I am now officially BP! I won't be cracking open the Champagne though!

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Mackem
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   Posted 1/14/2009 4:39 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi All
 
FINALLY had my appt with the psychiatrist yesterday and it's as I thought.... I'm BPII Hypomania and I've started Rapid Cycling just this past 6 weeks. Funnily enough I've probably had BP for years but it's the rapid cycling that finally started the alarm bells ringing and prompted me to go to the docs!
 
The Psych Doctor was lovely and very supportive! I couldn't speak more highly of her! It's a shame that she might me moving jobs though!! Agggh!
 
I've already had my bloods and she has recommeded a low dose of Lithium (400mg) to start with from this Friday.  Any advice about it? 7 days after that I have to get my bloods done to see if the dose is right.  Then I think it's every week for a month I have to get my bloods done??
 
2 fingers to the regular Dr who said it was just stress (after he saw me for 5 mins!)...stress for the past 15 yrs then Doc???! mad LOL!
 
Anyway, I hope you are all doing as well as can be expected!? Thus begins my journey???!!
 
 

trying2getby
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   Posted 1/14/2009 10:09 AM (GMT -7)   
the correct diagnosis is an important first step in healing, so 'congratulations' in getting one. lithium is a good med to start as it is the gold standard treatment for bipolar.

stay well,

eli

mommy.michele
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   Posted 1/14/2009 10:14 AM (GMT -7)   
I am glad you finally have a diagnosis, and maybe the meds will help you get to feeling better.  I am also glad you had such a good pdoc experience.

"Just because you're in the driver's seat, doesn't mean
you have to run people over." ~ Fred Pausch


serafena
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   Posted 1/14/2009 11:16 AM (GMT -7)   
Good for you for going to the doctor and being brave enough to face down the diagnosis. You can finally begin treating the correct condition now. Lithium is the old standby, so it's a great one to start with. The blood tests are kind of a pain, but it's only in the beginning that you need them so often. I've never been on it, so I can't offer any advice though. Well, welcome to the club. *laughing* Have a card and a jersey. You get a 10% discount in the bipolar souvenir store now.

serafena
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mommy.michele
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   Posted 1/14/2009 12:07 PM (GMT -7)   
Wow serafena I didn't know we got that!  Does the souvenier store sell extra memory I can install in my brain??  tongue
"Just because you're in the driver's seat, doesn't mean
you have to run people over." ~ Fred Pausch


Mackem
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   Posted 1/14/2009 12:18 PM (GMT -7)   
Thank you all so much! You are lovely! Its so nice to get such warm support! I think ill be needing a lot of it!

I could do with that extra memory for my brain too! Lol! Do I get a badge now I'm in the club?!? Lol!

My partner has not been very supportive at all! She says "as long as you're happy now you've got a diagnosis"! And when I told her she should tell her parents she said no as her mum will just think I'm stupid and say its a load of rubbish!

She then said (wait for it!) She thinks the whole thing is "madness"!!!!! Ie. That she didn't believe any of it! An insensitive choice of words!!! Grrrr! I was sooo angry!

This is the woman that's supposed to love me?!! No thanks! I'm so dissappointed in her as she offers me no emotional support with anything let alone something as serious as this!

I feel so beaten up!

serafena
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   Posted 1/14/2009 12:20 PM (GMT -7)   
No memory -- none of us have that. No, it sells the expensive, unnecessary things we all like to buy and tchotchkes like snow globes, refrigerator magnets and shot glasses with the words "Bipolar Disorder" on them. A tee shirt for spouses that says "My husband/wife has Bipolar Disorder and all I get is this stupid tee shirt." Plus lots and lots of drugs. tongue
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Mackem
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   Posted 1/14/2009 12:29 PM (GMT -7)   
Cool! Ill have the drugs please! Lol! Joke!

serafena
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   Posted 1/14/2009 12:42 PM (GMT -7)   
That's so disappointing about your partner. I wonder why she's so resistant to your getting diagnosed and then to the diagnosis. Can you talk to her further about it or is she really obstinately against the subject altogether? Can you tell her it hurt you that she isn't willing to accept your diagnosis?

serafena
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Mackem
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   Posted 1/15/2009 12:34 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi all! I've tried talking to her but she isn't interested! Her response was "I've got two kids to look after I don't have time to look after you!" Nice huh?

Anyway, onwards and upwards!

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   Posted 1/15/2009 8:48 AM (GMT -7)   
Mackem,

I am so glad that your Dr. visit was a positive one. It is so important to find a Dr. you "click" with that actually listens! You knew something was out of sorts with you, you just needed someone knowledgeable about these things to confirm it. Now, get started on your meds and keep an open mind about them! I was on Lithium for a while but had to stop it (remember, I am the pharmacutically challaneged one). It took several attempts to find the right med but I have finally started doing very well with Risperdal. I feel more balanced and in control than I have in years, really. I am sad for you that your life partner is not supportive. My husband was not for a long time, I just think he did not want anything to be wrong with me, but, after I went for a full physical and everything came back great, he finally realized that I really did have a emotional/mood disorder and has been very helpful to me ever since. He has taken on alot of household duties, because I do manage to work full time, and anything he can do to keep me out of stresses way! I hope you feel better soon, just knowing and accepting goes along way to you feeling better. My PDoc just retired and I liked him so well. He refilled my meds so I could have a little time before I had to rush right out and find another Dr. I thought that was so thoughtful.

