Me again: Thank-you Sarafena. I have almost a workable arrangement, that keeps the pain (75% of the time), at bay. I've been down all the convential road ways of managing BiPolar and my liver cannot withstand the large doses of anti-seizure medicine required, to fix my moods. I also was offered Topamax, but it has a 10% chance of causing kidney stones and since all my urine tests are positive for blood, as my GP puts it, you've got some gravel in your bladder. All we need is for a couple to bond and I'll be rolling in the aisles, (and not with laughter, lol). Soooo, back to common sense. I prefer on label meds to off. This means I want my medicine to do what it was developed and time has proven it does exactly that, ie, Valium helps my muscles relax, as well as allows me to sleep and takes the edge off the cranky, irritable, nasties of BiPolar II. BiPolar II's don't get the manic episodes, just episodes of anxiety, pacing, uncomfortable in your own skin kind of irritability. It feels like there is so much pressure in your head it feels like it will burst. The valium helps. Also at bedtime, as well as during the day in a major Fibro Flare, I take elavil (amyltriptilene), which puts me out, and out of pain. That's for the neurological pain like TMJ and spinal pain. Codeine compounds do not work for this kind of pain. Also, I take a whooping dose of zoloft 150 mgs. in AM to get me going. So those meds, and the Codeine compound, have been around for thirty years, minimum. We know what they can and cannot do. These I prefer because it gives me a modicum of managibility, which helps me feel like I have some say in my own life. So, I try to explain to the doctors. Sometimes they get it, sometimes, they don't. Sometimes I get peeved at the pharmaceutical reps who say, this "new drug" (which costs the world) is good for everything. Neurontin, good for neuro pain, good for bipolar, good for MS, all in one little $50.00 pill. Same as Abilify, good for Diabetes, good for BiPolar, Huh. Then There's Lyrica. I am not so peeved about
this b/c it serves to put Fibromyalgia on the map. Now when you say,"Ï have Fibromyalgia", they don't pull a complimentary package of sugar pills out of their desk drawer, pat you on the back and send you packing.
Hypothyroidism, Fibromyalgia, Facet Joint Syndrome, High Blood Pressure, menopause, Migraines, Chest Pain, Anxiety and Depression/BiPolar II
Synthyroid .075mg., estradiol.5 mgs., Amyltriptilene, 100mgs, bedtime, Tylenol 3 PRN (six-eight, daily), Valium 7.5mgs. daily prn. Flexeril, prn (not so helpful), Zoloft,150mgs., Zomig approx. 12 per month, prn., Meds for High Blood Pressure, vary.