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Anti-Depressants Withdrawal

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Hey, I firstly want to say thank you for taking the time to read this post as this is my first time seeking help in regards to this issue.


I have been suffering from pain in my ankle for the past two years due to an injury. I have asked for help from different specialists which had led me to going to a neurologist. As i visited a neurologist, I explained this to him in which he recommend taking a medication often used as an antidepressant to treat the pain. Whilst on this medication, I experienced brain zaps, cold, drowziness, tingling sensation, restlessness, slight tremors etc. After exactly two months, I started to get body aches and experience this tingling sensation all over my body, and came to the decision that the side effects which I had encountered daily were not worth it. Hence, I quitted abruptly two days before my next neurologist appointment as I could not handle the side efects. I raise this to my neurologist which he agreed to stop the dosage and said that the side effects would be out of my system with the next 48-72 hours from when I stopped. However, four weeks have past and I have been experiencing the same side effects when i was on the medication. I have constant headaches, i have a tingling sensation in my arms and legs, I have been experiencing tremors when my arm in a certain position and feel so angry/sad about my current situation. I have researched into this and found that this is most likely a SSRI withdrawal as the symptons relates to it. Hence, I wanted to reach out to the community to see if anyone has gone through this as I can't relate to anyone in my personal life that has gone through this and potentially provide me guidance on what to do next as I feel so scared of what the future holds for me now. 

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Hello aidiamond, 

Welcome to the forums, and thank you for sharing your experience. It takes a lot of courage to reach out and share your story and we're so glad that you have been able to do this today. 

We're sure that we'll hear from some of our amazing community members here soon, we'd just like to leave a gentle reminder that while we encourage users to share their experiences, we are unable to offer medical advice here. 

Thank you again for sharing today, hopefully this will be postive step in feeling better.

Kind regards,
Sophie M

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Hi aidiamond, 

I am really sorry to hear that you have been experiencing this, it sounds like these symptoms are really affecting you. I would encourage you to make an appointment to see your GP as they will likely be able to offer you the best advice moving forward that is tailored to you and your situation. As Sophie mentioned, these forums cannot provide medical advice and comparing yourself to other users in regards to side effects can be really tricky given how differently people can react to medications. Your GP will be able to take a full history of your symptoms, as well as having more detail on your medical background and other medications that may have interfered or contributed to what you're experiencing. 

Please do not hesitate to reach out on these forums. 

Take care