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Precious Gem
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   Posted 11/4/2009 12:59 PM (GMT -7)   
Anyone else out there on this med?  If so, have you had good success with it?  I have been on it almost one week and can already tell very positive, multiple symptom control and relief.  Let me know if you have tried it yet and what kind of results you have/had.
 
Thanks,
Gem

Precious Gem
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   Posted 11/8/2009 7:09 AM (GMT -7)   
I HAD great results for one week and then mania and what has to be rapid cycling. The lines feel so blurred I do not know what is going on. Well, I guess on to another med. There are only 2 left I have not tried. Nothing to do but keep trying........


Gem

serafena
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   Posted 11/8/2009 9:31 AM (GMT -7)   
I'm so sorry, Gem. That is so frustrating. Did you talk to your psych yet? Do you know what you'll try next?

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serafena
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   Posted 11/9/2009 5:17 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Gem,

How are your feeling? What did your doctor say?

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Precious Gem
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   Posted 11/10/2009 9:15 AM (GMT -7)   
Hey Serafena,
 
Thanks for keeping up with me.  On Friday Dr. told me to increase dose, by Sunday morning I was so manic I felt like I was going to jump out of my skin!  Three hours sleep in three days.  Yesterday I had to leave work at lunch time, on my way home I blew $50 that I did not have to blow.  That is not like me anymore, as I have learned to control spending urges so I do not feel the guilt/stupidity that I am feeling today.  Did not take med yesterday, and by last night I was sobbing my eyes out.  I just can't help but feel frustrated at the fact that for a few days I felt great and was functioning beautifully and then it all fell apart.  first PDoc never came right out and told me, even when I asked for a diagnosis, but he was treating me for it.  I have been on all mood stabilizers except Geodon and Abilify (if they are actually classified that way).  I have also been on risperdal and Thorizine.  I feel hopeless today that there is not much out there med wise for me.  If I cannot get this under control to a better degree I am going to lose my jog, the economy is tight and I have used all my sick and vacation days this year plus 3 1/2 more with no pay.  I put in call to PDoc this morning as he instructed me to when I talked to him on Friday, but he does not return calls until after 4:00p.m.
 
I want to go home right now but if I leave again today, I will be facing the firing squad tomorrow.  I do not even have the option of discussing this with my employer, this is the Bible belt, everyone has a gun and mental illnesses do not exsist.  They would be nice to my face and then fire me for something they could deem "unrelated."
 
Thanks for listening to my rant...........waiting on return phone call.
 
Gem not happy cry

serafena
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   Posted 11/10/2009 4:24 PM (GMT -7)   
Oh I'm so sorry. That sounds just like what happened to me on Abilify. A few days of functioning followed by escalating mania. Glad you're getting it taken care of. (But lots of people do well on abilify.) There are LOTS of drugs. You will find something, hang in there.

Do what you have to at work. Your health is very important.

serafena
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Precious Gem
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   Posted 11/11/2009 5:50 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks Serafena,
 
Let me vent a couple more things and then I promise I will adjust my attitude.  I slept 15 hours last night, manic then you know what.  On top of it all my PDoc never returned my call from 8:20 a.m. yesterday and my husband who waivers on acceptance of what is wrong with me, told me this morning that there was nothing wrong with me, I just have PMS and am over dramatic.  OMG>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>
 
Frustrated Gem

serafena
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   Posted 11/11/2009 6:34 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Gem,
Vent away, that's what we're here for.

Oh good lord. It's time to get that boy educated. Have him go to a psych appointment with you and have the doc explain bipolar to him, or get him a good book (if you think he'd read it.) I recommend the Bipolar Disorder Survival Guide by David Miklowitz. It's for patients and their families. It's good.

I'm sorry your psych didn't call you back. That's just rude. Call again this morning and tell the receptionist that he didn't call back yesterday and you urgently need to talk to him.

I hope you get some relief. If you're sleeping that much and still having mania, you might be having a mixed episode which can be SO horrid. Nothing feels okay.

