sleeping with bipolar

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   Posted 2/15/2010 3:34 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi, everyone. It never fails that my mind starts to race and brain gets tight in the evening.

Doesn't in the day when the lamictal is working.

Besides turning the computer off, lowering the lights, quieting the TV, going to bed early,

what natural methods are you using to go to sleep. Is there something natural i can take for evening racing, brain tightening and axiety. Right now I slow it down with trileptal.

I also have a list of things i'm taking in my signature. P-Doc prescribed me an anti-psychotic and it just went too far for me so I didn't fill the Rx, I also thought after two days of sedation on it, it was causing me to itch all over.


diagnosed pancolitis mild to moderate on Sept. 15, 2009
Off prednisone (3 1/2 months) and IN REMISSION since Jan 15, 2010 :-)

11 400 mg. Asacol 3 4 and 4
1000 mg. Canasa - every other night
1 tbs psyllium husk powder drinks
VSL-#3 -- one packet daily
1200 calcium plus D,
1000 mg fish oil
Asacol - Viviscal twice daily and folic acid
Sleeping - two capsules ZMA (zinc, magnesium and vitamin B6) melatonin 3 mg. and 600 mg. trileptal
Diet - Eliminated dairy, red meat,alcohol caffeine, spicy, fried, greasy and citrus.
Bipolar - Lamictal 200 mg, 600 mg. trileptal

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   Posted 2/15/2010 11:04 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Ellen,

So glad to hear from you again. Your signature is getting quite long. In fact, we're supposed to keep them under 10 lines. I count 16. Can you tweak it so you can include all your info but fewer line breaks? Thanks.

I'm not sure I understand what you mean when you say the anti-psych went "too far"? Can you explain further? Which one was it?

Be well,
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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

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   Posted 2/15/2010 11:40 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi ellen, i have the same issues. THats why i am currently up right now at 11 pm answering this post. smilewinkgrin However i am really trying to keep the meds away. As it is i am only on one right now (respirdone, not proper spellling)
I'm living a bit differnetly, i am trying to just accept and live with this desease. Now that said there are things i cant accept, and that is why i take my meds. The rest i just accept and work around. When my mind races i let it run its course and just try and enjoy the ride. Maybe not enjoy but at least endure the ride.
I have found that music does a lot to help calm my thoughts. Excersise during the time i can do it. (Spring summer fall) has been a god send for me. My Pdoc and therpast both feel it was my large amounts of bicycle riding (between 5000 to almost 8000 a year) had heled me keep my bipolar under some sort of control for so long. I basicly rode off the excess energy that my body was producing.
That said the winter months have been the roughest. The meds help a lot however i am very scared of becoming so over medicated that i dont know which end is up. SO like i said i accept and try to talior my life around these things as much as possible.
Like i said this works for me, only you will know what works for you.
Good luck and kee us posted.
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