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Altostrata

ajn, you may be hypersensitive to light. Have you tried reducing light, wearing sunglasses, etc.? We have a number of topics on this.

 

Reducing stimulation from light may reduce the dizziness reaction.

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ajnjj

Alto,

I believe you are right. I have so may eye issues since all this, its very scary and frustrating. And mt ears also are a mess. I have been to ENT many times, everytime they find nothing. But does it ever go away or is this for life???

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Barbarannamated

I just came across the thread entitled 'Drugs that damage your ears' and it discusses the connection of eyes/vision to the vestibular system (in addition to ears)-

I found it very enlightening -

It's in the Symptoms area -

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Nikki

NN...extreme dizziness happened to me from Lexapro WD. It didn't really happen with the other and it did effect my sense of balance. It was easy to fall over. It didn't last thru the entire wd process.

 

Someone else on the site just posted about dizziness and I think it was related to Lexapro also. My short term memory is shot, please forgive me for not remembering who it was.

 

Hugs

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squirrel

A possible explanation for dizziness following SSRI discontinuation.

Smith PF, Darlington CL.

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Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology, School of Medical Sciences, University of Otago Medical School, Dunedin, New Zealand. paul.smith@stonebow.otago.ac.nz

Abstract

 

Dizziness is the most commonly reported symptom of abrupt discontinuation from the selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI) category of antidepressants. The reported dizziness is exacerbated by even slight head movement, and therefore is likely to be vestibular in origin. The SSRIs most implicated are those with short half-lives and which are most selective for serotonin (as opposed to noradrenaline), e.g. paroxetine and sertraline. Since the vestibular nucleus complex (VNC) has an abundance of serotonin receptors, the abrupt withdrawal from an SSRI is likely to have a substantial impact on the electrophysiological activity of neurons within it. Here we suggest that the abrupt withdrawal from an SSRI is likely to cause a sudden decrease in serotonin in the VNC, which will disrupt the function of VNC neurons bilaterally, causing dizziness without vertigo.

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Pzen

Hi everybody, 

 

I´ve been getting these dizzy spells recently in my WD and my nerves seems to be in an uproar.

 

A couple of kind words and some tips would be much appreciated.

 

 

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Petunia

Hi Pzen,

I'm sorry to hear that your symptoms have become worse lately, I also get dizzy sometimes, but haven't found anything which helps it apart from waiting, it eventually passes.  If you would like to update your own introduction and update thread, and ask for support there, here is the link to it:

 

http://survivingantidepressants.org/index.php?/topic/6148-pzen-my-withdrawal-story-so-far/

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iquit

Hi All!

 

I am still trying to find my way around here, so I haven't posted much.  I think I have the search function and Google function figured out, but am shocked that there aren't more threads discussing the topics in my header!  It seemed on PP there were pages of threads discussing this!  I have found maybe 2-3 threads here.  I am starting to wonder if it's just me.

 

Dizziness, vertigo, and lightheadedness are by FAR my worst w/d symptom.  Honestly, it wasn't for that, I'd be pretty good to go other than the occasional anxiety attack.  I am eight months off Lexapro.  This has actually been an issue for me on and off since I got pregnant with my daughter, and was three months off basically a CT of Paxil.  I attributed it to the pregnancy.  Then, I had her, and my symptoms got WORSE!  They hung around until I started Lexapro.  While in the beginning months of Lexapro, I had my first ever experience with vertigo.  It has kind of been with me ever since on and off.  When I started weaning, it definitely picked up, and off the Lexapro, it hasn't been very fun.

 

My daughter is SEVEN, by the way.  That is a looooong time to be dealing with this.  And, I'd really like it to go away.  Like NOW.  RIGHT NOW.  I had a complete ENT workup after she was born, along with an MRI, and nothing was found.  I haven't really done any other testing since then, because I figure hey, it's been seven years.  If it was something serious, I probably wouldn't be typing this by now.  I have a 12 year history of SSRI use on and off... I am wondering if the long term use could have caused this as well.

 

Any other sufferers out there?  Why are your symptoms and experiences? 

 

Any out there who have had this issue, even for a long time, and have had it get better?

 

To all of you past PPers, feel free to skip or not reply!  I know you have all heard it before! ;)  Still just looking for some answers and relief...

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dalsaan

Hi iquit,

 

I know lots of people suffer this but it is probably more often talked about in their individual threads. If you use google to search Surviving Antidepressants and Vertigo you will pick them up.   I had this when I CT'd at one point but not while tapering so I'm not much use to you.

 

Dalsaan

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MrDenton

Since the search did not give any results i thought i'll make a thread about fainting. Often people who have anxiety disorder or are on SSRI's or going through withdrawal feel like fainting but how many of us  have actually lost consciousness, why has that happened and what to do to prevent it from happening?

