Without our muscles, we’re nothing. We can’t sit, stand, walk, eat, see, hear, or even breathe. Unfortunately, these same muscles can take a beating during benzo withdrawal. Learn what to expect and how to manage this parade of muscular mayhem.
In today’s episode, we explore the muscular symptoms possible with benzo withdrawal including tightness, spasms, cramps, twitches, tics, pulls, sprains, tears, convulsions, and seizures. We also answer a question on green tea, learn about low blood pressure, and hear a benzo story from South Carolina.
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Today, we have part ten in our 14-part series on withdrawal symptoms of benzo withdrawal by focusing on the muscular symptoms. We also hear a success story from South Carolina, answer a question about green tea, and learn a bit about low blood pressure and histamine.
But first, let’s list the resources used in this episode, and then we’ll dive deeper into the content of episode 29.
The following resource links are provided as a courtesy to our listeners. They do not constitute an endorsement by Easing Anxiety of the resource or any recommendations or advice provided therein.
“Numb (2007).” IMDb. Accessed July 22, 2019. https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0795439/.
Numb. DVD. Directed by Harris Goldberg. Los Angeles: Image Entertainment, 2007.
GREEN TEA: Healthline: L-Theanine.
GREEN TEA: WebMD: Theanine
FEATURE: Muscular Symptoms in Benzo Withdrawal
Ashton, C. Heather. Benzodiazepines: How They Work and How to Withdraw (aka The Ashton Manual). 2002. Accessed April 13, 2016. http://www.benzo.org.uk/manual.
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.
Huzar, Timothy. “Everything you need to know about convulsions.” Medical News Today. January 30, 2019. Accessed July 28, 2019. https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/324330.php.
Nash, John. “Betrayed by the doctors who turned us into DRUG ADDICTS: How a nation of patients became hooked on prescription pills.” Daily Mail. May 22, 2017. Accessed July 28, 2019. https://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-4531548/Betrayed-doctors-turned-DRUG-ADDICTS.html.
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