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Brain zappage after missing just one day?

Posted by Paco on January 4, 2004, at 18:01:30

In reply to Anyone had success on Effexor XR? , posted by jp on October 24, 1999, at 14:59:14

Hello. Been six months since I've been here.

Anyone experience brain zappage after missing one day or taking their dosage a few hours late?

I've been taking 150mg for something like 10 months now and haven't missed a day, and have had no problems with this med. This afternoon I was feeling this buzzing that was coming and going inside my head, and later thought it was either because I might have missed yesterday, but I doubt I did since I am such a creature of habit, and have a regular morning routine, or because I took it 8 hours late this morning, or because I had a couple of beers last night (unlikely that this is the reason, because I have done this a couple of times before with no side effects).

Any similar experiences?

 

Re: Brain zappage after missing just one day?

Posted by sasha71 on January 4, 2004, at 18:44:06

In reply to Brain zappage after missing just one day?, posted by Paco on January 4, 2004, at 18:01:30

oh yeah...missing by mroe than 5-6 hours will start the zaps.

A whole missed dose makes me feel like I could light up my house with the
electrical zappings.

And alcohol only makes it worse - plus alcohol makes it more likely I"ll forget to take the durn stuff anyway.

 

Re: Brain zappage after missing just one day?

Posted by Paco on January 4, 2004, at 18:56:59

In reply to Re: Brain zappage after missing just one day?, posted by sasha71 on January 4, 2004, at 18:44:06

Yeah, the zaps tapered off the last couple of hours. This is the first time I've experienced this. I am fairly sure that it was a combination of taking my dose 8 hours late and drinking a couple of beers the night before.

Just one more reason not to do either, I guess....

 

Electrical shock-like sensations

Posted by sick of being sick on January 4, 2004, at 21:22:30

In reply to Re: Anyone had success on Effexor XR? YES! , posted by Shel on July 18, 2000, at 1:35:45

> I started taking 20mg of Sarafem two years ago for my PMDD. It was increased last year to 40mg (same as Prozac). The Sarafem didn't seem to be helping so the doctor's assistant put me on 150mg of Effexor. After about a week I started having electrical shock-like sensations in my head. The sensations were so bad I thought I was having a stroke and went to the hospital. I told the doctors I was on Effexor, but they didn't correlate the two. Was told they couldn't find anything wrong and sent me home.
I was then taken off of Effexor over a two week period and put on some other drug that only works on your seretonin levels. I was on it for about 3 weeks but still had my original symptoms of PMDD. So the doctor put me back on Effexor starting at 37.5mg for 2 weeks then up to 75mg. I was on the 75mg for 3 weeks and starting having the electrical shock-like sensations in my head, hands and feet again. I started having panic attacks and horrible, realistic, "no body likes me" nightmares. My thoughts started racing and I felt overwhelmed with all the things I needed to do! I felt like I was loosing my mind! I couldn't stop crying, couldn't sleep - but was tired and just felt plain rotten. So I called the doctors and they told me to just STOP taking the Effexor and wanted to see me. But I couldn't drive, so they told me I just had to "wait it out"

It's been six days since I've taken the Effexor and I'm still experiencing these awful syptoms! I went to see the genius doctor yesterday and he said, "Oh you probably have an inner ear infection." I can't seem to get anybody to understand how bad I'm feeling, or how scary these electrical shock-like sensations feel! What should I do?! Don't the doctor's know?!

 

redirect: posting policies

Posted by Dr. Bob on January 4, 2004, at 21:43:21

In reply to re: blocked for 3 weeks maxx44, posted by Dr. Bob on January 3, 2004, at 23:41:12

> PS: Follow-ups regarding posting policies ... should be redirecte4d to Psycho-Babble Administration

Here's a link:

http://www.dr-bob.org/babble/admin/20031120/msgs/296523.html

Thanks,

Bob

 

Rapid Heart Beating

Posted by Gummybear on January 4, 2004, at 21:50:58

In reply to Electrical shock-like sensations , posted by sick of being sick on January 4, 2004, at 21:22:30

I've been on Effexor for over a month now and have very rapid heart racing when I do even the smallest physical activity...

I attributed this to my anxiety disorder (which I just developped about a month and a half ago) but now I'm starting to question whether it may be from the Effexor XR????? The reason is that I get very fast heart racing but without any other of my anxiety symptoms. I'm on 75mg.

Rapid Heart beating, has anyone else experienced this with Effexor XR and did it go away with time????

G.bear.

 

re: docs and info about meds Lyrical13

Posted by Zellie on January 4, 2004, at 23:31:33

In reply to re: docs and info about meds, posted by Lyrical13 on January 4, 2004, at 7:24:59

Your experience with your new pdoc sounds just like mine. I feel very secure being in his care.

