I am so tired I could scream ... if screaming was my style, which it is not. I had a massive burst of energy during the day which allowed me to charge through a bunch of stuff and still able to make it to court where I functioned in a reasonably coherent, professional manner. Earlier in the day I was feeling positively chipper, so much so that I felt like I was in a State of Yo. Mellow and motivated. Everything was so green. Life was beautiful. Even the orchestra was beautiful.
The problem with medication is that there are bound to be side effects. Sometimes these do not became apparent until several years have passed. Eventually I came off the Effexor and moved on to other kinder, gentler medications. Anyway, because I've been off Effexor for such a long time, I'd forgotten one of it's most annoying side effects: brain shivers. Yeah, they are as freaky as they sound. If I was to miss a dose, I would shortly thereafter start to experience physical withdrawal, the most obvious symptom being the feeling my brain and my head were in constant motion, but at two entirely different rates. At some point I thought I must be having petechial hemorrhaging in my eyes from the violent shivers. One does not experience that type of withdrawal from Cymbalta. One also does not gain 80 pounds while leaking memory out one's left ear. I told you those side effects can be rough.
But, if one fails to take Cymbalta over a period of several days, one will start to feel a bit dysphoric, and the brain, while not in full metal shiver mode, will engage in small shudders. Withdrawal at a much slower, milder level, but withdrawal nonetheless.
All I can say is, crap, I did it again. Feeling much better now, though.
The single most painful experience in my life was chicken pox. So I have never been comfortable in facing the fact that I might someday experience shingles. I fear shingles almost as much as I fear Alzheimer's. So it was with some concern that I read an article in the Times (the New York Times - is there any other?) regarding pervasive shortages of the vaccine Zostavax, which has been approved for