One year here, boy i've learned a lot.

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happy bill
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   Posted 11/23/2009 7:13 AM (GMT -7)   
   Looking back i'd found that i joined this forum a year ago, and boy do i feel like i have learned a lot by being here. Here are a few of the things i  have learned. (feel free to dissagree with any on my list or add some of your own)
 1. BiPolar affectes everyone differently, but that many docs only use the medical definition of BP and then attempt to fit a square peg into a round hole, so to speak. Listening to you all here has shown me that there are so many more sides to this disease than what i orginally thought.
 2. WOrking off number 1, there is no one medicine that works the same for everyone, and that we all have wildly different outcomes to different meds and treatments. In short each successful treatment has to be perfectly tailored to each individual.
 3. You have to be willing to forgive yourself and move forward with your treatment. Beating yourself up over thing that you did while you wern't in your right mind doesnt help anyone.
 4. Being able to laugh at yourself and how you feel has helped me gain some control over this beast. Just accepting that i'll never be rid of it and that the most i can hope for is a truce has been very freeing to me in an emotional, spritual and mental sort of way.
 5. Finally having a place such as this where i can talk to people who truely  understand what i am feelign and going thru has been a godsend in its own right. Plus i enjoy being able to lend a shoulder to those in need because i understand that they will be there to lend me one if i ever need it also.
     Thanks for listening and everyone have a happy holiday week.

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   Posted 11/23/2009 2:13 PM (GMT -7)   
Very good list!
Stephanie, 29, married for 10 wonderful years and mommy to two awesome toddlers
dx with Crohn's 4/2003, in remission from 11/2003 to 7/2009
omeprazole 40mg, zoloft 100mg, apriso 1500mg, dicyclomine 3/day
dx with bipolar II 8/2009, re-diagnosed with bipolar I 9/09
Apparently allergic to lamictal
Saphris, 5mg/day

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   Posted 11/23/2009 4:45 PM (GMT -7)   

I love it! Thank you so much for this. I think your insights are really great and we've been lucky to have you!

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Bipolar II

"Bipolar disorder can be a great teacher. It's a challenge, but it can set you up to be able to do almost anything else in your life." - CARRIE FISHER

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   Posted 11/23/2009 7:08 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks Happy Bill.
I kind of learned these things, but you were able to put them into words.
Even though I do not understand where I am going on the path that God has laid out for me, I must submit to His plan and trust that He will take me where I need to be. 
Current medications:
Bipolar treatment-Lamictal, 200mg, Mood stabelizer, daily(main side effect: brain fog) Bipolar treatment-Cymbalta, 40mg, Antidepressant, daily(main side effect: GI upset, decreased clotting, insominia) Anemia, Fatigue treatment- Iron supplement, 65mg, daily(main side effect: constipation) Insominia treatment- Ambien, 10mg, daily(main side effect: amnesia eppisodes between taking pill and falling asleep) Mania treatment- Alprazolam, .25mg, Very rarely(main side effect: fatigue, slowing of thoughts, depression of CNS, can't take ambien or vicodin when on it) RA treatment- Plaquenil, 400mg, daily(main side effect: GI upset, decreased clotting) RA treatment- Methotrexate, 25mg, 1X weekly(main side effects: hair loss, stomach upset, mouth sores, sore muscles, fatigue, brain fog, compromised immune system, decreased Folic Acid absorption) GI upset treatment- Leucovorin Calcium, 10mg 1x weekly(main side effects: ?) Folic Acid defintioncy- Folic Acid, 1mg, daily(main side effects: ?) Multi-mineral Supplement (main side effects: constipation, GI upset) Constipation treatment- Docusate Sodium, 200mg, daily(main side effects:?) pain control- Motrin, 800mg, PRN Q6hours daily(main side effects: GI upset, decreased clotting) Pain Control- Vicodin, 5-500mg, PRN Q12hours 3-4 times weekly (main side effects: brain fog, fatigue)

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Date Joined Dec 2007
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   Posted 11/24/2009 9:21 PM (GMT -7)   
Wonderful list Bill.

Being able to laugh at yourself is the stage that helped me get a lot healthier.
Isn't it nice to think that tomorrow is a new day with no mistakes in it yet? - L. M. Montgomery

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