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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • October 6, 2006
  • 08:59 AM

Hello, i am an 18 year old male.

Smoke: Yes
Drink: No
Drugs: No

For the past 2+ months i have been feeling a wide range of symtpoms i cant lead to anything.

It started with one sided heaviness one side of my head, to one sided body weakness. I was consulted by a doctor and he didnt think much of those symptoms. He was more intrested in that i may have double vision. However, i didnt ever really feel or notice this.

I was prescribed Lexapro for anxiety/depression. I took it for abought 5 weeks and noticed that most of the symptoms still exsisted but not as often. I was fed up with lexapro's urge to keep me up at night and i honestly didnt really feel any effects of it. It has been abought 2 weeks now sence i last took lexapro.

For the past 3 weeks i been getting strange involuntary head spasms. I suspect this be to the fact that i need to be on my stomach to fall asleep at night and wake up with mild back pain and neck stiffness.

I noticed a sence of confusion and lack of attention. For the past 4 days i have been experiancing dizziness. Mild case, however it seems to presist more when i stand up or lay down on my back. I also come across a feeling as if my body moves with the beat of my heart. When i lay down my body feels like it is slightly moving to the rythm of my heart?

I thought it upon myself that i am experiancing massive anxiety/depression. I spend most of my life now in fear and worry. I'm losing the energy to do the things i once loved to do before.

If someone can relate or even give me some advise, it would do me a great deal of happiness that u dont know.

Also, i have pending thoughts of trying:

anouther anti-depressant, counseling and most of all quit smoking.