 

This is not a symptom that i personally have but while i was on full dose of Seroxat (paroxetine) and remeron, i had one episode when fainted and woke up on the floor, needless to point out it was a horrible thing to experience.

 

 

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Daveguy2015

Hey iquit, Im in withdrawal from Lexapro 10mg (I basically went c/t because I listened to my doctor) and I have the same dizziness and vertigo feelings! Do you really notice this while driving? Are you having depersonalization also? Do you notice the waves, windows pattern?

 

I completely understand your plight and I dont know what to do about it either. Im really trying to be patience and wait for my brain to reset itself naturally. I don't know how long its going to take :unsure:

 

Dave

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iquit

Hi Dave! Yes, driving is uncomfortable to say the least. So is shopping... when I have to move my head from side to side and focus on a lot of different things, like while grocery shopping.

 

Waves and Windows... I really don't know. It is always with me. Sometimes worse than others though. So, waves, yes. Windows though, I'm waiting for those!

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DizzyGirl

I went to a dizziness specialist this year (very expensive visit ) And he did a full round of tests... I didnt show any nystagmus in any test.  It is not BPPV, no Menieres, not labyrinthis, no phobic vertigo and also not vestibular migraine.

 

I have been suffering for a long time like you. Lately I realize that it is somehow related to eating. I wouldnt even describe it as dizziness. it is more like a feeling of faintness and low blood sugar.

 

Very often it gets better when I drink coke.

 

So as I know right now that no vertigo doctor can help me, I have to change my diet.

This will be the last thing I will try.

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DizzyGirl

Hi Dave! Yes, driving is uncomfortable to say the least. So is shopping... when I have to move my head from side to side and focus on a lot of different things, like while grocery shopping.

 

Waves and Windows... I really don't know. It is always with me. Sometimes worse than others though. So, waves, yes. Windows though, I'm waiting for those!

Same with me.

 

This was one of the reasons I thought that it HAD to be BPPV but it wasnt. He did the Epley maneuver with me many times and it didnt help.

 

You could however try the Epley at home and look if it helps you

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imac

I went to a dizziness specialist this year (very expensive visit ) And he did a full round of tests... I didnt show any nystagmus in any test.  It is not BPPV, no Menieres, not labyrinthis, no phobic vertigo and also not vestibular migraine.

 

I have been suffering for a long time like you. Lately I realize that it is somehow related to eating. I wouldnt even describe it as dizziness. it is more like a feeling of faintness and low blood sugar.

 

Very often it gets better when I drink coke.

 

So as I know right now that no vertigo doctor can help me, I have to change my diet.

This will be the last thing I will try.

I've had this exact issue in WD. I'd go through waves ( sometimes would last months) where I FEEL like I have very low sugars and get shakey and dizzy and lightheaded and have to eat something sugary right away. And I've eaten a fairly good diet all through WD. Have had sugars tested a tonne of times and always fine. I found a tonne of people with this issue in WD, through my searches.

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Petunia

Similar topics merged

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iquit

imac, I am starting to feel that way too.  Like my blood sugars or blood pressure is low.  Nada.  It does make me feel better to know though that you don't always feel this way anymore.  I am DETERMINED to keep seeing the light at the end of the tunnel in this, even though some days that light feels just like a pin prick showing through.

 

I am going to try going gluten free for a few weeks and see if this helps at all.  I looked up symptoms of gluten intolerance and have almost every darned symptom.  The only one I didn't have was an autoimmune disorder.  Who knows though, maybe I have that too. :P  Out of ten symptoms, I had nine.  We will see.

 

DizzyGirl, have you tried diet changes at all?

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LostInTheWoods

I do agree with this, vertigo / dizziness is the worst WD symptom. While I don't stumble while walking or standing, it gives the feeling of being close to fall flat on the floor at any moment. It's distressing and sometimes the anxienty it brings starts to keep me from thinking straight or even cause me to stammer or miss some words when talking.

 

Is there an specific supplement for this? I hear magnesium helps the mood, but I'm looking for something to make me feel more "grounded".

 

The best I can tell you so far is that windows get broader but I don't know when waves fully end.

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Canadiangirl

I have felt like this fir about 7 yrs also. Things aren't really spinning it just my head gets very lightheaded, heavy and feels like I got off a spinning ride and the spinning gas stopped but ur head doesn't feel right. I feel like thus all day and it's so depressing. I don't know if it's because I had 2 strokes in my late 30s about 5 yrs ago and they happened in my cerebellum which is where ur balance mechanism I believe. It also really amps up my anxiety feeling like this. The thoughts constantly come to my brain of how am I going to do this all day feeling like this. So my days always start crappy because of these thoughts. Please help if anyone has found something that will help. I am just over 10 months off after a 10 month taper from lexapro 10 mgs.

