Risperdal....could it be a withdrawal or something?

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Blue727
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   Posted 5/25/2007 6:59 PM (GMT -7)   
 would of put all the money on it I had that I had a thyroid problem, but of course the test results come out "within normal range", whatever normal means. I asked about my adrenal levels and showed my internal medicine doc some replies off the internet and she said "we don't recognize that in the medical field". Huhhhh????????

I am almost convinced I have one of the following; labyrinthis (sp), thyroid problem (one or the other), adrenal, cortisol problems or testosterone problems. After being tried on all these medications with very little to no help and I feel they actually make me worse if that's possible;

Since 2003, I have been on xanax, paxil, cymbalta, buspirone, clomipramine (had to go to e.R. On this stuff after one dose), clonazepan, mirtazipine, zoloft, zyprexa, seroquel, prozac, celexa, toprol xl and welbutrin. I currently take 20 mg of lexapro, 0.5 mg of risperdal, 20 mg of prilosec and 10 mg of ambien for sleep. However, I feel I am getting no better.

I have decided to taper off the meds and try to go an all natural route. I have gotten all my medical records since 2003 and found that in all them I complain of my left ear in particular, my eyes feel like there is pressure behind them (I feel like everyone is looking at me like I'm crazy, because that's how my eyes feel) like they are hitting each other back and forth.  Dizzy, lack of memory.
 
I was only on 0.5 mg of Risperdal and took the last one on Wednesday (only on it about 2 weeks).  Today, my neck twitches, I'm having panic attacks and my neck actually feels like it's going to break because it's so tense, sweating like a pig, cannot sleep (worse than normal if that's even possible).  Could this be a withdrawal symptom?  If it is, could it be possible low doses of medicine really affect me?  Thanks for all your help...it's really needed.

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   Posted 5/25/2007 10:58 PM (GMT -7)   

your risperdal dose was very small and stopping it unlikley to do anything, likewise, taking it again wont do much if anything but may make you happier

most likely you have panic disorder but dont want to admit it

xanax or any other benzo in adequate doses, plus ambien for sleep should help

so should the lexapro if its working ( sometimes it doesnt)

dizzyness can come from anxiety and stress


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Blue727
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   Posted 5/26/2007 4:31 AM (GMT -7)   
harry,
 
Do you think it's possible to have panic attacks because of a certain medicine?  I did not have panic attacks prior to starting Lexapro.  That is for sure.  I just thought maybe I was having a withdrawal affect from the Risperdal, as I was sent to the ER on clomipramine and seem to have a low tolerance or intolerance to most medications.  I would be more than happy to take on the medical diagnosis of anxiety and depression, if only some sort of anti anxiety, anti depressent would relieve some of my problems.  A tiny glimmer of improvement would be enough for me.  Thanks!

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   Posted 5/26/2007 9:33 AM (GMT -7)   
Blue
Could I ask why you were put on Lexapro ??

Harry is no doubt right as that is a very low dose of med....
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   Posted 5/26/2007 11:24 AM (GMT -7)   
For anxiety, depression and OCD.  I really don't feel I would have any of these if I knew why my body feels the way it does.  If this was anxiety, I'm not sure why it never goes away and why after all these medications, it is actually worse.  Since starting the Lexapro I have had panic attacks which I never had before, I sweat like a pig, can't sleep without Ambien and even then I am constanly waking up and up for good by 6:00.  My body feels like it's going a million miles a minute, can't concentrate, can't remember anything, very irratible.  I feel like I'm slowly becoming mentally handicapped or something.  I have had my thyroid tested and it all has come back within "normal range".  Does that range really matter if I have all these symptoms?
 
I just wish someone would treat me based on the way my body feels.  I actually don't care what it is...inoperable brain tumor, stage whatever cancer, anxiety, depression......just get me some relief.  I am usually cold when I go to bed, wake up in a pool of sweat, I have leg twitches that I cannot control...just kind of out of nowwhere.  My eyes feel like they are bugging out of my head, constant strain, like they keep slamming into each other and so on....
 