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  • doing research on my own condition I found information on heavy metal poisining (mercury etc) which will give you the symptoms that you experience.You could have an overload of mercury in your system which could come from many sources, even from the amalgam in your teeth if you have metal fillings.Try to do a search on heavy metal poisining and you will find a lot of info.Also how to resolve this condition.Hope this will help.OJ
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • October 7, 2006
    • 00:16 AM
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  • Hiplease don't give up on harrassing your doctor for some more tests but it could be symptoms of anxiety as i suffer from involuntary head spasms too. i thought i might be developing a nervous twitch or something but have now been plagued by panic attacks too. if you are sleeping on your front make sure that your neck is not in an awkward position as this could trap a nerve and cause your spasms too, have you a stiff neck and clench your jaw without realising?my acupuncturist picked up on this and i wasn't even aware that i was doing it.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • October 7, 2006
    • 09:27 PM
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  • Hiplease don't give up on harrassing your doctor for some more tests but it could be symptoms of anxiety as i suffer from involuntary head spasms too. i thought i might be developing a nervous twitch or something but have now been plagued by panic attacks too. if you are sleeping on your front make sure that your neck is not in an awkward position as this could trap a nerve and cause your spasms too, have you a stiff neck and clench your jaw without realising?my acupuncturist picked up on this and i wasn't even aware that i was doing it.yes i have also experianced this before, but from weeks ago.. i dont remember the last time.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • October 8, 2006
    • 10:06 AM
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  • I had the same symptoms u are having and i acquired PVC's...premature ventricular contractions. The doctor said it was anxiety and smoking. I would get dizzy laying down or even turning in bed and my heart would pound. The doctors told me PVC's are not life threatening and the only thing I could do was avoid anxiety and smoking, or I could take a beta blocker called Coreg. I have been on Coreg since and it really seems to help alot. I do not notice the missing heart beat and I don't have the rush feeling that comes along with it. Talk to you doctor about trying Coreg. Good luck and hang in there. ;)
    kathryns 3 Replies
    • October 24, 2006
    • 08:40 PM
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  • Hi,could really be symptoms of being nervous. When you are sleeping on your front just make sure that your neck is not in an awkward position as this traps nerves.
    leuviah 8 Replies
    • October 26, 2006
    • 05:03 AM
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  • Like you I am an 18 yr old maleSmoke: YesDrink: occasionalDrugs: yesI am on 20 mg of Lexapro. While I was on 5 initially, and upped to 10, I did not have any serious side effects. However, since my depression got worse, the psychiatrist upped it to 20 mg a day. At that point, I began getting debilitating muscle spasms in my left arm and right leg, and lesser spasms in my right arm and left leg. I get head twitches and involuntary movement, as well as in my hands, and have problems walking. I think that maybe your symptoms can be associated with the Lexapro itself. Atm, you may be still be experiencing the Lexapro withdrawl, which can last a few weeks, and has similar symptoms you are describing. I would consult your psych. about this just to be on the safe side. Time may be the best cure.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • February 3, 2007
    • 08:16 AM
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  • Usually your first depression med may not be the right one. They often cause muscle twitches as a side effect, too.It may go away in the first two weeks taking your meds. I have heard over and over again that it sometimes takes trying different meds for a while before you find something that works for you. If you know you have depression/anxiety, it should be the first treatment for your symptoms. I found that until I treated my depression I could not get a doctor to take my physical signs seriously. Maybe your physical symptoms will go away once you are properly treated for psychological symptoms. Depression does cause physical pain. also, maybe you can get referred to physial therapy and maybe start some light exercise program. Smokers often don't get regular exercise. Also, I used to be a smoker, and I know that the chemicals in the cigs could often prevent meds working properly. Wellbutrin is an antidepressant that has been marketed as an aid to stop smoking (under the name, "Zyban"). Maybe you can kill two birds with one stone. Good luck!
    pumibel 42 Replies
    • February 14, 2007
    • 07:39 PM
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  • Did you just stop taking the lexapro, or did you gradually taper off? This drug has horrendous discontinuation (aka withdrawal) symptoms if you stop abruptly, even if you were only taking 5 mg dose. These discontinuation symptoms can last 2weeks to over a month. Docs don't really pay attention to this. Please don't ever just stop taking antidepressent meds. I have seen patients experience twitches, shaking, nervous ticks and even electrical shock sensations after stopping meds like lexapro, celexa (same stupid drug with one molecule changed so they could resell it at full cost!)... I agree that it takes time to find a good medication to help your depression. In Chinese medicine depression is not a "psychological" disease, but a real disorder involving the liver and spleen. Acupuncture and Chinese medicinals can be very helpful for a lot of your symptoms. It works to rebalance the body. For info visit www.acufinder.com Best wishes.DOM
    acuann 3080 Replies
