Operation Stop Zoloft: Weeks 3 and 4

Weeks three and four were the two worst weeks for me. I felt woozy, dizzy, sick to my stomach, had migraines, and insomnia. I’m so thankful that those two weeks are over. Week three I was on 25mg of Zoloft and week four I was down to 12.5mg. I’ve had very few “brain shivers” since this past Friday which is awesome.

I’m currently on my last week of taking these pills and I’m looking forward to the day when I won’t be taking Zoloft. It’s so very close….


Operation Stop Zoloft: Week 2

During week 2, I had dropped down to 50mg of Zoloft.  I’m down 50% of where I was just two weeks ago!!  As for side effects…  heh.  Week two began wonderfully.  No headaches and no other symptoms, and then Thursday rolled in.  Since then I’ve experienced brain shivers/zaps or whatever you want to call them (read a bit more about them here), as well as a lovely case of vertigo when I stand up and move around.  It has not decreased and on Mother’s Day, I learned that alcohol makes both of these symptoms a tad worse.

Not everything has been miserable.  At the same time I’ve been happy – an emotion that I haven’t really felt in years.  That alone tells me that I am doing the right thing.

Now I’m going to go lay down and hope that I can convince my body that I am not spinning around and around and around.

Operation Stop Zoloft: Week 1

I began tapering off Zoloft a week ago; I went from 100 mg to 75 mg of the stuff.  I’m very happy to report that I didn’t experience very many withdrawal symptoms (at least not the worst case scenarios that I was prepping for).  What I did experience was a fairly terrible headache that lasted three days (Tuesday afternoon ’til Thursday afternoon), a tiny bit of vertigo, and slightly more difficulty falling asleep at night.

Last week was certainly a success.  On Sunday I began my second week and am only taking 50 mg now, and I hope that this week’s withdrawal symptoms won’t be any worse than last weeks.

In other news:

In March, I went to see my doctor because both of my knees had become so painful when walking, climbing stairs, and what not that I could barely get around.  I had an MRI done and was referred to an Orthopedic.  When I scheduled my ortho. appointment I met with a physicians assistant who said that my MRI results did not show too much to be wrong with my knees and decided to give me a shot of cortisone in one knee and sent me to a physical therapist.

For the past two weeks I have been seeing a physical therapist and well…my knees weren’t getting better. My pt said that there is something stuck underneath both of my kneecaps and until that is removed there isn’t a whole lot we can do.  And so I have been referred back to an Orthopedic surgeon.

Now I get to limp around until the beginning of June without anymore answers.  My hope is that I will be able to chase after my children, go for walks, and return to the gym by the end of the summer.  Sitting around and not being able to do much because I’m 1) in such terrible pain when I walk and 2) never sure if and when my knees are going to give out on me, has become dreadfully boring.

All prayers for these issues are greatly appreciated.