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Re: anyone want to just talk effexor again??

Posted by loni on December 5, 2003, at 11:34:20

In reply to Re: anyone want to just talk effexor again?? moose100, posted by burnedout on December 5, 2003, at 10:35:53

You know, I've worried about that too. Permanent damage. 1.5 years out, I'm still having memory and comprehension issues. I'm still having problems with balance. I no longer have seizures or intense head pain. I do have deep pain in my bones and muscles, but this could be due to changes in my dosage for Parnate. I get too tired very easily and if I face any kind of high stress, my body and mind shut down. I have no other way to describe it. I curl up in a ball and my body just goes to sleep. I used to thrive on stress. I'm not good at multi-tasking anymore. I have to focus on ONE thing at a time or I get overwhelmed very easily.

My body and weight have changed back with help from the Parnate. I no longer have "Effexor belly" which had me wearing maternity clothes (even though I wasn't pregnant, I sure looked like it!) I'm so glad that Effexor works for some people. I loved it for a year. It was the next two years and then the W/D that didn't go so well.

In some ways, I am still in recovery but proceeding very, very slowly. I often have to remind people close to me that I am still in recovery. They don't always understand when I need to lay down (need to!) or when I can't focus on them and something else too. Or when I can't step back onto my exhilerating fast track corporate job. I went from 6 figures to barely 5 figures...usually 4 figures with the hours I have to keep. Sometimes I think that physical therapy would really help but my insurance wouldn't pay for it and I can't afford it.

It is a tough judgement call, the Effexor. Because you don't know ahead of time if you will be one of the lucky ones that it works for. Especially since it works so well early on.




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