Sorry to be a party-pooper, but I've been on 300 mg of generic Effexor for quite a few years ... while my EM isn't as bad as most of those here, this drug sure didn't stop either my hormonal hot flashes nor my EM events. In order to change anti-depressants to one that helped my insomnia about 10 years ago, I'm about to start weaning off Effexor. It's apparently one of the hardest a/d to get off of -- and I did it with Prozac, and that was no picnic.
I've had several serious exposures to mold, and multiple lower-level exposures throughout my life (60 years now). My most recent mold exposures made me very sick, including an awful set of G/I symptoms that in the first case, lasted more than 6 weeks. I see a holistic M.D. and had been planning for more than a year to start on some special I.V. treatments that have greatly helped many people recover from damage to the fatty acids surrounding our blood cells thought to result from repeated exposures to toxins, molds, and other pathogens.
After several delays due to family circumstances, I saw my doctor 10 days ago, to review the treatment and get scheduled. I mentioned that I'd had additional mold exposures since my original testing, so she had me do an ozonated blood treatment (by I.V.) plus a "Myer's Cocktail" containing a high concentration of vitamin C, magnesium, among others. Then I had my first I.V. of phosphatydylcholine plus glutathione, methylated folic acid (I have the genetic mutation that prevents proper metabolizing of folic acid, which leads to high homocysteine, elevating the risk for stroke, heart attack, cancers, etc.).
This is definitely a case of the little toe bone being connected to the elbow ... complicated and complex, and this is an expensive process -- it's pretty much my last big campaign to regain my health, and it's only because I finally got a lump-sum settlement from my personal disability insurance policy after monthly benefits for more than 10 years. The most interesting development so far is that my EM quieted for most of the week since my first infusion!
I had my second today ... don't know how many I will ultimately have -- I'll be retested at some point (and at an additional expense). I am optimistic that this treatment might resolve or at least lessen my EM, reduce or eliminate my insomnia, and reduce or eliminate my mold-related symptoms.
To help all that along, I also just purchased an oxygen concentrator machine. I've got a history of anaerobic bacterial infections, and breathing better and breathing higher concentrations of oxygen have been proven effective. I did a lot of research, talked to more than one doctor, and finally took the plunge. My machine arrived today just before I left for my IV treatment. I'll let you all know how it goes.
I realize that what I'm doing isn't possible financially for everyone. As I said, I wouldn't have been able to afford most of it either if not for having received a large insurance settlement -- which was unexpected. If I get more of my life back, I will be thrilled ... if not, maybe I'll more easily accept that this is as good as it gets.
If you are interested in learning more about anything I've mentioned, simply do some word searches online ... that's how I got my info, and I'm not really able to provide numerous links -- in part, because I tend to follow one to another, and eventually I find something especially worthwhile ... you can, too! I will post again about how my treatments and oxygen impact my EM, for sure.