This will just be a short update on what’s going on with me and Akathisia. (literally meaning “inability to sit”). I found a great article explaining this complex side effect to various psychotropic drugs including antidepressants and antipsycotics. If you’re interested: Akathisia by the RxISK Medical Team.
The turmoil I have experienced with akathisia has been unbelievable. The need to move has been overwhelming. I can’t express how intense this sensation has been, it was consuming every part of my life. You can read more about my experience with this side effect in my post “I can’t be still”.
I saw my psychiatrist last week and she took away one of the new medications, but kept me on an antidepressant that often helps with akathisia. I’m happy to say that I’m much, much better. I feel that sitting still is such a luxury.
Finally after a more than a month the restlessness is easing. I still feel figetty and just want to shift and move a bit, but I no longer feel the need to pace until I drop, with still the need to move. My back is still very tense. The muscles have been tense for over a month, they simply do not want to settle. I’m in a quite a bit of pain because of it. I think I may need physical therapy to help calm it down. I’ll be seeing my primary care doctor next Friday for my 6 month visit, I’ll see what she has to say then.
How about side effects with the new medication? After all, can an drug actually cause no side effects? I’m not sure it’s the medication that’s causing it but I’m having a hard time with my cognitive function. That, sounds like I’m brain dead, I promise I’m not, I’m just having a hard time thinking. I have brain fog and I’m very easily distracted, or my short term memory is shot….I’m not sure which, after all my brain is not thinking clearly. Hopefully this is a side effect that gets better. If not, we may be on the search for a new antidepressant. sigh.
I promised this would be short, I’m keeping my promise.
I’m leaving you with a few articles about Akathisia that I found useful during all of this. I learned so much. I’m surprised I haven’t heard of this before.
- Akathisia and Second Generation Antipsychotic medications
- What is Akathisia? Symptoms, Causes and Treatments for Restlessness
- Bipolar Psych Med Side Effect: Akathisia. Restlessness