Well, good luck and remember, it is rare to get meds right the first go 'round but you will get there.

BP Gemini

shebsy
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   Posted 1/15/2009 2:16 PM (GMT -7)   
Congrats on getting diagnosed. It is very important to find a doctor one can work with. I went through 7 psychiatrists and psychologists before I found one I could trust. I was diagnosed with BPD and an attitude problem by two clowns with fancy tags.

I think your partner's resistance probably has something to do with the stigma attached to mental illnesses. You need to be patient with her and educate her. My mother thought my psychosis was all there was to bipolar disorder and she thought it would go away in a couple of weeks. She still doesn't like me mentioning my disorder to anyone and wants to keep it a secret as she feels no one will marry me if they find out. A lot of us with BP have to live with strange reactions from loved ones. Maybe you could give your wife a copy of a book like The Bipolar Handbook by Dr. Wes Burgess and ask her to read it. Reading about the disorder will broaden her perspective and it will help her understand you better.

Mackem
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   Posted 1/26/2009 2:04 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi All

Thought I'd drop you all a line as I haven't been around for a while! I was dx with BPII Hypomania about 2 weeks ago and started on 400mg of Lithium. Moved to 600mg on Friday and will probably move to 800mg this Friday with the Doc saying that he'll then move me to 1000mg!

Fingers crossed there have been no side effects so far! I've had a few bad afternoons where I've felt very low and struggled to keep pace with what was going on around me. Like everything was in slow motion and that I was in this world but not part of it....kind of surreal I know!!

I've felt pretty teary at times too as well as irritable and snappy at times. Only had one instance of racing thoughts where my head was swimming and I wanted to pull my brain out! LOL! That was one afternoon when I was feeling low and a bit spaced!

Things still upset me very easily which is rather strange!

Anyway, hope you're all OK!!! Mackem...

Precious Gem
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   Posted 1/26/2009 2:46 PM (GMT -7)   

Hey Mackem!  So good to hear from you.  Maybe our planets are not lined up right but my meds went haywire and I am not doing too good either, but you never know what tomorrow will bring.  I  go to a new PDoc but not until the 10th of February.  I am just trying to hang on and everyone has helped me so much today.  I am certainly not the person to give you a "give the meds time to work" speech but I guess that is what we have to do.

Missed talking to you, good luck to both of us.

Your Buddy,  BP Gemini

 


serafena
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   Posted 1/26/2009 3:11 PM (GMT -7)   
Mackem,

Thank you for giving us the update. I was wondering how you were doing. BP Gemini is totally right. Gotta let the med do it's job, but it sucks, doesn't it, that feeling like your head is being messed with? (((Hugs))) Hang in there. We're all still here when you need us.

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Mackem
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   Posted 1/27/2009 2:00 AM (GMT -7)   
You are all so lovely thank-you! Hugs to you BP Gemini and serafena! :-)
 
It makes it easier knowing that you are all here to listen and input!
 
Fingers crossed I havent had the whole head swimming thing for a while and haven't been Reeeeeaaaaally down as I have been previously!
 
Hope you're all doing OK!! BP Gemini...good luck on the 10th Feb...Im sure ill speak to you before then anyway!!!  

lakewinds
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   Posted 2/1/2009 4:54 AM (GMT -7)   
It is hard to beleive you are so accepting It took a long time for me to accept the fact that I was bi-polar as well as depressed and had seasonal affected disorderalong with skeezo aaffecitve disorder what ever that means. I must congradulate you . I think i8t is wonderful that your getting on meds right away and lithium is just a salt. I do not know why I havent been subscribed that med. I really would like to try it I have asked and they say it is not without its side effects like everyother med. So Im takeng abilify,The only reason I know I am ZBi-polar is becasuse I go on shoppin sprees that I do not remember and just a few days ago I reliaed I had been doing charging on a credit card which is a no-no my hubby pain off f all the cards and asked me nice not to use them plus he gave me $1000 dollars this month he claims i get 1000 from SSD so there is no way i spent $2000 plus a couple of hundred (maybe) charging on the card) I hve nothing to show for it. I'm getting scared becasue my sister says she thinks I should go back into the hospital for meds. but I can do it I know I can If only I would stay on the darn stuff Abilify has no side effects that bother me as far as I know But I neede help for sure im a sick puppy of 53 years who is a Mom and my 20 yr old son doesnt know how to handle it.. o dear im so lost im gonna go now and do some private crying maybe it wil make the pain in my back and neck and heat go away i hate meing a mentel case and always have been-knitwit

Mackem
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   Posted 2/1/2009 5:02 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi knit! So sorry to hear you're having a bad time! My thoughts are with you! Can you ring someone rather than going to cry alone?

Maybe you should make another appt to see your pdoc? It can only help!

Don't forget that you're not alone! Were all in the same boat!

Thinking of you xxx

serafena
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   Posted 2/1/2009 6:21 PM (GMT -7)   
Mackem's right, knitwit, we're all here together. Feel free to vent if you need to. I'm sorry you're having such a rough time right now. You really need to get back on those meds. I'm glad you're seeing your doc tomorrow.

serafena
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Mackem
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   Posted 2/3/2009 2:25 PM (GMT -7)   
Knit, how did your appt with the doc go? Hope all is well?
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