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Hiddenstar
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Date Joined Dec 2006
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   Posted 12/10/2006 9:48 PM (GMT -7)   
Hello. I finally got brave enough to go online and look for others and was pleasantly surprised to find this great forum. I wanted to share a few things that have happened and I’m hoping I might get a few answers to help me out with this. I was diagnosed BP in May 2006. I had known that something was wrong with me for years, but too scared to say anything. Between the low-lows of not getting or staying pregnant, or the ultra high’s of a good old fashioned shopping spree, I still never felt right. The “Swing’s” started to interfere with work and later my marriage, which later turned into me losing jobs, and as of October my marriage. It as now also cost me my BFF as his family is terrified of my “condition” and afraid it will somehow rub off on them or some such nonsense. I am now totally on my own. I’m desperately trying to find a job, and am being forced to move out of my home next Friday (thanks to the ExH). Being alone terrifies me and sends me spiraling down to very sad places. This is by far the lowest I’ve ever been, and as of a few hours ago, to the point of giving up, but somehow I know it’s not really me doing this, I think. My pdoc has had me on several meds, but all of them had very adverse effects on my heart, so I’m only on Trazodone to help me sleep. Because of no money I won’t be able to see my pdoc again until I get a job, which is scaring the you-know-what out of me.

I’m scared that I’ll never stop swinging back and forth. I’ve really no background on BP other then what I’ve been able to read online. Where do I go, what do I do? Any guidence would be greatly appreciated.

Hiddenstar
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Date Joined Dec 2006
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   Posted 12/10/2006 11:26 PM (GMT -7)   

It's funny you should ask that.  I have been and yes, it's been ruled out, even with the fertility problems and such.  I was fortunate to have found a gp who was very careful on her diagnosis, and a lot of bull-headedness on my part too.  (Maybe Lupus?  Maybe MS?  Maybe vit. difficenties? Test, test, test, test!) The worst part was Dr.'s telling me it was all in my head and to just snap out of it, and oh, BTW heres a pill for you to try.  Apparently the one odd-ball part is the weak heart.  I've always known I've had horrible problems with depression, even as a child, but it was the manic parts that didn't make sence (up for days, funny eating patterns and my LOVE to spend money I didn't have) and then a huge crash down.  Right now, I'm been in a HUGE depression, and I can't find anyway out of it, and I'm very, very tired, scared and can't stop crying.  FUnny, I'm alsomt missing the manic parts.


Hiddenstar
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   Posted 12/11/2006 12:03 AM (GMT -7)   
OK I must have not been very clear, sorry.  I've had constant thyoid test, I've been tested for adrenals, cortosol, various hormones, Lupus, MS, and Heart.  My GP, who suspected something sent me to my current psych doc who worked with the GP and he diagnosed me as BP.

smiler
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Date Joined Sep 2006
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   Posted 12/12/2006 2:50 AM (GMT -7)   

Hi there Hiddenstar , welcome to Healing Well.

I know you said you can't see your pdoc but is it possible to call them if you find you need some help?

Did they give you any leaflets when you were first diagnosed with phone numbers and other contact details of people you could got to in times of need?

Feel free to post as many questions as you need.

Take care ,

Smiler tongue


Hiddenstar
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   Posted 12/12/2006 2:29 PM (GMT -7)   
Hello.  No my pdacs gave me nothing other then the new pills and their pager numbers if my heart started to act up (which it did after 3 weeks).  I took the initiave of looking up online and going to the library to reseach about BP and changes. 
 
I know that folks here feel I was diagnosed by symptoms, and no I was not.  It was many years of therpy for depression.  When i finally opened up about the money problems, the no sleep and the funny eating patterns, and the hystical giggling fits for no apparent reason then the BP screenings begin.  Once they agreed that what it was, I was given Trazadol and something else that gave me a huge rash and made my heart go nuts.  I was taken off that and put on Prozac only to spin me totally out of control 4 weeks later, so I was taken off that.  The next in line was Lithiam, but again, my heart muscle reacted poorly to it after 3 weeks and I was taken off that, so as of right now I'm just the Traz.
 
To be honest, all I wanted to learn what the first steps I should take were, not to be questioned as to how I was diagnosed or be told by email that I don't have a case as bad as that persons and to get over it.  I have learned that no, I'm pretty lucky considereing I have no support structure of my own (I am totally on my own with no family and friends in other states).  But I will be darnED if I'm going to sit here and take it.  Going onto a foum and asking for help took a HUGE amount of courage on my part, not for pitty sakes, but becasue I want to know.  This was supposed to be a safe place to go and learn and discuss, not be a pissing match.

smiler
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   Posted 12/13/2006 3:48 AM (GMT -7)   

Hello again Hiddenstar , and thankyou for posting back.