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imac

Does anyone ever get a split second of dizziness even when just sitting down and doing nothing? I've had this episode a few times randomly over the past couple of years and now recently it's happened probably 5 times in the last couple of weeks. I'll just be sitting there and watching tv or on my laptop or phone and all of a sudden it's like I'm in a moving car for about 2-3 seconds and then it passes. But while it's happening, it's as if the room is quickly spinning and I almost feel like I'll fall over ( like a vertigo). It's quite scary when it happens because I've done nothing to provoke it and am not up and moving around. Has anyone ever felt this while sitting still???? Am not sure if I should be getting this checked out ( although it's happened a few times in the last couole of years while sitting infront of a computer at work and nothing came of it. anyone?

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UselessSpork

Actually, stupid unexplainable dizzyness/woozyheadedness/blurryvision is part of what started me on this stupid AD journey. my story is all explained in my signature, but i will say my woozyness has been aggravated again by this whole tapering/withdrawal thing. Yeah im still dealing with it... but at least it has never gone back to as bad as it was. So i can kinda relate to having some fun unexplainable woozyness where no test is conclusive! yay!

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iquit

YESSSSSS imac!  I get this!!!  You explained it perfectly too.  I got it A LOT while tapering.  In fact, I think these are my body's version of a brain zap.  I have never gotten the traditional "zap" like some explain, but rather a momentary jolt of vertigo/lightheadedness.  They scare the carp out of me, because I always wonder if it's like a precursor to passing out.  I have never passed out, but I imagine that is what it would maybe feel like right before?  I don't know.  Have you ever had traditional brain zaps?  And if not, do you think these maybe could be it?  Not sure if you still would have zaps this far out though?

 

Lost, you explained it so well too... I can't tell you how many times I have been just standing there, and it's like the earth tilts.  And, I think whoa... I'm going down!  I never do though, just feels like it.

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imac

YESSSSSS imac!  I get this!!!  You explained it perfectly too.  I got it A LOT while tapering.  In fact, I think these are my body's version of a brain zap.  I have never gotten the traditional "zap" like some explain, but rather a momentary jolt of vertigo/lightheadedness.  They scare the carp out of me, because I always wonder if it's like a precursor to passing out.  I have never passed out, but I imagine that is what it would maybe feel like right before?  I don't know.  Have you ever had traditional brain zaps?  And if not, do you think these maybe could be it?  Not sure if you still would have zaps this far out though?

 

Lost, you explained it so well too... I can't tell you how many times I have been just standing there, and it's like the earth tilts.  And, I think whoa... I'm going down!  I never do though, just feels like it.

Ew. This is the kind of dizziness you get too? It's rare for me but lately with the return of this kind of head wave for me, I've been getting episodes of this. Even half of it happening. Feeling like my balance and sight and brain are unstable ( hard to explain) but not quite having the room spinning deal. Yes, I had SEVERE brain zaps for almost 2 years after I stopped taking omega 3's around 18 months off ( for sone reason they never bothered me) Omegas completely warded off my brain zaps. Funnily I woke up one morning with tones of brain zaps again last week. It's been at least 6-8 months since I've had any. Iquit, yes, I've actually been telling someone that it almost feels like this sitting dizzy episode I get is a new kind of brain zap. It almost feels like a slow motion kind. Like my zaps have morphed / mutated into a new version. I am also getting the types of brain zaps when I move my eyes. It almost feels like sometimes when I move my eyes, they stutter. Have you ever touched your tongue to a battery? That's EXACTLY how my brain zaps have always felt. I think these dizzy things feel like I'm going to pass out or fall over though. The zaps never made me feel that way. They just feel like a quick pause. If that makes sense.

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Petunia

I've had the sudden dizzy/lightheaded feelings at times, when sitting down and standing/walking, usually lasting a few seconds.  I've also had days where I've felt dizzy and light headed for hours, usually corresponding with an increase in other symptoms.

 

When I used to travel and would get jetlag, one of my symptoms used to be a sensation that the ground was moving under my feet, like being on a boat.  I've seen the term 'boaty' on a benzo board and was thinking this might be what this sensation is called.

 

I haven't had this boaty kind of dizziness in withdrawal, but I wonder if anyone else here would describe their sensations like being on a moving boat.

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imac

On benzo buddies. It's a great thread. They call it floaty boat. I've certainly felt this too. Like being on a boat and the ground swaying. I like to also describe it like when you are in a car and it's not moving but the lets say another car beside you moves and you get that Wierd feeling like you're moving. It's kind of a floaty boat feeling too.

