itching rash to bloody sores in multiple places over my body.  It's so bizarre.  I have bloody dots all over my nightgown and sheets.  The odd thing is that they don't heal, rather, they itch and remain like widespread small open sores.  I use generic Neosporin, but haven't found anything that really helps. 

 

While many people write of burning skin during withdrawal, I am experiencing a different form of it in these bloody rashes/sores.  Both problems are caused by iatrogenic neuropathy as a result of damage to the CNS by the antidepressant or other psych drug.  In my case, it's not food-related or alleviated by any dietary intervention.  I just hope it eventually goes away once I'm off the drug (still a year or more left in my taper) and, hopefully, begin the long recovery process.  

Wishing you well with the rest of your taper. Your sores caught my eye....I did a switch from Cit to Ven last year. Currently holding to get as stable as possible before tapering off these drugs. Anyway, three months after the switch,.my skin started to go a bit strange....eczema on my eyelids and my face breaking out. You're right, they are like little sores, they take ages to go away and leave little scars. Very weird. I also hope it will clear up as my system settles and I begin to taper.

January 2008 to April 2015 Citalopram 20mg to 5mg, reducing in 50 per cent leaps. Jumped off at 5mg

March 2016 used MDMA triggered setback

April 2016 Citalopram 10mg October 2016 cut to 5mg, May 2017 cut to 2.5mg

May 2018 used MDMA triggered setback

June 2018 Citalopram 2.5mg up to 10mg, then back to 5mg

July/ August 2018 7.5mg, then 10mg

June 2019 updosed to 20mg Citalopram

August 2019 cold switch to Venlafaxine 75mg XR

Supplements; 1100mg fish oil daily; also 100mg Magnesium Glycinate. Tried Vagifem 10mcg from mid May 2021 to mid June 2021; caused depression, so stopped.

 

 

 

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Sorry you're having this symptom, too.  The bloody rashes I have are getting worse the lower in dosage I get despite a slow taper.  They are larger patches and more widespread over my body than before.  They do itch, but the bleeding is the most annoying as it continually stains my clothing, sheets and gowns.  It's odd that the patches don't heal, rather, they continue to flare for months at a time and then migrate around to different areas.  I do my best not to scratch, but it's pretty impossible as there are so many patches.  Sometimes I feel like I need mittens on my hands 24/7 which is impossible, of course. 

 

2016-Aug-Prescribed 2 mg Ativan & 10 mg Ambien; Oct-c/o from 20 mg Lexapro to 60 mg Cymbalta; Nov-Dec-Tapered off 10 mg Ambien    

2017-Jan-Feb c/o from 1.75 mg Ativan to 13 mg Valium & begin daily liquid micro taper; May-taper Cymbalta 60 mg to 48 mg with severe withdrawals.  Begin 11 month Cymbalta hold.

2018-Jan 11 completed Valium taper; Apr-Resume Cymbalta taper.  Interval dose progress: Apr 43 mg; May 40 mg; Jul 35 mg; Sep 29 mg; Dec 21 mg; 

2019- Apr 14 mg; Jun 11 mg; Aug 9 mg; Oct 7 mg; Nov 6 mg

2020-Jan 5.2 mg; Feb 4.8 mg; Mar 4.3 mg; Apr 3.9 mg; May 3.5 mg; Jun 3.3 mg; Jul 2.9 mg; Aug 2.7 mg; 28 Sep 2.4 mg/12 beads; 25 Oct 2.2 mg/11 beads; 22 Nov 2.0 mg/10 beads; 20 Dec 1.8 mg/9 beads

2021- 17 Jan 1.6 mg/8 beads; 14 Feb 1.4 mg/7 beads; 18 Mar 1.2 mg/6 beads; 18 Apr 1.0 mg/5 beads; 16 May

0.8 mg/4 beads; 13 Jun 0.6 mg/3 beads; 11 Jul 0.5 mg/2 beads 

 

 

 

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34 minutes ago, gardenlady said:

the bleeding is the most annoying as it continually stains my clothing, sheets and gowns.

 

I realise that this doesn't solve the cause, but just wanted to let you know that the best way to remove blood stains is cold water and plain soap, not detergent.  If you can't or don't want to do spot cleaning, you can use pure soap in the washing machine.  It might be expensive to buy brand soap flakes, I used to be able to get generic, but you can buy Coles pure soap cakes and grate them with the fine side of a grater and dissolve it in a small amount of hot water.

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Plodding along inch by inch:  12" = 1',  3' =  36 " or 1 yard,  1760 yards  = 63,360" or 1 mile

Current from July 2021:  Pristiq 0.11mg

ADs since ~1992:  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 

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

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

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50 minutes ago, gardenlady said:

Sorry you're having this symptom, too. ... It's odd that the patches don't heal, rather, they continue to flare for months at a time and then migrate around to different areas. 

Thanks @gardenlady. Likewise, sorry you're experiencing this. It's so weird. At first, I thought it was acne....but as you say, it just doesn't heal for ages and migrates. And of course, it has to be on my face 😐 These drugs are the gift that keeps on giving ....

