This is the w/d symptom list from benzowise.com. If I experienced the symptom the answer will be "Yes". If I didn't it will be "No"
Abdominal cramps: cramping and pain in the abdomen, sometimes moving to different areas --Yes
Achiness: dull aches and pains all over the body --Yes
Agitation: restless, feeling a need to move around, "antsy" feeling --Yes
Agoraphobia: fear of going out, fear of open spaces, supermarkets etc. fear of panic attacks, often confined to home --Yes
Anger/rage: often unexplained -- Yes
Anxiety: adrenaline rushes, panic attacks, overbreathing, palpitations often including agoraphobia --Yes
Apathy: lack of motivation, lack or interest in self or others, emotionally flat, socially withdrawnl flatness --Yes
Appetite changes: loss, gain leading to increase or decrease in weight --Yes
Back pain: lower, mid, upper, coccyx --Yes
Balance Problems/Dizziness: feeling unsteady on feet, room “spinning” even when sitting or lying -- YES
Benzo Belly: distension, bloat, digestive problems, abnormally large, “looking pregnant” --Maybe.
Bloating/water retention: oedema, swollen feet -- No...
Blood sugar fluctuations: high and low, hpoglycaemic-type symptoms -- I'm not a hypochondriac..so I wouldn't know
Blurred vision: everything appears blurred, problems reading and seeing generally -- Yes
Brain Fog: feeling as if observing through a cloud, reduced clarity -- Yes, all the time..
Bruxism/Teeth Grinding: during sleep - often associated with tolerance or as a side effect while still on drug -- Yes
Burning pain/sensations: on any part of body, often the shoulders, back, hands and feet -- Yes
Concentration loss: inability to focus attention and/or acquire new information -- Yes
Confusion: simple tasks are difficult, unable to decipher directions or follow simple instructions -- Yes
"Cracking"/creaking joints: “cracking” sound in neck, arms, back, hips -- Yes
Crawling sensation on skin: distorted perception - feeling as if insects are crawling all over (usually during acute withdrawal) -- Yes
Depersonalisation: detached from self, feeling like alien in own body, disconnected -- Yes
Depressive mood: low, heavy mood, flat affect, unmotivated, feeling of hopelessness -- Yes
Derealisation: feeling of being distant, cut off, being in a dream-like state, surreal-- Yes
Dizziness/Balance problems: unsteady on feet, feeling as if drunk, room "spinning” even when sitting or lying -- YES
Dreams: vivid, recurring, themed, nightmares with distrubing images -- Yes
Dry mouth: mouth dry and feeling as if no saliva -- Yes
Electric shock sensations/Zaps: feeling as if shocked, shocks running through body (any part including ears) -- Yes
Emotional blunting/anaesthesia: inability to feel emotions whether positive or negative, not connected to authentic feelings -- Yes
Exhaustion: extreme weakness, feeling totally without energy as if just completed a marathon, bone tired -- Yes. I like this symptom actually..
Extreme thirst: insatiable urge to keep drinking as if life depends on it -- No
Eyes: sore, dry, red, blurred vision, double vision, glazed, glassy appearance -- Yes
Face pain: face hurts all the time -- No
Facial numbness: face numb/tingling, forehead numb, no feeling in one side of face, no feeling in both sides of face -- Yes.
False sensations of moving (perception distortion): feel as if body is moving or chair or bed -- Yes, very trippy..
Fatigue/Lethargy: extreme tiredness, listlessness, lacking in energy -- YES
Fear (organic)/Impending doom: fear surpassing natural anxiety/concerns re withdrawal, not identifiable with a thought or feeling, feels inauthentic but overwhelming, scared that something "terrible" is about to happen -- YES
Fits: epileptic like movements (rare, can be caused by cold-turkeying) -- (?)
Flu-like symptoms: feel as if getting flu with aches, joint/muscle pain, feverish, stuffy nose -- Yes
Gastrointestinal disturbances/Stomach problems:
- Vomiting, diarrhoea, nausea, reflux, oesophageal spasms, feeling of choking, distension, stomach cramps -- YES
Glassy eyes: eyes look like those of a street drug addict's, glazed and shiny -- Again..not a hypochondriac..
Hair: change in texture, hair loss, breakage -- Yes
Hallucinations: hypnagogic hallucinations when falling asleep, auditory: hearing sounds, voices -- Yes. Two times with benzo withdrawal and once with Seroquel W/D. These include minor visual and audio hallucinations...quite scary..
Head pain/head aches: persistent pain in the head sometimes migrane-like -- Yes
Headaches/Tight band around head: feeling as if an imaginary band around head is constantly being tightened -- Sometimes
Hearing hypersensitivity/Hyperacusis: exaggerated sound, cutlery, crockery, environmental sounds “nerve shatteringly loud”, people sound as if they are shouting -- Yes
Heart: palpitations, irregular beats, thumping, beating loudly, feels as if jumping out of chest cavity -- Yes my heart beats faster than normal sometimes..
Hormonal imbalances: including non-menopausal hot flashes, severe pre-menstrual tension -- I dont freaking know?!? Maybe, I got/get rapid temperature changes every so often.
Inner trembling/Shaking/Vibrating (perception distortion): feeling of body trembling or vibrating “on the inside” -- Yes
Insomnia/Sleep disturbances: nights at a time without sleep, few hours sleep per night, sleep and then wake up after a hour or two and unable to go back, waking up throughout the night -- Yes
Intrusive memories: unwanted and persistent memory sometimes of traumatic events -- YES
Intrusive, repetitive and unwanted thoughts: obssessive thoughts sometimes frightening and/or bizarre -- Dont know..
