Brain zaps and caffeine or what?

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Twiggygal
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   Posted 3/2/2008 11:24 PM (GMT -7)   
Okay... I was feeling like this a few weeks ago when I posted and the only thing I can think to call these "shocks" is what everyone on here calls "brain zaps".
 
It feels like my brain almost gets shocked in a way and pushed inside my head or something.
 
I was feeling like that for weeks when I hit my second trimester and tonight I drank 2 cans of coca cola and had zaps while driving.
 
Could it be I'm going through some sort of Lexapro withdrawel because I'm pregnant?
 
I'm so confused.  I don't want to even ask my doctors because they'll try and switch me to some absurd medication (like trying to switch me last month at my OB appt). ugh
 
I just want opinions.
 
Has anyone ever experienced this while pregnant?
 
UGH and I'm SO Panicky and anxious lately... I don't know why... I'm just feeling nuts... can't catch my breath
 
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Post Edited (Twiggygal) : 3/2/2008 11:43:06 PM (GMT-7)


badfish
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   Posted 3/3/2008 6:36 AM (GMT -7)   
I've read articles that anxiety can get worse while ur pregnant prob due to all the the hormones. Also read alot ppl wiv anx hav som over-sensitivity to caffeine and it has a abnormaly high stimulant effect on them. It doesn't cause anx bt may make it worse. In my case I dnt stop talking and feel gr8 til the caffeine crash. Congrats on the baby. Hope ur feeling betta soon. Lay off the caffeine see if it helps.
 


Howlyncat
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   Posted 3/3/2008 7:56 AM (GMT -7)   
HI ya sweet Twiggy how is my baby doing
I am thinking she does not like the caffeine ......

I dont honestly know if it could be the Lexapro.........I am sure someone will post and let ya know
In the meantime I am getting all excited about this baby ya know

Love ya tons and wishing you some good days sweetie.gentle whispers of luv to her and say hello to your man

LUVS
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stkitt
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   Posted 3/3/2008 8:07 AM (GMT -7)   

Hey Twiggy,
I am sorry about the brain zaps and I agree the caffeine may be a culprit but also your hormones could be messing with the AD and throwing off your blood levels of the medication in your system.

If you do continue to have problems talk it over with your doc but you may advocate to stay on the med as long as it is working.

I am so happy for you and I wish you ane the little one the best throughout your pregnancy.
Hugs
Kitt


 
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anastasia01
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   Posted 3/3/2008 8:25 AM (GMT -7)   
I cant say for certain about the brain zaps but last year in FEB I got pregnant and that is when my anxxiety all started. It was horrible for me everyday all day. Just the craziest things I went through. Being scared, I had several panic attacks a day and was always in fear my my labor. I think thats what made me so anxious was knowing I had to go through labor and I felt like I would die when I was having my baby. I cant even explain all the awful things that I went through while pregnant with anxiety. I felt like I went crazy for a long time. Like I was slowly loosing my mind and I feared all sorts of things. But i am here to tell you that you will be fine. The things that you are experiencing are normal. Your hormones are out of control through a pregnancy and you may feel all sorts of ways. Just know your pregnancy will go absolutely fine and labor will be a breeze. Like Skitt says always tell your doctor what you are going through.  Try to enjoy your pregnancy more and take it easy. RElax deep breaths. I am sorry you feel bad while your pregnant. I know it sucks.
 
P.s I always felt like I couldnt breath and was loosing my breath. I had a family member that went through anxiety and when I felt horrible, I would call and talk to her and ask her all sorts of questions about the fears I had to make sure what i was going through was normal and she helped a bunch. I had to be reasurred everyday sometimes all through out the day. lol  Sometimes she would even come by and sit with me until I started to feel better. When you feel breathless just make sure to take deep breaths and tell yourself, " Silly if you wasnt able to breath you wouldnt be standing up rignt now, or sitting up, you would be laying flat on the floor. " I would tell myself that, and I would think positive things to help. Its all in your head about the breathing. You just try and relax. Pamper yourself to relax, like take a warm bath, paint your toe nails. Where your favorite pj's and watch one of your favorite movies, be around the peole you love. If you have someone to talk to in person or over the phone about your problems if always good and this forum if good as well. So many people on here to help you.


