3 weeks off of Effexor.

Yesterday marked three weeks sans Effexor. I am feeling better than I did a couple of weeks ago but still dealing with some side effects.

The more I’ve thought about it the more sense it makes. I had these chemicals in my body for 9 years! It has to take more than a couple of days to get it out of my system… I’m trying to be more patient and realistic.

Since my last post my tinnitus (ringing in the ears) has subsided but it is still here and noticeable more at night than any other time.

I have lost 16 lbs in the 21 days I’ve been off of effexor, which is great. It’s literally like someone poked a hole in my balloon and all of the fat is airing out.

After the whole “I have an aneurysm/brain tumor/ stroke” episode I decided to end it by going to get a brain MRI.

“But how did you let them put you in that little tube!?” I know. It sucked but my wanting to know the truth was more powerful then my panic. (Who am I kidding? I was shaking the entire time lol) Low and behold I got the results the same day and NOTHING! So that drama slowly left my mind. Thank God.

So how am I feeling lately? Well… I’m better. I still have an overwhelming lightheadedness throughout the day. I see stars if I sit or stand or lay too quickly. Brain zaps have diminished although I still experience them every now and again.

I do carry a lot of tension in my chest the last two weeks. There’s a soreness under my right breast. The doctor says it’s mental… So I’m trying to ignore it and not let it blow up into anything bigger.

Here’s my advice for you. OCCUPY YOUR MIND. This is hard at times as I could be doing a million things and still make way for anxious thoughts but I’ve found that if I keep my mind busy… Cleaning, reading.. Anything- I don’t dwell on negativity or anxiousness and I feel much better overall.

Also- Do NOT google your symptoms. 90% of anxiety symptoms resemble those of heart attack, stroke, cancer or other life threatening diseases. But I assure you it’s not.

Needless to say if you truly feel your experiencing a medical emergency, seek help to be sure. It’s always better safe than sorry.

My general rule of thumb is- if you have time to google what you’re feeling… You’re not dying lol.

Have a good one. Stay positive. I’ll keep you posted… I just want to feel good and I know it’s coming soon.

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