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On 1/22/2020 at 8:23 PM, jeremy1069 said:

Skin burning when I feel either threatened or under pressure. This fired up when an owner of a business (Nice people) started talking to me. I was so anxious about being rude. When I get angry, this also happens. It literally feels like I’m burning. Going on a year now. 

 

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Eight years on I am still getting burning sensations in my lower legs. I have concluded I now have peripheral sensory neuropathy that is not going away. It started early in withdrawal and was more widespread initially but settled in my calves. I think it was caused by high cortisol levels which would explain why it flares during high stress situations such as the ones you describe. It happens at night when cortisol surges and wakes me up. At 8 years out this is my remaining withdrawal symptom along with the head whooshing which started in early withdrawal and has quietened but never gone away. I tried various supplements, Vit D , magnesium but no difference..It is a fact I discover that SSRIs can cause peripheral sensory neuropathy. If you don't have it badly or for long I think it is reversible. I don't think mine is.  Sometimes I don't get it. Sugar aggravates it. I don't drink alcohol. Hope yours clears up.

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Without knowing very much about your psychiatric health and history of AD's, a 3 month taper seems a bit drastic and might be the reason that the tingling and itching has become more severe than initi

Whew! Thanks, TL1802, for your post! Tactile skin issues, especially on my arms, have been my ever-constant "friend" since day one in WD. Let's see, 3 years, 7 months, and 19 days now.   I'l

Cressida, this is just not true. Neuropathy as a result of SSRIs has been studied to exhaustion. It was Healy’s first big fear mongering failure in the 90s before he shifted to PSSD as his means to terrorize (his medical license should really be taken away, but his groupies would probably cry foul). Healy floated the idea of small fiber neuropathy recently, and this fell flat on its face too. Many of us including myself were able to get punch skin biopsies and it shows our small nerves (peripheral) totally in tact with nice long dendrites and axons. 

 

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We have a few members, though, who seem to have persistent severe symptoms that show no signs of resolution. I believe Dr. Healy is very alarmed at the generation of those severe iatrogenic conditions.

 

 

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Whew! Thanks, TL1802, for your post! Tactile skin issues, especially on my arms, have been my ever-constant "friend" since day one in WD. Let's see, 3 years, 7 months, and 19 days now.

 

I'll spare the details of my healing ordeal, unless someone wants to hear it all, but I doubt anyone would be interested. What I must say is the burning sensation for me has gone away, hopefully, permanently. It's been quite sometime since I've experienced it. Those few paresthesia-type symptoms I'm left with at this point have significantly diminished over time, and I expect they will all gradually fade away as well. I look forward to making a full recovery and truly believe that everyone else will, too, no matter how long it takes.

 

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Generally, we see these post-acute symptoms very gradually shift and fade, though it can take years.

 

Speculation about the involvement of neurotransmitters or cortisol is unwarranted. The cause for persistent symptoms can be anything. Hypersensitivity reactions can appear in any body system. It is also possible that you might develop an allergic reaction to something or another condition that is unrelated to withdrawal syndrome.

 

We have a few members, though, who seem to have persistent severe symptoms that show no signs of resolution. I believe Dr. Healy is very alarmed at the generation of those severe iatrogenic conditions.

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On 11/21/2020 at 6:29 PM, Altostrata said:

We have a few members, though, who seem to have persistent severe symptoms that show no signs of resolution. I believe Dr. Healy is very alarmed at the generation of those severe iatrogenic conditions.

 

Alto, can you please provide some reference to the persistent severe symptoms? Are there really people who have symptoms post 2-3 years, and if so, what symptoms are we talking about here?

 

I am doing decently better, though still on propranolol 80mg ER (low dose). The propranolol was never meant for the paresthesia and more for the brain tingling/tickling + feeling of jitteriness/brain tremor + headache. This has become my main symptom now. The stinging and itching skin sensations have come down to 2 to 3 days per month and seem to be resolving, finally after 11 months since onset and 14 months since discontinuation. 

 

Do you know of any other example of people complaining about “brain tingling/tickling + feeling of jitteriness/brain tremor + headache”? I would love to know.

 

I won’t get into detail about my gripes about Healy, but I believe he is an unprofessional practitioner who is destructive to the well-being of hundreds if not thousands of people. He is more destructive than the medications than we speak about. No respect deserving doctor spends most of his time running a blog, using images and videos of zombies, the devil, etc. etc. On top of this, he is so quick to comment in the negative, saying things like “likely permanent”. His life work has been defined by rejection and ostracism in the medical community and I presume this is why he has become more and more extreme. Originally, he was devoted to proving that SSRIs cause axonal damage like MDMA and other serotonin increasing drugs, then he was focused on proving that they increase suicide, and now he has settled on PSSD and other withdrawal symptoms, likely because these will be much harder to prove/disprove.

 

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I'm not about to put effort into convincing you withdrawal syndrome can be severe and long-lasting. You'll have to browse the Introductions section yourself. You need to read more widely in the Introductions forum and Symptoms and Self-Care forum before expounding on what's wrong with David Healy. You haven't seen anything yet.