ANASTASIA

Post Edited (anastasia01) : 3/3/2008 8:44:24 AM (GMT-7)


Howlyncat
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   Posted 3/6/2008 5:23 AM (GMT -7)   
How ya making out my Twiggy
Just checking in to see how you re doing and the baby as well
Luvs
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freezinginAK
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   Posted 3/6/2008 5:44 PM (GMT -7)   

  Hay Twiggy, I use to get those shocks all the time and had asked about it with my pdoc and even off of meds I got them he said that some people got them while others don't but they do not hurt you but do talk with your pdoc about it and see what he/she Say's about it. Heck I can get them just from moving my head down and have it run all the way down my body at times but I do know what you mean about having it in the head kind of like having a quick shock and or buzz feeling

  Waiting till I here about your baby coming yeah yeah yeah yeah

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enufworry
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   Posted 3/8/2008 3:33 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks so much for posting about "brain zaps"----I've been tying to explain them to docs and never had a good description.  I get them at different times and they just scare me to death.  Scared about a stroke or something.  Have talked to my pdoc and not much of an answer---but if you all have had the same thing, I guess I'm safe.  God, I love this forum and feel so greatful!
 
Congratulations Twiggy on your baby---I hope all is well.  I'm kind of new here---do we all know when he/she is coming?

Twiggygal
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   Posted 3/8/2008 2:11 PM (GMT -7)   
enuf- lil Amelia is coming on July 19 ...

so FAR away hahaha

it's a waiting game

and YAY I'm having brain zaps right now cuz I haven't taken my meds yet...

isn't this disorder fun :p lol

TG~
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DX: Panic Disorder, Depression, TMJ (Temporomandibular Joint Disorder), Chronic Migraines
 
RX: Lorazepam (1 MG - 2 mgs a day), Lexapro (20 MG a day), Tylonel for the TMJ and Migraines
 
I'm PREGNANT! 21 weeks along!
 
 
 
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enufworry
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   Posted 3/8/2008 4:47 PM (GMT -7)   
In july ?  I know what you mean---"so FAR"---but it's almost SPRING for cryingoutloud!!!!  I'll bet you are really excited!  And what a great name!!!  Yea uhuh---it's GREAT fun!!! :-)    Actually, not so much fun (yet) but being able to share with other people sure makes it more managable---so thanks.

batgirl36
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   Posted 6/4/2009 3:40 PM (GMT -7)   

I just wanted to let you know that those brain zaps/shocks you were experiencing were most definitely from the Lexapro.  Antidepressant withdrawal (or discontinuation syndrom, as the makers and doctors like to call it) CAN cause these brain zaps.  I hope they stopped for you.  I am on week 3 of coming off of Pristiq (the new Effexor), which I was only on for a month or so, and I am still experiencing the brain shocks.  Wish they would have warned me this could happen.


vestabula
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   Posted 6/4/2009 5:49 PM (GMT -7)   

I would bet on the Lexapro.  I have been trying to get off this drug for two months and end up taking a piece of a tablet when the brain zaps/whoosing sensations in my head get so that I can't stand it.  I even get them when I blink my eyes.  I too wish the doc had told me about withdrawal effects.  Hope you feel better and contgrats on the baby!

Donna



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Post Edited (vestabula) : 6/4/2009 6:54:40 PM (GMT-6)


Nanners
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   Posted 6/5/2009 6:17 AM (GMT -7)   
I don't know if you ladies realize this, but this post is over a year old.
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vestabula
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   Posted 6/5/2009 6:23 AM (GMT -7)   

OMG, Nanners...the baby is born and crawling by now!  This is too funny.  Duh...

 

Donna


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roger47
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   Posted 6/5/2009 6:35 AM (GMT -7)   
I can tell you that those brain zaps are definitely a side effect of Lexapro withdrawals. I came off Lexapro several months ago and it took a few weeks to get back to normal. The good thing is, although Lexapro withdrawal side effects are uncomfortable, they aren't really dangerous.
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