Which doctor to see? - need help
mysweetpeasWil&Wes wrote: Okay, so I'm officially off Lexapro. It has been three days and let's just say, withdrawal is kicking my booty! I've been researching withdrawal symptoms online and bingo, I have them ALL! Dizziness, nausea, fatigue, tunnel vision, increase in appetite...you name it! I'm also depressed one minute and happy the next. I broke down yesterday, literally hunched on the bathroom floor in full tears. But today I'm feeling the spins, but I'm at least on the happier side. Anyhow, I will deal I suppose.
So my question is this: Which doctor should I go see about these symptoms? All the websites say to "just hang in there", but no one says WHEN it will pass. Most people just go back to taking Lexapro or another SSRI, but I don't want to. But I want to talk with a professional about this junk and why do they even put it out on the market. I live in a town where I feel the doctors are sorta "here's an antibiotic and call me if you don't get better" type, so I'm not sure where to turn. I feel like I can't tell any of my friends, since I have a friend who thinks like Tom Cruise, and I certainly can't turn to my parents. But this is seriously not, not good. Dh is a trooper, but he doesn't really understand.
Would you suggest a psychiatrist, general practioner, OB (who prescribed them in the first place, but when I called to tell them my withdrawal symptoms, didn't know what to say except "are you suicidal?"", someone in hollistic medicine, or even our pediatrician? I'm now starting to worry that maybe the Lexapro is what's causing Wesley to not eat. I know that's my anxiety getting the best of me, but hey, could be since I've been nursing on it for at least 6 months. I also saw on a website that some people experience sinus symptoms...WELL WELL, who had FIVE sinus infections in only two months!!??? Yep, that would be me. I can't say I hated being on Lexapro, but I HATE (times two) coming off. And now I don't want to turn back and go through it all over again.
Sorry to ramble... That's another symptom, crazy manic thoughts. Insomnia one night, can't get out of bed the next. I went on this for anxiety and OCD...but the withdrawal is ten times worse!!
ZandersMama replied: i have no advice, just wanted to give ya hugs
amymom replied: Hugs lots of them. Rae, I think maybe you need to talk to someone, so why not a psychologist? Good Luck with whatever you decide.
lisar replied: I say go and see a psychiatrist, they might be able to help you more.
luvmykids replied: I agree with seeing a psychiatrist, they at least try to get to the root of the issue if it's emotional. But sometimes these things are truly caused by chemical imbalances that do require the meds, kwim? If I'm not out of line, why did you go off and was it with a doctors recommendation?
A&A'smommy replied: Oh honey I don't know!!!!
CantWait replied: This may be a stupid question, but are you withdrawing slowly from the medication, or did you cut it out cold turkey? If you're wanting to come off then you really should be under your doctors care as you do so (whoever perscribed them to you). The symptoms sound normal, (however only if you went off them cold turkey) but I'm really not sure how long they should last.
There are so many choices out there, maybe Lexapro isn't the one for you. I admit, after the third one I pretty much gave up, and didn't even really give it a chance, but I also was smack dab in the middle of summer and doing pretty good at the time. I would call the doctor though, and either talk to him directly over the phone or demand to be seen to get answers as to how long the symptoms will last.
I think no matter what one you're on you are going to experience some symptom or other, it's just a matter of which one/s you can handle. For me, my biggest concern was the fact that I was wired for days on end before I could finally get some real sleep, and had restless legs.
In addition to the medication, you also need to see someone, a psychiatrist (they know about medications and can help you through any issues you may have). At the very least they'll be there to listen with an open mind when you need to vent.
Maddie&EthansMom replied: I have no advice Rae. Scotty didn't have these symptoms coming off of it, although he's asking to be put back on it.
I just wanted to offer I hope you get it figured out soon. It sounds miserable.
jacobsmama replied: I totally agree with Karen. I was also wondering why you are going off? And I believe that it is Category C which means it hasn't been studied with breastfeeding. There are only a few that you can take while BF so make sure they checked that for you. And Lexapro is a med you have to wean off of. Please keep us posted and I would call the Dr who put your on it even if it was your OB. I work at OB office and we always keep follow up with patients and that kind of stuff. Good luck and I hope you feel better soon. The meds can take 4 weeks to get out of your system btw so the Side effects can last that long.
sunrosejenn replied: did you quit cold turkey or come off Lexapro slowly? i'd say go back to your OB who prescribed them.
jcc64 replied: I'm sorry you're having a hard time of it, Rae. I would absolutely talk to a psychiatrist- this is their specialty- that's pretty much all they do is prescribe these types of meds. OB's and family docs don't have as much specific knowledge about the different types of SSRI's and their related symptoms.