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dalsaan

That's a key signal to me that I have dropped to much - the floaty boat feeling.  I can really relate to that term because I do get motion sickness and I have described this as motion sickness on dry land - complete with nausea

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iquit

Floaty boat... That's what I have EVERY day. Great way to describe it!

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Vanessa

Had to taper and quit Pristiq in 2.5 weeks because I just found out I'm pregnant. Its been a week and it's been rough. My mood has improved and is more stable, thank goodness. Earlier this week I honestly thought I was going to die. My worse symptoms are dizziness (vertigo), night sweats, poor sleep, and Horrible GERD issues. Trying to do yoga and exercise to keep myself balanced.

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iquit

Congratulations on the pregnancy, Vanessa!  Yes, that all sounds familiar!  Hang in there!!!

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antidepressantsNoMore

dizziness was one of my worst symptoms during my time of w/d. It seemed like it lasted forever. People thought I was going crazy. I thought I had some neurological diease like MS. The dizziness caused major social anxiety and lead to panic attacks. Dizziness was my worst symptom as well. I know how you feel. It suckssss! Hang in there. Take some magnesium to control the nerves. Drink a lot of water.

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iquit

YES antidepressantsNoMore!!! I could have written your post. How long did it last for you?

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antidepressantsNoMore

YES antidepressantsNoMore!!! I could have written your post. How long did it last for you?

 

The dizziness lasted a while, probably 14 months because I stopped a/d cold turkey. I had a lot of weird neurological symptoms. I still have those damn eye floaters but that's about it, no more dizziness.

 

I went to my general physician and talked about w/d and these symptoms I was experiencing, especially the dizziness and the doctor looked at me like I was crazy. I kept going and annoying the doctors because I had so many weird physical symptoms related to w/d and they finally brought in a neurological specialist who examined my optic nerve, which is affected by those who suffer from MS, and is often the first thing to go wrong. It was fine.

 

Both doctors ordered me to take a drug test and thought I was high on pot and being paranoid! I was so angry about it but let it go.

 

YES, w/d cause these symptoms. They can be VERY serious. Hang in there. Try any method or technique which helps you relax as long as it is healthy.

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iquit

Thank you for the reply!  I have actually had a friend with MS tell me I should get tested for MS because of my symptoms.  I think I have had the dizziness on and off for so many years because I basically CT Paxil twice, and then started Lexapro and was on that for years.  I had a VERY slow taper off the Lexapro, but now with nothing in my system, I think my brain is just trying to adjust to the 12 years it had some sort of SSRI in it.

 

I have terrible eye floaters too.  Luckily my SIL is an optometrist and she said it's nothing to worry about.  And, I know EXACTLY what you mean about doctors looking at you like you are nuts.  My doctor referred me to a balance center, but I am hesitant to go.  If this is WD related, I just need to wait it out.

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katieb

While wd from seroxat last year I had a few fainting spells.I actually broke my nose.It was horrible. Before I fainted my arms chest and face would flush bright red and I would get a pounding headache until I passed out. THIS IS one of the bizarre symptoms I have had.I ended up doing this in a restaurant and an ambulance was called Tests were done for carcanoid syndrome but thankfully they were all negative. JUST wd.Oh the joys .

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antidepressantsNoMore

Thank you for the reply!  I have actually had a friend with MS tell me I should get tested for MS because of my symptoms.  I think I have had the dizziness on and off for so many years because I basically CT Paxil twice, and then started Lexapro and was on that for years.  I had a VERY slow taper off the Lexapro, but now with nothing in my system, I think my brain is just trying to adjust to the 12 years it had some sort of SSRI in it.

 

I have terrible eye floaters too.  Luckily my SIL is an optometrist and she said it's nothing to worry about.  And, I know EXACTLY what you mean about doctors looking at you like you are nuts.  My doctor referred me to a balance center, but I am hesitant to go.  If this is WD related, I just need to wait it out.

 

Yeah the eye floaters are a symptom of w/d. I had an eye test done during w/d because I was freaking out so bad that something was wrong with my vision/brain. 

 

My w/d were CT too. I stopped other A/D CT and never had any w/d close to this. However, when I stopped prestiq (SNRI) CT, the w/d were as follows:

 

Brain zaps, followed by extreme anxiety (panic), than tiredness so bad lasting for a year where I couldn't even function, eye floaters, vision changes, insomnia, dizziness, lightheadness, rebound "depression", anger, no self-esteem whatsoever, personality changes /social anxiety and fear. I don't even know how some of you even functioned during w/d. I could barely function for a 2-3 year period of my life. I was a basket case for a while and I hate to admit that especially since I am starting to feel better now.

 

I'll never touch A/D ever again.

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