Completely lost....any suggestions??  
Thanks!!!

harry4
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   Posted 5/26/2007 12:22 PM (GMT -7)   

sounds like a bad reaction to lexapro and I would no longer take it, 20 was a high starting dose, I would tell doc no more antidepressants for now, remember that some docs have been oversold on them ( very small doses are sometimes helpful for cronic pain)

similar bad reactions to antidepressants do happen, one happened to me once

all the valium type meds relax the body and mind and are safe if taken and prescribed sensibly


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   Posted 5/26/2007 12:36 PM (GMT -7)   
I think along the same as Harry here
I would keep a log of what is going on when on meds and how you feel to take to doc with the thoughts of telling him you dont want on the ssri's anymore you seem to have tried them all yet no avail so I will think if you ask him he would no doubt give you the fastr acting meds like I or Harry and many others take
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Just my thoughts on this
and your sensory persceptions would no doubt very much be helped as well
Keep us posted k


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Blue727
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   Posted 5/26/2007 1:04 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks for your help.  I have been on the Lexapro since 2/11/07 now and it is constantly the same.  Never any better, but worse.  Ever since I started taking medication back in 2003, everyone around me feels I have deteriorated.  I thought I had schizophrenia or something as I was not getting better, but every doctor states I don't and I probably couldn't recognize or would not be researching it if I did.  They also stated that it has been since 2003 and I would definately know it by now.  Scary thought when you don't know what's wrong with you or why your not getting better.  I guess you tend to think the worse case scenario.
 
Could I possibly have Akathisia while on all these meds?  I have noticed and told my doctors that every meal I eat leaves my body very fast, so I also wonder if this has something to do with it?  It's like my body will not relax no matter the situation and meds are making it worse.  Your input is greatly appreciated.  Thanks!

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   Posted 5/27/2007 8:26 AM (GMT -7)   
HMMMMM
Now this is just my opinion and what is going on with me that sounds like you

I have a rapid metabolism and crohns also another autoimmune defieciency whickh leads me to have everything I eat go thru me within hours literally
I have gone down to 88 lbs at one time and I wWAS eating it just was coming out of me as soon as I ate
Had thyroid checked everything test possible
The fast metabolism and autoimmune does this to me have you been checked on your immune system
Do you catch things like colds flu easily and cannot fight them off as good as before ??
I would if I were you ask your doc
How tall are you n weigh
I am 5'7 and if lucky may weigh just over 90 lbs again......
going thru a crohns flare
Do you have any problems with your bowels or nausea ??
Will check back on post later k
Be well and try to smile
It can be found out we just have to look at all angles

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   Posted 5/27/2007 8:49 AM (GMT -7)   
Well, I know it doesn't make much sense, because I am 5'7 and weigh 162, but I weighed nothing like this until I started all these meds.  I cannot sleep, it's like my body is going a million miles a minute, I sweat constantly, feel wired but tired all the time, can't sit still and have started having panic attacks, which is not like me.  I will be sitting in line at the grocery store and my neck will get so tense and actually start to shake or twitch.
 
27 going on 94 is how I really feel these days.  I quit taking the risperdal, but was only taking 0.5 for about 2 weeks.  I have started taking my Lexapro 20 mg every other day and will eventually quit it, but these symptoms have been going on for years, worse at times and somewhat better at times, but never gone.  Medication seems to have been my downfall...sad to say, but that's really how I feel.  Thanks for your help.
 
My doctor stated that ever since I started seeing him in 2003 I have had the main complaints of ears hurt, feel dizzy quite often, brain fog, my eyes feel funny and it makes me feel like everyone is looking at me like I'm crazy.  I know they are not, but it's the way my eyes feel, like they are bugging out of my head and moving so fast.  Very strange, but he said he thinks there may be something since it's been a chief complaint for a long time.  When I lay down on my side (either side to sleep...usually sleep on my stomach), I wake up just shaking and kind of out of it.  I had a CT scan over two years ago and they said I had mild chronic sinus fasciatus (sp), but never gave me anything for it.  I was scheduled to have my gall bladder out three times in April of last year, but they had to stop twice after I was already put under, as my carbon dioxide levels were at 46.  Very strange stuff.

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   Posted 5/28/2007 5:29 AM (GMT -7)   
I will give you that
There has to be somethig THEY can do to find out what the Hades is going on
The eye thing I get like that only when anxiety is at its highest and I will lose all sense of everything around me going dizzy and feeling wired just like you do say
I know I have had blood pressure taken while like this and it was way way up so maybe a beta blocker is in store or at kleast should be considered for you
They help with anxiety too Blue
Take care n keep me posted
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