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[Buddie]

Success after extremely difficult withdrawal :)
« on: January 21, 2018, 06:02:57 pm »
I would like to inform site members of my wife's success after undergoing an extreme and prolonged benzodiazepine withdrawal. This site was so useful during her withdrawal that I feel it is important to let fellow members know that no matter how hard the process is success and recovery await.
[...] was prescribed Diazepam and Temazepam in late 2014 by her gp after a severe antibiotic side effects experience that led to a potentially dangerous neuropathy reaction.
As it soon became apparent the benzodiazepines were significantly more dangerous!
Due to incorrect advice from her gp, [...], started to develop severe withdrawal reactions after just a few weeks of taking these terrible drugs.
Both [...] and I quickly became aware that the tranquilizers were causing a cascade of awful side effects and I assisted her with a slow taper.
[...] was taking the full dosage of ' medication ' between November 2014 and January 2015. [...] took her last tiny dose it April 2015.
During this time her ' side effects ' were extremely scary and high level and they manifested as extreme and dangerous weight loss, constant suicidal obsession and psychosis. These side effects were regularly denied by her various psychiatrists and gps, who just threw more and more medication in her direction.
After her last dose in April things grew considerably worse and all the above symptoms significantly increased in intensity along with new and terribly disturbing emergences of other symptoms...... a short list ( not exhaustive by any means follows ) :-
1. Severe prolonged psychosis ( interspersed with Windows of total normality ).
2. Massive abdominal cramps.
3. Inability to walk as her legs wouldn't work properly.
4. Constant physical shaking.
5. Aggressive outbursts.
6. Screaming for extended periods of time for no apparent reason.
7. Inability to talk ( even though [...] could write to explain herself ).
8. Swallowing food and fluids leading to loss of consciousness ( very scary ).
9. Seizures ( leading to coma and hospitalization in intensive care for 3 days).
10. Constant urge to commit suicide.
11. Severe insomnia.
12. Hallucinations.
13. Myoclonic seizures.
14. Urge to speak ' gobbledygook ' repetitively.
15. Cramps and constant movement of feet, legs, hands and jaw.
16. Appearing to age by at least 25 years and skin becoming loose.
17. Skin shedding and hair loss.
.......... there were many other bizarre and strange manifestations but I cannot list them all.
This awful situation lasted from April 2015 to December 2015 and both [...] and I felt there was no way out. The doctors were clueless and when one finally read the Ashton Reports he recognized the pattern and tried putting her back on 20mg Diazepam daily with the intention to try a slower withdrawal but this just brought back symptoms that had finished weeks/months earlier.
We ended up just avoiding all medics and seeking advice here and from The Bristol Tranquilizer Project ( who were absolutely brilliant!! )
To cut a long story short....... on the morning of 21 December 2015 my wife awoke to a complete break in her major symptoms....... I know this sounds almost impossible but that was how it happened ( I read others on here reporting similar occurrences but couldn't believe it possible ) It seemed like a miracle.....and it was!!!!
The worst of the withdrawal effects never came back after that ..... all, yes all! the symptoms listed above disappeared entirely.
Over the next few weeks months [...] regained her lost weight. Her psychological strength, in fact, returned to previous levels within a week or two..... hard to believe I know but absolutely true!!
So to conclude, hang in there no matter how bad it is and you will get better. Remember who you really are whenever possible and stay committed to the path of recovery.
« Last Edit: January 21, 2018, 08:33:27 pm by [Buddie] »
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[Buddie]

Re: Success after extremely difficult withdrawal :)
« Reply #1 on: January 21, 2018, 06:13:41 pm »
congratulations!
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[Buddie]

Re: Success after extremely difficult withdrawal :)
« Reply #2 on: January 21, 2018, 06:18:50 pm »
Hello [...],

Thank you for coming back after such a long time and posting this message of success. Your dear wife certainly endured some very scary and severe symptoms. 

I'm so happy that [...] finally woke up to wellness, that speaks to the resilience of the central nervous system and how it will work to regain balance.

I [...] you and [...] are enjoying life, a life you both deserve.

[...]  :smitten:
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[Buddie]

Re: Success after extremely difficult withdrawal :)
« Reply #3 on: January 21, 2018, 06:22:50 pm »
Hello [...],

Thank you for coming back after such a long time and posting this message of success. Your dear wife certainly endured some very scary and severe symptoms. 

I'm so happy that [...] finally woke up to wellness, that speaks to the resilience of the central nervous system and how it will work to regain balance.

I [...] you and [...] are enjoying life, a life you both deserve.

[...]  :smitten:
Thanks for the positive words.
Yes life is good for us again and has been for some time...........
The nervous system is a complex thing, of that there is no doubt.
:)
« Last Edit: January 21, 2018, 06:29:22 pm by [Buddie] »
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[Buddie]

Re: Success after extremely difficult withdrawal :)
« Reply #4 on: January 21, 2018, 06:37:18 pm »
Huge congratulations and thank you for thinking of the many members here who are still struggling and in need of a chink of light :) :)

Love to you both :smitten:
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Re: Success after extremely difficult withdrawal :)
« Reply #5 on: January 21, 2018, 07:00:22 pm »
Congratulations and best wishes for a new and wonderful future. How brave your wife is!

Love and hugs
[...]  :smitten:
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Re: Success after extremely difficult withdrawal :)
« Reply #6 on: January 21, 2018, 08:49:46 pm »
Congrats to your wife.
Question:
What is the Bristol Tranquilizer Project?
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Re: Success after extremely difficult withdrawal :)
« Reply #7 on: January 21, 2018, 09:08:08 pm »
Wonderful! I'm so glad to read this. I pray the same for me; the suffering is so long and horrendous....You are a good and faithful husband to see her through this; it is a lonely and criminal thing that's happened to us...I need a miracle to survive this!
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[Buddie]

Re: Success after extremely difficult withdrawal :)
« Reply #8 on: January 21, 2018, 09:20:19 pm »
Congratulations to your wife -- and to you, of course! It's wonderful to read about such stories of healing after what was clearly a terrible experience. I wish you both all the best!

I'm just wondering....When you mentioned "inability to walk", did [...] have dizziness or disequilibrium that was part of that inability to walk? It's a scary symptom that many people deal with, and it makes it nearly impossible to walk properly due to instability and overuse and fatigue of leg muscles.



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[Buddie]

Re: Success after extremely difficult withdrawal :)
« Reply #9 on: January 21, 2018, 09:31:45 pm »
Congrats to your wife.
Question:
What is the Bristol Tranquilizer Project?
The Bristol Tranquilizer Project operate as an advice service for people suffering from benzodiazepine withdrawal. You can find their contact number online and they know their stuff. They're very useful for supporting people in respect of info and how to approach mainstream doctors.
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