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I was on 10mg citalopram for a number of years for health anxiety, I came off about four months ago, no weaning, stupid I know, because I started getting headaches and light headedness after taking it. I've also developed really bad tinnitus. I have also since been diagnosed with early neck arthritis after seeing a rhuematologist with neck and shoulder pain.
I have been to ENT about the tinnitus but nothing found, just learn to live with it.
I was told that some of my headaches and lightheadedness could be attributed to my arthritis in my neck affecting the nerves by ENT.
I went back on citalopram about three weeks later because of the withdrawal symptoms.
Since going back on I noticed my anxiety became worse plus the start up effects. I am now weaning off and five days ago reduced to 5mgs.
I also take a diuretic for border line blood pressure, low dose, but I am weaning off this also, from 2.5 mgs to 1.25 mgs, but I do not believe there are withdrawal effects from this from what I have read. Some people only take it three times a week, for example.
My blood pressure is normal, I check it regularly and it was only border line to begin with, I shouldn't have started it several years ago. I have lost a lot of weight since then. I am trying to get clean, in want of a better expression, because I need to start feeling normal again and rule out these feelings.
I have had all routine blood works done recently and they are fine. Heart checked out with an echo a couple of years ago.
I am having horrible symptoms, some days good other days bad since weaning. My question is, is it normal to have these symptoms. Any advice would be appreciated.
Muzzy head with feeling of fullness in ears
Lightheadedness, the worst problem, comes and goes, some days worse than others
Can be full of energy most of the day but then hit by a feeling of tiredness and weakness later in day
Able to sleep some nights but can't other nights, really bad dreams
Restless legs and itchy feet
Sometimes feel a bit wobbly on my feet but I think that could be anxiety. I notice that it's not there when I am not anxious.
Some days can be not so focussed
Sensitive to loud noises
I don't feel anxious since I started weaning, I have accepted anxiety and am learning to control my anxious feelings as soon as they start up. I only worry now about these symptoms and whether they are withdrawal symptoms or not.
I apologize for the lengthy post, I am post menopausal, late 50's.
Thanks for reading.
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