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gunho posted:
I have read some of the old posts, but would like some responses from people who are going through what I am right now Dec 2012.

I decided to have gastric banding, and although I read the fine print forgot that my stomach opening will only be about 1/2" in size until 2 weeks before the op. I hurriedly went to see my GP and began a fast exit - 1 week of 75mg down from my normal 150mg which I had been taking for 10 years, then a week later down to 1x75mg every other day, then nothing for 2 days before my op. My GP had consulted with quite a few psychiatrists who could come up with no alternative to a slow release anti depressant that wasn't a capsule. So I went cold turkey with Valium as a stopgap if things got too rough.
I am 5 days postop and have the following major symptoms. Apart from the foggy, dyslexic brain and brain zaps which I can handle, and hot flushes (that I didnt get during menapause) my major problem is emotional - crying at anything - happy, sad or annoying, overreacting to things I should be able to handle, and regretting it afterwards. I now read how many people this is normal for who are detoxing, but worry about how long it will last.
My other problem which is very major when it occurs is an excruciating pain in the side of my neck like someone digging their fingers into the muscle which sometimes last several seconds to minutes. I'm not a baby to pain but this is 10/10. Does anyone else experience this. It is hard for me to sort which are the symptoms from the anesthetic and gastric banding op ( they pump you full of gas) and which are symptoms of detoxing. Has anyone else experienced this?
Thanks for reading this and I look forward to your opinions. Good luck with your own journeys.
Patricia Farrell, PhD responded:
Sorry to say I don't know what's happening, but I think you should ask your docs about this.

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