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    Re: Detox

    Quote Originally Posted by Guitarista View Post
    Great going Mulberry. You're pushing through no matter who no matter what.

    You must stick with your plan and back yourself. Our body and internal chemistry is a superior and intuitive design that wants to work to heal and re balance itself, as long as we work with it and help it along. Be gentle on yourself. Sounds like you've at least had some good moments throughout the difficult days. Keep breaking down the walls of that prison, friend.
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    Ya I'm starting to think that constantly trying to make things better with medications might be the wrong way to go, for me at least (in that regard it seems like more things have hurt than helped so far), and just try to let the brain heal naturally, as hard as it may be.

    It has been quite the week, but in the meantime symptoms have subsided quite bit, at least in terms of the extreme anxiety and panic attacks. I won’t say I feel like I’m turning a corner, cause every time I do (or even think it) it seems like I go backwards (or sideways at least), but it does seem like things have settled down a bit.
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    Re: Detox

    Quick update (up to Day 30): Feels like a slipped a bit more towards depression for a few a days, but starting to feel a bit better the last couple days (still getting some classic PAWS symptoms as well but seems more manageable now). Off all meds now too.
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    Re: Detox

    WEEK 4-5

    It took a little over a week but the extreme anxiety phase slowly subsided (with attacks gradually getting shorter, less frequent and less intense). Occasional clonidine helped a bit, but I eased off of it as symptoms lessened.
    Then I seemed to slip into a phase with a bit more depression, I’d still get some pretty strong anxiety early in the morning but it would wear off pretty quickly and later in the day I’d be more tired (but at least fairly relaxed). I was also sleeping relatively well. This lasted for a little under a week.
    Then quite suddenly, from one day to the next, it switched back to the more classic mild withdrawal symptoms: some restlessness, mild anxiousness and agitation, even some of the mild physical symptoms (slight headache, sweatiness etc.). It sounds like a big mishmash of symptoms but it’s actually a very distinct feeling; it’s quite similar to the way I’d feel when I when I was trying to cut down on drinking. Sleep has been worse as well, even getting some of that middle of the night restlessness again (though not every night). Even though not as severe as an extreme anxiety phase (I have to keep reminding myself that I should just be glad to be out of that), these symptoms can be very aggravating when faced with them day after day.
    Cravings have been more intense lately, especially now that I’m off all medications, but I know a slip up now would be a horrendous mistake and make things far worse in the long run. I guess all I can do is keep plugging away day by day and hope symptoms ease up eventually.

    P.S. I've been reading a number of peoples posts (some from years ago) on here who've dealt with PAWS and it's comforting to know that others have gone through the same thing and made it out the other side. On the other hand, it’s a also a little scary/depressing to realize that some of these symptoms (even if they become more intermittent and/or less intense over time) could last for a year or more.

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