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Aug 14, 2018 · Tips on minimising withdrawal symptoms from Effexor (aka Venlafaxine) in Depression & Anxiety

Oh my gosh girl, I didn't recognize you!!!! Oh my gosh I am so happy for you. You are back in charge of the world you live in, such as that is with your husband overseas. I am thrilled.
You feel wonderful to me. (Empath) I feel strength, smarts, even some happiness. Hipp hipp horray for you.
Oh you got me all excited girl. When you first got here you felt like a kicked wet dog, dragging yourself in here. I know you sounded like you were close to the end of your rope.
That is quite a turn around since the first of June. GOOD FOR YOU!
Now remember you still got some ways to go.
I think I started weaning a year ago. Don't do what I did. Just took no med until the symptoms got TOO BAD then took another 150 mg. I think I found this site 1 month after I quit. Click on my name and read my first post. I was miserable. I am kind of chuckling cuz that is such an understatement.
So shaker, GOOD FOR YOU.

Aug 14, 2018 · Tips on minimising withdrawal symptoms from Effexor (aka Venlafaxine) in Depression & Anxiety

@cherylannm. Welcome
How long have you been reducing your dosage. 5 weeks great.
What are your next step to get off it?

Aug 14, 2018 · Long term effects AFTER withdrawing from Effexor in Depression & Anxiety

I know exactly what you are talking about with the pain reviving after Effexor. I was well aware that it may be a consequence of getting off the drug.
It, my pain, has reared its ugly head. I was on an extremely bad safari in Kenya and ruptured 3 discs in my neck and 3 in my lower back in 2006. My neck was repaired in 2007. My lower back has not been fixed.
AND I refuse to allow it to take over my life again. So what am I doing instead of suffering? As I sit here and think of my life and what is different now from when I was first put on Effexor I realize I have chosen to take control of my life.
You spoke of divorce. My husband died in 2011. He had been lost in his alcoholism for 5 or 6 years. To be fair, I had been lost in illness and multiple sclerosis myself since 2002. We chose to retire in Missouri, not realizing the difference in temperature from the Chicago area would take me out because of my MS. I was having so much difficulty related to the higher temperatures.
So what's different now????? ATTITUDE
I refuse to allow my physical pain to destroy my life I worked for 32 years to achieve.
Yes, I still have pain. And I keep putting one foot in front of the other. I have many mottos that keep me going. Keep going, keep going, keep going. That's one of my many mottos. I wrote them on 3 x 5 cards and posted them on my walls in my line of vision.
My therapist was great at writing simple sentences on a sheet of paper to send me home with. It was something I could hold in my hand to keep me focused on my next steps until I could be with her again.
Anyway, I hope this starts to help. You are not alone.
Come back and respond please. Smiling at you, Bright Wings
Together we can accomplish anything

Aug 13, 2018 · Tips on minimising withdrawal symptoms from Effexor (aka Venlafaxine) in Depression & Anxiety

To the new folks…Welcome, you are in the right place. My last pill was March 14. 5 months, wow. I did it the hard way. Found this site way to late.
Remember, just keep putting one foot in front of the other and keep going. Tell yourself THIS TOO SHALL PASS
I was reading to catch up on posts…
L Tryptophan really caught my eye. How much are you taking?
I am proud of all of us. Taking control of our lives, watch out world, here we come!
Smiling My beautiful smile, night all.
Bright Wings

Aug 13, 2018 · Tips on minimising withdrawal symptoms from Effexor (aka Venlafaxine) in Depression & Anxiety

