ZayKayWill

Does anyone else have strange head symptoms from quitting?

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I've been 2 years off, but yet I still feel this very weird sensation in my head.  It literally feels like there's a giant bubble full of water in my head.  I thought it was a brain tumor, but I got some brain scans done and they all came back normal. Only thing that gets me is that I can't seem to find anyone else I know that had these symptoms, not even meth addicts.  Starting to worry me :/

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 I would google the hell out of it sure your not the only one maybe blood pressure related not sure. It seems unlikely after 2 years would be adderall side effect but u never know I guess good luck. 

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I have googled the heck out of it.  Haven't found anything.  Some people do think its blood pressure related but I doubt it...doesnt' feel like a blood pressure thing at all.

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Have you tried a Gluten free diet? My cousin had all sorts of weird shit wrong with her but after a month or so off it she was normal for the first time. It's not just for diets has something to do with your body rejecting gluten. Also last time u posted similar question I suggested maybe seeing a chiropractor u never replied. I think with something rare doctors can't figure out I'd be open to pretty much anything that could possibly help. Again I really hope you find a answer sure it's driving you crazy but don't think it's addy related. 

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My diet is pretty good.  Ive had some brain scans and theyve all come back normal so I really have no idea what else it could be.  If it really was Addy related a brain scan wouldn't show it so what else could it be is what Im wondering...

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I know you said you quit adderall two years ago but you've been on other stimulants since then. Are you still on stimulants or how long has it been since you've been off stimulants? 

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I have but it does not sound the same as what you are feeling. I have what feels like a pulse in my head or a throbbing sensation in my head since quitting.  Stretching and exercise helped a little bit but I can still feel it. It's not painful just a concern that makes me think I've got some long term damage to my body.  However like you i have googled the crap out of my symptoms and all I can find is that it could be caused by anxiety, but I don't know if I really buy the anxiety thing.. I do suffer from anxiety so I do hope that is the cause. I also hope you find relief soon and find out what this is.  I wish I could make it go away for both you and me.  I also agree with Frank that you should maybe try a chiropractor.  Have you tried accupuncture? If I had unlimited time and money I would do both of those things.  

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1 hour ago, Subtracterall said:

I have but it does not sound the same as what you are feeling. I have what feels like a pulse in my head or a throbbing sensation in my head since quitting.  Stretching and exercise helped a little bit but I can still feel it. It's not painful just a concern that makes me think I've got some long term damage to my body.  However like you i have googled the crap out of my symptoms and all I can find is that it could be caused by anxiety, but I don't know if I really buy the anxiety thing.. I do suffer from anxiety so I do hope that is the cause. I also hope you find relief soon and find out what this is.  I wish I could make it go away for both you and me.  I also agree with Frank that you should maybe try a chiropractor.  Have you tried accupuncture? If I had unlimited time and money I would do both of those things.  

That's exactly what I'm going through.  All the doctors tell me its anxiety.  The truth is, though, that so many doctors are super ignorant when it comes to addiction, so I really don't think it's anxiety.  I've had acupuncture before but that didn't take it away. 

 

There are a lot of people out there who say they've had anxiety and were like, "There's no way this is anxiety." but I mean idk.  Just seems a bit too extreme to just be anxiety. 

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6 hours ago, bluemoon said:

I know you said you quit adderall two years ago but you've been on other stimulants since then. Are you still on stimulants or how long has it been since you've been off stimulants? 

I still take them from time to time but even when I go weeks or months without taking them they're still there.

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1 hour ago, ZayKayWill said:

That's exactly what I'm going through.  All the doctors tell me its anxiety.  The truth is, though, that so many doctors are super ignorant when it comes to addiction, so I really don't think it's anxiety.  I've had acupuncture before but that didn't take it away. 

 

There are a lot of people out there who say they've had anxiety and were like, "There's no way this is anxiety." but I mean idk.  Just seems a bit too extreme to just be anxiety. 

It does seem too extreme to be anxiety and that is why I doubt it's anxiety too. When it first started happening what were you feeling physically and was it the day after you stopped taking it or did it start while you were still on it?

Here is how it started for me:  I think it was the day I quit or the day before I quit, I literally felt like I was about to have a stroke or heart attack or something. My body felt like the titanic that just hit the iceberg and steam was pouring out (not literally but that's how it felt). It felt like a lot of pressure had built up inside my body and it was about to blow and the result was this pulse and throb I could feel throughout my body including my head. Is that how it started for you?  