If your sister could get to see a pdoc instead of the ped, it might be helpful. Peds are wonderful in so many ways, but I have heard of 5 separate instances of peds who did not schedule or mention follow-up appointments with their patients who were put on mood disorder medications (2 of these were actually with 2 of my kids in the past). If she does choose to stay with her ped, maybe your step-mom could insist that he see her daughter more regularly.

Kindes regards,
Zellie

 

Re: withdrawal Lee

Posted by sick of being sick on January 4, 2004, at 23:34:32

In reply to Re: withdrawal, posted by Lee on June 18, 2000, at 17:13:17

> > I'M GOING CRAZY. I had a bad reaction to Effexor after just one month of 75mg. Bad dreams, insomnia, brain shocks, crying fits, depression, etc. so my Dr. made me stop cold turkey and now, into the 6th day, I feel worse.
After reading this forum for about an hour I broke down and opened a capsule and swallowed about 16 granuals, 1 benedryl and a Xanax.*maybe I can sleep tonight*
Any suggestions on how to get through this and how long it takes? BTW - my doctor thinks the dizzy spells are from an "inner ear infection" - boy these doctores are geniuses!

 

Re: Womanly Question

Posted by Lyrical13 on January 5, 2004, at 4:46:00

In reply to Womanly Question, posted by Gummybear on January 4, 2004, at 16:28:01

I'm not sure about that..but I will say that my period has been late every month. It's like my cycle has gotten longer. I have been on bc pills for years (also have a whole endometriosis and ovarian cyst thing..plus low blood sugar...my endocrine system is just whacked!) But I used to always take my last active pill (21st day) on a Saturday and on Tuesday like clockwork it would start. Now it might be Friday or SAturday.. sometimes even the following Tuesday! I had noticed this but hadn't linked it to the Effexor until you mentioned it....but it could be since I'm just realizing this has been a pattern over the last several months. Can't remember when exactly it started...I've been on E since last Nov. ...gradually titrated up to 150 by about Feb. Somewhere around May I backed myself down to 75 (kept forgettting AM dose and then noticed I still felt good so just kept it at 75) Increased back to 150 in Aug and then 225 in late SEpt/early Oct. Don't remember when exactly over the past several months that the menstrual irregularities started.

BTW..anyone else have concommitant other endocrine system stuff? I've always wondered if all of it (endo, LBS, etc) is related.

 

Re: Rapid Heart Beating

Posted by Lyrical13 on January 5, 2004, at 4:54:25

In reply to Rapid Heart Beating, posted by Gummybear on January 4, 2004, at 21:50:58

My heart rate is a little higher than normal. Someone else posted something about big problems with rapid heart rate...don't remember who... read the earlier posts in this thread.

When I started on E, the pdoc told me that increased blood pressure was a side effect. Since my blood pressure has always been on the low end I wasn't too worried. I have always been very anxious and I was wondering if the Effexor was contributing to that rather than helping it.

My new pdoc told me that Effexor doesn't really work on both anxiety and depression as I had thought. It works on one at low doses and the other at high doses..don't remember which it works on at which time. I don't understand that at all.

L13

 

Re: Brain zappage after missing just one day?

Posted by Lyrical13 on January 5, 2004, at 4:56:10

In reply to Re: Brain zappage after missing just one day?, posted by sasha71 on January 4, 2004, at 18:44:06

I don't think I've experienced this brain zap that many people have mentioned. What does it feel like?

 

Re: Brain zappage after missing just one day?

Posted by Paco on January 5, 2004, at 7:21:40

In reply to Re: Brain zappage after missing just one day?, posted by Lyrical13 on January 5, 2004, at 4:56:10

> I don't think I've experienced this brain zap that many people have mentioned. What does it feel like?

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It's a pretty unique experience...kind of a combination of tingling and buzzing inside your head. A very "electrical" feeling. Short jolts that come and go. Since I got them from taking my meds about 8 hours late instead of just going off of them altoghether, the zaps never got very strong and didn't last long. (Or maybe that's as strong as they get. I don't want to find out!)

 

Re: Brain zappage after missing just one day?

