I am a 28 year old male, in good physical shape.
At the end of Oct. / early Nov. I was working on a project that was not going well, and the level of stress and anxiety was new to me as I have never had that much of an issue with work. The project ended on a Monday and that nite I felt some pressure or tightness in my chest, nothing I would call pain, just noticable. After a few days of it not going away I went to see my doctor. All my vitals were normal and he thought we should try an SSRI (Zoloft, 25 mg). I was on Zoloft a few years ago for anxiety and it worked well, I ended it after about 12 months.
About day 3 of the Zoloft I really hadn't noticed the chest tightness or pressure anymore (which I am guessing went away not because of the zoloft), but I did feel like my heart was pounding all the time. After 8 days of Zoloft I decided to stop. The heart pounding thing just didn't make sense to me and seemed to start with the Zoloft. Sure enough I saw a sharp decline in the heart pounding and it was gone by the third day of being off Zoloft.
Well, on the fourth day of stopping the Zoloft I noticed symptoms: some pins and needles in my hands, some numbness in my right arm, sleep issues, mild hand tremors. I decided to go back on the Zoloft, after two days of being back on the Zoloft my symptoms lessned. Then I read about Zoloft side effects and withdrawal symptoms. The heart pounding was listed as a side effect of Zoloft, not a top 5 side effect, but a side effect. Then I read if you stop all of a sudden, especially if you had taken the medicine for at least one week, you can get withdrawal symptoms, and they read just as I described them above.
All of this made sense so I stopped the Zoloft and after about a week and half, my withdrawal symptoms had faded away. Now its been two weeks since I was last on the Zoloft but this weekend the heart pounding seems to have returned. Its not as strong as it was, but it is there for sure.
My question - is the heart pounding thing just a symptom of my zoloft withdrawal...i read that any side effect of the zoloft can also manifest itself as a withdrawal symptom.
I am gonna give it a few more days and if I am not back to normal I will return to my doctor, but I wanted to get your take on it.