Withdrawal questions

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I'm on day three of withdrawing from 30 to20 and have had headaches since yesterday? I've had to withdrawal cause when my dose was upped I started having very weird symptoms such as unequal pupils depression and increased anxiety like crazy, went to a GP and they scheduled me with an eye specialist to look over my eyes and see if there's a need for MRI and ct since this was never done in the first place and I'm overall 4months or better in to the medication and only about 1 month into the increase of dose but have had weird head sensation such as cloudy foggy head pressure and extreme panic and anxiety which I believe the panic and anxiety is over the symptom not so much the cause of the symptom although I had 2 or 3 panic attacks about a month or 2 before this started as a constant. Question basically is the headaches normal this soon after the withdrawal? Or yet another symptom I'm feeling? I also go to see a physciatrist tmw for a another opinion from a more qualified dr as I don't trust my GP anymore after a previous 2 misdiagnoses and then the next day he says it's GAD with focus on health anxiety sorry for the rant just wanted to get the most accurate info out there to get the best answer I can thanks

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    I stopped taking mine (10mg) as of yesterday. I feel great, but have a headache today. It could be from my sinuses, too. I am prone to them in the winter. I would say it is normal.

    Mind you, I stopped mine at 10mg, because I was on Celexa at total of 3 months and the highest I went was 20mg.

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      That's good to know that it's not just me as I know my symptoms arnt totally normal but trying to make myself believe that they might not be indicitive of something way more sinisiter has been hard lol I guess I'll find out more tmw and Tuesday as they are my appts thanks for answering so quickly I also don't feel bad other then this constant fog I've been forever lol good luck and I hope you continue to feel great and all you needed was a quick pick me up from the meds and now you'll be good for the long term.

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    Hello cody

    You have been discussing this before, headaches can happen sometimes on this medication and sometimes we have to accept a side effect if the drug is working well in other ways.

    When it comes to MRI it is always advisable that you restrict the number of tests and accept their results. So if you have a test accept the result.

    When we try and reduce the level of medication that can also cause side effects as the body has become used to the level of medication you used too take.

    Medications do not actually cure your condition, they can increase Serotonan in the brain as some people have low levels of the drug. Medications also give the brain a kind of rest as you try to come to terms with your problems and fears.

    I cannot remember any problems you had with your GP, the problem there is the Specialist will report back to the original GP who will act upon that persons instructions. What you could do however if you are very unhappy with your GP look up your Practice on NHS CHOICES they have the list of Partners and Saleried GPs, who practice there, they also mention their specialities, look for mental health and Anxiety, that GP will be the one to see

    BOB

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      I have changed GP and she's the one who scheduled me for the eye specialist and got to stop Celexa the original GP diagnosed me with a blood infection the 4 weeks later when symptoms didn't leave they said I had bladder infection and then when the symptoms still didn't go they called it GAD without any tests being done other then a basic blood test. I had to schedule my own physiatrist appt and basically if my pupils weren't different sizes for two days straight they still wouldn't have scheduled although my new GP is much better at actually listening and taking her time to understand where I'm coming from it's been 5months with only very few moments of being symptomless and it's never been for a full day I also havnt had a normal night sleep in the same 5 or 6 months, just looking for answers and as this is my first time on any meds like this and withdrawing from the as well and I'm just trying to gather the most amount of knowledge I can, I also am willing to accept the test results but I have to have done in order to this I'm not trying to sound disrespectful or anything cause I'm absolutely appreciative of any and all knowledge I can get I just wanted to let you know the story of my particular situation, I would love nothing more than for this to anxiety and nothing more sinister however I don't feel comfortable gambling my health on someone who has misdiagnosed me in the pasts opinion I'm just looking for answers to get me back to the blue collar family man who enjoys family and activities like in the past symptom free lol again I mean nothing negative by my response even tho it kinda sounds that way and am very appreciative of all info giving to me thanks

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      Hello cody

      You need positive outcomes as far as your health is concerned, in that I understand where you are coming from.

      In my case with a Chronic Disability it took me two years to prove my diagnosis and over that time I had to pay for Specialist Care, eventually I proved my condition and the NHS took over my treatment again.

      All I can suggest is keep pushing eventually they will sort out your problems and then you will move on to a better place. I wasin my early thirties when this happened and now I am a pensioner with my own creaking gate. Good luck with above

      BOB

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      Thank you for understanding and I'm almost thirty myself and have 3 small children and wife and there's nothing that scares me more then leaving them and i understand now that it's up to me to fight for the answers because the US medical field doesn't seem to want the answers only treat for the short term.

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    You will have headaches prob an brain zapes or electric like stabbs off zn on an dizziness. Those are typical withdrawal symptoms fr antidepressants. Maybe you should stay at 20 for awhile for your body an brain to adjust. How long were you on 30mg? The longer an higher the dose the more symptoms of withdrawals one has. Go slow. Iv withdrawled fr Cymbalta an had severe headaches, dizzy, brain zaps an just kinda nauseated an head just hurt for a month or 2. Hang in there. Your body will adjust to the new dosage but give it time. Exercise if you can. I was dx with GAD an moderate depression. Iv been on 5 meds an still haven't found the one. Hoping I can.

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      Yea I agree and it's hard to understand for me how there's so many meds and out there but not all work on everyone, I'm hoping anxiety is all I have and eventually when I find the right med I can get back to normal, I was only on 30 for a month but have been on the med for 4 months total but I've never felt any better some symptoms did go away but they were the ones I could deal with not the major one that's making life difficult. I didn't have a whole lot of headaches yesterday afternoon it was mostly in the morning and actually I didn't feel nearly as cloudy yesterday it was mostly my eyes felt weird and my head just felt heavy kinda

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      Funny you should mention that. I am calling my psychiatrist Mon or Tues an ask if I can start Effexor at lowest dose. Iv tried Sertraline (generic Zoloft)50mg. Got extremely ill physically. Toxicity. But helped mentally! Energy an happy after 5 wks. But oh so sick. Liver enzymes went up even. Then Lexapro. Now Lexapro is good for anxiety as its deactivating antidepressant. But, it made me very tired, sluggish, sleepy. Had to take at night. But wasn't physically ill like with Sertraline. Gained 13 pds in 2 months! No way. Have a bad back an wt gain causes back pain. Nothing happened mentally on Lexapro. Got up to 15mg. Then Cymbalta. I have fibromyalgia so Dr thought it would help that to. It did help the pain. No real side effects except blood pressure went sky high. I dont have high blood pressure. Got to 177 over 94. Geezzz! So stopped after 6 wks on 60mg. Then the most horrible one of all, Prozac or the generic. Extreme toxicity. Worse depression. Crying ALL the time. Wanted to disappear. Flu like symptoms, diaherrha, liver area pain (my gallbladder is gone) pancreatic pain, joints hurt. Horrible! On it for 5 wks. Never did anything but make me worse! Horrible withdrawls to. Then Wellbutrin XL. Nothing but anger. Stopped after 10 days. I was raging at everyone.

      So now seeing a psychiatrist. She prescribed the Wellbutrin an now wants me to try Lamictal but its got horrible warnings an side effects. Stephen Johnson sydrom is a deathly rash that is associated with Lamictal. Liver damage an kidney damage. Its a serious med. No way. Gonna try Effexor first. I think Im saving my money an getting my DNA analysis to see which antidepressant would closely match me. Iv heard of that. Anyone ever do that?

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