Why are you going off, if you don't mind the question?
And please don't take this the wrong way, but sometimes, when I read about symptoms, I suddenly start having them. Don't discount the power of the mind body connection when making your decision. Btdt, Rae, if you want to pm me.
mysweetpeasWil&Wes replied: Thanks everyone. I don't mind you all asking - I'm going off because I'm starting to worry about BF Wesley while on them, although my OB said they were safe. I'm also taking BC, so I hate to take two things at the same time. I support those who take them, but at the same time, I would much rather try and find a natural approach. DH basically grew up in a health food store, so although he supports my decision to try Lexapro, he also wants me to give herbs a try too. He meditates every morning and I'm going to see if that works for me too. He definitely seems less stressed than he did 10 years ago. We talked about it last night and we may try a detox diet together. I just want to clear my system of chemicals and see if the results are what I'm looking for. I hope no one takes that the wrong way, because I don't think there is anything wrong with meds, but I'm just feeling a bit "fogged" with all that's going through my body in the past couple years - recent pregnancies, BC, eating poorly (lots of sugar), Lexapro, etc. I almost never get sick and I was sick way too many times in the past few months. Something is wrong.
Jeanne, I totally understand what you're saying about reading symptoms and then feeling them. I try and not read too much on the web for this reason. Self-diagnosing is a bad idea. I know the OCD remark is a new one, but truthfully, I started taking Lexapro in hopes to rid myself from a horrible skin picking habit (fingers). The anxiety just sorta went with it. It hasn't worked, I still pick. So I got online and discovered that skin picking is actually a form of OCD. It has it's own name (of course, what doesn't? lol). The dizziness and nausea symptoms are quite real. Today I woke up and about fell back on the bed with a splitting headache, which is also something I NEVER get.
Marie, I started with 20mg back in October. Then tried going off cold turkey a few months ago (don't remember the date). Thanks to Amy, she told me to talk to my doctor and go off of it gradually. So I called my OB and they recommended splitting the pills and start taking half, then half every other day. I did this for about 3-4 weeks. Now I'm completely out and the withdrawal symptoms are just as bad as when I went cold turkey.
So I found a (that be only ONE in my area) psychiatrist that specializes in OCD (OC spectrum discorders) and will give her a call. I may also go see my old OB in the city since I like her better than the one here. I sorta think talking to a woman may help. My current OB is a guy and I have to say, without sounding bad, that he sorta just shrugged me off with typical female anxiety symptoms. He has never once called for a follow-up or suggested I see a therapist. I hate that I trusted him, although he did deliver Wesley!
DansMom replied: I'm sorry you're going through all of this, Rae I can't speak from experience, but I do know that it's hard to find support for natural approaches to treating disorders these days. You'll be on your own in a sea of possibilities and promises, some with great potential and others equivalent to snake oil, if you go that route. An osteopath might be able to make some decent recommendations---do keep in mind that herbs can affect BF too. Wanting to avoid steroids, I found supplements that have basically cured Daniel's asthma---it's aloe and seaweed, primarily! I get a lot of eye-rolling and disbelief, but I'm seeing amazing results so I'm sticking with it.
I have some friends with OCD symptoms (one pulls her hair out, one picks her skin); one can't stand pharmaceuticals for the various side effects and won't take them---the other feels she must stay on them permanently, and took them through pregnancy and BF both kids. I think seeing a specialist in OCD is a great idea, even while you research and try gentler treatments.
coasterqueen replied: I totally understand wanting to go a natural approach. Please, if you find one that works for you let me know. I've tried a few ways ways back and nothing worked. I feel like I really need to get back on the meds, but DH has been so anti about it lately that he's made me feel literally terrible if I do go back to them. His approach is it's all in my head and if I make it all in my head then I'll continue to be what I am. Course he was on them years ago for a chemical imbalance, got off of them (bad withdrawals) and said now that he tells himself he's ok then he's ok. He is, though, so I guess it works for him.
It's great your hubby is there to help you through this and support you too.