BiPolar or Drug Addiction??

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   Posted 3/18/2006 12:39 AM (GMT -6)   
My husband had been struggling with Chronic Pain, Migraines, and Depression for YEARS now. For about the last few years he has been falling apart and I have attributed it to the huge amounts of pain meds he is on and the ugly impact they have on him. However, lately I have been wondering if maybe there is an underlying BiPolar issue that has been there all along. He has HUGE swings that make him completely different people. One that is so mean and nasty, not remembering anything, doing hurtful things, to the man I married and love, to a person that is way more confident than he is capable. For example, he is dealing with a hurt back....but I'll find him moving furniture. Before I took it as his way of manipulating me (from the drug issue) because of course I run to his rescue. He has had a suicide attempt and numerous suicide 'threats' that I too took as part of the drug issues. His doctor is adimit about that amount of medication he is on...saying it is a lot but is what he needs until they figure out what to do with his back. The question of BiPolar crossed my mind the other day...I want to know more about it. If you've stuck out reading this thus far...what do you think?

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   Posted 3/18/2006 2:10 AM (GMT -6)   

Poor Frog, my heart went out to you here.

Medication can definitely do this to a person.  He may become totally negligent of the fact that he has a bad back and experience all sorts of mood swings.

I'd believe the Doc for now until they can come up with some solutions for his back.

I read a lot about meds because I have to take them.  Learned a lot from others too of what they've done to folks, just on here alone.

Shoot for the physical first before going the psych drug way and after his back is somehow relieved and his migraines are too, then give it time for all those meds to work out, I would say.  Just my suggestion, nothing more.  No sense adding more meds if it really is the meds for his back that's doing all of this.  As long as you or he are in no danger. 

The suicide threats always need someone to talk to professionally about though.

Guess work on that issue isn't worth it.  He should at the least, be seen by a Psychologist on that issue.  One that will cooperate with his M.D..

Pain is a monster to some folks and can cause personality changes big time.

He needs to talk to a man to get those feelings out.  I hope you can get him to one and by God's grace find a good one.

At least if he'll go to talk to a Psychologist, if you or his Dr. could tell him it's just for pain management or something, the Psychologist could possibly talk with his M.D. about further psychiatric help if they both can agree it's needed in the meantime.

I'm sorry for you to have to go through all of this.  You must be a pretty strong lady to hang in through all of this.  Please take care of you too, ya know ?

You'll be in my prayers. both of you.

Is surgery not an option ?

Please take care and hang on, as you obviously have been.


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   Posted 3/18/2006 10:50 AM (GMT -6)   
Hey there,

As I'm sure everyone here feels, we empathize with everything that you're going through and are here to support you in any way that we can.

That said --- Does his physician have any idea what's wrong with his back? What have the results of testing been? Most of the time when patients present to their primary care physicians, it's with a physical (or somatic) complaint. Almost all of the time - they present with depression comcommitant to that complaint. However, opiod abuse is a very common comorbidity with bipolar disorder.

An interesting/general info note ---- Many bipolar patients with chronic pain issues are able to deal with pain by using a newer compound called, Suboxone. It's a compound which is a narcotic pain medication + opiod antagonist. So - a patient does not receive the euphoria that they would with a compound containing oxycodone. Although, not approved in the US for this use, it's been used in Canada & the UK for quite awhile with fantastic results. Currently, it is in use in the US for opiod dependence therapy.

Hope this helps!
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