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Djonma
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   Posted 10/4/2006 5:12 AM (GMT -7)   
So, I now have a mood stabiliser.

It's called Epilim Chrono, or Sodium Valproate.
I've got to take one tablet a night.
The pharmacist told me I should be used to them by Monday which is when my lectures start so it should be ok.

Unfortunately (and, indeed, typical of this whole debacle) the diazepam got left off my prescription... and I'm nearly out.
I have an appointment with a doctor and the mental health advisor at the new medical practice today though to talk about mental health problems, so I'm going to see if they can get confirmation that I need it and get me a prescription for it.
I REALLY do need it.
Starting Uni is VERY stressful, and I'm surrounded by young people with lots of energy that I just don't have, and my anxiety has been really high.
So I'll have to hope I can get a prescription for it at this health centre.
I just worry that I could seem to be a drug addict or something asking for diazepam with no kind of proof of needing it cos the idiots at the old surgery forgot to put it on the prescription!
I'll take the 2 1/2 tablets that I have left to the doctors with me so that might help.

So...
It's starting to look up.
I have a real mood stabiliser, rather than some rubbish I was worried that terrible doctor at the hospital would put me on to keep me quiet til I could see the psychiatrist in Reading.
I was quite worried she'd just give me sleeping tablets or something.

Uni is great, I'm really looking forward to starting, I'm getting a lot of help with my physical disability problems, and everyone seems to be really nice.

So, here's to medicine, a future degree (in 4 years time), and less bad manic moments!
Thoracic Outlet Syndrome from birth - Diagnosed 1999
Fibromyalgia from birth - Diagnosed 2005
(?) Ulcerative Colitis - waiting for tests
(?) BiPolar - currently on Diazepam whilst waiting for assessment.
Thrombocytacemia

No other medicines - doctors are useless!


CounterClockwise
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   Posted 10/4/2006 12:34 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Djonma,

So pleased you've got this med! All fingers crossed that it does the trick and really helps!!! :)

The diazepam was a short-term thing wasn't it? -- I think it was a kind of stand-by until you got proper bp meds. This may explain why it was left off the prescription, but do call and check. Hopefully the mood stabiliser will kick in and help sort out the anxiety (after all, that's a mood that needs stabilising, eh?!). Spread the tablets you've still got out a bit more if you can -- as I say, the mood stabiliser should start to *decrease* the need for the diazepam at least.

Hope the appointment was a really positive experience for you -- no more bad docs for you! :) :)

I'm also thrilled that you're getting lots of help from the disability people and that you've met lots of nice people. I toast you, your meds, your degree and the absence of mania.

You keep me updated hun! -- Always love to hear from you.

Rosie x :)
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Djonma
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Date Joined Aug 2005
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   Posted 10/4/2006 3:10 PM (GMT -7)   
My new GP gave me diazepam to keep me going for another week so I can settle in. Then we'll look at longterm anxiety control.

She was fab, by the way.
AND!!!! She understood when I said I was fed up of doctors telling me they didn't want to 'condemn' me to a wheelchair and that I wanted to actually be able to live and go out and not be dead after doing any kind of walking.
So that's the next stage as well :-)

I'm really happy now!
Thoracic Outlet Syndrome from birth - Diagnosed 1999
Fibromyalgia from birth - Diagnosed 2005
(?) Ulcerative Colitis - waiting for tests
(?) BiPolar - currently on Diazepam whilst waiting for assessment.
Thrombocytacemia

No other medicines - doctors are useless!


CounterClockwise
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Date Joined Jul 2006
Total Posts : 1529
   Posted 10/4/2006 3:31 PM (GMT -7)   
Yey!!!!! Triumphamundo!!!!! -- Ooh, I was quite nervous for you girly!! Now I'm happy as pie!!! :) :) :)

See -- your days of rubbish GPs are over!!!! -- Now you can change your signature ("*some* doctors are useless -- mine's fab!") lol

Yippeeeeeeee.

And great news on the diazepam front too -- that'll really help you for that first settling in week. Am so chuffed for you!!!

Rosie x


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People are not like fish: they do not work well battered.

When I'm not in my right mind, my left mind gets pretty crowded...

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UK Lyme Suffera
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Date Joined Oct 2006
Total Posts : 54
   Posted 10/7/2006 3:16 AM (GMT -7)   
Djoma,

Have a look at Lyme Disease?
Fibromyalgia is something that appears to be related..
You may not have been bitten by a Tick but there is some evidance that the condition can be caught from
mother pre-birth or from breast milk after birth the infection can be passed on like syphlis.

Its difficult to test for espesually if you might of been born with it:
So the courts out as to what`s in fashion or not..
I don`t know if antibiotic treament might help?
Cause toxins in the blood would be an obvious link to mood swings.

CounterClockwise
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   Posted 10/7/2006 3:45 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Djonma,

From what I know about your symptoms (from these posts and your previous ones), I do think we're dealing with bipolar and Fybromyalgia, not Lyme. You may want to explore this just to put your mind at ease about what Lyme Suffera suggests, but I also think you have enough on your plate right now without worrying about another condition that I think is highly unlikely for you. Just keep doing the great things you're doing! :)

Rosie x


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People are not like fish: they do not work well battered.

When I'm not in my right mind, my left mind gets pretty crowded...

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Post Edited (CounterClockwise) : 10/7/2006 4:55:22 AM (GMT-6)


CounterClockwise
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   Posted 10/7/2006 3:53 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Lyme Suffera,

Thanks for your input. I'm just a little bit concerned though that you might get people unnecessarily worried about other conditions they "might" have. I think we all need to be wary of playing doctor on this site: we're not here for that, though I know the temptation can be great, particularly when we're thinking a lot about our conditions, to see symptoms in others. For example, bp has *some* symptoms in common with many other illnesses, which is why it's so crucial to see the symptoms that set it apart from them and make it bp. -- If we all worried about the symptoms our condition shares with another one being signs that we have that one too, we'd never stop finding possible matches, and we'd believe our list of illnesses to be about a page long! :)

All best,
Rosie x
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People are not like fish: they do not work well battered.

When I'm not in my right mind, my left mind gets pretty crowded...

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Co-Moderator, Bipolar Forum


lazy
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Date Joined May 2006
Total Posts : 241
   Posted 10/7/2006 7:02 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Djonma:  I also suffer from BP and fibro and its a hellish combination.  By the end of my work day I am emotionally and physically exhausted with aches and pains everywhere. Then I'm so tired I can't sleep, then I'm sleep deprived all day, then I take pain meds at night and after about the third night I sleep just because I haven't slept in 3 days...what a cycle!  I just pray to God everyday to get me through one day at a time. I wish you luck and stay in touch..Luv...Lazy
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