Posted by dragonfly25 on January 5, 2004, at 13:27:25

In reply to Brain zappage after missing just one day?, posted by Paco on January 4, 2004, at 18:01:30

yes, i had the same thing. it was so annoying. i would panic if i couldn't get home to get my bedtime dose, b/c i would always pay with those brain shocks, it is an awful feeling- very very scary. and i was on a lower dose. for awhile i thought there was something really wrong with me. i finally discontinued it. good luck with it.
dragonfly

 

Re: Brain zappage after missing just one day? Lyrical13

Posted by dragonfly25 on January 5, 2004, at 13:32:36

In reply to Re: Brain zappage after missing just one day?, posted by Lyrical13 on January 5, 2004, at 4:56:10

i have never had a seizure, but i would describe it as a sort of brain seizure feeling, you kind of pause for a minute to deal with the zaps and everything feels electrically off in your brain, and your brain feels a bit sped up for the moment. maybe what i think a stroke might feel like. something like all of that combined. i hope that makes sense

 

Re: Electrical shock-like sensations

Posted by Angielala on January 5, 2004, at 13:51:58

In reply to Electrical shock-like sensations , posted by sick of being sick on January 4, 2004, at 21:22:30

Just thought I'd post this webpage, since I just read your post and it seems that this is related- just in case anyone needs to read about "electric shocks/brain shivers/dizziness" that we are so lucky to get...

http://depression.about.com/cs/venlafaxine/a/brainshivers.htm

> > I started taking 20mg of Sarafem two years ago for my PMDD. It was increased last year to 40mg (same as Prozac). The Sarafem didn't seem to be helping so the doctor's assistant put me on 150mg of Effexor. After about a week I started having electrical shock-like sensations in my head. The sensations were so bad I thought I was having a stroke and went to the hospital. I told the doctors I was on Effexor, but they didn't correlate the two. Was told they couldn't find anything wrong and sent me home.
> I was then taken off of Effexor over a two week period and put on some other drug that only works on your seretonin levels. I was on it for about 3 weeks but still had my original symptoms of PMDD. So the doctor put me back on Effexor starting at 37.5mg for 2 weeks then up to 75mg. I was on the 75mg for 3 weeks and starting having the electrical shock-like sensations in my head, hands and feet again. I started having panic attacks and horrible, realistic, "no body likes me" nightmares. My thoughts started racing and I felt overwhelmed with all the things I needed to do! I felt like I was loosing my mind! I couldn't stop crying, couldn't sleep - but was tired and just felt plain rotten. So I called the doctors and they told me to just STOP taking the Effexor and wanted to see me. But I couldn't drive, so they told me I just had to "wait it out"
>
> It's been six days since I've taken the Effexor and I'm still experiencing these awful syptoms! I went to see the genius doctor yesterday and he said, "Oh you probably have an inner ear infection." I can't seem to get anybody to understand how bad I'm feeling, or how scary these electrical shock-like sensations feel! What should I do?! Don't the doctor's know?!
>

 

re: sweating and heart rate SEs Lyrical13

Posted by Mercedes on January 5, 2004, at 15:59:01

In reply to re: sweating and heart rate SEs, posted by Lyrical13 on January 4, 2004, at 14:18:43

Don't know if I am hypomanic or BP. I'll have to research cause I don't have a clear idea what hypomanic means. As to spending sprees, I've done that, but rarely. Like last, last Christmas I went out and spent about $700.00 that I shouldn't have and actually couldn't even match the gift to a person (I was really out of it, on meds) so I ended up returning almost all of it.

As to too many projects, I can't tell you how many things I can't get done. I moved 15 months ago and still have boxes I haven't unpacked. I say I'm going to hang this or that up and it stays on the floor. Many things I can't get done. I just think about doing them and hope that miraculously they'll get done while I'm sleeping or something.

I hate shopping, so maybe that's a good thing. This x-mas I just gave gift-cards, saved me time and money.

To me, spending money is like eating. It's a 'comfort' feeling or like filling a void. Oh, speaking of spending, I went to groc. store xmas eve for 4 things. I saw people buying turkeys and hams and all that stuff, (I wasn't going to make xmas dinner this year as I'd had it last year)so what did I do??? You guessed it. I ended up with a turkey, ham, stuff to make pies, etc. and $70.00 later, I walked out of the store. Why? I have no clue. M/b power of suggestion, everyone else in the store was doing it. Is this overspending? YUP.
mercedes
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> Mercedes,
> I'm not sure if this is the case with you, but with me as it turns out, Effexor (or maybe my own biochemistry made me more prone to) made me hypomanic. My doc now thinks I'm BP2 and I think he's right because even on other ADs and even with no meds, I have this pattern. The depression pattern is very obvious..the hypomania is more subtle. I didn't even know there was such a thing as BP2 until he told me at my last appt.
>
> But, your post reminded me and I thought I should mention in case this is a possibility with you.