Let us know how it goes...

serafena
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Precious Gem
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   Posted 11/11/2009 6:42 AM (GMT -7)   
Yes, I went from 3 days no sleep to way-over sleeping.  I do have a great resource book that my Dr. recommened and it would be helpful for him to read, but if he read it, it would mean an admission that something is "amiss" with me.  I really feel OK today, just annoyed.  All will be well soon enough, I will get stable on med, start therapy and if all goes well, take 6 months + off from work.  Right now, that is all that is getting me through.
 
Thanks, have a good day,
Gem

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   Posted 11/15/2009 9:48 AM (GMT -7)   
PDoc called me back and said to restart meds, very insistant, he did not think I had been on them long enough for them to push down manic episode.  He is not going to take my non-compliant issues like last PDoc. andmaybe I do need someoneto get tough with me.  Today I feel OK,probably need a second dose but this being a new med, my cost is going to be almost $200 a month after ins., that bothers me.  Oh well, I see him on Friday and wewill go from there.  Really looking forward to Thanksgiving, my husband and I really love to cook. 
Hope all is even better tomorrow.................I can dare to dream it!
 
 
 
Gem

chrisnsteph1022
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   Posted 11/18/2009 11:25 AM (GMT -7)   
Gem, we sound SO much alike. I'm starting Saphris on Friday (have to wait until hubby is with me 24/7 to monitor after what happened with the Lamictal). I'm also in the Bible belt and you are SO right. My own mom, who has been hospitalized for a nervous breakdown in the early 90's, told me this morning to make sure I don't let any doctor convince me something is wrong and to be careful talking to them. She won't come right out and say it, but I know she thinks pdocs just brainwash people to make them believe something is wrong. She thinks nothing was wrong with her. But learning about bipolar, I can almost diagnose her myself. She has had all the symptoms at one point or another. And if nothing is wrong, why am I hurting myself daily?!? Why am I having trouble sleeping? Why do I have the urge to leave my family because I feel undeserving of their love and acceptance? No, nothing is wrong. Of course not.

However, I cannot imagine going through this crap without the support of my husband. I'm so sorry yours is chalking it up to PMS. That's really sad. Just know we're here, and we understand.
Stephanie, 29, married for 10 wonderful years and mommy to two awesome toddlers
dx with Crohn's 4/2003, in remission from 11/2003 to 7/2009
omeprazole 40mg, zoloft 100mg, apriso 1500mg, dicyclomine 3/day
dx with bipolar II 8/2009, re-diagnosed with bipolar I 9/09
Apparently allergic to lamictal...waiting on next rx


Precious Gem
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   Posted 11/18/2009 12:18 PM (GMT -7)   
Steph,
Thanks for the post.  My husband does really deep down know what is wrong, he just doesn't want anything to be wrong.  In the last week, we have really talked more about it and he is really being open and accepting.  Me going on and off meds last week, he saw the light.  I went back on Saphris and I am feeling better.  Really the only problem I had with the med was I just so happened to hit a big bad manic phase, along with my monthly friend, before the med had been in my system long enough.  I thought the med caused it, but now I know it did not.  I can get very negative when I am having a mixed episode, everything feels wrong when it really is not.  Try Saphris with an open mind.  I was given the tabs that disolve in your mouth, then you cannot drink for 10-15 minutes.  When you can drink something, drink gatorade or milk, something to neutralize the taste in your mouth.  A numb mouth for a few minutes is the ONLY side effect I have had with this med.  I have been on all but Geodon and Abilify.  I did not do well on Lamictal, slight rash, not the bad one,  but enough to make me stop.  I hope the new med works for you, and me too.  I am so impatient to feel well, I have a hard time giving the med time to work.  But like I said I have a tough PDoc now and he is not going to tolerate my crap!  My parents are deceased but I would never tell my sisters (who are older and think they are my mother) about BP1.  They would say things I do not need to hear right now and we are not very close anyway.  It is my business and my immediate family, that is it right now.
 
Take care of yourself and let me know how you do on Saphris.
 
Gem
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