Our gut takes a big hit in benzo withdrawal, but digestive difficulties are only part of it. Pelvic pain, cramps, aching, urinary difficulties, sexual dysfunction, and many other complications of the lower abdomen can be part of the overall picture.
In today’s episode, we focus on symptoms of the lower abdomen and pelvis including pelvic floor dysfunction. We also explore the difficulties of poor reading comprehension, discuss a mother’s quest to help her son with violent tendencies, and hear a story of success from the United Kingdom.
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FEATURE: The Pelvic Problem
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Foster, D E. Benzo Free: The World of Anti-Anxiety Drugs and the Reality of Withdrawal. Erie, Colorado: Denim Mountain Press, 2018. https://easinganxiety.com/book.
Silviera, Matthew and Deborah S. Keller. Charles J. Yeo ed. Surgery of the Alimentary Tract, 8th Edition: Chapter 150 – Pelvic Floor Dysfunction. Netherlands: Elsevier Inc. 2019. https://doi.org/10.1016/B978-0-323-40232-3.00150-3.
In today’s intro, I talked about my improved mood since I returned from the road trip and embracing the joy of the holiday season. I also asked for more submissions for the podcast episode on gratitudes.
COMMENT: Difficulty with Reading Comprehension– Someone who prefers to remain anonymous shared his difficulties with reading comprehension during withdrawal and we explored this topic.
QUESTION: Benzos and Violent Tendencies – Another person who also prefers to remain anonymous, but we called her Madison for the episode, shared her struggle dealing with her son who is tapering from benzos and is exhibiting rage and violent behavior.
Today we shared a story from Graham, in the United Kingdom
Feature: The Pelvic Problem
Today’s feature was dedicated to benzo symptoms of the lower abdomen and pelvis, including urinary difficulties, sexual dysfunction, aches, pain, cramping, and many others. We explore three examples from our listeners and one story from your host. And we take a look a the possible causes and treatments.
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