The Assault on Our Senses: Benzo Withdrawal Symptoms of the Eyes, Ears, Nose, and Mouth
Updated: Mar 23
Have you heard the term ‘sensory hypersensitivity,’ but don’t really know what it means? Perhaps you should ask someone in benzo withdrawal. Sensitivity to sights, sounds, smells, and tastes can be common. Learn the causes and a few tips on how to cope.
In today’s episode, we talk about the withdrawal symptoms of the eyes, ears, nose, and mouth. These include light and sound sensitivity, blurred vision, dry mouth, thrush, difficulty swallowing, and tinnitus among others. We also hear a benzo story from Washington, DC, learn the role homeostasis plays in recovery, and spotlight an amazing documentary film by an Irish journalist.
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00:00 Introduction 08:59 Mailbag 16:14 Benzo News 19:02 Benzo Spotlight 22:20 Benzo Story 36:38 FEATURE: The Assault on Our Senses 53:13 Moment of Peace
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“Conversation with a Caregiver,” Benzo Free Podcast Episode #12
BF BLOG: “The Lost Years: A Father, a Son, Benzos, and Aging,” by D E Foster
NEW YORK TIMES: “A Quiet Drug Problem Among the Elderly,” by Paula Span
BF PODCAST: “The Dangers of Benzodiazepine Use in the Elderly,” by D E Foster
MEDICAL SPECIALTY DIALOGUES: “Once prescribed, 25% of elderly become dependent on benzodiazepines: JAMA, by Hina Zahid
NPR’S FRESH AIR: “‘Mind Fixers’ Documents The ‘Troubled Search’ For Mental Illness Medication,” by Terry Gross
FOX SAN ANTONIO: “The pills doctors are calling the next drug crisis,” by Emily Baucum
YOUTUBE: “The Benzodiazepine Medical Disaster,” by filmmaker Shane Kenny
BENZO.ORG.UK: “Withdrawal Reactions from Chlordiazepoxide (Librium)” by Leo E. Hollister, Francis P. Motzenbecker, & Roger O. Dean, as published in Psychopharmacologia, 1960
FEATURE: The Assault on Our Senses
THE TIMES: “Tranquillisers drove me on the brink of suicide,” by Shane Kenny
JOURNAL OF ORAL PATHOLOGY & MEDICINE: “Atrophic tongue associated with Candida,” by H. Terai and M. Shimahara
HEALTHLINE: “7 Symptoms of Candida Overgrowth (Plus How to Get Rid of It)”
In today’s intro, I decided to talk about a TV show. A sitcom that my wife and I watched which triggered an emotional reaction in me, and it didn’t in my wife. It reminded me of how, even if someone was by your side all throughout benzo withdrawal, they still probably really know what it was like.
This is where we share questions and comments which were discussed:
QUESTION: What about homeostasis? “Am I ’tilting at windmills’ or dealing with real underlying health issues?” This comment was from Terry in Hot Springs, Arkansas, USA. He wanted to know if our symptoms are actually part of homeostasis, our bodies ability to heal and return to normal, or actually some other underlying health issue. I explained to Terry that it’s might be a good idea to get things checked out when you are really concerned, but that in the end, most of the time, it is just your body healing.
QUESTION: Do you happen to know anything that could help with my appeal for disability benefits? This question was from Jill in Alabama, USA. There was a lot more to this question, but it was more than I was able to share on the podcast. My wife, Shana, helped find some information for Jill and sent it to her.
We discussed a variety of stories around the benzo community in this section today.
Today’s spotlight was focused on “The Benzodiazepine Medical Disaster,” a film by journalist Shane Kenny which featured full-length interviews with Prof. Ashton and Prof. Lader.
Today’s story was from a friend in Washington, D.C.
Today’s featured topic: The Assault on Our Senses: Benzo Withdrawal Symptoms of the Eyes, Ears, Nose, and Mouth
This was another installment in our 14-part series on benzo withdrawal symptoms. It focused on the hypersensitivity of the senses along with other related problems of the eyes, nose, ears, and mouth. These included the following:
Blurred and double vision
Metallic taste in the mouth
Sore and dry eyes
Sound and light sensitivity
We discussed the underlying mechanisms in play for causing hypersensitivity, took a look at each symptom in detail, and even shared a few tips for how to cope with these hindrances.
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