Weight gain and Lithium

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Maggie May
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   Posted 3/31/2010 11:40 AM (GMT -7)   
I am 60 years old, and I was diagnosed as BP I over 20 years ago.  I started Lithium (900mg).  I walked around like a Zombie, so my doctor lowered my dosage to 600 and put me on 100mg Zoloft .   He added 50mg of Trazadone to help me sleep. 
 
This cocktail worked really well for many many years.  The only negative was that I gained a lot of weight (80 pounds).  I attribute about 40 of those pounds to the drugs and the other 40 to my overeating because of being depressed about gaining weight!  I had always been consumed with how I looked (I was a model during my 20's).  Once I gained all the weight, I began to live a rather isolated life.  I finally managed to lose 40 pounds on Atkins, and life was bettter until . . . .
 
I decided to stop all meds!  Cold turkey . . . I ended up in the psych ward for two weeks after a suicide attempt.  Although I got back on the meds, I really never returned to my previous state of feeling OK.  I found that I was more depressed and had many more manic moods (irrational decisions, spending money, etc)
 
Within the last two years, I left my husband and 20 year old daughter, quit my teaching job after 14 years and tenure, married my high school sweetheart without really knowing him, moved across the country, started a new teaching job for $20,000 less per year (gave up tenure), and then last eyar I buried both my mother and my father.
 
I am miserable, I gained the 40 pounds back, I cry contantly, but I have found a great therapist who is helping me.  I am also going through the process of preparation for weight loss surgery (The Sleeve).
 
That's me, Maggie May


horse crazy
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   Posted 4/1/2010 7:14 AM (GMT -7)   

Maggie May...

I am 61 and have done many many irrational things depending on my mood at the time.  I just wanted to tell you that you helped me out.  I have been considering going off all meds...I am on quite a cocktail and after 20 years I am fed up with taking meds.  However, you story has made me reconsider...sounds like going off meds is not a wise idea. So thank you for sharing.  I don't know about others but I get really sick of being bipolar.  I am glad you have found a good therapist.  I am back with mine who has known me off and on for 25 years.  Sometimes I think he helps as much as the meds if not more.  Take care.


Horses keep me semmi-sane
Bi-polarII; rapid cycler; Lithium 900 mg; Lamictal 200 mg; seraquel 450mg, klonopin 4mg


Maggie May
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   Posted 4/2/2010 9:42 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Horse Crazy,
 
I agree that being bipolar is a total pain to live with.  There have been so many times that I wished for Diabetes, Asthma, or oven Cancer . . . I figured that at least I could think straight with those!
 
The good news is that you and I are both in our 60's and have managed to survive this long.  Let's hang in there together and see how long we can keep it together!
 
Hugs
Maggie May


horse crazy
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   Posted 4/3/2010 12:45 AM (GMT -7)   
Maggie Mae...
Yes, let's definitely hang in this together.  How did your daughter do with you being bipolar?? I half way raised two boys...now ages 23 & 34.
I always felt guilty feeling like I was a "bad mom".  Recently got an email from my 34 year old who said,yeah there were some bad times but also very good times (like when I was hypomanic or manic)...and as an adult he has chosen to remeber only the good, happy times with me.  I cried...I never epected such a loving response.
I unintentionly made my email unavaiable.  It is GailyL2@aol.com. I am glad I read your post about going off meds since I had planned on it this month..  I guess it is not a good idea after all.
Sounds like you made a lot of decisions.  I have come within a hair of leaving my husband, but two things keep me here...insurance and my horse who resides in our backyard.  Yhe horse helps when I am depressed.  Did you amke all those decisions when depressed or manic.  I have been paying off a $16,000 credit card bill as a result of manic sprnfing.
Gail
Horses keep me semi-sane
Bi-polarII; rapid cycler; Lithium 900 mg; Lamictal 200 mg; seraquel 450mg, klonopin 4mg
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Maggie May
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   Posted 4/5/2010 1:01 PM (GMT -7)   

Hi Gail,

I think most of the decisions that I made were during a mixed stage.  I had been on Lithium and Zoloft for years, but I started feeling "weird."  then I made the decisions, and then I realized that I wished I had NEVER made any of them!

I remarried my high school sweetheart whom I had not seen in 46 years only months after I divorced my husband.  He absolutely adores me, but I will never get over the guilt of destroying my family (husband and 20 year od daughter).

This week is the one year anniversary of my mom and dads death.  I have been a wreck, and my daughter got arrested for drunk driving and causing an accident (underage).  She is a junior in college and has never given us a moment of trouble . . . she really messed up.  Well, I went off on her. I think it's because I've stopped taking the Zoloft.  Now I have to try to mend our relationship.  We were doing so very well, and she was flying out to spend the summer with me.  I screwed it up.

I used to love to ride until I broke my kneecap in half three years ago.  Doctor said there are a few things I will not be able to do again . . . ice skate, ski, climb and ride.  Don't miss the first three, but I really did love to ride. 

I am a school teacher and I want to retire desperately, but I can't afford it!

Hugs,

Maggie May


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