I wonder if it is this kind of "ran over by a truck"-feeling day. I fell asleep right next to my daughter yesternight. She was listening to some CD and wanted me to listen too. She's heard it millions of times before and sang along. Somewhere there, I fell asleep. 9-9:30 PM. When you then wake up in the morning and the clock says 8:30 you understand na-dah!
It's been a horrible week, wondering if I should take up the AD's again etc. I know that for me, the withdrawals sound like paradise for someone else - I only notice flu-like symptoms and a massive headache, and it lasts 10-14 days and it's over. It's been that way for 4 years. I'm seasonal. Sigh.
This morning, after sleeping curled up and narrow, all dressed (even shoes) and waking up extremely hungry - I noticed the tough weeks way too well: I've worked since 10-12 days back (lost count), had a marathon watch one place and came back to a nursing home the other day and even went by my old job to help out with a whole lot of paper-work and doing a totally normal assignment for the job: Going out to a place you don't know, quite an adventurous path-walk up to a house that lies in the glimpse of an eye in a forest rainy and cold... Carry heavy etc - and to top it all you FORGOT the good army boots and do the whole adventure with sandals - open-tip ones so the frosting of the cake is a mashed toe from hitting a rock because you didn't even think of - in that zapped moment - that you were walking at a stony path....
Yup, it must have been a biiiiiig truck!
A few hours after waking up it does get better. It's your 3rd day, woohoo, you did get well over started on quitting the Effexor too. That's well done. I'd probably have given in to it...
What you can do for these symptoms is probably to linger the pain with regular Ibuprofen (I don't know this withdrawal - sorry) but what I am thinking is: Treat it symptomatic and you treat it as if it was a massive cold? The only thing you do different is that if you have enough energy to take a 30-minute walk every other day this week, I'd definitely recommend it.
Don't loose fluids in sweats and make sure you eat every 4th hour - if you're nauseous you can eat less and more often.
Be active and beat the urge to give in for this. You've maybe done one third of this path and that's a great bit of getting started!
Hopefully there are others here who knows a little more about how Effexor withdrawals work. We don't have those medications here in Europe.
So sorry you're going through this. I can't write much, because I recently switched from Effexor XR to Cymbalta and I can barely function. One Pschiatrist (not mine...I'm suffering.. don't know how much of my problem is Effexor withdrawals and how much is depression) recommended that in order to get off Effexor, you should be put on Prozac (sorry, I don't know the dosage) for several weeks, (it takes a long time for Prozac to take affect and also to leave your system), and then you taper off the Effexor AFTER the Prozac kicks in. I read this in a doctors forum by one of the few Psychiatrist's that actually acknowledges the effexor withdrawal problems. He uses this tec. even if his patient is not going to go on another antidepressant, because "you do not need to wean yourself from Prozac...it will wean itself ".
I can't swear to this, but it makes a lot more sense than what your doctor is doing. There is NO WAY your doctor should have stopped you from Effexor cold turkey. I hope you get the help you need and deserve. Take Care. I wish I could be of more help. I'm so "wierded out" that I don't know if I make any sense. I've had major depression before, but I never felt Just-Plain-Nuts.
Thankyou Florena for replying...it means so much to me.
I have started taking Ibuprofen..no releif yet but will keep up with it. I wish i could i could get up for that 30min walk but atm that just seems impossible...getting to the toilet seems to be my daily workout! Every muscle in my body aches..i have lost ALL concentration and i feel SOOOOOOOOOOOOOO weak like i could pass out when i stand.
Thankyou for your encouragement...i will plod on and eventually beat this evil drug!!!!
Hi Marie and thanks for your reply too..every word replied to me gives me something to hang onto n keep going.
My Dr has put me on Prozac and i started it from the first day of withdrawing from Effexor but as u suggested it may take a while to kick in. My GP plans to leave me on Prozac and at this stage i dnt fancy having to withdraw from and drug for a VERY long time. WOrk this week looks like it may be a non existent thing as the phsyical symptoms are just making it impossible to function. Thank God for my darling 17yo daughter who has been looking after me....without her i would be stuffed. Marie keep on with it...we will make it together...keep posting and i will reply....i think encouragement goes along and the fact that none of us are alone in this horrible withdrawal and that the things we are feeling are SOOOO common with this drug. HANG IN THERE MARIE....will be thinking of you x
you poor girls! i know what your going through. i went off of effexor about 3 years ago. i tapered it but it was still horrible. i wanted to try a natural cure for my depression and anxiety so i was'nt switching to a new drug. you do feel like you have the flu and moving around is so hard. plus i had nausea and brain zaps. this will get better though, believe me. hang in there and take care. remar