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   Posted 7/28/2009 5:35 AM (GMT -7)   
I am new to this site, but i have read a lot of the post here and they have actually gave me hope and comfort that i am not alone in this battle.  I will try and so my best to explain my situation, i am going through a very bad depressed stage right now and it is very hard to consintrate and explain things so here goes.  There has been something wrong with me as long as i can remember.  Growing up i always had problems with concentrating and anxiety.  I was given ridelin when i was younger because i was thought to be ADD.  Ridelin did not help me. Some how i made it through my teens by self medicating my self with drugs and alcohol.  When i turned 21 i got severe depression and was given every antidepressant under the sun with no success. I tried to committ suicide and was hospitalized.  While i was in the hospital they gave me effexor and luvox.  The doc gave me luvox because i convinced him and myself that i obsesse(spelling??) over every little thing in my life, i guess that drug is for obsessive compulsive dissorder.  I dont have the actions of that like tieing my shoes over and over ect.. i do bite my nails alot.. anyways something helped me mentally while i was on those meds, but had serious sexual side effects.  I stopped taking the meds a couple months after i got out of the hospital thinking i didnt need them anymore, i was wrong.  My doctor said it was the luvox that gave me the bad sexual side effects, so i just took the effexor which did not help.  So i tried different  meds that didnt work and finally gave up and tried self help CDs and back to self medicating for the next 6-7 yrs.  I am 30 now and have been trying meds on and off for the past 2 yrs with no success.  I hurt my back again last yr(had surgery when i was 20, started the severe depression) and was given cortizone shots.  These cortizone shots apparently sent me into a hypermania stage, which gave me extra energy, concentration, confidence, creativity for like a month and then slowly went away and depression set in again.  Which brings me to where i am at right now.  I went in to see my doctor and was going to try the luvox again because that is pretty much how i felt when i got out of the hospital, but after telling him my experience over the last yr he seems to think that the cortizone shots sent me into a hypermania state and he diagnosed me as bipolar type 1 or 2(the one where you are manly depressed) and he gave me Lamictal(the generic).  I have been taking it for about a month and just took my first 100mg tablet last nite.  I do not feel any better or worse, very little side effects. I had the "shocks" the first couple days i took them, but nothing since.  Im trying to hold out and hopefully this stuff starts to work, but each day is a struggle.  If anyone has any insite on my situation i would appreciate it.  Right now all i can think is maybe i should have just took the luvox. On the other hand if lamictal can help with hardly any side effects that would be great.
thanks for listening.

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Date Joined Feb 2003
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   Posted 7/28/2009 8:24 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Eddieray,
Welcome to Healingwell.
The only thing that I would like to say is that for sure the cortizone injections could definitely have sent you into a hyper stage.
2nd unfortunately it does take most of us with bipolar a very long time (sometimes yrs) to find the right cocktail of medications that work for us.  But that takes working closely with your psychiatrist and going to all scheduled appointments consistently. 
You really need to let your pdoc know if something is not working well enough for you.  Sometimes only a tweak in the adjustment needs to be made, sometimes a whole new med choice if you are experienceing side effects like you  mentioned.  There are plenty of alternatives for them to choose from, so let your pdoc know what side effects are a problem with you and why you want to change.  They will help you with that.
Best of luck. Keep posting if we can be of any other help.  Other's will chime in soon. blush
 Bipolar - 2004
     Crohns disease - 1995 
Arthritis & Fibromyalgia 
Leo Buscaglia

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