Do any BP's experience these PHYSICAL symptoms too?

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BPTT
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   Posted 2/16/2009 12:43 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi All

Don't know if I can ask this sort of question. I don't want to get into anything too heavy because I am neither and expert nor an authority. Really, its because I've been noticing a pattern with myself and other bps I know and my own research trying to alliviate my own problems.

Of course I'm no doctor but I am compulsive when it comes to finding an answer for things I can't understand. Not all of us (me and the bps I know) experience the same things, but there are a few that we all have.

*** I'm sure Serefena would let me know if I am crossing a line here.***

Does anybody else experience these conditions as well (with or without their meds)?

Its a long list but I'll just include some. Hope I don't gross anyone out - some of these complaints are VERY explicit...

• very frequent diarrhea, IBS, Crohn's etc with or without mucous and or any other digestive problems, nausea, intestinal rumblings, frequent indegestion
• excessive sputum/ mucous/ phlegm etc, congested chest
• no energy, sluggish and gain weight easily, very easily fatigued
• puffy tongue - do the sides of it have teeth marks from pressing against your teeth
• despite your weight- no appetite and or also no thirst
• dizziness and or heavy feeling in your head, or your body especially limbs. What about motion sickness?
• water rentention - distended abdomen, puffy hands, swelling anywhere else
• weeping eczema or acne or any other skin eruptions, even dandruff
• cloudy urine and or very dark urine.

I would always think that I had so many different things wrong with me. The more that I read, the more I see a connection (obvious ? I dont know) between our physical and mental selves. Maybe thats why doctors recommend taking care of our bodies and proper diet as essential to our treatment.

And it makes sense to me as well because science tell us our emotions are created by chemicals in our body that our brain translates as feelings. So if we experience an imbalance of these chemicals which is what leads to our extreme emotions could the imbalance affect our bodies other ways as well?

I'd love to hear what everybody thinks about this any of course your answers!

BPTT

serafena
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   Posted 2/16/2009 6:58 PM (GMT -7)   
I think it's a legitimate question, certainly.

The only symptoms I've experienced are the lack of energy, sluggishness and easy weight gain. I'm also easily fatigued -- but these are usually worse when I'm in a depressive cycle.

serafena
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BPTT
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   Posted 2/17/2009 11:04 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks Serafena!

I was thinking last night that maybe the question was too personal. I had a good laugh when I realized what I was really asking to people to say.

I remember seeing a movie about a mother's pursuit of a cure for her son who had some sort of degenerative disease - can't remember what it was right now, that was supposedly incurable and she never gave up and the answer was as simple as giving him some type of oil everyday.

And now there is a treatment - that particular oil. Wouldn't it be great if something easy like "eat a mango everyday" would give our lives normalcy? :) I don't expect that but if I have this for life, I might as well find out whatever I can.

Thanks for answering my post.

BPTT

shebsy
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   Posted 2/17/2009 12:26 PM (GMT -7)   
Dear BPTT,

Sometimes I experience an increase in appetite and sometimes I suddenly lose my appetite. I also have problems with low blood pressure. My menstrual cycle is not regular but that has been a problem since my teens. I lose a lot of hair because of my medication and that makes me sad. I am very tired of having bipolar...it just does not go away. I am not complaining about the hypomania but the depression really takes the life out of me. And then I have psychological issues like a co-dependent personality. This neurochemical imbalance is quite draining.

Sheeba

BPTT
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   Posted 2/17/2009 2:19 PM (GMT -7)   
Sheeba Girl

Thanks so much for sharing. I know how you feel about it not going away. I'm so happy that I found this site because its given me ray of light. I don't recognize myself anymore and I am desperately trying to find my way back to the "real world". With all thats happened over the last 18 months, I don't know what my place is anymore.

I'm so sorry about your hair loss side effect. I had that too once (especially at my hairline and the top of my head) and also my gums would bleed excessively. I would be talking with someone and my teeth would turn red. I used to have terrible dreams that were so real about me waking up one morning without my hair and teeth. Do you have these as well? What meds are you on?

Please don't think I'm intrusive, but I would like to ask if you some more about your comments. You really don't need to reply if you are in any way uncomfortable. (I really did have a longer list :))

Based on what you said, do you ever experience muscle spasms, dry eyes, red eyes, blurred vision, night blindness, red face, also forgetting that you are bipolar - do you have a hot temper, do you feel anxious alot, are you more on the depressed side of bipolar disorder? Do you burp (or belch ?) alot? And a funny question - do you sigh alot?

Reseaching this has given me a great project/ distraction from what's been happening recently. What do you do to make yourself feel better when you're in a slump and nothing else is helping (I need ideas!)?

BPTT

shebsy
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   Posted 2/18/2009 12:01 PM (GMT -7)   
Dear BPTT,

My journey toward diagnosis was a difficult one. I was psychotic for several months, went through several psychiatrists and psychologists and finally got diagnosed in July 2007. I went through a lot of abuse as a consequence of my psychosis and became even more co-dependent than before. I was stable for seven months, had a relapse and took six more months to heal. By the end of this ordeal, I had already lost 2 years of my life. I had built my career in NYC (I had been bipolar since I was 10 but had somehow managed to survive since my parents did not like the idea of psychiatrists) and I was unfit to work anywhere else since the publishing industry is centered around London and New York. My parents had brought me to Kuwait after my episode and I was miserable in a country that I disliked with a passion (the Islamic fundamentalists in this country can drive anyone insane). I had no goals, I was completely lost. All the men who had pursued me were successful bankers and consultants in NYC and when I ended up in Kuwait, diagnosed with BP, they all lost interest in me. In short I realized that my entire life had to take a different trajectory. I loved books and had aspired to be a part of the literary world since I was 8. I found my dreams shattered. This is the hardest part of life, to pick up oneself and move on. After weeks of thinking, I realized I wanted to help the beggars and the homeless people of Delhi, India. There are so many of them and the little children have no choice except to turn to crime when they grow up. I decided to take up a job and work for a year so I could save up enough money to start a non-profit. I start my job from March and since I will be living with my parents I won't have any expenses. I just finished reading "Three Cups of Tea" for my reading book group and found it very inspirational. I guess you have to work on first healing yourself, getting out of the abusive situation and then figure out where your interests lie. Distractions can only help for some time but what you really need to do is figure out how to rebuild your life and create a good future for yourself and your child. You may find inspiration in the church, in a hobby, in activism, etc. but that can only happen once your life is peaceful and happy.

I get my share of nightmares. I am taking Amisulpride (a drug for Schizophrenia) and Tegretol. I used to get blurry vision but now I don't. I have a hot temper and am very irritable and hypersensitive. I am more on the hypomanic side which is good because I hate being depressed. When I was undiagnosed, I used to convulse a lot but medication has taken care of that and the constant edginess. I don't sigh a lot.

Take care,
Sheeba
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