Nexplanon : one week post removal; girl talk.


Hello again!

Before I get into this post I just want to take a moment to thank every single person that has come by to read my initial post on the current nexplanon saga! It's already nearing 1000 hits and that just blows my mind. I really want to try and be as informative as possible, and in the near future I am going to collaborate with another blogger who has been having similar problems with nexplanon, so do give the follow button a click so you don't miss it! Also; if you have any questions please leave it in the comments or drop me an email and I would be happy to help as best as I can!!

So! It's been 10 days since I have the demon implant removed and I have got a lot to talk about. I deliberately made myself be more consciously aware of  my body and what it was doing. There has been some sort of war in my endocrine system, but it seems to be coming to an end... *touch wood*.

The first few days were promising. I noticed an immediate impact on my appetite, but that might have just been me feeling crap from the stress of the day. Either way, I'm not complaining. I need to eat chocolate daily, that's just how I function, but for the first time in a LONG time I was able to leave some on the plate. I really didn't want any more and I honestly wanted to cry with joy. I had regained a sense of satiety! Let's not forget that at this point I was still taking my full dose of venlafaxine (300mg) and quetiapine (450mg), so this is pretty important. It seems that despite my psychiatric medications and their highly documented effects on appetite and the sensation of fullness, it was nexplanon that seemed to be tipping the balance over to complete stomach deafness!

After the first few days of relative nothingness, along came the cramps. Not just 'regular' PMS-type cramping, but curling up in a ball, crawling on the floor and cursing your existence as a female type cramps. This carried on for about 5 days. I was fully expecting the period from hell but it didn't arrive. This may or may not have been due to the fact I was relying on mefenamic acid to function. 

I know my hormones are all over the place at the moment. One day I feel noticeably less bloated, then other days I look so swollen I want to vomit. I catch myself feeling really pissed off for no reason and wanting to either scream or cry. Or just punch something. I am vastly too scared to weigh myself, but I am making a conscious effort to eat less, stop drinking my calories and wean myself off sugar! I am very aware that embarking on a weight loss mission with a history of eating disorder is like poking a hibernating bear, but I absolutely cannot remain this size. I also have my boyfriend to keep me in check, and as I'm under the CMHT again, they will definitely call me out if I'm losing too much weight or showing ED symptoms. I just want to be back to my old-self. This body is not mine. I have a small frame and I just can't carry this weight without looking like a fat cow. 

/rant

I am also tapering down on my medications. Today (sunday) I am down to 250mg quetiapine, 150mg venlafaxine and 80mg propranolol. I'm not experiencing severe withdrawal symptoms yet, and I'm fairly certain that it's the quetiapine keeping things in check at the moment. I'm only able to do this without guidance and supervision from my GP because I've done this routine so many times now. I would absolutely not recommend doing this if you've not titrated down on medications before. My medical team are aware of my insistence to get off these medications as soon as possible, and I know to call BURS or see my GP if I get unstuck.

My partner and I are very much still in agreement that removing the nexplanon implant was the right thing to do. Despite the current pains, which at times chew on my lower back for days at a time, this won't last much longer - I hope! At one point I thought I had sciatica!

My incision cut has now fully healed over. At day 3 I had to replace the steri-strips are they came off in the shower. It was important to re-do them as the wound was still gaping and could have led to a nasty keloid scar. I had to get the boyfriend to pinch the sides together while I attached the steri-strips! It was an awkward job but it paid off. It looks great for 10 days old and I'm sure it'll be invisible in a few months.

Removal day! More bloody than typical as the implant didn't want to come out!

DAY THREE - steri-strip fell off. Gaping wound meant replacement essential.

DAY TEN. Scars from previous nexplanon procedures, and wound fully healed over. Redness will subside quickly.

So that's about all I've got for this update. If you have any questions, or would like to share your experience of nexplanon, feel free to leave it in the comments or email me on: thatredheadsaid@gmail.com if you would like to be featured in my upcoming collaboration post. 

I hope you're all having a lovely lazy Sunday! It's the start of the spring semester for me tomorrow. That's going to be a real shock to the system! 

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