A little background to start. I was seeing a psych up until almost 3 yrs ago, and as luck would have it, lost my job, and with the new insurance, had trouble finding a new one. So for 3 years, I've been getting refills on my 90mgs of duloxetine from my regular doctor. I was fine with that. During this time, no psych visits and certainly no therapy.
While taking the meds, I'm getting the ~zaps~, just like if I wasn't taking it. I'm like, WTF. I tell my Dr., and he prescribes topiramate. It helped. Well, it stopped helping, but we agreed to keep taking it, in case the symptoms get worse. Over this past Summer, my Dr. and myself agreed that changes in my life were looking up, and perhaps, weening off of the duloxetine would be a good thing for me. Starting off with finishing off the 90mg....then 60mg for my 3 mos supply....then 30mg for my 3 mos supply....then going every other day...then every other 2 days...then every other 3 until I was out. Well that day was a week ago Tuesday. During this entire time, the zaps have been as intense as ever, they especially pop up after I've done some kind of exertion . I sometimes lose my balance a little, but not terrible. My memory isn't what it used to be. I'm only 51, so it can't be getting that bad can it?? I would have some "down" days occasionally, but was told that's to be expected when coming off duloxetine. The other day, I felt almost manic in my mind....(I would never ever want to do this) My cat was by my side cuddling, but I had this temptation taking over my mind telling me I wanted to poke my cat's eyes out and really harm her. I was terrified I would do this in my sleep. It tears out my mind that this happened. This little girl is my baby. So I contacted my Dr. who has given me a temp script for klonopin for when I'm freaking out in my mind. BUT he wants to put me back on duloxetine!!!!!!!! I let him know via online portal (our communication method) that I am explicitly against this.
A> I'm not sold that this medicine is going to work, B> I want something that will rid of the ~zaps~, C> I completely trust my Dr and love the care that I get, but if he insists on this, I'm tempted to just go to Cook Country Hospital here in Chicago, and plead my poverty case and see what can come of it.
After the past few days, I'm not feeling my stable self. I guess other than venting here, I'm asking what to do? (I've read of this bead thing. No. I'm way past that point now.)