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Ellie 1
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   Posted 9/16/2005 1:00 PM (GMT -7)   
Went to the Dr. today and was told to STAY ON the Abilify and give it a chance to work this time.  Also use the klonopin as needed.  Wants me to see how this does before adding anything else.  And of course she did the chest Xray to figure out whats going on in my chest.  No word on that till monday.  Great, I get to sit and wonder if theres some mass in my lung all weekend.  She told me to quit panicing though. Easy for her to say.  Said it sounded like pleuretic something or other and she was just ruling out pnemonia.  I seem to panic kinda easy.  Anything seems to set me off lately.  Noises, Smells for heavens sake, can send me right over the top.  Wonder how many of those are real, I smell smoke and gas alot that noone else smells.  Can you hallucinate a smell?  Way too weird.
I can't wait till these meds really kick in and I can calm down.  Every muscle iln my body is sore from being all tensed up all the time.  Arrgh.  I know, I just need to give it time.
Ellie

psychnurse
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   Posted 9/16/2005 3:49 PM (GMT -7)   

Hi, Ellie!  Congrats on making it to the doctor, lol.

Yes you need to stop panicking! (sp)  You don't have a mass, OK? Pleurisy and pneumonia are handleable, they are the worst case scenario, you don't need the added stress, just try to chill.   Take the K if you a freaking out. 

 Anyhoo, yes, you can hallucinate smells, they are called olfactory hallucinations, just like the auditory hallucinations type Is get like hearing voices and hearing your name all the time.  Ugh, I remember the voices and singing that kept me up every night.  Also hearing someone call my name at work constantly was getting to be embarassing, lol.  Well, half the time there wasn't even anybody behind me, so it wasn't ALWAYS an embarassment!

These are symptoms of psychosis.  Now, do you believe you are BP for sure?  I would hope so!

Oh man, I remember smells that WEREN'T hallucinations, people's breath mainly, used to set me off like crazy, I even told my boss in my first job out of school to get off my back and leave me alone, becuase she was standing next to me and talking to me and she had the worst smoker's breath, OMG that one ALWAYS sent me into orbit!  (I got fired, that day, BTW, go figure).  Now it just nauseates me, but I do get mad if I have to smell it.   Second hand smoke, even people who smell like a f****** cigarette factory.  Funny thing is, I smoked a pack a day until 3 years ago.  

How about sounds?   I remember having to literally eat dinner in a totally different room than with Paul because the sound of his chewing literally made the hair on all my skin stand up and I thought I would start smashing everything in the house.  Unbelievable I'm still married!  OMG and TV or radio, esp if someone would try to talk to me without completely muting them first!   Same thing as the chewing thing.
 
I SURE don't miss that!  God, I wonder now how I survived that severe irritabilty.  As far as I'm concerned that was the very worst of the entire disease, I'm just glad it's gone. 
 
Yeah, just keep taking your meds, you know Abilify takes a couple of weeks to start working, right, so be patient and don't bail when it starts to work! :-)
 
 



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kittycat27
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   Posted 9/16/2005 5:46 PM (GMT -7)   
Way to go Ellie. Glad to hear it. Anyways,  abpout pleurisy, my dad had both that and pnuemonia. I won't talk about it till I know what your dx is, Shannon is right though it is treatable. So let us know Monday. I also hear voices and smell stuff that isn't there. It sucked, sorry i did have those problems until my meds kicked in now it only happens every once in awhile. It does suck and if around people when it happens it is as if you are crazy, well that's how I felt. Good luck now, and best wishes Ellie. I am happy for you.

misty_two
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   Posted 9/16/2005 11:29 PM (GMT -7)   
to Kitty Cat; hope your Dad is feeling better. i just found this website today! Sat. 9/15th (i think) --2005!; i'm from Georgia ( USA); bEST WISHES! NEW MEMBER TO HealingWell.com -- misty_two eyes

Ellie 1
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   Posted 9/17/2005 7:59 AM (GMT -7)   
Its strange how the smoke alarm went off for like half an hour last night (I was broiling burgers on high, Im a currently a little short on patience) and the noise was driving everyone in the house nuts. That didn't bother me at all but let someone scrape their fork across their plate or pick at a nail or the dog lick itself and I can't even be in the room.
With the smells, I think thats why I was throwing all the food away. Everything smells odd to me. Food all smells spoiled. My hubby wont let me in the kitchen now until its in the pan or marinade or whatever. We're too broke for me to toss everything out, I just panic and I can't help it. I told him what we spent on meds we'd save twice that on grocerys. Thats one of the first things that are positively affected with the meds. I calm down on food. Of course I stop eating but right now I'm 130 and 5' 3". Heaviest I've been in twenty years. Normally I stay around 110.
I quit smoking 3 years ago as well. I smoked 2 1/2 packs a day for 20+ years and quit cold turkey on the first attempt. I will admit though, when the BP stuff started again in the spring, I did try to smoke for about a week. Couldn't manage it, felt like inhaling fire. I was just desperate to calm down and thought it might help. No. Plus my thirteen year old daughter wouldn't speak to me. She caught me with a cigarette (I felt 15) and informed me she was disgusted and didn't speak to me again until I quit. I gained ten pounds when I quit (the first time) and kept another ten when I had my youngest, maybe I'll drop a little weight.
As for knowing I"m bp. I know, I just don't like admitting it. It's almost like if I don't say the words out loud that maybe the monster will forget me and go away. Silly huh. I also have other symptoms I don't tell anyone about. I'm not sure how much we're free to say here. Way too scary.
I have to take these meds. This time I have no choice. Things have accelerated beyond being merely incovenient. I'm going to make it. I've survived alot in my life. I can do this.
By the way, Welcome Misty two. I used to live in GA as well and have a daughter and grandson still there. Hope you find what you're looking for here.
Ellie

psychnurse
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   Posted 9/17/2005 10:20 AM (GMT -7)   
You go girl!   You're gonna do great this time, I just know it!

Variety is the spice of life, BP is the key

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