Doctor's say I am bipolar but I'm not sure what that means

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april417
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   Posted 11/9/2009 10:04 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi All:  Hope all is well with you all!!
I am new in this forum, I usuallly use depression thread
I am 42 years old and I feel terrible, I'm tired all the time, so no engery, loss of concertration,
no self esteem, I need someone to wind me up to just get out of bed.  I also have PTSD
I have tried several different medication and so far no luck.  Right now I am taking Cymbalta and  was taking abilify which I ended up having chest pains and keep me awake.  I will be talking to my doctor tomarrow and I hope she can try somet6hing else like maybe Prestiq
I hear good on that anyone else know if it works well..............
Sorry for going on I wasn'st looking to bore people or not make any sense, so SORRY!!
Hope you all have a goood night.....................
April
 
HOPE, FAITH AND LOVE
 
 
          Total Coletomy Feb. 07
            Total Hysterectomy Oct 08  
        
           Synthroid, Cymbalta 60mg,  Prilosec OTC


serafena
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   Posted 11/10/2009 4:26 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi April,

Welcome to the bipolar board. You say the docs have diagnosed you bipolar but you're not sure? Have you been on mood stabilizers other than abilify yet?

You are NOT boring people. This is what we do here. Please let us know how you're feeling.

serafena
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"Bipolar disorder can be a great teacher. It's a challenge, but it can set you up to be able to do almost anything else in your life." - CARRIE FISHER


april417
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   Posted 11/10/2009 5:00 PM (GMT -7)   

Well today I went to group therapy, it was only 4 of us but I guess it did it's job.  I was surprised at my self for talking.........I went in and told myself I was not going to talk about what is going on with me I was just going to listen.

My therapist suggests that I go to al-anon & alateen groups.  If you don't know what that is it is groups for adult children of alcholic parents. ( sorry I'm not a good speller )  My mom has been a drinker since I was a baby.  about 4 months ago I told my mom I did not want anything to do with her and I did not want her to be a part of my girls life, my husband does not agree on my feelings because his mom is in Colo. and we live in NJ and my mom is the only grandparent they have.  I don't want he to be around my girls because she is not a good roll-model.............she drinks, drives and has chosen alchol over her family...........

Anyway I'm hoping the group will help me.....................

As for my depression and anixety I blame my husband...........................

Why do men always have to be right??????

Hope all is well with everyone and one day I will explain what I am going through....ONE DAY


April
 
HOPE, FAITH AND LOVE
 
 
          Total Coletomy Feb. 07
            Total Hysterectomy Oct 08  
        
           Synthroid, Cymbalta 60mg,  Prilosec OTC


serafena
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   Posted 11/10/2009 6:30 PM (GMT -7)   
I second your therapist's recommendation about Al-Anon. My parents were drinkers too. My father died in March from complications with alcoholism. It's a heavy burden to bear and I completely understand your not wanting to have your children around your mother. It's not a healthy environment for kids, and there's no way in hell I'd leave my kids with either of my parents.

Don't blame your husband for your depression and anxiety. Certainly an unsupportive family can make things a lot worse, but depression and anxiety (and bipolar) are medical disorders. They're not catching. Instead, talk with him about what he can do to be more supportive, and keep going to therapy.

Good luck at the doc's tomorrow,
serafena
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Co-Moderator, Bipolar Forum
Bipolar II

"Bipolar disorder can be a great teacher. It's a challenge, but it can set you up to be able to do almost anything else in your life." - CARRIE FISHER


april417
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   Posted 11/10/2009 7:51 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks Serafena for your support it means alot.
April
 
HOPE, FAITH AND LOVE
 
 
          Total Coletomy Feb. 07
            Total Hysterectomy Oct 08  
        
           Synthroid, Cymbalta 60mg,  Prilosec OTC


_Christina
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   Posted 11/11/2009 9:00 AM (GMT -7)   
what made your dr feel thst you may be bipolar?
 Christina
Even though I do not understand where I am going on the path that God has laid out for me, I must submit to His plan and trust that He will take me where I need to be. 
 
Current medications:
Bipolar treatment-Lamictal, 200mg, Mood stabelizer, daily(main side effect: brain fog) Bipolar treatment-Cymbalta, 40mg, Antidepressant, daily(main side effect: GI upset, decreased clotting, insominia) Anemia, Fatigue treatment- Iron supplement, 65mg, daily(main side effect: constipation) Insominia treatment- Ambien, 10mg, daily(main side effect: amnesia eppisodes between taking pill and falling asleep) Mania treatment- Alprazolam, .25mg, Very rarely(main side effect: fatigue, slowing of thoughts, depression of CNS, can't take ambien or vicodin when on it) RA treatment- Plaquenil, 400mg, daily(main side effect: GI upset, decreased clotting) RA treatment- Methotrexate, 25mg, 1X weekly(main side effects: hair loss, stomach upset, mouth sores, sore muscles, fatigue, brain fog, compromised immune system, decreased Folic Acid absorption) GI upset treatment- Leucovorin Calcium, 10mg 1x weekly(main side effects: ?) Folic Acid defintioncy- Folic Acid, 1mg, daily(main side effects: ?) Multi-mineral Supplement (main side effects: constipation, GI upset) Constipation treatment- Docusate Sodium, 200mg, daily(main side effects:?) pain control- Motrin, 800mg, PRN Q6hours daily(main side effects: GI upset, decreased clotting) Pain Control- Vicodin, 5-500mg, PRN Q12hours 3-4 times weekly (main side effects: brain fog, fatigue)
 
 
 
 


april417
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Date Joined Jul 2007
Total Posts : 204
   Posted 11/12/2009 9:00 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Christina
I told my doctor that I have bad mood swings, I guess that's why they say bipolar.
April
 
HOPE, FAITH AND LOVE
 
 
          Total Coletomy Feb. 07
            Total Hysterectomy Oct 08  
        
           Synthroid, Cymbalta 60mg,  Prilosec OTC

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