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#1 Polly38

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Posted 11 January 2020 - 05:27 AM

Hi

A quick update from me. My stomach pains are easing off now thankfully! Although I have a scan booked for February. I am just left with this horrible shortness of breath and an uneasy feeling. I have been using the asthma inhaler the doctor gave me but it's not having any effect.

I have been off Duloxetine almost 7 weeks. Is this likely to still be withdrawal please? It's driving me insane.

Thanks.

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Posted 11 January 2020 - 08:42 AM

Oh sure it can be withdrawal. Withdrawal symptoms can last for months before starting to fade away.


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Posted 11 January 2020 - 08:47 AM

Ok thanks. It's awful feeling like I can't breathe. Ars there any supplements which would help?

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Posted 11 January 2020 - 09:20 AM

There are many supplements that may help you relax and lessen the breathing issue. They include, L-Theanine, Lion's Mane Mushroom, CBD, Kratom, Benadryl, melatonin, apple cider vinegar/malic acid, omega 3 and many more. The ebook is full of ideas that people have tried as well as comments from past ,members on those products. I would suggest browsing through it and see if anything is interesting to you.


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Posted 11 January 2020 - 10:59 AM

Polly,
This happened to me, the lung scan can show water on your lungs. No pain to get rid of
It. I mean that it doesn't hurt just in case this is what you have. Non invasion. No fear about it. Probably not that. But it's a possibility. Well know with the scan.love!

#6 Polly38

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Posted 11 January 2020 - 12:19 PM

Thanks so much for your reply Gail. How long did you have this feeling for after you weaned off? Water on the lungs sounds serious😭.

I had several x rays last year and they showed nothing. Really worried about this now. I think it is also anxiety related.

Polly

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Posted 11 January 2020 - 01:51 PM

Please could you put the link to the e-book here as I can't find it.

One last question- would you recommend B vitamins or not?

Thanks.

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Posted 11 January 2020 - 02:55 PM

https://www.cymbalta...ebook/?hl=ebook

I would not recommend B vitamins unless you have a blood test that shows a deficiency. Especially B6 and Folate can accumulate to toxic amounts easily. Vitamin B6 toxicity is the most common ER toxicity noticed.

#9 Polly38

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Posted 12 January 2020 - 03:40 PM

Hi

A question for Fishinghat please.

I have been reading about menopause symptoms on a reputable meno site and it says you can get shortness of breath in meno due to the drop in estrogen, which causes the lungs to dry out. They recommend taking Seabuckthorn oil, which is an Omega 6. They're not selling them but just recommending them for this symptom.

I just wondered if you knew anything about them please FH and whether it would be OK for me to take them during withdrawal.

Thanks.

Polly

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Posted 12 January 2020 - 04:11 PM

I am not familiar with that but I will be shortly.  lol


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Posted 12 January 2020 - 05:04 PM

I am not familiar with that but I will be shortly.  lol

 

SuperHat to the rescue :D


#12 Polly38

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Posted 12 January 2020 - 05:12 PM

I knew I could rely on Hat!😏

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Posted 12 January 2020 - 05:20 PM

Menopause and postmenopause are both highly associated with breathing difficulties especially during sleep.

 

Low estrogen levels is associated with dehydration; most notedly vaginal, skin, dry eyes. Dehydration of the lungs is not specifically mentioned in the medical articles but certainly is a possibility.

 

Estrogen effects the release of vasopressin which in turns controls electrolytes which control fluid levels in the body. Low estrogen, low vasopressin, low electrolytes and dehydration.

 

Research has shown that lowering of estrogen levels causes slower breathing and a reduction in total air volume moved by the lungs.

 

Antidepressants like ssri and snri can cause failure of the hormone production. This may is also common in the pssd stage of antidepressant withdrawal.

 

I would highly recommend that you get your estrogen fractions checked.

 

Seabuckthorn seed oil reduces blood pressure.

 

https://www.ncbi.nlm...les/PMC3136682/
Seabuckthorn causes a DECREASE in fluid levels in the lungs.


Seabuckthorn oil is 30 to 35% Omega 7. Omega 3 30%, Omega 6 35.5% and Omega 9 16%.

 

Omega 3 does not increase estrogen levels but stimulates estrogen receptors in normal weight individuals. Overweight individuals produce and store more estrogen than normal weight individuals.

 

I would NOT recommend the seabuckhorm as it can dry out lung tissue.


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Posted 12 January 2020 - 05:22 PM

THIS is why you read journal papers....

 

Top job sir...


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Posted 12 January 2020 - 05:24 PM

Thanks. I was aware of some of this but not the heavy involvement of estrogen with lung function. Good catch Polly.


#16 Polly38

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Posted 12 January 2020 - 05:39 PM

Thanks so much FH! I don't think my doctor will test my Estrogen levels as I've asked before and they said they can't get an accurate reading. So that's the end of that.

Not sure what to do now. If it is estrogen issues then I need to look at ways of increasing this naturally as I've tried HRT several times before and had problems 😫😭.

Thanks again FH.

Polly

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Posted 12 January 2020 - 05:52 PM

Soy products contain natural phytoestrogens that might help. Also there are estrogen raising supplements but purity can be an issue with them.


#18 Polly38

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Posted 13 January 2020 - 07:51 AM

Thanks FH.

Having a bad day today. I woke up feeling like someone is sat on my chest and I can't get air in😭. I have been using my asthma inhalers but they're just not doing anything. I drove to work and am here but feel so uncomfortable!

