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Re: What works well for me, almost off now

Posted by dancingstar on October 20, 2004, at 19:56:40

In reply to Re: What works well for me, almost off now, posted by devonsnana on October 20, 2004, at 18:57:34

I wasn't depressive either, and I take 90 - 120 milligrams of Armour thyroid daily. Today is just over three weeks, and I've done this pretty freezing turkey. Yup, it's no fun. Today is better than yesterday. My fibromyalgia has been raging at me. My best friend/sister has been taking the same 150mg for longer than I have, probably over four -- she says like 9 years, but I'm not sure -- doesn't believe that all of these symptoms can be from my withdrawal. I've had the runs the entire time, and I really can't eat much at all. I haven't eaten any protein besides a very small amount of salmon and a few bites of egg whites -- oh, yeah, and a little mozarella cheese in some tomato soup. Mostly, though, the thought of animal products doesn't work right now. Most of the rest of my life I work out and eat mostly low carb and low fat. Yesterday I settled for a couple of chocolate chip cookies and a few sips of milk to settle my stomach. I cooked some apple sauce when I could stand up long enough to get the job done. I live alone, and it's been pretty rough going. Most of the time I feel like I've had a new best friend, the porcelain alter. I really may as well move into the bathroom.

Anyway, it's late in the day, and I want to get some homework done cause I'm determined to get to class tomorrow night.

Things that have helped the cold turkey route: Tons of St. John's Wort, 5-HTP, Omega3's, eat enough to be able to take really good vitamins because you need them. The Enzymatic Therapy Fatigued to Fantastic, including the Adrenal Support does seem to be helping. I've been using it since Saturday, and I have "decided :-)" we need adrenal support. (I say this because I am completely nonprofessional, but I have excellent instincts.) If you get to feeling too icky to eat and you take these supplements, first of course you probably realize that they don't work without food and second, they will make you even sicker; so you have got to force some food in before you take them, let your stomach absorb it, and then take them EXCEPT FOR THE 5-HTP and maybe some of the others; so read the directions, but the vitamins, definitely require a full tummy to not make, at least me, nauseaus.

At about two and a half weeks, you start to feel a little better. I wish I knew how long it takes to go away completely. More than even that, I wish I knew why or what it is about this drug that is so screwed up that it makes us so sick. How does it do this? What about it attaches to what inside us to do this? Perhaps the maker of the drug should be required to experience this feeling; maybe they should be forced to take their drug for an unspecified duration when it isn't necessary and then have to stop taking it and then see how they feel about having their drug reps handing out samples like candy!!!!

Anyway, devonsnana, I hope that the chemistry of your body allows for a more gentle removal of this nasty little booger from your system as they say that not all of us are destined to have the same problems. I will also pray that your liver is safe and that your body heals. It can heal. We always heal. Sometimes they say we can't, but we can. Be gentle with yourself, and just try to take it easy. Expect the worst, hope for the best. You may be pleasantly surprised. Miracles happen every moment. It's your turn!

Best wishes,

p.s. - I know why you stopped taking Effexor, but I didn't have any outside provocation. Something came over me one day, and I just knew that I should stop taking it, but I had no idea that it was a dangerous drug until I stopped taking it. It wasn't until three days later that I started to become extremely ill. After that I knew there was something very wrong with any drug that could do this to us.




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