antidepressants withdrawals and neurological symptoms

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   Posted 12/16/2006 10:29 AM (GMT -6)   
hi there . i have been on 3 different types of antidepressants and 1 type of sleeping pill since april of this year . none of them worked for me . i had to withdrawal from all of them one after each other very adruptly . the last antidepressant withdrawal was nearly 19 weeks ago . i was withdrawing from a very potent ssri antidepressant drug called escitalopram which was too strong for me . i was only on it for 5 weeks . it was making me more depressed and very suicidal . i told the doctors what this drug was doing to me but i was totally ignored by them . anyway since stopping the drug escitalopram , i have been having very painful neurological symptoms which are tingling burning prickling crawling sensations in and all over my body , pressure in my head , neck and behind both of my eyes , complete numbness in both of my hands and feet , severe muscle tension , intenses pain all over my body , electric shocks and jolts in and along my spine , chronic weakness and stiffness , tremors , sleeping distrubances , visual distrubances and really cloudy urine . all these syptoms that i am getting is really scaring and they seem to be getting alot worse . am seeing a neurologist on the 12th of january 2007 . really hope that he can help me . keep om thinking that i have done some serious major damage to my body , especially my nervous system due to the 4 very adrupt drug withdrawals . if i have done some serious major to myself , can anyone tell me how long will it take for my body , especially my nervous to go back to normal ?  sad   

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   Posted 12/16/2006 2:38 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi sexysue,

Did I read it right that you've been off anti-ds for 19 weeks and you're still feeling withdrawals? I too have been on many different pills, but I've never had withdrawals that bad. If you can't get in to see the neurologist sooner, I would advise seeing your psychiatrist and explaining your symptoms to him. I did a quick google on lexapro and many of the symptoms you are describing are included in their write up. Here is a link to the mfrs lexapro site, I believe page 6 has some good info for you.,se8-007,21365se8-001,se1-004_lexapro_lbl.pdf

I really advise that you some medical attention though. If not your psychiatrist then your regular doc. You shouldn't wait another month to get some help.

I really feel for you what you are going through. It is frustrating when a medicine that is supposed to help makes you worse, and really scary when your body isn't working the way it should. I hope that you start feeling better soon.


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   Posted 12/30/2006 8:37 PM (GMT -6)   
i'm new and just read this. WOW! please post updates on how you are. as a matter of fact, i'm going to look for any newer posts from you right now. i'm praying for ya!
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