.. depends on the year. I started on Effexor in Nov of 2002. Last spring (starting late Feb or so) I felt so WONDERFUL on Effexor...better than I ever remember feeling in my life! I felt ecstatic! But...also had difficulty sleeping.. Would sleep 2-4 hours per night (falling asleep was OK but would wake up) and be wide awake and on the go all day long without crashing until about 10 or so at night...go back to bed and repeat the whole pattern again...several days a week and then maybe sleep normally a couple nights and then several days with this constant on the go stuff. Also am hotter than usual always..not just during exercise. Now, I've had trouble with insomnia before but it's usually been during anxiety/depression time and I have a similar pattern...fall asleep OK but wake up a few hours later and can't get back to sleep... but in those times I don't have the tremendous energy during the day and I eventually feel wiped out..usually in late afternoon.
>
> Looking back, I also have a pattern of having too many things on my plate...tons of projects (I counted 15 different projects that I started last spring/summer..all at about the same time) and spending sprees. This has been a pattern for several years, before Effexor and before any ADs. Now I've heard that some ADs can push you into hypomania whether you are BP or not so what you experienced may be just that. But I thought I would mention it. I always thought of BP as wild extremes and I never had full blown mania. But to hear that this actually could be BP2 and that I could get help for the "superwoman/ superspender phase is a big relief because I always felt so guilty and terrible for all the money I spend..especially when I didnt' even have the money to spend in the first place. Now, we're talking hundreds of dollars at a crack and not thousands...but when you're heavily in debt anyway from studente loans, etc and your husband is laid off, any overspending is a problem.
>
> I'm going to be switching off Seroquel and probably starting Lamictal in the next month or so....
>
> Well, the dog is bugging me to go for a walk so I'll sign off for now.

 

Re: Electrical shock-like sensations sick of being sick

Posted by Mercedes on January 5, 2004, at 16:56:52

In reply to Electrical shock-like sensations , posted by sick of being sick on January 4, 2004, at 21:22:30

You definatly show signs of withdrawal from Effexor. It's hard to beleive that your doctor took you off at 75mgs. Usually they, and with my own experience, the pdocs decrease you slowly, one or two weeks at 37.5, and now I beleive they make a lower dose, m/b 12mgs?

I was on 300 mgs and titrated downwards for months till I reached 37.5 mgs which I took for two weeks, but was also given paxil to help with the withdrawals (the paxil thing is another story), brain zaps, shiver's whatever you want to call them, but I know they are horrible.

My withdrawal symtoms, and they vary, based on the time one has been on Effexor, which I was on for 2 years, anyway my brain zaps/shivers lasted 5 weeks after stopping effexor.

Your doctor has not idea what you are going through. That link that Angielala gave is worth printing out and taking to your doctor. What saved me from going crazy during the withdrawal was this board, and some email buddies I made through this board, and knowing that I was not alone in feeling what I was feeling. I too was taking xanex and still had the brain zaps, all the way to my finger tips, eyes...you name it. I also had paralyzing nightmares. The kind where literaly, I couldn't move my body. Don't wish to scare anyone, this was MY expereince in withdrawing.

I'm effexor free now, just as of this past Nov. Now taking Lexapro for depression...but sometimes still depressed, and on anxiety meds also.

Hope this helps knowing you're not alone. Your doctor needs to be educated about effexor SE & withdrawals. Is he/she a Pdoc or MD? Not that it matters.

take care,
mercedes

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I was then taken off of Effexor over a two week period and put on some other drug that only works on your seretonin levels. I was on it for about 3 weeks but still had my original symptoms of PMDD. So the doctor put me back on Effexor starting at 37.5mg for 2 weeks then up to 75mg. I was on the 75mg for 3 weeks and starting having the electrical shock-like sensations in my head, hands and feet again. I started having panic attacks and horrible, realistic, "no body likes me" nightmares. My thoughts started racing and I felt overwhelmed with all the things I needed to do! I felt like I was loosing my mind! I couldn't stop crying, couldn't sleep - but was tired and just felt plain rotten. So I called the doctors and they told me to just STOP taking the Effexor and wanted to see me. But I couldn't drive, so they told me I just had to "wait it out"

It's been six days since I've taken the Effexor and I'm still experiencing these awful syptoms! I went to see the genius doctor yesterday and he said, "Oh you probably have an inner ear infection." I can't seem to get anybody to understand how bad I'm feeling, or how scary these electrical shock-like sensations feel! What should I do?! Don't the doctor's know?!


 

hypomania

Posted by Lyrical13 on January 5, 2004, at 22:22:46

In reply to re: sweating and heart rate SEs Lyrical13, posted by Mercedes on January 5, 2004, at 15:59:01

Sounds like BP2 could apply to you. HEre's what I've learned so far...

