Akathisia

Scytaic

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#1
My akathisia has suddenly started flaring to the worst it's ever been for almost 3 days now and I have no idea why. It's torture, my brain and body have so many horrible sensations going on right now, I just want to jump out of my skin.

I guess it doesn't help that I've not slept great for weeks but I have no choice. My mum and her new puppy wake me up every morning around 5am and sometimes throughout the night. I struggle to sleep before 12am at the earliest lately because akathisia makes it impossible, and when I do sleep I can feel the aka in my dreams. I'm exhausted and sick.

I just want my life to end so much. I feel so broken. I can't keep living like this but there's nothing I can do. I was starting to become ambitious again despite my depression, I was setting up goals etc, and now I can't do anything except waste away in bed watching stuff to distract me and wait for the day to end only to have a worse night. Akathisia is hell. I've been through so much trauma in my life, have almost 30 other debilitating health conditions and absolutely nothing compares to this torture.
 

Winslow

My Toughest Problem Has Been Solved.
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#3
My akathisia has suddenly started flaring to the worst it's ever been for almost 3 days now and I have no idea why. It's torture, my brain and body have so many horrible sensations going on right now, I just want to jump out of my skin.

I guess it doesn't help that I've not slept great for weeks but I have no choice. My mum and her new puppy wake me up every morning around 5am and sometimes throughout the night. I struggle to sleep before 12am at the earliest lately because akathisia makes it impossible, and when I do sleep I can feel the aka in my dreams. I'm exhausted and sick.

I just want my life to end so much. I feel so broken. I can't keep living like this but there's nothing I can do. I was starting to become ambitious again despite my depression, I was setting up goals etc, and now I can't do anything except waste away in bed watching stuff to distract me and wait for the day to end only to have a worse night. Akathisia is hell. I've been through so much trauma in my life, have almost 30 other debilitating health conditions and absolutely nothing compares to this torture.
My sympathies about your Akathisia. Because I suffered that myself. It was a result of taking certain meds. So I had to discontinue them, which I did. The alternative solution was Zen meditation, which I have continued to this day.
 
#8
Hey
I'm replying because I want you to know I read what you wrote. I heard you.
I've no words of wisdom here, not that you're looking for that. It sounds like it's hell for you.... which makes so much sense.
Sending love from a stranger...
I think Innocent Forever speaks for many.. certainly for me too. Seems to be a lot of kindness, listening and support on this forum.
 

Survivorist

Black sheep of my family....
#11
@Scytaic Welcome and good that you feel better. Just to say thank you - just learned something I did not know - what the heck is akathisia? Now I get it - and am double happy that you feel better. Funny and sad to see - some people here cannot move at all, because of depression..... I searched - here it is (thanks):

Akathisia is a movement disorder that makes it hard for you to stay still. It causes an urge to move that you can’t control. You might need to fidget all the time, walk in place, or cross and uncross your legs. Usually, akathisia is a side effect of antipsychotic drugs. You take these medicines to treat schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and other brain conditions. That means your doctor can change your medicine or dose to relieve your symptoms of akathisia.
 

full

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#12
@Scytaic Welcome and good that you feel better. Just to say thank you - just learned something I did not know - what the heck is akathisia? Now I get it - and am double happy that you feel better. Funny and sad to see - some people here cannot move at all, because of depression..... I searched - here it is (thanks):

Akathisia is a movement disorder that makes it hard for you to stay still. It causes an urge to move that you can’t control. You might need to fidget all the time, walk in place, or cross and uncross your legs. Usually, akathisia is a side effect of antipsychotic drugs. You take these medicines to treat schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and other brain conditions. That means your doctor can change your medicine or dose to relieve your symptoms of akathisia.
This made me add things together. When I was in a psych ward they were giving me escitalopram 10 mg daily for seven days and I was going nuts with inner tension and urges to move. Found pubmed study showing correlation between escitalopram and akathisia. It took almost full month to recover after I stopped escitalopram.
 

Scytaic

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#13
@Scytaic Welcome and good that you feel better. Just to say thank you - just learned something I did not know - what the heck is akathisia? Now I get it - and am double happy that you feel better. Funny and sad to see - some people here cannot move at all, because of depression..... I searched - here it is (thanks):

Akathisia is a movement disorder that makes it hard for you to stay still. It causes an urge to move that you can’t control. You might need to fidget all the time, walk in place, or cross and uncross your legs. Usually, akathisia is a side effect of antipsychotic drugs. You take these medicines to treat schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and other brain conditions. That means your doctor can change your medicine or dose to relieve your symptoms of akathisia.
Glad I could share some knowledge! Akathisia is often misdiagnosed so it's not a widely known side-effect/withdrawal symptom, which is sad because it's actually somewhat common. There's also a lot more to it than movement, there can be something called "inner akathisia" which comes with it's own set of awful symptoms. Also, although rare, regular SSRIs and marijuana can cause it too (that was the case for me both times). And because I have chemical sensitivity to anything that gives similar effects as marijuana, my akathisia can be retriggered again by certain solvents. It took a few accidental exposures to find that out the hard way 😅
 

Scytaic

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#14
This made me add things together. When I was in a psych ward they were giving me escitalopram 10 mg daily for seven days and I was going nuts with inner tension and urges to move. Found pubmed study showing correlation between escitalopram and akathisia. It took almost full month to recover after I stopped escitalopram.
That definitely sounds like akathisia, I'm sorry you went through that :(
 

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