Me again all, hi. Down to 50mg of Lamictal.

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Paulos
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   Posted 5/15/2008 4:52 PM (GMT -7)   
Hello all, hope you're doing well. I'm feeling not too bad at this moment, I just wanted to say I really appreciate all the care and kindness I get from this place... it's quite better than a few other sites I've been at. Uhh yes you are all aware I'm still going off my Lamictal by about 25mg or 12.5mg a week, I was on 100mg the last time I posted, and stayed on 75mg for about a week, now I'm down to 50mg. Someone posted that seizures are an increased risk factor if you drink alcohol especially in high consumptions... well I've quit drinking for good this time, never again will I lay a hand on that damed drink, it's been ruining me. I know a bit of you aren't thrilled that I'm not with a pdoc on this, but I've gone through Lamictal withdrawal back in March and I know what to expect... I'm also going to a new office *wish they weren't so busy so I could get an appointment* but other than that I had a little nap which seemed to refresh me... my body is not used to all these changes, no smoking, no drinking, cutting down on the Lamictal, completely off the Risperdal... but I know I was better before I went on all this CR*P.... sorry if I offended anyone, this is the time I'll really be able to tell how the Lamictal withdrawal effects me... when I'm on just 50mg... nono
"Make a joke and I will sigh, and you will laugh and I will cry. Happiness I cannot feel, and love to me is so unreal."-Loony from Rings of Power


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   Posted 5/16/2008 8:24 AM (GMT -7)   

Paulos

I know you are doing this on your own and I respect your right to make your own decisions.  My concern is you are at risk for seizures and other bad withdrawal sx.  Do you have someone living with you in case you get into a medical emergency?

Take care and remember you said "well I've quit drinking for good this time, never again will I lay a hand on that damed drink, it's been ruining me."

Please consider joining a support group of some kind to help you through.  This is so easy to say but much harder to do as you know and I want you to make it through this time around.

Take Care
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   Posted 5/16/2008 10:53 AM (GMT -7)   
Paulos,
 
First of all, congrats on quitting drinking.  I will keep my fingers crossed that you will be able to stick with it and join a support group of some kind to help you with this.  It really will help you to know that you are not alone in this battle.   I know you will be able to win this one.  I just can't tell you how proud of you I am that you are doing this.  Keep up the good work!
 
The fact that you are going off your meds without the help of Pdoc is certainly your decision, but like Kitt, I hope that you have someone with you in case of a medical emergency.  It can be very risky to do this on your own and I would hate to see something happen to you.  Please keep posting so we know you are okay.
 
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Paulos
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   Posted 5/16/2008 12:43 PM (GMT -7)   
Yes I have someone who will help me in case of a medical emergency, I'm still trying to change offices but they're always so busy I can't get an appointment...
"Make a joke and I will sigh, and you will laugh and I will cry. Happiness I cannot feel, and love to me is so unreal."-Loony from Rings of Power


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   Posted 5/16/2008 6:00 PM (GMT -7)   

Paulos, wow! You are doing a very brave thing, I really respect what you are doing for yourself and I'm so glad you are feeling ok a the moment.  If you do start to feel dodgy, please get medical attention (trust me kitt knows what she is talking about!).

Giving up alcohol was pretty much the best thing I've ever done, but it's hard, support groups have really, well, supported me!! It's a pretty big thing to do on your own so please, be kind to yourself.  Again Paulos, you are very strong and I hope this continues to go well for you.


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Paulos
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   Posted 5/16/2008 6:53 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks nervy... I sure need the support from you all I'll tell you that :D
"Make a joke and I will sigh, and you will laugh and I will cry. Happiness I cannot feel, and love to me is so unreal."-Loony from Rings of Power


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   Posted 5/16/2008 6:57 PM (GMT -7)   
You are more than welcome Paulos, please keep us updated about how you are doing and know that someone is always here to listen okay?

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Paulos
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   Posted 5/16/2008 7:29 PM (GMT -7)   
They are? Really. That's good to hear, sometimes I'm always feeling insecure with something or everything in life... not happy or weirded out... it's been like that for months... but tonight I felt different. Very weird how the brain works, wish I could just pinpoint the problem, it all started from drinking though.
"Make a joke and I will sigh, and you will laugh and I will cry. Happiness I cannot feel, and love to me is so unreal."-Loony from Rings of Power


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   Posted 5/17/2008 7:51 PM (GMT -7)   

Yes Paulos..although it may take us a bit of a jiffy to get back to you, we really are here to listen k?!! (I'm a bit of a doofus wally, forgive me!) You are feeling "wierded out and insecure" yep, that sounds like the alcohol.  It's such a massive depressent, it feels wonderful at the time, but the next day you are most likely feeling twice as bad as before you took the drink...it's really tempting to just have another one, especially if anxiety is around.

How are you feeling different tonight? What's going on in your brain? I would really like to know how you are feeling after everything you have been (and still are) going through.  Please email me if you like (that little envelope icon) and just keep being well, brave and aware.  My best thoughts are with you.


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Paulos
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   Posted 5/19/2008 1:17 AM (GMT -7)   
Hm there's no messaging system in Healingwell.com? Tried to send you a message nervy until I realized I couldn't find one. Well I WAS doing better... but I slowly begun to feel the anxiety, then major depression hit me in the past 2 days... suffering with it right now... Day 9 without booze... that's all I can really say for myself.
"Make a joke and I will sigh, and you will laugh and I will cry. Happiness I cannot feel, and love to me is so unreal."-Loony from Rings of Power


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   Posted 5/19/2008 5:09 PM (GMT -7)   
Paulos,

I am very proud of you for all the steps you're taking right now to improve your health! WOW!

Definitely take advantage of all the support you can find while you go through this because you are certainly tackling the big steps head-on! I think each day that's behind you makes you feel that much better about yourself, and it also adds to that string of proud days to look back on.

Just remember that a plateau or slow down in one or more areas isn't a failure -- you don't have to have giant steps of progress showing each day in order to be succeeding. Just recognizing the areas to change and taking those little steps of change is winning the battle one bit at a time!

I hope your day smoothed out since your last post. Please let us know how you're doing.

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Paulos
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   Posted 5/20/2008 8:56 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi all... feeling real spaced and kinda scared of things but I have a support system at home so that's good. It's almost 11 days without the booze, but I've had some horrifying thoughts about things I would not usually ever do, and I understand that can be a symptom of medication withdrawal... never thought it would get into my thoughts like this... I hope this spaciness goes away :(
"Make a joke and I will sigh, and you will laugh and I will cry. Happiness I cannot feel, and love to me is so unreal."-Loony from Rings of Power


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   Posted 5/21/2008 11:53 AM (GMT -7)   
Paulos,

Hang in there. I know when I've been off my medication that my thinking just isn't right for a bit.

If you're afraid you might actually follow through and do something harmful and out of character, *that's* definitely the time to call in the cavalry of your support person (I think you said you had someone around), doctor, or ER.

We want you to beat this in a safe and comfortable way! Keep us posted, 'cause you know we care.

percycat

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   Posted 5/22/2008 2:00 AM (GMT -7)   

Hey Paulos, If you need to send me an email then you can click on the little envelope icon and I will get back to you when I'm on next, I'm sorry if I confused you by saying "someone is always here to listen", I live in a different time zone to most people on HW so I won't always be here, but we are a supporting bunch and if you need to chat then generally someone will be on soon.  Again, sorry if I mislead you, we just want to be here to support K?

I hope that spaciness is going away and congrats on 11 days without booze....these symptoms of withdrawl should surely be on the way out soon.


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