January 2008 to April 2015 Citalopram 20mg to 5mg, reducing in 50 per cent leaps. Jumped off at 5mg

March 2016 used MDMA triggered setback

April 2016 Citalopram 10mg October 2016 cut to 5mg, May 2017 cut to 2.5mg

May 2018 used MDMA triggered setback

June 2018 Citalopram 2.5mg up to 10mg, then back to 5mg

July/ August 2018 7.5mg, then 10mg

June 2019 updosed to 20mg Citalopram

August 2019 cold switch to Venlafaxine 75mg XR

Supplements; 1100mg fish oil daily; also 100mg Magnesium Glycinate. Tried Vagifem 10mcg from mid May 2021 to mid June 2021; caused depression, so stopped.

 

 

 

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On 12/1/2019 at 3:18 AM, sunnysideup69 said:

A year and a half into stabilising. Since about October, I've started to get eczema under my left eye, and it then appeared on my right eyelid. Now I believe it's spreading to under my right eye.

This is what I’m going through right now. I’ve had a rash under my right eye since July and every once in a while it threatens to spread to my left but then disappears from that side. I’ve been to the dermatologist who gave me steroid cream, but it hasn’t really gone away. It will just get a lot better and then worse again. Did yours ever go away?

25 mg Sertraline from January 2020 to mid April 2020

Cold turkey mid April 2020

Re-instated 25 mg Sertraline from early May 2020 for next three weeks then cold turkey again.

Currently on no meds or supplements.

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On 10/22/2020 at 9:23 PM, SandCastle said:

This is what I’m going through right now. I’ve had a rash under my right eye since July and every once in a while it threatens to spread to my left but then disappears from that side. I’ve been to the dermatologist who gave me steroid cream, but it hasn’t really gone away. It will just get a lot better and then worse again. Did yours ever go away?

 

Hi there @SandCastle,

I'm going through the same pattern, but every time it comes back now it's less severe.

I don't have eczema under my eyes any more, but I still get these weird 'spots' which are more like a blistery watery rash, they come and go.

 

This is the history of skin so far; November 2019, 'eczema' under left eye...was more like a weird rash. It then also migrated to my right eyelid.

Next, around Christmas 2019, I started to notice these tiny blistery looking spots above my top lip. By January 2020 this was also happening on the right side of my nose, then I got a massive patch of rough/dry/blistery stuff at the right corner of my mouth. It was really angry looking.

GP was useless, just said it was 'dermatitis' and 'stress related'....of course, denied it was related to crashing from one antidep to another.

Then rash broke out under my right eye as well. It was like red spots but under my skin.By February my face was really red and angry looking in places.

By summer, the 'eczema' on my eyelids and underneath had gone but I was still getting outbreaks all around both sides of my nose, corners of mouth and sides of chin. I looked like I'd been sniffing glue or something......

About a month ago it had all but cleared up, but I had a patch of stress at work and I had an outbreak on both sides of nose again, however, not as severe as previous outbreaks and it's also clearing up faster.

I have never had skin issues in my life so it's defintiely the meds.My skin seems to be healing in waves, rather like my brain.

January 2008 to April 2015 Citalopram 20mg to 5mg, reducing in 50 per cent leaps. Jumped off at 5mg

March 2016 used MDMA triggered setback

April 2016 Citalopram 10mg October 2016 cut to 5mg, May 2017 cut to 2.5mg

May 2018 used MDMA triggered setback

June 2018 Citalopram 2.5mg up to 10mg, then back to 5mg

July/ August 2018 7.5mg, then 10mg

June 2019 updosed to 20mg Citalopram

August 2019 cold switch to Venlafaxine 75mg XR

Supplements; 1100mg fish oil daily; also 100mg Magnesium Glycinate. Tried Vagifem 10mcg from mid May 2021 to mid June 2021; caused depression, so stopped.

 

 

 

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12 hours ago, sunnysideup69 said:

This is the history of skin so far; November 2019, 'eczema' under left eye...was more like a weird rash. It then also migrated to my right eyelid.

Next, around Christmas 2019, I started to notice these tiny blistery looking spots above my top lip. By January 2020 this was also happening on the right side of my nose, then I got a massive patch of rough/dry/blistery stuff at the right corner of my mouth. It was really angry looking.

GP was useless, just said it was 'dermatitis' and 'stress related'....of course, denied it was related to crashing from one antidep to another.

Then rash broke out under my right eye as well. It was like red spots but under my skin.By February my face was really red and angry looking in places.

Thanks for sharing all this! It sounds very similar to what I’ve gone through as far as the rash migrating. It showed up on the sides of my nose too but has been most persistent underneath one eye and around the inner and outer corner of that eye. This certainly gives me hope that it will go away eventually!

25 mg Sertraline from January 2020 to mid April 2020

Cold turkey mid April 2020

Re-instated 25 mg Sertraline from early May 2020 for next three weeks then cold turkey again.

Currently on no meds or supplements.

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