I was reading something about the new thinking about mood disorders being on a spectrum with major depression at one end and mania at the other end. bipolar, in it's various forms is somewhere in between. BP1 is what has classically been known as BP aka manic-depressive. You can also have mixed states where you're depressed and agitated. depression with GAD is often confused with BP2 because they can look the same...in reality it's not depression with anxiety..it's a mixed state of BP...depression with an agitated or hyperaroused state. I believe my pdoc said that BP2 is mostly depression with some hypomania. Characteristics of hypomania include euphoria, inflated sense of confidence, feeling invincible and like you can take on the world, irritability, sudden temper outbursts, spending sprees, sexual indiscretions, talking a lot/loud/excessively, insomnia/reduced need for sleep, feeling like there are so many things that need to be done there's no time for sleep/eating, rapid cycling (back and forth between moods) There are some good sites with explanations about this that I have found helpful. Plus I found a ton of books at the library....I'm entering into the hypomanic now...I'm not way into it yet..so far I've mostly been able to resist the spending... I have been tempted on amazon.com many many times but so far I've gotten offline...after adding about 6 books to my cart...then moving them to my wishlist instead...then I go and look for them at the library..which is better...but now I have a stack of about 8 books here and I have another 16 requested to be put on hold for me plus another 40 on my wishlist for later..... Now they're not all on mood stuff...I actually put together several different lists yesterday (on my library site there's an option to either request the book or "add to my list"....so I now have about 10 different lists on subjects ranging from gardening to organizing to woodworking..dyslexia...depression...bipolar... landscaping....etc etc...and that's only the non-fiction..I guess it's better that I didn't BUY all those boooks but still it's a bit excessive. Last spring I spent $300 at one crack on gardening supplies, flowers etc at Lowes. A few days later I spent $200 at the craft store when I went in there to get 2 things. A week after that I dropped another $100 or so at Home Depot.. more gardening...the problem was, then I went to pay bills and guess what? I was quite a bit short! Now I have a whole cupboard full of unfinished craft projects...many that I didn't even touch...like I decided to decorate our home office in a garden theme since gardening makes me happy...I thought I could then enjoy my garden year round...I decided I would incorporate bird houses...well I think I must have bought about 20 different bird houses and it's only about a 8x10 room! Another thing is, I didn't want my husband to know that I had bought all this stuff so a lot of it I snuck into the house and hid so he wouldn't know. OUr yard is beautiful but I bought so many flowers that after I had planted as many as I could in our yard, I started a community garden near the gate to the school yard behind our house and planted some at my grandma's. Then I gave a bunch of plants to several of my neighbors....I also mailed out 3 separate sets of fliers about cool ideas I had to friends, family and neighbors.. all of which I was going to organize. I also startred about 3 or 4 different quilting projects and a couple of cross stitch projects... plus we got a new dog and were busy training her and I started volunteering my time for other projects left and right, not to mention all the home renovation projects we have going. Did I mention the night I stayed up all night painting the office?

I also lately have found myself unable to shut up. I hear these things coming out of my mouth and I feel really obnoxious. I'm telling myself to just shut up and I can't. Maybe that has something to do with these book-length posts.

Anyway..that's a glimpse of hypomania....I think the difference between that and full blown mania is a difference of degree.

Anyway..good luck on your journey... L13

 

Re: hypomania

Posted by Gummybear on January 5, 2004, at 23:00:36

In reply to hypomania, posted by Lyrical13 on January 5, 2004, at 22:22:46

That's a very intriguing glimpse into hypomania - I am 23yr old female and have GAD with panic attacks and depression. All this only struck me about a little over a month ago.... and now EffexorXR....
My life has done a full 360 degrees.

My doctor said that I may be bipolar or have rapid-cylcing bipolar. There has been no bipolar ever in my family history. I am not convinced that I have either of these because I mostly feel depressed or really scared (anxiety) - and the moments that I feel okay, I just feel normal. But I did go out on boxing day and buy pants, 2 pairs of shoes, and a top - all of which I kinda need. I don't have all that much money, would this be classified as overspending????

I haven't had any urges to do any sort of "projects" but I think I may have developped an internet addiction. Mostly, I don't feel like doing anything except lying in bed and watching tv or surfing the net.

I have been very slow to responding to the Effexor XR treatment.... and have severe mood swings from feeling okay to being depressed and crying to racing thoughts of suicide which throw me into a panic attack.

Does anybody know the symptoms of rapid cycling bipolar?? I am concerned I may have it particularily since Effexor XR is proving to be a very slow slow remedy.... not quite sure it's working.

Thanks,
G.bear.