I also had the pulse throb sensation in my feet at night but that has stopped for the most part.  

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29 minutes ago, Subtracterall said:

It does seem too extreme to be anxiety and that is why I doubt it's anxiety too. When it first started happening what were you feeling physically and was it the day after you stopped taking it or did it start while you were still on it?

Here is how it started for me:  I think it was the day I quit or the day before I quit, I literally felt like I was about to have a stroke or heart attack or something. My body felt like the titanic that just hit the iceberg and steam was pouring out (not literally but that's how it felt). It felt like a lot of pressure had built up inside my body and it was about to blow and the result was this pulse and throb I could feel throughout my body including my head. Is that how it started for you?  

I also had the pulse throb sensation in my feet at night but that has stopped for the most part.  

It started when I was still taking it honestly.  Only thing I felt physically was what I had already described.  All just a bunch of pressure and a weird pins and needles bubbl3 in my head.  Don't have it anywhere else.  

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There is no doubt in my mind my head throb was caused by taking adderall.  Like you I was also at a low dose when it happened.  I've had other physical issues I'm dealing with too and had not gotten around to asking about this one yet but saw your old post weeks ago and had intended to reply.  

I think it is A result of the the build up of pressure. Maybe we narrowly avoided a stroke who knows.  How old are you?  I'm 42. Do you suffer from any chronic health conditions?  I have been diagnosed with veinous disease and I wonder if these things could be related. 

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Kay, have you considered that it might be Pulsatile Tinnitus?  I just read about it and it seems plausible.  Not trying to alarm you in any way - obviously I'm no doctor. Just trying to figure this out too. 

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On ‎3‎/‎22‎/‎2017 at 9:23 AM, Subtracterall said:

Kay, have you considered that it might be Pulsatile Tinnitus?  I just read about it and it seems plausible.  Not trying to alarm you in any way - obviously I'm no doctor. Just trying to figure this out too. 

Doubt it...although if I plug my ears I can hear this buzzing sound in my head....

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Bumping this topic for anymore insight if possible.  Having a crappy day.  As usual.  The sensations have been moving down to my neck and my back.  Aren't those considered brain zaps or whatever?  Maybe it really is just extreme anxiety.  :/

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Hey Zay, have you stopped amphetamines entirely yet? Like, no vyvanse at all?

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No but I've taken breaks...I've gone weeks without them and they're still there.  And well...Vyvanse is so mellow.  I never have cravings to take them or anything.  I don't feel like I'm in withdrawal. Idk :/

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Hm. I've taken Vyvanse quite a bit and definitely wouldn't describe it as mellow. I know that the comedowns are a lot less harsh and it doesn't cause that immediate RUSH that adderall does, but it's chemically still an amphetamine and the reward system it enacts in your brain is identical.

If you think the adderall caused some chemical damage to your brain, taking vyvanse (which is very similar) isn't going to help. And as far as the breaks you talk about: it took my head about 4 months to feel normal again after quitting speed. If you're taking two month breaks and then pumping your brain full of amphetamines again it's not going to heal completely, and you'll still be craving amphetamines and relying on them to function.

If I were you, and worried that adderall had damaged my brain and health, I wouldn't be messing around with its chemical cousin lightly. 

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I was on a pretty low dose of Adderall, too.  So you could be right.... *sigh* it's so hard for me to focus and do stuff without it, though...ugh... :(

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I read something on few different medical sites that talk about how important a GOOD probiotic is as part of a decent diet. Like the ones you find in a small refrigerator inside a health food store. The good gut bacteria and the enzymes that are produced are responsible for a huge amount of body functions and they will not fire correctly without it. Did you know that 90 ish percent of your bodies serotonin is produced in your stomach? I just find that fascinating. Your brain needs those enzymes to produce and distribute serotonin. ESPECIALLY important for people quitting an amphetamine, but also important for anyone suffering from anxiety.  Some people have found that a good probiotic alone all but alleviates their anxiety, which in turn can sometimes make the symptoms you have, quietly and mysteriously-go away. 

I don't have any links to credible sources but if you google serotonin and good bacteria in your body, you'll find some interesting articles and some people who swear by a good probiotic and how it's chnaged their lives for the better.

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