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Numb skin, seriously don't know when to stop scratching sometimes

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I have been taking lamictal for about 6 weeks (I've been of 50 mg for the past 3 weeks), and I've also been on 300 mg of Wellbutrin XL for the past 6-7 months or so. I'm also in the process of tapering off clonazepam, and recently decreased from .25 mg to .125 mg (in other words, 1/4 of a .5 mg tablet) about 10 days ago. I started taking Ativan 1 year + 8 months ago every day. Approximately 1 year ago, I worked myself up to 1mg of Ativan 3x/day, slowly tapered that dose of Ativan down to .5 mg 2x/day. That tapering process took me about 7 months to do comfortably. After that I switched to clonazepam .5 mg tablets (because of the longer half-life, supposedly is less habit forming) and have slowly been trying to taper off of it completely.

3 days ago I noticed I have decreased sensation of my skin, most noticable in my shoulders, posterior arms and forearms, face/scalp, buttocks, thighs, calves, shins, and feet/hands-most of my body.

I have to pinch my self pretty hard (and with the tips of my fingernails) to really feel anything. Sometimes I am able to feel an itch from dry skin or razor burn, and I will scratch until the affected patch of skin is red and puffy (sometimes it will bleed a little/form small dot-like scabs later on) with no pain.

It seems like paresthesia. What could be causing this? Do you think it could be serious and should I make an appointment with not only my psychiatrist, but a general physician?

Please let me know if you have any thoughts or ideas.

Thank you so much, I really appriciate your response!

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I don't know what disorders and stuff you have, but off the top of my head there are a few things that can cause numbness. It could be a weird med interaction (I had one like that with prozac and sumatriptan, although you don't say you're on either of those).

-There are certain vitamins, that if you have a deficiency it can cause numbness... Vitamin B12 is one, I think.

-It could be a symptom of anxiety or panic.

-There are a bunch of physical illnesses that have numbness as a symptom.

-If you suffer from migraines, some people have numbness when they have a migraine.

My advice would be, as usual, to bring it up with your doctor and see what s/he says. I personally would try to see my GP as well.

Hope that helps,


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Thanks hallowedink! I have an appointment coming so I will be sure to address it with my doctor. I'm only on wellbutrin xl, lamictal, and a small daily dose of clonazepam. I also take benadryl to help me sleep sometimes, and a multi-vitamin. I don't have much of an appetite lately, but I eat regular meals anyway. The numbness doesn't seem to be doing any harm so far, except feeling really freaky. Sometimes I feel like i'm touching someone else's skin, not my own.

I suppose now would be good time to get a tattoo or something

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