Yesterday was bad, ER & 'near' blackout.

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James Jr
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   Posted 5/19/2009 9:15 AM (GMT -7)   
Well I was sitting here(thank goodness) at work on this very same PC using the phone right next to me and all of a sudden I felt like my glasses were drawing closer to my face then I saw a couple black 'spots' flollowed by about 1-2 seconds of blackness while I still remained on the telephone somehow. I tried to just get past it as part of my Cymbalta titration or not eating enough for breakfast but it just worried me non-stop for about the next hour and I finally drove myself to the ER where the did a CT scan, bloodwork and an EKG all of which returned as normal which is a good and bad thing....good in the obvious sense of not having something prominantly/severely wrong and bad in the sense that they really have no idea why it happened.  shakehead
 
I will gladly give the hospital major kudos for being very nice, professional and thourough....a bit slow but I can deal with that if I get the rest and for most of all not treating me like just some typical 'crazy/nutcase' after I told them about my panic disorder but I was calm and nicely told them I was not having an episode as far as I knew and this was different than anything I'd ever experienced. The fact that they never brought up my panic disorder the entire time I was there made me feel like a 'real patient' and not just some person with a nervous condition, which is what you'd normally get.
 
Well, so far so good today & I think it was a change in my breakfast pattern(started dieting yesterday) yesterday morning along with the withdrawl symptons/affects of being off of Cymbalta completely for 8 days today.  :-)

FitzyK23
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   Posted 5/19/2009 9:33 AM (GMT -7)   
Glad you were treated well. However, next time, please ask someone to drive you to the ER. You put your life and others at risk by driving when you felt like you were blacking out.
27 Year old married female law student (last year!!). Diagnosed w/ CD 4 years ago, IBS for over 10 years before that, which was probably the CD. I am sort of lactose intollerant too but can handle anything cultured and do well w/ lactose pills and lactaid. For crohns I am currently on Pentasa 4 pills/4x day and hysociamine prn. I also have bad acid reflux and have been on PPI's since age 13. I have been through prilosec, prevacid, and nexium. Currently I am on Protonix in the morning and Zantac at night.  I take xanax prn for situational anxiety (aka no easy bathroom access). 


James Jr
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   Posted 5/19/2009 9:51 AM (GMT -7)   
FitzyK23 said...
Glad you were treated well. However, next time, please ask someone to drive you to the ER. You put your life and others at risk by driving when you felt like you were blacking out.

I understand what you are saying but I was able to work about an hour after I had the 'feeling' and was here alone with my only option being to call an ambulance to carry me about 2 miles. If I didn't feel confident enough to drive I wouldn't have....ever.

Aries8
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   Posted 5/19/2009 12:44 PM (GMT -7)   
James, glad to hear you're feeling better now. Did you wean yourself off of the Cymbalta with a doctor's help?
Also, if you don't mind my asking, why did you go off of it and will you be taking something else for the anxiety?

Lastly, I would make an eye doctor appointment. Explain to them what happened. I think your eyes should be examined to rule everything out. Sounds frightening and you should be proud that you held yourself together so well!!
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Aries8
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   Posted 5/19/2009 12:45 PM (GMT -7)   
P.S. Make sure you're eating properly. You mentioned a diet. Don't go without eating any food or drinking...=)
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60 mg. Prozac, Ativan as needed.
 
"The part can never be well unless the whole is well." Plato


James Jr
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   Posted 5/19/2009 1:27 PM (GMT -7)   
Aries8 said...
James, glad to hear you're feeling better now. Did you wean yourself off of the Cymbalta with a doctor's help?
Also, if you don't mind my asking, why did you go off of it and will you be taking something else for the anxiety?

Lastly, I would make an eye doctor appointment. Explain to them what happened. I think your eyes should be examined to rule everything out. Sounds frightening and you should be proud that you held yourself together so well!!

Thanks a lot, especially the eye advice....I'm due for a yearly check-up anyhow.
 
The reason for coming off the Cymbalta was that I was prescribed it for a severe bout of depression I had about 1 1/2 years ago and it really helped but I had gotten to the point of feeling like an emotionless/walking 'zombie' & really wanted to know what it felt like to be non-medicated again and to be honest I didn't/I don't think I am no longer depressed.
 
For a more in depth look at my Cymbalta titration please see my other thread, http://www.healingwell.com/community/default.aspx?f=9&m=1472298
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