Irritability: very low tolerance levels, easily irritated -- YES
Jelly legs: legs feel weak and rubbery as if about to give way -- Dont know.
Joint/Muscle pain: joints hurt, joints feel arthritic and muscles hurt, muscles feel as if performed rigorous exercise.-- Yes
Lethargy/Fatigue: extreme tiredness, listlessness, lacking in energy, unable to even sit up -- Yes. I enjoy the lethargy
Libido loss: lack of interest in sexual intercourse, inability to become aroused -- Sadly. Yes.
Light hypersensitivity: everything seems intensely and unbearably bright, feeling the need to wear sun glasses even inside, unable to look at computer screen -- Yes. But mostly on the outside.
Memory impairment: short-term memory loss, “gaps in memory” where unable to recall specific events, intrusive memories, memory lapses, memory problems also as side effect during tolerance -- YES
Menstrual irregularity and dysmenorrhea: cycle changes and becomes irregular, painful periods -- NOPE
Mood swings: extreme and rapid changes in moods, one minute feeling optimistic then very low, feeling bipolar -- YES
Muscle twitches/Jerks/Spasms: involuntary movements - myoclonic jerks, twitches and spasms in different areas of body including extremities -- Yes
Muscle/Joint pain: joints feel arthritic and muscles hurt, muscles feel as if performed rigorous exercise. -- Yes. Especially during Lithium withdrawal where it warranted Oxy...
Nail discolouration and splitting: nails change colour, nails yellow, nails look jaundiced, nails weak and splitting -- No clue..
Nausea: feeling of wanting to throw up all the time, feeling of being seasick -- YES
Numbness/Tingling: fingers numb, hand numb, face numb, entire body feels numb -- Yes
Pain/stiffness: different parts of body hurt, all of body hurts, whole body feels stiff, legs feel stiff -- Yes..
Palpitations/heart thumping: heart races, heart beats wildly, heart feels like jumping out of chest -- Yes
Panic attacks: adrenaline rush, feel as if dying, feeling unable to breathe, feel as if choking -- Yes
Paranoid thoughts: unfounded, suspicious thoughts, feels threatened, feels persecuted --Yes very minor paranoia every so often...Just about specific things -- Not the above.
False sensations of moving e.g. Feeling as though falling through your bed, chair or as if part of your body is falling away from you --(?)
Visual (seeing “things”) - inanimate objects appear to be moving, people appear flat, one-dimensional and paper-like -- (?)
Profuse sweating/Perspiring: rivulets of perspiration, bathed in perspiration but not feeling hot, sweating all the time even in air-conditioning, often during acute withdrawal -- Yes
Rage/anger: feeling violent, surge of anger, argumentative “out of the blue”, feeling urge to "lash out" -- Yes
Reading Comprehension problems: inability to read, focus or understand even simple instruction -- YES
Repetitive/Obsessive thoughts: thoughts persist and interrupt cognition, can't stop unwanted thoughts going over and over in mind -- Yes
Restless legs: sensation in legs, overwhelming urge to move legs when lying down, leg jerks while sleeping -- Ive had "jerking" in the legs but not extreme RLS...
Shaking/tremors: uncontrollable shaking and tremors, hands shake, part of body or whole body trembles -- Yes. Mild/Moderate in the hands. If its cold, then the body.
Skin problems: rashes, acne, itching, burning, stripping and other problems on different areas of skin -- Yes
Sleep disturbance/Insomnia: nights at a time without sleep, few hours sleep per night, sleep and then wake up after a hour or two and unable to go back, waking up throughout the night -- Not severe enough to stay up for nights at a time...
Soft tissue pain: thighs and other fleshy areas of body hurt -- Yes
Stomach problems/Gastrointestinal problems: vomiting, diarrhoea, nausea, reflux, oesophageal spasms, feeling of choking, distension, stomach cramps -- Yes
Sweats/Chills: One minute perspiring profusely then freezing/shaking, hot flashes as if menopausal then shaking, hot then chills as if one has ague -- Yes
Throat: sore, tight, choking sensation, spasming -- Yes.
Tinnitus: constant or intermittent ringing in the ears, high-pitched noise in ears -- Yes..Yes I have. It and anxiety was the reason why I needed to reinstate to 1mg on my first .5mg Clonazepam taper...
Tooth/Gum/Mouth pain: nerves in teeth hurt, gum hurts, all teeth in mouth hurt -- Yes
Touch hypersensitivity: extreme sensitivity to touch --(?)......
Tremors/shaking: uncontrollable shaking and tremors, hands shake, part of body or whole body trembles -- Yes
Twitching/Tics: muscles in different areas of body twitch, involuntary movements, vocal tics -- Yes
Uncontrollable crying: unable to stop crying (for no apparent reason) -- Yes
Urinary problems: frequency, urinary tract infections, partial or complete incontinence, bladder hypersensitivity, prostatitis -- Yes. Sometimes easier, sometimes harder
Vision blurred/double: everything appears blurred, problems reading, seeing “double” -- Yes
Visual perception distortion: seeing “things”, inanimate objects appear to be moving, people and objects appear flat, one-dimensional and paper-like -- Yes
Water retention: oedema, swollen feet, puffiness -- Again..not a hypochondriac. I have better things to look at than my feet...
Weakness: feel drained of energy, almost unable to move or even sit up -- Yes. I LOVE this symptom. (seriously) Anythings better than anxiety and the nausea.
Weight issues: unexplained weight gain, drastic weight loss during acute withdrawal, drastic weight gain during protracted withdrawal, inability to gain weight, inability to lose weight, benzo belly -- Yes. Mostly weight loss.