I've got an appointment with the doctor this afternoon so will go through everything with him AGAIN. I know he will think it's just anxiety but this is very different to anything I've felt before. This has got to be withdrawal- 7 weeks off today. I am doing my best to ride out the storm but it's so hard. I really do not want to go back on Duloxetine- does anyone know how long this is likely to last?

On a positive note, my stomach is feeling a lot better so maybe the breathing issue will right itself soon. I really hope so!🤞🙏

Thanks.

Polly

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Posted 13 January 2020 - 09:23 AM

Hi Polly,

 

My goodness... I am really feeling for you right now. It must be frightening and frustrating all at the same time. I really don't know what to say. As Hat has said before, this severity of breathing issue is not normal for withdrawal. We're not saying it is not possible, but we both agree that it needs to be checked out. You really need to exaggerate stuff with your doctor when you go and make him/her understand. They have a duty of care and breathing is bloody important!!

 

Glad about the stomach though. This has been a couple of days now that it has improved which is great news.

 

Please let us know what happens at the docs

 

IUN


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Posted 13 January 2020 - 09:33 AM

Thanks IUN. I am literally sitting here stopping myself from crying. I feel so hopeless at the moment😥. I am so worried that these tablets have left me with breathing issues permanently!

Have got my therapy session after work so I can go and vent to her.

Thanks for your reply.

Polly

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Posted 13 January 2020 - 09:49 AM

My poor Polly. I wish I was there to comfort you.

 

Should it help, I have woken up to downstairs neighbour doing repairs, upstairs neighbour having new kitchen installed, council outside cutting down trees and doing the grass, and the building next door continuing is refurbishment works. The noise is UNBEARABLE. It feels like I am being tortured for information. 

 

You won't have permanent damage from the duloxetine, I am sure. But you really need to milk it with the doctor - please! Tell the doc that the panic is spreading over the forum!!

 

Here for a few more mins before work.

 

Matt


#22 Polly38

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Posted 13 January 2020 - 09:54 AM

Thanks as always IUN!

Glad you are managing to escape from the noise. Will update you later.

Polly

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Posted 13 January 2020 - 11:29 AM

If the stomach is starting to settle and you are entering into the crying stage that means that the breathing issue (if it is due to anxiety) may start getting better in about a month but that is just an educated guess.


#24 Polly38

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Posted 13 January 2020 - 02:22 PM

Thanks both. Have been to the doctor's this evening and he confirmed that it is asthma after doing the peak/flow test on me. I have to start using the inhalers regularly (as I haven't been consistent 🙄). He listened to my chest for any sign of infection and it's clear. He has also referred me for a chest x-ray but doesn't think it will show anything. I am also seeing the asthma nurse the week after next. Also having a blood test for my thyroid as I haven't had one since last May (I had a partial thyroidectomy in November 2018). So he has been very thorough. I also have an appointment for a scan on my stomach and am waiting to see the gastroenterologist.

However, what you have just said FH gives me hope that it is withdrawal after all. In the meantime I will use the inhalers regularly. Thanks for your replies.

Polly

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Posted 13 January 2020 - 03:29 PM

It has been well documented that imbalances in gut bacteria is a major contributing factor to inflammation and the development of asthma.
 
See...
https://www.ncbi.nlm...pubmed/28029408
https://www.ncbi.nlm...pubmed/31411278
https://www.ncbi.nlm...pubmed/28270216
https://www.ncbi.nlm...pubmed/30400588
https://www.ncbi.nlm...pubmed/19119700
https://www.ncbi.nlm...pubmed/28408909
https://www.ncbi.nlm...pubmed/31262380
and many more.

I know 4 people who were diagnosed with asthma and 3 were able to get heathy again using probiotics.

What is your current dosage of probiotics?

#26 Polly38

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Posted 13 January 2020 - 03:42 PM

Thanks for the info FH. I'll have a good read later. I have only just started on probiotics and they're only 3 billion x 2 or 3 a day. In the past I have taken up to 50 billion but they have made me feel quite unwell.

I have thought for a long time that it is coming from my gut and have had candida in the past. Interesting.

What's the best dose of probiotic to take and I presume I should still use my inhaler whilst taking them until things shift from the probiotic?

Thanks.

Polly

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Posted 13 January 2020 - 04:04 PM

Great news from the doctor - that's how it is done. 

 

Before messing with the dose of the PB, give it a while on a post-meal dose as I said yesterday as it will make a difference. I don't want you upping anything to find that it makes you unwell.

 

But Hat will be the right one to guide you regarding the dose thereafter.


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Posted 13 January 2020 - 06:02 PM

The minimum recommended dose is 30 billon and no more than 50 billion. Be aware that taking probiotics with food will weaken the dose as many of the cultures will get incorporated into your waste and pass out of the body BUT this may be a good thing. Going to 20 or 50 billion will allow your good bacteria to out compete with the bad bacteria very quickly and as the bad bacteria die it causes those digestive issues. I would suggest using the 3 billion dose 3 times a day and then every 4 days up the dose by 3 billion until you get near the 30 billion total dose for a day. I would then switch to 15 billion twice a day. This should bring things in order slowly and easily.


#29 Polly38

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Posted 14 January 2020 - 01:47 AM

Thanks very much FH, will try that and keep you posted.

Polly

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Posted 16 January 2020 - 06:59 AM

Hi.

So I have taken an antihistamine today (Benadryl- which has Acrivastine in in the UK) and it's not doing anything for the shortness of breath. I had an itch throat and nose, so that's why I took it. My asthma inhalers aren't really helping either.

Can I take NAC after I have taken Acrivastine or not please? I am going to follow a Fodmap diet too to see if it helps. Sorry for all the questions but it's really getting me down now.

Thanks.
Polly



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