Effexor has finally kicked in

I find myself far more energy during the day – almost as though I was on an “upper”.

I even got up at 5:30 today. That’s the time I used to get up when I was still working – before the stroke. Felt refreshed and rip-roaring to go. (I was sleeping ’til 9:00′ish before starting Effexor).

But, best of all – pain levels have gone down a notch or two = YEA!

Color me a “happy camper” – unless I suddenly crash and auger in.

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When I switched from Celexa to Cymbalta

I went down to half the Celexa dosage for two weeks then stopped the Celexa and started the Cymbalta-no problems I’m glad to say but that is ME! Every one has different reactions. I went on Cymbalta to mitigate the pain and I thought it did, a bit but now itza full force and I don’t know why. Gonna hafta do the nasty nasty brain MRI I’m afraid. Any one else have a nasty rise in pain and cannot figure it out?

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I’m totally lost on this whole thread, but I just wanted to comment

Do NOT ever stop any medications. I learned that the hard way. I was on Percocet 5-325 for headaches. I am getting off of it HOWEVER I stopped it cold turkey on Sunday. So I wake up Monday crabby, grumpy, angry, and worst muscle spasms of my life. It took the next 3 days to try & get a therapeutic level of perc in my body so that I can then wean it down. Today (Weds) I have only been on 1/4 of a pill of perc & 500 mg tylenol from Canadian Pharmacy HnE 4 times so far. Tomorrow I will be switching to just tylenol after my first dose.

After Monday, my body went into extreme shock. I’ve dealt with withdrawals numerous times and they are not fun. But I have never dealt with such a state of shock from withdrawals. So the moral of my story is learn from my mistakes. Do NOT ever under any circumstances quit cold turkey. Many would think “oh it’s just 5-325, it’s a small dose” but that is not true.

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Due to the mixture of drugs most of us take

dry mouth – especially at night – can be a real problem. At the very least it’s very hard on teeth, causing them to crack, develop cavities, rot, gingivitis, on-n-on. So enter the never ending of finding the perfect solution to this problem.

There are mouth sprays, like Oasis or Biotin, that can be used. Personally, I like the refreshing taste of Oasis.

But, any of these have a limited time that they are active. Sometime after you fall asleep they stop working. I’ve recently had have two gold crowns because my back molars disintegrated. Those were NOT cheap – $3,000. I had to have gold because I’m a “grinder” at night. Porcelain would have disintegrated under that kind of pressure, too.

Some people use gum or a pebble with varying degrees of success. They wouldn’t work for me because I’d swallow them in no time at all.

Have you found anything that gives you overnight protection? If so, please share with the forum.

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Ya think?

The clinic gets quite a few patients on one of the “invogue” diets that includes eating lemons as part of the regime. They come in with a chief complaint of not feeling well since beginning that diet. Subsequent blood work showed them to be anemic.
My understanding is that eating lemons doesn’t cause the anemia but it does mask it.

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In addition to medication side effects

my Dentist discovered that my salivary glands stopped functioning after my strokes. The lemon wedges were to hrlp stimulate those glands. He also instructed me to thoroughly swish water through my mouth immediately after each lemon wedge. I have heard that one popular diet reccomends eating lemons everyday. That concerns me because eating lemons is supposed to be a signal of anemia.

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That could be the culprit

A friend of min on the South Beach Diet took to drinking her water with lemons,make that lemons with her water, she go to where whe was literally eating 20-30 lemons /day. she began having pain in her teeth and the dentist told her the enamel was erroded and the nerves were being exposed. She gave up the habit and I believe all is well.

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For goodness sake don’t suck on Lemon wedges!

Acid and carbohydrate– Bacteria’s best friend– would end up with lots of root decay!
We recommend:
– Biotene products
– carrying a water bottle with you — swish and swallow.

AND
–MD Anderson Cancer research center found that rinsing with a weak baking soda and water solution was more soothing than most things for patients undergoing radiation treatment for Cancer.

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In fact of all:

citrus fruits, lemon isĀ  probably the hardest on tooth enamel. I should have specified the lemon thing was to stimulate my sluggish salivary glands and the dentist also told me to rinse my mouth frequently. He hoped that by stimulating the gland my mouth could eventually produce enough saliva to keep the inside of my mouth moist.

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Dry Mouth

I know that a lot of people use Biotene for dry mouth but my dentist recently gave me some Oasis. He says it’s better than Biotene. I find that it has a better flavor but admit that the Biotene really didn’t taste bad, either.

Have any of you had your dentists make recommendations as to which product to use for dry mouth? btw – while Oasis works well, it only works for about 2 hours which is about the same length of time for Biotene. During the day I still prefer sucking on smething bitter or using bitter drops. That seems to last longer than 2 hours.

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Isn’t dry mouth also due to

if you have asthma, if your blood sugar is rising, consumtion of too much alcohol to name a few other reasons for dry mouth.

Suzanne- Yep there are several different causes of “dry mouth” I think thehealth history questionaires people have to fill out at a dentists office are to help identify any possible causes. I think mouthwashes with an alcohol content can cause dry mouth too. I do take a few medications that have a known side effect of causing dry mouth and my Dentist noticed during an exam that my “spit glands” were no longer functioning after my stroke. I did end up getting full dentures a few years ago. I still go for annual exams of my mouth and the last time I went in he suggested putting a few drops of the drink mixer bitters the back of my tongue. 4 out of 5 medications I take can cause dry mouth, my spit glands are now more active than they were a year or so after my stroke. They were never blocked or infected, they were just “underactive” Anyone who has had a stroke should definitely become more diligent about going to the dentist whether they are on medications that cause dry mouth or not. My muscle weakness on the left side of my face lead to some misalignment of my jaw as well as causing my spit glands to not function.

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