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So I've been on this hell that is Venlafaxine for about two years (with no success and much side effect induced pain) and I'm FINALLY off it. My psychiatrist made up this schedule of coming off it (slowly going down in milligrams) and I've now been off it for 5 days. I’ve LITERALLY had a non stop headache since. If I move my eyes very quickly at all I spin out and sometimes it even causes my brain to feel like its moving (like when you spin around heaps and then stop and suddenly your brain like slooshes bc inertia or something???). I’ve also been getting random heart palpitations (like when it randomly gets SUPER fast for a few seconds and you can feel it beating out of your chest). I haven’t really bothered with glasses recently because just this stuff makes me feel so dizzy ALL the time its ridiculous.
I’m finding that light and sound stimulation makes things worse sometimes, especially when I’m driving. The car lights and traffic lights often become super blurry and unfocused and move around everywhere. It is really quite dangerous and terrifying however I’ve done heaps of driving lately because I;ve had to be in lots of obscure places. (note: I have only been on my red p's for about two weeks so i'm VERY new to driving alone, making this all the more dangerous)
Nausea is constant and terrible and I’ve had symptoms common to stomach bug type things constantly. Like. SO much and constantly. Need I say more?
My moods has been the worst ever. I keep having INTENSE mood swings (like feeling really hopeless one moment and then spontaneously bursting into a fit of giggles the next for no apparent reason). If i was an actress it would be great because I can cry at the drop of a hat.
Because of the sickness, i haven’t been to pole dancing or done ANY physical activity in over a week. Should I push myself to do it or just rest and recover? Especially because a lot of pole dancing obviously requires heaps of spinning around which probably wouldn't be good for my already dizzy state.
I'm seeing my psych in two days and hopefully getting onto a new type of medication then (which I hope will fix all of this) but I'm wondering if all of these effects are the norm for this kind of thing? From what I've read, some of it is but there are some things I'm not sure about.
I'm just in so much discomfort and going to work is exhausting (especially because I can't tell them the real reason i'm sick and need a god damn break from all the stress and responsibility I'm under) and I seriously cannot live with this for much longer.
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