Hello Everyone, I'm also new to the forum and wanted to share my Zoloft story as I'm in the process of reducing my dosage. I've been on 75 mg of Zoloft for 4 years due to Anxiety and Agrophobia I started to suffer which came out of the blue.
My introduction to Zoloft was very bumpy, it took many months for me to settle into the dosage and I suffered from the worst body aches, headaches, extreme memory loss and some of the strangest vivid dreams.
I never wanted to go on medication but the severity of my condition meant I couldn't leave the house, and confined myself to my room, I was previously a very active surfer, snowboarder and a very social person who traveled for work all the time. Pretty much overnight my life changed after my first panic attack and things went downhill from there until I was unable to carry out the simplest function.
It was always my aim to come off the medication even though every doctor was telling me I should consider being on Zoloft for the rest of my life and not to worry about
it, but something just didn't feel right and the more research I did the more I felt that I really did need to find an alternative, it's when I realized the Zoloft was doing more harm than good that I put my mind to working out a way to overcome everything.
Last year with the help of my girlfriend I changed my diet, cutting out many sugars and fatty foods. I started taking many fish oil supplements complimented with Magnesium,B12 and hydrating with water as much as possible, within a few weeks I was starting to notice less body aches, better focus and a more positive outlook, I started to come down in 12.5 mg increments on the Zoloft and even though a tiny bit bumpy I was feeling so much better, the fact I am now feeling things again, having emotions , being able to remember things has convinced me I'm going in the right direction.
Fast forward 2 months and I'm going down to my final 12.5 mg this week and I feel really good, I do have bad days but now know that I'm going to be okay and it's going to pass.
I can't stress enough about
how much diet has helped me , combined with exercise like walking or swimming it's like I feel normal again. I've had arguments with my doctors about
why I'm coming off the Zoloft, they find it hard to understand I don't want this drug controlling my life and making me feel like a Zombie and even more horrifying is the fact that I've tried again and again with 3 doctors to explain to me the side effects of Zoloft on my digestive system, muscles and brain chemicals and been smugly talked down too like a child but always the same response "you don't need to worry about
I don't want to scare anyone because I did find many years of benefits from Zoloft but the more I research and see the long term effects the more I know coming off it when I felt ready was the right choice and not to rely on it as a long term medication.
One final point, this weekend I was introduced to something that has already helped me more than I could imagine.....I was recommended by an alternative medical doctor to look into the use of Medical ********* when I decided to come off the Zoloft, this weekend I got my license and I now self medicate and just love it. I know this is not for everyone but it's worth letting you all know that is really does work as another alternative.
I aim to finally come off the rest of the Zoloft in the next 2 weeks and will let you know how it's all going and wish everyone of you the best of luck and reiterate it is easily achievable to be Zoloft free with no side effects as long as you eat well, cut out as much sugar as you can and put your mind to a bit of exercise, and if you do get those bumpy days just remember it will pass, normally quicker than you think.
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