    • February 15, 2007
    • 08:07 PM
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  • I have also had the same things happening to me. I have the heaviness on the left side of my head and body. It causes me to feel dizzy and I always feel as though I am rocking back and forth. This all started when I was pregnant with my daughter back in May 06. Not the dizziness, but what felt like sinus problems, confusion, always spacey and out of it. Then a week ago, that's when the one-sided dizziness started. I've been to neurologists, ENT's, had my eyes tested. My MRI's came out clear, as so did all my CT Scan's. I'm lost, I want to just scream, I can't even work, I don't like to go out anywhere, because I always feel like Im going to fall over or I feel like crap. Does anyone know what this could be??
    smb5575 10 Replies
    • February 16, 2007
    • 06:45 PM
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  • i thought i was the only one. Im having similar symptoms to you my friend. Involuntary head spazms, aching in the back of my neck and generally just feeling really down. Also though ive pain having bad pains in my chest. Any rememdy to this horrible feeling would be fantastic. From what ive read it seems like everyone who suffers is a smoker. I often feel like everything is just a blur to me, days seem to just be goin by. Doctor first told me it was my synuses, then after going back to him put me on anti-depressants. Think im gunna have to stop smoking and give it a few weeks then see how i feel. I also think that stress might be a cause too. Ive had a lot going off in my life lately and really think i should try to relax a little. I cant spend rest of my life like this, its really frustrating. Neil, Rotherham, UK
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  • Did you just stop taking the lexapro, or did you gradually taper off? This drug has horrendous discontinuation (aka withdrawal) symptoms if you stop abruptly, even if you were only taking 5 mg dose. These discontinuation symptoms can last 2weeks to over a month. Docs don't really pay attention to this. Please don't ever just stop taking antidepressent meds. I have seen patients experience twitches, shaking, nervous ticks and even electrical shock sensations after stopping meds like lexapro, celexaI'll second that. Withdrawal from antidepressants can be really bad, and most doctors don't seem to understand it. When I was coming off one of my antidepressants (Paxil; several doctors have told me it's one of the worst for withdrawal symptoms), even though I followed the recommended schedule of slowly decreasing the dosage, I was left nearly incapacitated for about two weeks.My symptom was micro-episodes of dizziness. Every time my eyes would move -- which, of course is often, sometimes several times a second -- I'd get about a 1/3-second dizzy spell. So I was getting scores of these little dizzy spells every minute; it sometimes felt like a cloud of gnats buzzing me that I couldn't swat away. This was bad enough when I was sitting; it was difficult to read or concentrate on anything. Even watching TV was so unpleasant that I usually closed my eyes and just listened. When I walked around, it was worse. I had to walk slowly and carefully, and put a hand on furniture or a wall to steady myself. During the worst of this withdrawal, I was unable to drive for almost a week.I did some internet searches on antidepressant withdrawal, and found several sites with stories much worse than mine. Some people were reporting withdrawal symptoms 6 months, 9 months, even 2 years after they stopped a particular antidepressant med. If I remember right, most of those reports were about Paxil. Of course there's no telling whether those symptoms were actually antidepressant withdrawal; they could have been from other organic or psychiatric causes. But there were enough people making similar reports that one site was talking about forming a pressure group to force the FDA to look into these reports of extended withdrawal symptoms.someoneknowsme, I'm not trying to distress you, just telling you what I've experienced and learned. Some of the symptoms you reported do sound like antidepressant withdrawal. Your initial post was almost 6 months ago, and you haven't posted here since then, so I sure hope things have improved for you!
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  • My problem is simular and I am not a smoker. i went to the Chiro and had an adjustment. The next day when I went to bed, I began to shooting spasms in my head. That was 4 months ago. Sometimes it is the spasms with pain. I can't find any specific information on this problem.
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  • Goggle dystonia. There are several different types but there are many peope who get dystonia from anti depresents. Cervical Dystonia involves the head and neck spasaming and involuntary movements. To get a proper diagnoses you need to see a Neurologist, One who Specializes in Movement Disorders. You might need to wait for an appointment with a good Movement Disorder Specialist. Many Dr's do not know much about dystonia, even regular neurologist may not know much about it or know what it is when they see it. That is why a Neurologist who is a Movement Disorder Specialist is best to see for dx and treatment.
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  • FYI, if you are suffering with anxiety or you're nervous do not take Wellbutrin. I took this to try to stop smoking and I have anxiety, it was like a nightmare. That medication makes you 10 times more nervous.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • November 29, 2007
    • 05:55 AM
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  • Hi there, don't give up on finding another doctor. My son and I had some hard times and were very depressed. We finally took Prozac with very little side effects. After trying several other anti-depressents which made us feel worse, this seems to be working. Exercise and making some positive changes in our life also has helped. Get out in the fresh air and ride a bike or just walk your dog at the park. Good luck and hang in there for all of us. Let me know how you are.Teresa
