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Learning2fly
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Date Joined Oct 2009
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   Posted 10/28/2009 12:09 AM (GMT -7)   
Last week I was so far down and so close to the black hole. I kept calling the office and talked to them about needing to see the doc sooner than Nov. 4. Well, I got hold of a compassionate nurse there who got me a 15 minute "emergency" appt with the pdoc Monday right before my counselor appt. I knew this would turn out one way or the other. Either I would hit the bottom of the hole over the weekend and be in the hospital come Monday, or I would start to cycle and be high as a kite by then. Sometime late Friday the switch flipped and I started going up. It was OK because I could handle the up as long as it didn't go too high. By the time I got there Monday, I was right on the edge of full blown mania. I got my Abilify!! yeah I was still having some trouble concentrating yesterday, but now I feel a whole lot better. I even managed to accomplish some constructive things today! WOOHOO!
 
There was one problem though. The Abilify needed a prior authorization from my insurance company. I know how slowly that clinic moves so I paid for it myself and then have been dealing with the insurance company to get it paid for. That stuff is expensive as all get out! $541.99 for 30 of them.   smhair      But I didn't have any choice. This is my last hope for a mood stabilizer. I am either allergic to or have terrible side effects from all the rest of them. And I definately needed it right away. I'm just so happy that I had the means to pay for it. Once I get the PA, I can send the paperwork into the insurance company and they will reimburse me all but the $45.00 copay. The insurance company said they would back date the approval so I could be eligible for that rate this month. Then I don't have to worry about it until next year.
 
Thank you all so much for your support and for giving me hope when I didn't see any. You all are a terrific bunch of people and I hope your situations turn out as well for you as thay seem to be for me.  smilewinkgrin     {{{{{HUGS}}}}}
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Major depression; Bipolar Disorder; Fibromyalgia; Spinal Stenosis; right arm and leg nerve compression; cataracts; glaucoma; IBS; RLS; hypothyroidism; B12 deficiency ... that's enough or I'll get more depressed.


THE HAPPY TURTLE
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   Posted 10/28/2009 12:22 AM (GMT -7)   
yeah   yeah yeah yeah yeah jamie, i will be asking to go back on abilify too.
 
i am a happy little vegemite for ya. jamie. smurf smurf smurf
YESTERDAY IS A BUTTERLY WITHOUT WINGS. (ME)
 
DX, MDD, SEVERE BORDERLINE PERSONALITY DISORDER.
 
REMEMBER TO LOVE YOU. BE YOU AND BE TRUE.


getting by
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   Posted 10/28/2009 7:40 AM (GMT -7)   
I am so happy that the abilify is helping you. It really helps me a lot. I hope things get even better. I haven't felt any substancial depression since I started it and that was over a year ago. I am up to 10 mg. now. Best wishes to you.

Hugs, Karen
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fibromyalgia, Chronic fatigue, depression,allergies


TeNNiSd0C09
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   Posted 10/28/2009 8:50 PM (GMT -7)   
Im really glad you have found something that is helping you! I cant wait until that day comes to me... also, you are quite fortunate to catch that compassionate nurse.... in the event of an emergency that would have been crucial... I hope everything continues to get better from here on! best wishes and take care
Lyrica (15 months-quit Feb. 09), Paxil (10 months-quit 6-4-09), Cymbalta 6-6-09(horrible effects), Rozerem, Melatonin, Currently taking: Prozac 40mg (July 09), Trazadone 50mg (Sept 09)-Fibromyalgia, Depression, Anxiety Disorder, Panic Disorder, Eating Disorder, ADHD, Dysthymic Disorder
"Cracks in the concrete are just reminders that you fall apart no matter how strong you are"
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Tirzah
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   Posted 10/28/2009 9:03 PM (GMT -7)   
So glad you found something that works. Here's hoping the insurance company gets you approved quickly for reimbursement. :)

frances

THE HAPPY TURTLE
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   Posted 10/28/2009 9:47 PM (GMT -7)   
doing well, stay strong and well. good on you. jamie.
YESTERDAY IS A BUTTERLY WITHOUT WINGS. (ME)
 
DX, MDD, SEVERE BORDERLINE PERSONALITY DISORDER.
 
REMEMBER TO LOVE YOU. BE YOU AND BE TRUE.


Learning2fly
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Date Joined Oct 2009
Total Posts : 76
   Posted 10/28/2009 11:35 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks everybody! I've been dealing with this for over 15 years now without finding the right combination of drugs for me. Hopefully this will continue to work this way and I can have a glimpse of sanity for a while. I am sooooo tired of the black hole. I'm tired of wanting to sleep all the time, tired of being tired, tired of the messy house, tired of not caring about my own hygiene very much... you all know that place. I'm only on 5 mg of the Abilify and 225 of Effexor XR, so I still have room to go up on both. Maybe I'll get lucky and not be allergic to the Abilify (like I was Lamictal) and it will work. Then I still have space for a bump up in doses on both drugs till I max out and have to go searching again. But I'm not even going to think that way right now. I'm just going to enjoy feeling good. I don't know if the Abilify kicked in really quickly or if it just took the edge off the mania and I'm still in a hypo manic state. All I know is I can do things now!
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Major depression; Bipolar Disorder; Fibromyalgia; Spinal Stenosis; right arm and leg nerve compression; cataracts; glaucoma; IBS; RLS; hypothyroidism; B12 deficiency ... that's enough or I'll get more depressed.


THE HAPPY TURTLE
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   Posted 10/29/2009 5:27 AM (GMT -7)   
good. abilify is starting to kick in. keep positive. jamie
YESTERDAY IS A BUTTERLY WITHOUT WINGS. (ME)
 
DX, MDD, SEVERE BORDERLINE PERSONALITY DISORDER.
 
REMEMBER TO LOVE YOU. BE YOU AND BE TRUE.


getting by
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Total Posts : 40571
   Posted 10/29/2009 9:10 AM (GMT -7)   
The abilify kicked in rather quickly for me too. Best wishes to you and I hope that it continues to work.

Hugs, Karen

PS I found it to be a miracle for me.
  Moderator-Depression and fibromyalgia
 
fibromyalgia, Chronic fatigue, depression,allergies

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