 

Yes, there are many people here who have had post-acute withdrawal syndrome (PAWS) for 3 years or more. That is quite common. It took me 11 years to recover. Look for the tag "PAWS" in the Introductions forum. See

 

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Magictable

Hi guys,

 

I have been experiencing for a month or two numbness in my nose and tingling and numbness around my mouth area. It feels like my face is sinking sometimes, it's very odd.

 

Has anyone experienced anything like this? I noticed these symptoms first start when I tried Escitalopram for 5 days and I stopped because the side effects were bad and this was on of the main side effects, it just doesn't seem to want to go away.

 

 

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I took 5mg of escitalopram for six days and have had tingling in the corner of my mouth. It also used to include a feeling of coldness on my chin on that same side, but the chin sensation eventually went away. The tingling in the corner of my mouth feels electrical, but it has also lessened with time. 

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Its been 6 months and I still get pins almost everyday. I'll have a few days where its better and maybe just slight in my feet. I've gotten hopeful that is passing and then I do something that triggers it. 

 

Like Running! What? Is my CNS really this fragile? Running makes everything fire and it seems to take days to settle down.  Or sometimes i think I eat something or even a multivitamin seems to set me off .

 

 I cannot figure this thing out folks. I'm at a loss and getting frustrated. 

 

I thought acupuncture was helping and now I think it is actually hurting because it stimulates my nerves.  I think right now that I can't do anything too exciting or my system just can't cope. 

 

Does this really sound like its AD withdrawal? I've had blood work and CT and all look good. Awaiting brain, spine MRI. Been told its not ALS but could be MS, I guess, but that doesn't seem to quite fit.

 

I feel like the sertaline messed up my transmitters and I am hoping it isn't permanent and that over time things go back to homeostasis but it sure doesn't feel like it right now.

 

Any feedback, advice would be amazing. Thank you. 

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1 hour ago, sjd11t said:

Its been 6 months and I still get pins almost everyday.

It's not at all unusual to have withdrawal symptoms 6 months out.  

 

1 hour ago, sjd11t said:

Like Running!

 

It's common for strenuous exercise to cause withdrawal symptoms to ramp up.  We recommend mild exercise, like a walk in nature, for those in withdrawal.

 

1 hour ago, sjd11t said:

I thought acupuncture was helping and now I think it is actually hurting because it stimulates my nerves.  I think right now that I can't do anything too exciting or my system just can't cope. 

 

If you get acupuncture, it's important to tell the acupuncturist that you want only calming or sedating points treated, never stimulating points.

 

1 hour ago, sjd11t said:

 

Does this really sound like its AD withdrawal?

It sounds that way to me.

 

1 hour ago, sjd11t said:

it isn't permanent and that over time things go back to homeostasis but it sure doesn't feel like it right now.

It isn't permanent. Time is the great cure.

 

These explain the healing process really well.

 

 

 

We don't recommend a lot of supplements on SA, as many members report being sensitive to them due to our over-reactive nervous systems, but two supplements that we do recommend are magnesium and omega 3 (fish oil). Many people find these to be calming to the nervous system. 

 

 

 

Add in one at a time and at a low dose in case you do experience problems. Get supplements that ae single ingredient (not mixed with other types of supplements).

 

 

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I have pins and needles and skin burning.  It's such a frustrating symptom. 

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Nortriptyline:  Jan 16 2018 - Jul 2018 

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Thank you Gridley. I sure hope this goes away with time. I am starting to think that this may be peripheral neuropathy. I have had  blood, MRIs, physical evaluation - so far they all look fine. Some days I feel a light tingle in my feet. Others it's everywhere and it feels like I have a sunburn. Like today it seems I am burning on my back and neck. Do ADs cause peripheral neuropathy? Seems like it is possible since they tinker with CNS....

 

slowlybacktome, how long have you had your symptoms? any progress? any recommendations for diet/supplements?

 

Hoping for all of us to recover.

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How long can paresthesia last after AD discontinuation? Any experiences? 

 

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03/21    Reintroduced escitalopram 10 mg, Bromazepam 3,75 mg

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2010 : 20mg Deroxat + Bromazepam

2013: Switch from Bromazepam To Prazepam

2014-June2017 : Prazepam taper

2018 to August 2019 : Paroxetine 20mg taper (3% every 15 days).

- 22nd August updosed To 10mg (was at 8.4mg)

25th Sept 2019 To April 2020 : found SA, holding at 10mg Paroxetine. 

April 2020 : Paxil to Prozac bridge. Details topic/21457-

 

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On 4/2/2021 at 1:28 AM, indario55 said:

How long can paresthesia last after AD discontinuation? Any experiences? 

It's been two years and 2 months now and I still have them. I find in my case that it can follow season / weather changes.  I rarely had it in winter, but it has returned in spring. It usually peaks in the afternoons between 12-4pm and 12-4am, and flares up when there is a big temperature deviation/change, so usually fall and spring are the worst.

 

I'm hoping they eventually subside.

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