I hope this goes away

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So last night I messaged my work and told them about how I had been feeling the past few days, I said to them that I wouldn't be in today due to my side effects.

I feel guilty for calling in sick, it's the second time I've done it. But my managers have been understanding about it, one in particular who has had a lot of experience with Fluoxetine.

I just want to feel better, the side effects keep fluctuating: up and down, up and down. I keep telling myself it is temporary, but part of me keeps wondering how much more I can take.

This morning I woke up feeling alright, some small racing thoughts of anxiety, the nausea felt reduced this morning too. I still think quite a bit about my side effects.

A lot of people have told me that I should be nearing the end of the adjustment period. My manager said that if I had been feeling incredibly rough for the past few days then is should start working soon. And my GP told me that the effects should be wearing off too.

I get small blips of positive mood, along with tiny thoughts of enthusiasm. I'm still eating, it can be a slight struggle sometimes but I can finish meals. I still have shaky moments from time to time. 

I'm trying to brave through it, a lot of the time I just distract myself with videogames, youtube videos and television, it helps. I just hope that I will come out of my shell soon and be back to being more sociable and bubbly. 

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    Hi Robert!! Stick with it hun , those sunshine moments are the start of you feeling better,!! Hold on to them in your thoughts whilst your still recovering ! On this forum we lovely people all have the same or similar side effects with this med , but trust me , you will get over this and the good days will be more and more !! Hugs xxxx
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      I really hope I do, I woke up this morning feeling like I was dying. I had to call in sick again, this medication is driving me insane. I keep getting scared that it won't work. But it worked so well for me years ago, so it must work again surely xx

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      Yes it will work and its annoying how we can be on them before with few side effects only to return to them , or in my case have dose increase and suffer horrendous ones ! But were not alone , I'm now feeling well now thank God after being on increase 12 weeks, I started to feel better about week 5. Keep going hun , its seems like forever , but you'll get there xxx

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      Thank you for your kind words. I keep telling myself I have to push on, feels like it will never end. But part of me keeps saying it will get better xx
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      Hi Robert, keep believing !! Take each day as it comes, you will ride the storm , each day there will be improvement, however small , these meds are slow working sadly, but once you are well again, all this is worth it!! This forum is amazing for support , and I've been through it all and come out the other side!!! Hugs xxxx

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      Hi Pam,

      I keep trying to be strong, but I keep wondering how much more of this I can take. It feels like i'm slipping up and falling back with Fluoxetine. I keep thinking i'm improving and then suddenly I feel worse. I feel like i'm wasting away and falling apart and I can't find a way out. There is so much overthinking and nausea and I keep telling myself it's just the meds, but I feel like i'm going insane.

      I keep telling myself I will get better. But it's just so hard xx

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