Bad Case of Benzo Belly Following Withdrawal
« on: April 05, 2015, 05:18:43 pm »
I recently spent 6 weeks tapering off Xanax, and have been completely off for six weeks as of today. My dose was .5 mg four times/day. It was medically prescribed for anxiety, which has been a problem for me on and off during my lifetime. I never abused it, but was on it for about ten years non-stop. I went through the usual withdrawal symptoms, which were uncomfortable and unpleasant, but managed to complete the process without further difficulty.
However, my gastric distress has recently gone through the roof! I went to the emergency room Friday evening, convinced I had appendicitis due to extreme bloating, gas, cramps, pain and nausea. After a panel of blood tests, a urine test and a CT scan, I was told I was suffering from diverticulitis and put on two different antibiotics. My tests all came back normal, and I feel that I do NOT have diverticulitis, though I did not argue with the ER physician at 3am!
I have been scratching my head over this and doing some reading, and am convinced that it is benzo belly gone wild following my withdrawal. I have been eating very healthy foods (which I’ve always done) and take regular power walks, and use melatonin at night to help me sleep. I sleep pretty well in general.
So, I am wondering how long I can expect the bloating and cramping to last, and what natural remedies might be available that I am not aware of? I could really use some relief!
In the meantime, it is such a “Sweet Life” now that I am benzo free!
Thanks in advance for any advice from those who have been there.
“Attention all you imaginary symptoms-seekers. There is no such thing as ‘benzo belly.’ No such thing. However, there ARE such things as paying attention to what and how much you eat. If your gut is of sperm whale proportions, don’t blame it on the benzos. Blame it on what you’re forcing down your gullet. It’s not difficult to shed some pounds. Not difficult at all. Just give up the crappy foods. This means anything processed. Basically, anything out of a box or can. And anything delivered or picked up or from a drive-thru. Eat a lot of fresh meat, vegetables, and whole foods. The weight will fall right off without doing anything else. Then you will see that it wasn’t withdrawing from a pill that caused your girth. Only bad food choices. I liberated myself from the ‘wackos’ and ‘nut-jobs’ at BB by using common sense. You can too!”
« on: February 10, 2015, 02:42:10 am »
The last while my abdomen feels bloated and full and it feels like my digestion is very slow. I don’t feel very hungry and seem to feel full after eating a small amount. I don’t have much pain, just feel so bloated and my belly is bulging. I have always had a flat abdomen so this is strange. It is worse at different times of the day but over the last week or two seems to be getting worse. It is a very uncomfortable feeling but doesn’t bother me as much as the anxiety/apathy/fear I am feeling mentally. Am I correct in assuming this is probably a withdrawal symptom? Is this benzo belly? I know the gut and brain are connected so if my brain is adjusting to less benzo, I guess my digestive system is also. Anyone else feel like this?
Re: Benzo belly?
« Reply #1 on: February 10, 2015, 03:12:22 pm »
Yes. It’s benzo belly.
The apathy and the benzo belly are linked.
Monitor every food that goes in your body. If it’s something fatty/fried/salty … don’t touch it. If it’s light, crisp, watery, go for it.
Paristalsis doesn’t work to well during w/d. The tougher foods tend to sit and rancidify.
Post-withdrawal Recovery Support / Re: Dry Mouth
« on: August 06, 2014, 01:43:59 pm »
just the opposite…. drooling like a wolf eye balling a doe. a doe who’s sleeping in the snow…i have to change my pillow case every day as i wake up drenched in saliva spray.. the lower in dosage i get, the more things around me get wet. if i turn my head real fast, local objects get a blast. forget about my constant burping. now it seems to be never ending slurping….
Upset Benzo Belly. What do you use to feel better?
« on: May 16, 2014, 12:13:03 am »
I dont know if this nausea is from my last cut, its a new sx for me. Maybe just upset stomach but Im hurting.
What is safe to use? Can we take a simple anti acid like rolaids??? Or will it interact somehow. Seems everything does!
Re: Upset Benzo Belly. What do you use to feel better?
« Reply #1 on: May 16, 2014, 12:34:14 am »
I take pepto, marshmallow root and slippery elm for upset gastro issues. Ginger tea works well too – use fresh ginger.
Bellybutton/naval pain. Weird
« on: April 22, 2014, 08:04:55 pm »
Hi all. I am a little over a month of being benzo free. All in all in feeling good besides a few bumps in the road but that is to be expected. But this threw me for a loop.
I have been having not quite a pain but more like a discomfort right behind by bellybutton, almost like someone is pulling or stretching it back from the inside and it goes all the way down. It is not constant, just comes and goes especially when I stretch. I’ve been to the doc before and show not a darn thing wrong with me anywhere except for acid reflux and IBS. Has anyone else experienced this?