 

Re: Depression Gummybear

Posted by Mercedes on January 6, 2004, at 1:50:05

In reply to Re: hypomania, posted by Gummybear on January 5, 2004, at 23:00:36

I can relate more to you gummybear. I don't think I'm hypomanic, as I can't get off my butt to do anything. And IMO, buying a few articles of clothing/shoes is not overspending unless you did it everyday.

I suffered post traumatic stress disorder accompanied by panic attacks, anxiety and depression. I was actually looking up rapid cycling bipolar when I came accross this, about depression.

"http://www.1stpm.org/articles/cancer.html"
The article was listed as "Depression, cancer of the soul". Just wanted to clarify why the word 'cancer' is in the link.
Below is part of the post about depression:

"There are several different types of depression. The following is a basic list of some of the symptoms. If you have a few or all of the symptoms below, please contact a doctor, help line or anyone you trust to help guide you in the right direction:

Severe mood swings.
Persistent feelings of sadness or hopelessness.
Anxiety or feelings of panic.
Inability to concentrate.
Confusion and memory loss.
Persistent feelings of guilt or worthlessness.
Loss of interest and pleasure in activities you normally enjoy.
Sluggishness.
Disturbed eating or sleeping habits.
Withdrawal from daily life.
Suicidal thoughts."

Just a FYI.... like I said, I do relate to this. Effexor was prescribed for me, to treat depression. I had to stop taking E due mostly to increased blood pressure and other less severe SE's. Still struggling to find what med will work for me and we gotta keep trying. There's got to be light at the end of the tunnel.

mercedes
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> That's a very intriguing glimpse into hypomania - I am 23yr old female and have GAD with panic attacks and depression. All this only struck me about a little over a month ago.... and now EffexorXR....
> My life has done a full 360 degrees.
>
> My doctor said that I may be bipolar or have rapid-cylcing bipolar. There has been no bipolar ever in my family history. I am not convinced that I have either of these because I mostly feel depressed or really scared (anxiety) - and the moments that I feel okay, I just feel normal. But I did go out on boxing day and buy pants, 2 pairs of shoes, and a top - all of which I kinda need. I don't have all that much money, would this be classified as overspending????
>
> I haven't had any urges to do any sort of "projects" but I think I may have developped an internet addiction. Mostly, I don't feel like doing anything except lying in bed and watching tv or surfing the net.
>
> I have been very slow to responding to the Effexor XR treatment.... and have severe mood swings from feeling okay to being depressed and crying to racing thoughts of suicide which throw me into a panic attack.
>
> Does anybody know the symptoms of rapid cycling bipolar?? I am concerned I may have it particularily since Effexor XR is proving to be a very slow slow remedy.... not quite sure it's working.
>
> Thanks,
> G.bear.

 

Re: hypomania

Posted by mom_cheeks on January 6, 2004, at 8:50:43

In reply to Re: hypomania, posted by Gummybear on January 5, 2004, at 23:00:36

Hi there. I feel for you. Mainly in that, I think when everyone embarks on this scary new "jouney" that I have met, reads up on all mental illnesses and then thinks they may have them.

I can understand. I remember racing thoughts, too, but I am not hypomanic, I think the "racing" element can be confused with hyper-anxiety which puts you in a state of hyper to some degree. Hard to explain, but so many of these disorders overlap in symptoms, and when you suffer from anxiety, god knows your mind runs away with you.

As far as surfing the net and TV, you have described the depressive personality, perfectly. Passive activity.

Don't worry, you are "normal" - what ever the heck that means (I am convinced it doesn't exist).

HOpe that helps.

 

Re: Electrical shock-like sensations

Posted by sick of being sick on January 6, 2004, at 9:36:08

In reply to Re: Electrical shock-like sensations , posted by Angielala on January 5, 2004, at 13:51:58

> Thank you for sending me the webpage.
To update - I'm actually feeling better today. It's been 8 days since I last took the Effexor and I only had 3 small "brain shivers" yesterday. Hopefully, I'll be well enough to go back to work tomorrow.I'm still very tired however.
I'm on the way to the doctors this morning and I plan on showing her some of these threads and telling her about the webpage. I wonder if she'll read any of them.

