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Old 07-31-2005, 10:39 AM   #1
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Feeling spacey...

OK, being new to this board. i need to know something.

I've tapered down to 2.5, today i feel really spacey... my hearing is kinda tinged with a tin-ring to it and has sparatic dimming. Could paxil w/d be setting off my Menieres disease. Is that possible? here's some info. http://www.zak.co.il/deaf-info/old/meniere.html

That could be the reason for feeling spacey.

My ear specialist prescribes valium for the dizziness to calm the inner ear. Dont want to go through all that again until I finish w/d.

Was looking forward to going to get the new Westie puppy I have wanted for so long but now I dont have the heart to get her and not feel up to taking care of her like I should.
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Old 07-31-2005, 12:22 PM   #2
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Re: Feeling spacey...

Deb,

I love westies. I had one for 13 years named Clyde. He was a great little guy. Before him I had three cairn terriers. They're fabulous pets. If you had one now, she would stick loyally at your side through this whole mess. But, I agree, it might not be the best time to introduce a puppy in your life.

I visited the link on Meniere's disease. The symptoms mirror those of PaxHell withdrawal. Tinnitus, whooshy feelings, vertigo, a feeling of fullness or pressure on the side of the head. (I describe it as bees buzzing around in my head.) All of those things are very common in the acute stages of w/l. I'm not suggesting that you do this, but the way to find out if it's w/l or Meniere's would be to take an extra miligram or two of the poison. If it clears up in a few hours, then it's w/l. But I can almost guarantee you that it is. Miserable, isn't it? Hang in there. It will clear up soon.
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Old 07-31-2005, 12:29 PM   #3
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Re: Feeling spacey...

debbiedye, I agree, after reading the link it's symptoms mimic withdrawal symptoms. My guess is that it is withdrawal, but I am no doctor. Feelin' wiggy offers a good suggestion.
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Old 07-31-2005, 01:00 PM   #4
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Re: Feeling spacey...

Deb,

I just remembered something. You were completely off for a couple of days and just started back at 2.5. The "ear" symptoms will probably improve in a few days when your body stabilizes at 2.5.
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Old 07-31-2005, 02:40 PM   #5
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Re: Feeling spacey...

It's definately the ear this time.

Called the ear specialist he said to take an antihistamine and use the nose spray i was prescribed when I had to fly with a flare up, and it opened the ear. The pressure stopped and eased the ringing to a minimum. Not as dizzy. He said to cut all the salt I can from my diet. Make an appointment Monday.

TG it wasnt the paxil hell this time even though I still am battling that dragon.
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Old 07-31-2005, 10:24 PM   #6
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Re: Feeling spacey...

Debbie, it could be the Paxil. I read somewhere on this forum that Paxil has antihistamine qualities. So that must be why the antihistamine is working for you!!
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Old 08-01-2005, 10:57 AM   #7
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Re: Feeling spacey...

I don't want to step on any toes here, but are you sure you have Meneire's Disease? They thought I had it to . My main symptom was dizziness, big time dizziness and spinning too, my regular doc couldn't figure it out, sent my to a ENT who saw a tiny bit of hearing loss and certain tones who then sent me to a Meneires Specialist.

Then through like a million tests they couldn't really say If I had it or anything else they checked me for, like brain tumors and MS and inner ear stuff and eye problems. After trying a few different meds , prednizone (steroid)and diuretecs, antihistamines and low salt diet, which didn't help, my meneire specialist put me on valium too, because he was so puzzled and didn't know what else to do. Well all in all in the end it was ALL ANXIETY that was causing my DIZZINESS. The meniere guy also sent me to a therapy place because he could do nothing else for me- the therapy was like a physical therapy place, and they were having me do exercises for balance etc etc. Well my balance was fine.

Well the guy that was doing the physical therapy was the nicest guy and he took a long time talking with me and all my syptoms and things I was experiencing and when I was getting symptoms and after awhile he suggested I had ANXIETY!! Anyway he recognized it b/c he had just gone through a divorce and custody thing and had major stress and had it himself. He told me a funny story where he was at work and couldn't breathe and thought he was having a heart attack and they took him by ambulance and everything, but just anxiety. He wrote a letter to my regular doctor about how he thought it might be anxiety and I went back in and took all those written anxiety tests and yep I HAD IT BIG TIME!!!!!!!! Never had a clue before that , that what I was having was anxiety, never even recognized it!!! Never even knew what to tell my doctor, except the dizziness symptom. Well my doctor didn't recognize it either, well I started on the paxil after that and BAM gone no more anxiety, no more DIZZINESS.

Well I'm off paxil now and have other ways to deal with my anxiety stress.

And my dizziness did come back when I was in withdrawal , whether from some of the original anxiety and stress related with withdrawal or a withdrawal symptom, but it is gone now.

Well just part of my story , I dont' mean to imply that you don't have meneires disease. Just thought this story might help someone .
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Old 08-01-2005, 11:06 AM   #8
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Re: Feeling spacey...

Nicole, you make a good point. My child was dizzy, fell down, etc. It also turned out to be anxiety instead of various other conditions that were looked into.
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Old 08-01-2005, 11:12 AM   #9
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Re: Feeling spacey...

Yeah , I don't want to imply that it is not a real disease because it is and many people suffer from it, but they truly thought I had It for a long time and I did too. But no it was all b/c of the dizziness from the anxiety. And needless to say , after they thought I had it and made me take all those tests for other diseases too, (like brain tumors) and I read all about menieres disease and how bad it can be, That put my anxiety which I was alread having into OVERDRIVE!
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Old 08-01-2005, 11:40 AM   #10
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Re: Feeling spacey...

They did the brain scans for my daughter as well (twice).
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Old 08-01-2005, 02:00 PM   #11
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Re: Feeling spacey...

I definately have it. Was diagnoised in 92 way before this anxiety and paxil ever surfaced.

The last test I had at the specialists office was the cold water test where it is squirted into the ear and mimics the spinning, dizziness ect. Talk about instant roller coaster ride.

Havent had a flare up in a few years. Until this weekend. Had way too much salt starting on Thursday night into Sat. Big no no with Meineres. And I know this but did anyway.

If anyone has ever had this knows when it hits it can either make you dizzy for a little while or in the extreme have you plastered to the floor praying it stops. (that was my first attack back in 92.) Came home from work, laid down on the couch watching the news, reached for the remote and everything spun out of control, laid on the floor for atleast 10 minutes spinning then was sick beyoind any other I've experienced.

I can remember as a child many ear infections, also the Dr. thinks holding a sneeze is my downfall with the ear being easily clogged. Something I still do.
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Old 08-01-2005, 03:23 PM   #12
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Re: Feeling spacey...

ewwww I had that cold and warm water test too, and they still thought I had it at that point, by my reaction to that test. I'm sorry you have it, but sounds like you might be lucky that it only flares up every once in awhile.
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