    TeresaC 41 Replies
    • February 23, 2008
    • 04:35 PM
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  • You could be having problems with your medication.... http://www.askapatient.com/viewrating.asp?drug=21440&name=LEXAPRO Don't stop it suddenly without talking to your dr or things could get even worse. But the medicine could be doing these things to you. Please talk to a dr asap... You need to be seen by a neurologist asap but also get checked for acute intermittant porphyria and any other diseases that could cause possible drug reactions like this. Psych medicines are often triggers for first time porphyria attacks in a young adult. Porphyria links are on this post... look into acute intermittant porphyrias first. http://forums.wrongdiagnosis.com/showpost.php?p=79061&postcount=5 Any other family members have psych illnesses?What is your ancestory?Any skin, urine or digestive problems?Had any abdominal pains? Hello, i am an 18 year old male. Smoke: YesDrink: NoDrugs: No For the past 2+ months i have been feeling a wide range of symtpoms i cant lead to anything. It started with one sided heaviness one side of my head, to one sided body weakness. I was consulted by a doctor and he didnt think much of those symptoms. He was more intrested in that i may have double vision. However, i didnt ever really feel or notice this. I was prescribed Lexapro for anxiety/depression. I took it for abought 5 weeks and noticed that most of the symptoms still exsisted but not as often. I was fed up with lexapro's urge to keep me up at night and i honestly didnt really feel any effects of it. It has been abought 2 weeks now sence i last took lexapro. For the past 3 weeks i been getting strange involuntary head spasms. I suspect this be to the fact that i need to be on my stomach to fall asleep at night and wake up with mild back pain and neck stiffness. I noticed a sence of confusion and lack of attention. For the past 4 days i have been experiancing dizziness. Mild case, however it seems to presist more when i stand up or lay down on my back. I also come across a feeling as if my body moves with the beat of my heart. When i lay down my body feels like it is slightly moving to the rythm of my heart? I thought it upon myself that i am experiancing massive anxiety/depression. I spend most of my life now in fear and worry. I'm losing the energy to do the things i once loved to do before. If someone can relate or even give me some advise, it would do me a great deal of happiness that u dont know. Also, i have pending thoughts of trying: anouther anti-depressant, counseling and most of all quit smoking.
    TaylorDeelwithit 382 Replies
    • February 23, 2008
    • 10:31 PM
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  • All of your symptoms are just side effects from your anti-depressant as well as withdrawls!!!! Don't worry bud, if you get away from that stuff you will feel better in about a week. You need to think positive and excersize (WALK) to release some of your bad feelings. I was on effexor and went off of it cold turkey. I had ALL of you EXACT symptoms but with family behind me, I got away from it and am doing MUCH MUCH MUCH better! Stay strong and think positive! I wish you lots of peace! It sucks to be where we are! GAAAH!
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  • I think all of you need an MRI to rule out any neurological problems. You never know but something doesn't sound right to me. Sometimes some brain tumors start out with symptoms like this but don't panic many other things also have symptoms like this. Medicines cause many symptoms. Also keep check on things no matter what you are told. Sometimes the first diagnosis is not always the correct one.
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  • SMB5575, I know I am going to be labeled like everyone that blames it on lymes disease. Funny where ticks may crop up. But, for women, pregnancy can trigger dormant metabolic disorders. All your symptoms are in the bucket of urea cycle disorders, especial OTC. But first ask yourself, has any one in your family had any group of symptoms like you have or any miscarriages? There is speculation between the female patients (myself included) that many women go undiagnosed or misdiganosed. I was misdiagnosed from my birth to 49 years old. But as my disorder got worse before final confirmation I had what you described. Note about EFFEXOR. Yes effexor will cause wild severe withdrawl symptoms if you have been on long time. For those of us that need it though, I am glad there. For the 18 year old male. I wish I knew more about what happening, you are awful young for your descriptions. What are your eating habits. Are you taking other medications? Have you had other injuries? What you are describing seems to fall in family of neurological or metabolic. Thyroid may be tripping you. Could be a form of migraines (there are many types and one mimics sinus issues and with pains and auras) and types of epilepsy. Have you changed anything major in life? As other say, don't just quit meds cold turkey, that may trigger other major problems. Drug withdrawal is not fun even if it is from legal drugs. Shakies, jerks, wild visions, migraines, pain and such are not fun. Hang in there and keep us posted.
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  • Dude, I have the exact same thing. I feel as though I am floating, my left side is heavy as ***l, my neck to my head is wobbly and kind of like someones strangling it. I had MRIs done and lumbar puncture, all clean. I had a similar episode 2 years back which left on its own spontaneously. This time it seems worse than ever though. Could this be cause of depression? I never thought I was particularly depressed. Tbh, im feeling like crap everyday cuz of this, no one seems to understand how bad this feels physically and then mentally. Cant do any work, had to quit my uni course, just lying around in bed continuously :(is yours that bad?
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • November 29, 2009
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