Just thought I'd post this webpage, since I just read your post and it seems that this is related- just in case anyone needs to read about "electric shocks/brain shivers/dizziness" that we are so lucky to get...
>
> http://depression.about.com/cs/venlafaxine/a/brainshivers.htm
>
> > > I started taking 20mg of Sarafem two years ago for my PMDD. It was increased last year to 40mg (same as Prozac). The Sarafem didn't seem to be helping so the doctor's assistant put me on 150mg of Effexor. After about a week I started having electrical shock-like sensations in my head. The sensations were so bad I thought I was having a stroke and went to the hospital. I told the doctors I was on Effexor, but they didn't correlate the two. Was told they couldn't find anything wrong and sent me home.
> > I was then taken off of Effexor over a two week period and put on some other drug that only works on your seretonin levels. I was on it for about 3 weeks but still had my original symptoms of PMDD. So the doctor put me back on Effexor starting at 37.5mg for 2 weeks then up to 75mg. I was on the 75mg for 3 weeks and starting having the electrical shock-like sensations in my head, hands and feet again. I started having panic attacks and horrible, realistic, "no body likes me" nightmares. My thoughts started racing and I felt overwhelmed with all the things I needed to do! I felt like I was loosing my mind! I couldn't stop crying, couldn't sleep - but was tired and just felt plain rotten. So I called the doctors and they told me to just STOP taking the Effexor and wanted to see me. But I couldn't drive, so they told me I just had to "wait it out"
> >
> > It's been six days since I've taken the Effexor and I'm still experiencing these awful syptoms! I went to see the genius doctor yesterday and he said, "Oh you probably have an inner ear infection." I can't seem to get anybody to understand how bad I'm feeling, or how scary these electrical shock-like sensations feel! What should I do?! Don't the doctor's know?!
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Re: hypomania Gummybear

Posted by Zellie on January 6, 2004, at 11:07:12

In reply to Re: hypomania, posted by Gummybear on January 5, 2004, at 23:00:36

Dear GummyBear:

I have had quite a time throughout my life dealing with GAD and Depression, and with Panic Attacks in my earlier years.

I feel for you. It feels like a life in shackles.

I am 42 years old, and only this past year have had a formal diagnosis on the disorders (I also have OCD and ADHD). I began seeing psychiatrists when I was 9 to try to help with the anxiety and panic. I saw countless others throughout the many years that followed...was put briefly on imiprimine, and vallium to treat anxiety and depression at different times. I had given up hope that there was ever going to be help for me, so I had not gone to a psychiatrist since my mid twenties.

I managed to push through in life, but it was taking a huge toll on my body, my family, and my life in general. I finally had symptoms that were like chronic fatigue, but the blood tests could not find anything out of order. I believe that it was my entire body shutting down from the intense stress it had gone through for so many years.

As it turns out, my youngest child has many neuropsychological disorders, so the more I went to seminars to learn how to help him and the longer I took him to see his specialist, the more I was enlightened to my own dilemmas.

I began seeing a psychiatrist last February, who specializes in adults with ADHD, GAD, Depression, etc. Following my diagnoses, he had me read up on and research various medications that would help with all of my particular disorders.

The one we chose to try first was Effexor(XR), because it targets Anxiety, Depression, and ADHD, in particular (the ADHD once it reaches 150 mg).

He had me titrate up at a snail's pace, to minimize side-effects, and to watch closely for any signs of Bi-Polar disorder. (He had already ruled out hypothyroid problems via blood tests, which can mimic depression).

I was about a month at 37.5 mg, then 5 weeks at 75 mg, then about 6 or 7 weeks at 112.5, then after about 8 weeks I went to 150 mg. I am very, very grateful for having gone up so slowly, as it really served to dramatically minimize the side-effects. The down side of going up so slowly was that it took longer for me to be feeling better. Looking back, though, it was worth it.

What I noticed was that the Effexor worked on the Anxiety first, minimizing it substantially. But I felt more depressed than ever. That's when I realized that I was not really more depressed, but rather, I was just feeling it more, now that the anxiety had been taken away. The anxiety had actually served the purpose of prodding me on through the depression all those years. Once the anxiety was taken away, the Depression reigned.

Once I got up to about 112.5, the depression was starting to lift. By 150mg, not only was the depression gone almost all of the time, but it also started to have an effect on the ADHD.

I still feel a little depressed during PMS. Other than that, I am free of depression and GAD.

In November, my pdoc started me on 100 mg Wellbutrin as well, to further target the ADHD. He had me try Concerta first, but it brought back some of the anxiety. So then we talked about trying Dexedrine (another stimulant medication for ADHD, and one that my youngest son takes), but again, because of the GAD, we opted for the Wellbutrin. It is not as effective in controlling ADHD, but given my anxiety and depression, we opted for the Wellbutrin.

I have, indeed, been able to be much, much more productive.

However, it is not the meds alone that has been helping. I have been learning countless strategies also, to help me get and stay motivated to do daily tasks. I am part of a support group at a Mental Health centre in Toronto, and I am currently part of a study for Light Therapy. Light Therapy has been found to be successful in alleviating symptoms of Season Affective Disorder, Depression, and PMS. The study I am involved in is to see if people with ADHD also find a reduction in their symptoms.

