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Im new to the group and so hopeful that someone will be able to help me with my dilemma.
To cut a long story short, I took 40mgs Seroxat for over fifteen years until reducing down to 20mg when I fell pregnant last year (I managed to taper quite quickly with liquid once pregnant-possibly the pregnancy hormones helped? As I had tried tapering twice previously and not succeeded). I felt pretty good throughout the pregnancy and noticed very few physical withdrawal symptoms.
Anyway, I had my baby four months ago and had bad postnatal anxiety. So my meds were put back up to 30mg for 2.5 weeks and then up to 40mg.
About a week after reinstating to 40mg, I started getting twitching and nasty spasms in my legs. I was also very shaky.
I immediately worried it might be serotonin syndrome, so I contracted my mental health team.
They were pretty adamant it wasn't, and said I could try reducing back down to 30mg (as I had only been on the 40mg again very briefly). I did this, but the twitching and spasms continued, accompanied by other horrible symptoms: full blown panic, wierd feelings of arousal in genital area, burning/prickling sensation all over skin, a wierd goosebump feeling with any stimulation such as brushing hair or teeth...I could go on.
Gradually I have reduced the meds right down as quite honestly I was petrified by these symptoms. Some of them have calmed down, but twitching and spasms/involuntary movements still there. I now also have general body pain and headache which I think may be more to do with withdrawal.
I would never have chosen to withdraw in the postnatal period, and not this quickly, but I feel like I have no choice as can't tolerate those awful symptoms.
Still the psychiatrist maintains its not serotonin syndrome but cannot explain why the symptoms started with the increased dose that I had previously been on for so many years without problems.
Does anyone have any theories on this? I have read that sometimes reinstating after a taper can make things worse....I did wonder if my nervous system had become sensitised and thus didn't like the higher dose. But why then do the symptoms remain?
Please help advise if you can.
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