I know it must have been a hard step to take coming onto this forum , and I know that has been made harder unnecessarily - please accept my apologies.

As I said before please feel free to post as much as you like.

straw_citizen ; While you are allowed to have your opinions they should not be forced upon others , please read rule #10 of the forum rules found in the yellow box on the right of your screen.

Smiler tongue


SarahP
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   Posted 12/13/2006 12:05 PM (GMT -7)   
Hiddenstar, my teenage daughter is bipolar. At least according to the docs..lol. Anyway, she tried several medications that were basically shoved on me, being told she "couldn't" function without them. She had reactions to every one, including hitting the dirt on the softball field, since NO ONE told me she wasn't allowed to be in the heat while taking one particular medication.
So... she is totally unmedicated, and right now.. she's doing great. The point of this whole rambling is that if you can not find a medication that your heart will tolerate, there ARE other ways. Don't get down b/c you think there is no hope. When you get depressed, try calling a crisis line in your area, that's what they are there for.
The best advice I ever got for my daughter was to keep a journal of her activities, moods, etc.. I don't know any info for you to find help really, but the journal will help you when you get there.
I hope you do not stop posting here due to feeling ambushed. There are really good people here at HW, and you WILL find lots of help.
And congrats on the bravery and courage it took to come here!!!!
Sarah
I'm not procrastinating----I'm still doing yesterday!!!! 
I have no medical training, any medical opinions expressed in my posts are just that....opinions.


cfc_kenny
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Date Joined Nov 2006
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   Posted 12/13/2006 2:44 PM (GMT -7)   
Do you know straw_citizen,i have a great majority of those symptoms you put forward there. what are they symptoms of exactly?

smiler
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   Posted 12/14/2006 3:18 AM (GMT -7)   
straw_citizen
 
Once again I ask you to read the Forum Rules , paying particular attention to #3 and #14.
 
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Jeannie143
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   Posted 12/14/2006 10:58 AM (GMT -7)   
I'm having trouble understanding where this 'adrenal fatigue' thing came from... In an extensive internet search of the Mayo Clinic, The New England Journal of Medicine and the Cleveland Clinic I can find no references to saliva testing for 'adrenal fatigue'. I can find plenty of online references to home test kits (for $156.00!) and the fact that the State of New York and California have objections to the lab results from these kits. There are references to homeopathic, naturopathic, and chiropractic doctors as well as plenty of books for sale about this condition. Is this a real medical diagnosis or something that people can exploit for financial gain?

I have some medical background and this looks murky to me.
~ Jeannie

"People are like stained glass windows: They sparkle and shine when the sun's out, but when the darkness sets in, their true beauty is revealed only if there is light within."

- Elizabeth Kubler-Ross


Ducky
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   Posted 12/14/2006 4:26 PM (GMT -7)   
straw-citizen -
 
You said that you didn't know what smiler was talking about when she posted the first warning to you.  She was referring to Hiddenstars post, she wrote:
 
"To be honest, all I wanted to learn what the first steps I should take were, not to be questioned as to how I was diagnosed or be told by email that I don't have a case as bad as that persons and to get over it.  I have learned that no, I'm pretty lucky considereing I have no support structure of my own (I am totally on my own with no family and friends in other states).  But I will be darnED if I'm going to sit here and take it.  Going onto a foum and asking for help took a HUGE amount of courage on my part, not for pitty sakes, but becasue I want to know.  This was supposed to be a safe place to go and learn and discuss, not be a pissing match."
 
We all have opinions, of course everyone is entitled to them, and we are free to express those.  However, when people feel as though things are being "forced" upon them, or they feel intimidated in any way, and it get's brought to our attention, it is our job to try and put a stop to it.
 
You have a vast amount of knowledge when it comes to Adrenal Fatigue.  I would suggest that you start a new thread for this and how it relates to Bi-Polar.  Hiddenstar made the initial post here with questions, and it seems as though her thread has been hi-jacked into something completely different.  As a matter of fact, Hiddenstar hasn't posted at all since she made the above statement. 
 
I must caution you though, according to Forum Rules, we do not allow lengthy posts of articles.  I have noticed on a couple of your posts, you have posted the links, then quoted the information from the website.  Please try to refrain from doing that.
 
I value the information that you have posted and shared.  You have given us a lot of different websites to look up this information.  Thank you for that. 
 
If you have any questions, please feel free to email me.  You can find my email under my username on the left. 
 
Duck

Confirmed Diagnosis of - Psoriatic Arthritis/Spondylitis/Graves Disease/GERD/Scoliosis/Hiatal Hernia/Graves Disease of the Eyes/Chronic UTIs
Current Meds -  Enbrel/Prevacid/Synthroid/Nitrofurantoin
Past Meds - Inderal/PTU/Prednisone/Voltaren/Feldene/Mobic/Cortisone and Steroid Shots
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