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Hi again -

It's been ages since I've been on this board. Probably because things were going so well for so long. (well relatively) And now I'm back with a drug question.

Is anyone taking Paroxatine? (sp?) My new dr prescribed it, and I'm not sure its working. Or maybe i'm having side effects.

I was taking Zoloft for 20 some years. It was working fine. I moved to PA from NYS and had to get a new dr. in that time I ran out of the Zoloft and was without it for a few weeks. (after stretching the last of my pills for a time.) When the new dr gave me a new zoloft prescription I started having problems with it. My hands would shake excessively when I took it. I started to think I was having an "saturation" reaction. (I forget what they call it.) Since my new dr had suggested trying something else, I decided to try the paroxitine. So here I am 1 year (?) into taking the paroxatine, and I'm having problems again. She (dr) also told me it would help with my hot flashes. Right now I am not sleeping at night and sleeping most of the day. I'm having twitching issues. The hot flashes are less but not gone. (maybe) They happen mostly when I wake up. Sometimes when I eat or drink. My joints and muscles ache, and I'm having a hard time concentrating. OF course I should also mention that there are a number of stressful things going on in my life which are not helping.

I'm really having a hard time functioning, and to make things worse, I really NEED to be functioning right now. All I want to do is sleep. I might also mention that I seem to be having breathing problems while sleeping. I wake myself up snoring I think. I am also having problems with my ears. Pain and pressure off and on. Weather on the east coast is not helping at all. Air pressure headaches and migraines.
I'm starting to feel like a basket case. I keep thinking if I can just get some sleep I'll feel better, but I just keep wasting days away sleeping.

Does anyone have any advice or thoughts? I know I need to go see my dr, but I don't have a lot of confidence in her. AND right now I'm in NYS at my parents and would need to go back to PA to see dr. which due to family issues I can't do right now. I need to go see a ear, nose, throat dr. too.

I just don't feel comfortable in my own skin. (if you know what I mean)


Lady Ianna
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I don't know about these things - I did not have an actual doctor for a therapist. But I remember you from your posts a while back and I hope things have gotten better for you.

BTW I am mostly OK. I had hot flashes too, but after a while not so much. I have a boyfriend who works night shift & he has moved in, and while he is civilized (he does not expect me to wash his work clothes) it is sometimes like inviting the forces of chaos into my life.

I wish you the best.
- Paint
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Hey Lady Ianna,

I'm sorry you've been having these issues. I know I'm late to this thread, but I am a nurse and I do have some thoughts.

1. The snoring issue - it sounds like you are having symptoms of something called Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA). The cardinal signs are snoring, gasping for breath, and waking yourself up snoring. I highly recommend you ask your doctor to refer you for a sleep study. If they won't do it, get a new doctor. If you do have OSA, which is fairly common, you may not be getting enough oxygen while you sleep, which can cause all sorts of problems with mood, metabolism, cognition, etc.

2. Paroxetine, or Paxil, is an SSRI, the same class of drug as Zoloft. It sounds like you were having some troubling side effects with Zoloft, so your doctor switched the med. Have you stabilized on Paxil? Antidepressants are kind of like dating - you have to try a few before you find the right one. If it's not working, I would consider trying a different class of antidepressant (don't stop Paxil abruptly, though, you need to taper off).

This is probably all way too late since this post is from some time ago. Hope you're well.
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Lol we need a time machine for this board.

I ended up switching back to the Zoloft. I think I'm still having some sleep issues. Not sure, because I switched to working at nights. 8pm to 5am. Now I'm having problems falling asleep. Mainly due to stress, and the dog barking while I'm trying to sleep. It's spring/summer so I'm stuffed up again. (Flox is in bloom) :(

My dad passed away Dec 12, 2020. So I've been dealing with all that. I'm his executor. My siblings have not helped hardly at all. (no surprise there) It's now June. I still haven't set up his burial/memorial. finally got the will probated (small probate court) Still have some paperwork to file. Due to Covid we decided it would be useless to have a burial. Did a cremation. Dad wanted to be buried in the local cememtary though, so I'm setting up something for his birthday 8/20

Water pump died a couple months ago. My brother never finished the roof and it's still leaking. Backyard is still torn up from when he "fixed" the septic. (it's working, just not well.)

Got mom's finances settled, but she wants to move out of her apartment now. She doesn't want to live alone. Planned on moving her back into the family house. Repairs and dis-repair are delaying that. (that's where I'm currently living in NY state) Still have the fixer upper house in PA. Code officer is giving me a hard time because things are not progressing there. My brother was supposed to do a few things. Ended up doing what "HE" wanted, and making things worse.

Night work is making it incredibly difficult to get in touch with repair services here in NY and in PA. Most places are only open 8-5pm or 8-6 when I am sleeping. When I have a day off I end up sleeping almost 24 hours. I don't seem to get anything done. I look around me and am so overwhelmed that I don't know where to start. So I turn on the tv and/or crawl back into bed.

I got a few things done tonight. Paid a couple bills, sent in applications for my mother and myself for student loan income based payments.

good news is Walmart is supposed to start opening up at 6am again. So now I can stop and get some groceries on the way home from work. It was incredibly difficult getting there when they were only open during the day.

It's strange, because everyone else was stuck at home for the Covid, but I worked through it all. Worked more hours than I did before the start. I almost wish I would get sick just so I could have a couple weeks off. :P (not trying to be insensitive here, just worn out.)

anywho.. this is longer than I intended. I'd like to say I'm doing good, but it's a day by day thing. I'm hanging on. That's the best I can do.

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