First appt. with new pdoc

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yankeepeaches
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   Posted 12/10/2008 2:22 PM (GMT -7)   
If you remember I was going to see a new pdoc...here's what happened.  I was offically dx'd with bipolar with mixed episodes and also told I had addicitive personality disorder as well.  I think I'm going to like her; she's a straight to the point kind of person, dosen't mince words (even though that can be difficult at times) and isn't rushing in to start flipping around all my meds.  First she wants a behavioral assessment done, also wants me to go to an out patient program for the addictive disorder, wants records from all other pdocs and groups I've been too (ever) and wants to see me back next week to form a game plan; so to speak.  She was very thorough today, asked a lot of questions, took several notes and spent at least thirty minutes with me.  Told me that she was always available even if I didn't have an appointment and if I needed her I'd be worked in that day.  Explained that since she worked this way there may be times my waiting period could be longer for a scheduled appt. then normal (I really appreciated her candor).  I'm  little drained right now but I have hope! :-)    I wish that all pdocs worked in this manner...it would make it easier on the patient.  Our disease is hard enough without good doctors in place.  I realize that I'll have to do my part and that I have a long road ahead of me but I do believe there's a light at the end of the tunnel and it's not a train, lol!!!
bipolar with mixed episodes, depression, basilar migraines
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invega 6mg, tofronil 75mg, trazadone 150mg, xanax, topamax 200mg/day
 
Pain of mind is worse than pain of body~~Publilius Syrus


olivia of course
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   Posted 12/10/2008 8:13 PM (GMT -7)   
That is great!!! I am so glad that your appointment went well and your pdoc seems to be very helpful. Please keep us updated on how things are going. smilewinkgrin
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Carenpolar
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   Posted 12/11/2008 6:52 AM (GMT -7)   
You are so lucky to find a P-doc that will  work you in a days schedule.
 
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serafena
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   Posted 12/11/2008 8:33 AM (GMT -7)   
That's fantastic. That's the kind of doc I have, and she's worth her weight in gold. Good for you!

Incidentally -- she's right about the wait -- last night I waited over an hour past my appointment time. But she's good enough I put up with it.

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yankeepeaches
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   Posted 12/11/2008 8:40 AM (GMT -7)   
Yes, I'm really pleased to have found her!  I am a little anxious about the road that lies ahead of me however because I know that it's going to be difficult.  Being offically dx'd with bp and also the addictive personality disorder is scary; it was hard acutally hearing the words out loud.  She warned me that this isn't going to be easy and the six week out patient program isn't going to be a cake walk.  I don't have any information on it yet but will keep you posted in the weeks to come about that.  I really wish everyone could have supportive, available pdocs that just didn't slap a new rx on you and send you out the door.  I believe this woman really cares about her patients and wants what is best for them and to give them the help they need and deserve. 
bipolar with mixed episodes, depression, basilar migraines
**************
invega 6mg, tofronil 75mg, trazadone 150mg, xanax, topamax 200mg/day
 
Pain of mind is worse than pain of body~~Publilius Syrus


yankeepeaches
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   Posted 12/17/2008 7:11 PM (GMT -7)   
I had another appt. this week and again I'm changing my meds. My new pdoc doesn't think the Tofronil is working and I don't like the Invega; hasn't done a very good job of stabilizing my moods and has added to the weight issue. Sooo, I'm off the Invega and Tofornil back on Cymbalta and after the holidays she will add a new mood stabilizer (I don't know which one yet). My pdoc wants to take it at a slower pace than my previous pdoc and ease me into my meds and give my body time to adjust to each med and step up the dosages as needed. I hope this is a better approach for me. I still have hope that she will fine the right combo for me. I'm a little apprehensive as to how my moods will be for the next three weeks with only being on a low dose of Cymbalta. I'm truly weary of changing meds but I do realize it's part of having bp--finding the right meds. BP is such a rollercoaster disease in and of itself and playing the med game isn't any fun!! My family has been giving my a difficult time about how I've changed and how I'm hard to be around and that they want the "old me" back and that I need to "get over" this...I get so upset at statements like these. If I could just "get over" it I would have gladly done that a long, long time ago. These are my in-laws that I speak of; because of these attitudes we aren't even going to be spending Christmas Eve with them like we usually do. I don't want to be a wet blanket for everyone or be the topic of conversation at the next coffee clash. Guess I'm rambling here just feeling frustrated somewhat...
bipolar with mixed episodes, depression, basilar migraines
**************
invega 6mg, tofronil 75mg, trazadone 150mg, xanax, topamax 200mg/day
 
Pain of mind is worse than pain of body~~Publilius Syrus

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