Because it is known to be effective in Depression and PMS, I thought it could only help! I'll let you know as the month progresses.

I also joined Flylady.com, which is a wonderful website for the disorganized and unmotivated. Although it is mainly designed for at-home women (I do work when I am able), I make it work for me, too. It has been a Godsend in helping me keep my home in order, and keep from being overwhelmed. Because of a life of overwhelmedness, I had a house full of clutter left in its wake. I am now able to work my way through it, at a slow but very steady and productive (encouraging) rate.

I no longer wish I were dead. This is the first time in my life I have EVER been able to say this. I am calmer, at peace, steady, more fun to be with (my husband is grateful!), not agitated and irritable, not discouraged and hating myself.

This is largely the result of the medication. The other things help me be more productive, but I could never be a part of the other things (support groups, studies, etc.) if it weren't for the meds. I was completly crippled a lot of the time, and unable to work.

Needless to say, I am very, very grateful to be able to rise above my own disorders now, so I can help my family more, and help out others, too, who are numerous out there.

As for the panic attacks, I haven't had one since I was 27. At that time, I opened up about all the "sins" and deeds I felt guilty about, and got it all out into the open. It's not that my sins were likely any worse than most other people's, but because I was hiding them and trying to portray myself as being "together," the pressure it put on me sent me into horrendous panic attacks that I'd had since being a child. At times I had been unable to eat for many days, for fear of dying whilst swallowing, I often couldn't breathe, because my throat became so tight and constricted. It was living hell.

I didn't know that coming open about who I was would take the pressure off me. I learned to be who I really am, without trying to cover it up. I confessed it all in order to become a Christian, not because I thought it would end my panic.

A few times I have had twinges of a panic attack beginning, when I am in a situation where I feel there is a lot at stake in making a good impression on those around me. As soon as I feel that, I stop and think "who am I trying to impress here?" Then I strive to be more who I really am and not fret about what they think about me. By removing the pressure, there is nothing to make me panic.

That's my story, anyhow. I hope that maybe something in it somewhere will encourage you to keep working hard at freeing yourself from the bondage of your disorders.

By the way, there are a few side-effects I must contend with (sexual drive is low, climax is slow or absent, sweats sometimes, heart-rate increase at times), but I am monitored closely by my pdoc. I will gladly put up with the side-effects, in order to finally be able to enjoy life, for the first time ever!

Kindest regards,
Zellie

> That's a very intriguing glimpse into hypomania - I am 23yr old female and have GAD with panic attacks and depression. All this only struck me about a little over a month ago.... and now EffexorXR....
> My life has done a full 360 degrees.
>
> My doctor said that I may be bipolar or have rapid-cylcing bipolar. There has been no bipolar ever in my family history. I am not convinced that I have either of these because I mostly feel depressed or really scared (anxiety) - and the moments that I feel okay, I just feel normal. But I did go out on boxing day and buy pants, 2 pairs of shoes, and a top - all of which I kinda need. I don't have all that much money, would this be classified as overspending????
>
> I haven't had any urges to do any sort of "projects" but I think I may have developped an internet addiction. Mostly, I don't feel like doing anything except lying in bed and watching tv or surfing the net.
>
> I have been very slow to responding to the Effexor XR treatment.... and have severe mood swings from feeling okay to being depressed and crying to racing thoughts of suicide which throw me into a panic attack.
>
> Does anybody know the symptoms of rapid cycling bipolar?? I am concerned I may have it particularily since Effexor XR is proving to be a very slow slow remedy.... not quite sure it's working.
>
> Thanks,
> G.bear.

 

Thank you so much for that post-Zellie

Posted by Jaynee on January 6, 2004, at 12:52:05

In reply to Re: hypomania Gummybear, posted by Zellie on January 6, 2004, at 11:07:12

Wow, I could really relate to your post. It was very encouraging. So much of what you described really hit home for me. Although effexor's side-effects were just to much for me, I am doing okay on Celexa. I could do better so I will discuss other options with my pdoc.

Thanks again.

 

Re: THANKS.... orig...hypomania Zellie

Posted by Mercedes on January 6, 2004, at 13:03:43

In reply to Re: hypomania Gummybear, posted by Zellie on January 6, 2004, at 11:07:12

Zellie, thanks for your very interesting story. Also, thanks for sharing the flylady.com. I went to the site and already joined. Gosh, I need something to motivate me. I seem to just "think" of what I need to do, and get nothing done.

Thanks again, very inspiring story.

Mercedes


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