Is this still withdrawal?

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HI everyone its been a long time since i have been on the forum but things have got so bad i dont know what to do.

I have very gradually come off cit over the past 8 months and finally stopped it 2 months ago.Since stopping it my muscle and

joint pain have become crippling to the point that i cant do anything again.I really dont know if this is still withdrawal after 2 months but i did have this pain on the start up of cit so there is obviously some conection.

Have any of you experienced anything like this? I would really appreciate any advice as the doctors wont discuss this with me and it is all making me have bad thoughts.Is two months enough time to stop having the pain?

Hope your all well and look forward to any thoughts.

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    what other meds do you take now??

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    steve 8 months isnt a slow taper, because im so sensitive im having to drop 2mg a year and still getting brutal symptoms including joint pain, when i drop the symptoms dont usually get really bad for 8-12 weeks after and can take many many months to subside, i know the pain is withdrawal as when i have better days it basically vanishes along with the other symptoms.

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      hi thanks for your reply i think your right in that i believe im also mega sensitive to medications and blood pressure tablets for example i believe triggered all this originally

      I dont know the best thing to do im desperate not to go back on anything but i am in agony all the time as well as many other possible side effects ie constipation nightmares brain zaps etc etc

      what would be your best advice

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      hi steve, i cant tell you what to do and i dont think anyone should, i just know that it took me ages to settle on 6mg (a year) and i still wasnt completely settled, but on the better days no pain, then i got a different brand and a faulty bottle which meant i doubled my dose for 4 days so going to take me another year before reducing to 4mg, but getting off no matter what, im absolutely certain that is what is causing my pain and also never had anxiety until withdrawal.

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    Hi Steve

    I would say yes, it is still withdrawal. It's different for everybody. It can take weeks, months or even years to recover from the withdrawal effects. I'm reducing, been on 5 mg for about seven months and still getting brain zaps, migraine headaches, dizziness, upset stomach, anxiety etc. I get good days too so that a good sign.

    I recently started taking vit d3 tablets to help with some of my symptoms, it early days yet but so far so good. It supposed to help with anxiety, depression, dizziness, balance issues and digestive issues. I don't get enough d3 in my diet nor do I get much sunshine so I'm giving it a go.

    I've recently come across the lovely grind videos on you tube and this guy has been through withdrawal and explains all the symptoms he had. they have reassured me a lot. Worth taking a look.

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    Hi Steve

    I would say yes, it is still withdrawal. It's different for everybody. It can take weeks, months or even years to recover from the withdrawal effects. I'm reducing, been on 5 mg for about seven months and still getting brain zaps, migraine headaches, dizziness, upset stomach, anxiety etc. I get good days too so that a good sign.

    I recently started taking vit d3 tablets to help with some of my symptoms, it early days yet but so far so good. It supposed to help with anxiety, depression, dizziness, balance issues and digestive issues. I don't get enough d3 in my diet nor do I get much sunshine so I'm giving it a go.

    I've recently come across the lovely grind videos on you tube and this guy has been through withdrawal and explains all the symptoms he had. they have reassured me a lot. Worth taking a look.

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      hi sonia thankyou very much for taking the time to message its really hard for anybody to understand what this feels like that havnt been through it.Ive never felt pain like it and it is so tempting to go back to the cit as i dont know if this pain ever goes away.I wish to hell i had never touched the stuff but doctors said that withdrawal doesnt happen.Its like a weird dillema because as the pain gets worse so does the anxiety.What to do?

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      Hi Steve

      I felt desperate not so long ago so went up to 7.5mg and I only did it for one day because I felt worse. It may not be the same for you, others have gone back on a low dose and then slowly weaned off. It's a matter of what works for you but you won't know until you try. Alternatively you can ride it out. I know what you mean about the pain causing anxiety, you worry in case there is something else wrong with you and that makes your anxiety worse. These are normal withdrawal symptoms though. For your peace of mind you could get your bloods checked, I did, that will stop you worrying unnecessarily. Those videos I mentioned are really good. It took him 18 to 24 months before his withdrawal symptoms went but 5 years later he still gets the occasional symptom. Some people have no problem if they wean off very slowly but I don't come in that category unfortunately. Wish there was an easy answer for you and me both but there isn't I'm sorry.

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