Hello, Bright Wings finally back from a busted phone. Phew, that was a long time. Good news is I didn't die! Smiling
Update: it has been a rollar coaster ride for sure. Best of times and worse of times…
I had changed my password, can't remember why but I did. Then 3 of the letters I chose on the password stopped functioning cuz the screen was cracked. Then the phone died all together. 5 days in shop. Yikes, that phone was my connection to the world.
So I took charge of my life and took it in to be repaired and got a bunch of book tapes out of the library. Had lunch today with someone I met at the library.
Silly but those audio books helped me to figure out when I was spacing out so I could trace my thoughts to see what was distracting me.
So best of times since I was here last…At the Sacred Ceremony the third week of July, my intention was 2 fold. First was to ask the Sacred Plant Medicine help me establish a support base that would grow and expand as my gifts grew. It started happening right at the ceremony and continues to grow even with out my phone for so long. I am thrilled.
Second part was to ask the Sacred Plant Medicine to rewire my brain cuz I was sick and tired of each and every thought having to go thru the pinball gauntlet of my MS brain. OH, BE CAREFUL WHAT YOU ASK FOR!
This was the worst of times. I noticed I was having trouble hitting the phone keys as if the tip of my finger was rotating in a fine circle. So many things from my brain got worse for about 24 hours and then I had huge improvement.
At one point (days and days) my anxiety was going thru the roof. Gosh, I had to open the whole storage bunker of long put away skills to deal with that much anxiety.
So currently, I have a new smile. Why? Cuz muscles in my cheeks started working again that have not worked for 40 years. At first my smile was lopsided but now the left side of my face caught up. My smile was always big now it is immense. I had not even realized they were not working until I suddenly had a whole bunch more wrinkles. Once I figured out why all the wrinkles on my right side but not my left was because my muscles were tightening up around my mouth and eyes, well I was thrilled to see them bloom when I smiled.
Another change. I have taken charge of my life! I am doing and FINISHING all those little things I was always going to get around to. This has been going on for 2 weeks. Cleaning and chucking stuff too.
Oh I am living in joy. Why? Cuz me being able to get to it and start doing all this stuff means one thing…I HAVE ENERGY! Its been years since I have been able to do this much work Consistantly, day after day. My thinking is different too.
So rewiring my brain brought me energy. I am so grateful. So humbled by all the changes the sacred plant medicine has brought to my life.
Things I am not yet in control of: sugar…the anxiety has me on a merry go round trying to keep it in control while trying to find the source.
I increased my CBD and my edibles. Still smoking although I realize funny things are happening around my smoking too. Hmmm
My eating is not normal. Its a chore to eat. Not my usual style. So I am being proactive cuz if I am hit with sudden hunger, I hit the sugar. Definately Gaining weight.
My sleep sucks at present. Had to go into the dungeon to find the tricks to restore my sleep. I am aware I am not remembering any dreams. So that could be one cause. And for some reason, I am not going to push myself to remember them. I have enough on my plate right now.
Ok well I probably have more things to say but I am tired. Hope it's not too long to post. Night all. Flying right into my bed. Bye

Aug 1, 2018 · Tips on minimising withdrawal symptoms from Effexor (aka Venlafaxine) in Depression & Anxiety

Someone Google how to increase endorphins in brain. Post the link here. Use those tips.
Things to not do…
Do not: Drop your chin if feeling bad. Dumps bad chemicals in brain.
Actively seek good chemicals by looking at ceilling and (saying out loud works best…mumble if you have to(. I see the crack in the corner of ceiling. I see the dust..I see the light I see the fan, keep looking up! Keep finding new things and saying what you see. IT WORKS
Bright wings

Aug 1, 2018 · Tips on minimising withdrawal symptoms from Effexor (aka Venlafaxine) in Depression & Anxiety

Wow, my hat is off to all of you. Good job everyone. We have strength when we stick together. Read, read, read. Gather that one tip that can help YOU cuz we are all different.
Phone still broke. Reading everyone's emails. Should be able to be back totally when my new SIM card comes.
Weird things happening here with me. Sleep is really disrupted. Trying to get my life back, however I continue to live in joy.
They killed a rattler here today. DONT LIKE SNAKES! Posting before I lose my service again.

Jul 31, 2018 · Tips on minimising withdrawal symptoms from Effexor (aka Venlafaxine) in Depression & Anxiety

Google thc tincture.
Order it.
Make your own edibles.
Enjoy, Bright Wings