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Old 04-21-2012, 12:07 AM   #1
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hand coordination during/after w/d

Have any of you dealt with withdrawal causing any kind of fine motor problems in your hands?
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Old 04-21-2012, 09:36 AM   #2
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Re: hand coordination during/after w/d

If you count shaking so bad it's difficult to open the paper packet for a teabag, then yes. But that was very early on in the process for me, I hope those days are over. Now I'm fine.
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Old 04-22-2012, 12:21 AM   #3
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Re: hand coordination during/after w/d

I have had this too but I actually think it's starting to get better the further into my WD I go.

Mainly difficulty in holding things like pens and some pretty major shaking. But as I said, seems to be getting better (yay!)

10 years of psych meds -
Citalopram, Fluox, Doxepin, Amitriptyline, Nortriptyline,
Paroxetine, Lorazepam, Clonazepam, Diazepam,
Triazolam, Zopiclone, Quetiapine. YUCK.

July 2011 - off everything except for 20mg of Paroxetine.

06.09.11 - 18mg
25.10.11 - 16.2mg
09.01.12 - 14.6mg
12.03.12 - 13.1mg
23.04.12 - 11.8mg
05.06.12 - 10.6mg
30.07.12 - 9.6mg
10.09.12 - 8.6mg
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Old 04-22-2012, 11:52 AM   #4
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Re: hand coordination during/after w/d

I don't mean just shaking; I mean problems with fine motor coordination.
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Old 04-25-2012, 08:50 AM   #5
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Re: hand coordination during/after w/d

Jane--I can't find your post asking about Ataxia and Dystonia, but I know they apply here. Short answer; it's just the drugs and will clear up with time.

Your signature doesn't detail which drugs you have taken and for how long and how you got off of them, all information that is very helpful in sorting things out and planning a recovery stratagy.

Here's a general idea of what is happening. One of the ways ADs and APs (anitpsychotics) work by causing physical changes in the nerves of the brain. Yes these changes can affect the motor skills and this is a known side effect of both classes of drug. As a person takes the drug for a longer time or a higher dose the changes become more pronounced. As the dose of drugs taken is reduced, over time the brain returns to normal as the changes to the nerves are undone. This, however, doesn't happen over night, but it does happen.

As one who makes a living with my hands, I understand your concern. I started my taper off of paxil last October and have seen quite a bit of improvement in both my dextarity and stamina, so I know it is working.

I hope thing improve soon.

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Old 04-25-2012, 12:05 PM   #6
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Re: hand coordination during/after w/d

Yes, I play guitar and have noticed days where I can not get my hands to doing anything i want, or are very uncoordinated. I also do have shaking occasionally. It is a real drag.
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