A few years back, I started getting these shooting nerve bursts. The bursts went from my head to my fingers or down my back. One time, I timed it and they were happening over 20x/minute. I had MRI's done, x-rays, went to chiropractic, and more. No one was telling me what they thought it was.
I went on the internet and did some research. Turns out, my symptoms most resembled MS. I asked my doctor if that is what they were looking for and he confirmed. It was shocking to me. I started studying MS. Annette Funicello has been battling it for decades. Did you know Montel Williams has been living with MS for many years?
Then one day I saw where people were complaining about the side effects of Paxil. See, I lean toward the side of neurotic. When we were best friends many years ago, my now husband described life with me as a roller coaster ride. Um...whatever.
A few months before that, I gotten it in my head that it would be good to take Paxil. My doctor thought it was a good idea too. There I was, living life on Paxil. For 3 months. I'm sure a placebo would have had the same leveling effect. But then I read you can't be on anti-depressants if you want to adopt. So I got off. Weaned off like I went on - gradually stepping down in dosage.
The withdrawal effects of Paxil? Same as the ones I was having which were strangely similar to MS symptoms. Whew!! It was just withdrawal. Within a month or so, I was fine again. Whew!
That all happened about 7 years ago. I thought I'd share. You never know who you can help when you share your story.