Unable to accept Bipolar Diagnosis, meds not working, need advice

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Precious Gem
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   Posted 3/30/2010 7:16 AM (GMT -7)   
Have been on all Bipolar meds, I could not tolerate them or they made me worse.  GP put me on an anti-depressant, doesn't think I am bipolar and I went straight into orbit with the worse anxiety I have ever experienced and mania climbing.  Stopped med and have appt back with PDoc next week.  I feel terrible, the stress of my job is killing me.  I have no life, I work, go home, eat (sometimes) go to bed.  My spouse is getting so frustrated with me, I feel like my marriage is in jeopordy.  I do not know what is right, wrong or anything.  Is this a BP rock and hard place other people find themselves in?
Thanks for letting me vent.  I just don't know who I am anymore.

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   Posted 3/30/2010 12:54 PM (GMT -7)   
Sorry Gem, sounds like you're in a rough patch right now..
I for sure think an antidepressant is not a good idea. . . sorry that you haven't tolerated the bipolar meds well.
i can relate to having no life too :( ~

Precious Gem
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   Posted 3/30/2010 1:01 PM (GMT -7)   
GTH, Thanks.  I am too the point that I am willing to go to the HealthFood Store, grab some extra B vitamins, L-Tyrosine, L-taurine and Lithium Oratate and see what happens.  I know this is grasping at straws, but I figure at this point, what do I have to lose?  My "Nutritional Healing" book says all these things will help.  I just feel lost, I am sure I am not the only one.
Thanks for your post.

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   Posted 3/30/2010 8:47 PM (GMT -7)   
Ok precious Gem, what meds have you tried and how long were you on them? It took me a good year on my meds to discover all the side effects and work with my Pdoc to reduce and deal with them.

Really it sucked for me for a long time also. But the alterative is even worse. I can't keep control of myself without the meds, so i have no chose if i want to keep my life as i know it. So i deal with the crappy side effects to keep my life that i love. BTW i have weight gain and hair loss. To bad they couldnt be reversed. LOL LOL LOL

Im on respiridone, did you try that med? It was like the hand of god coming down and lifting the veil from my eyes. It really was that powerful of a effect on me.


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   Posted 3/31/2010 5:17 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi, don't feel alone, I can relate to you. Though I had to stop working two years ago. I am on SSDI. Hoping to go back to work part-time in the near future. But dealing with BP and they syptoms that go with it is hard enough along. Finding the right medications, the right doctors all go hand and hand. I have been with my husband 20years now. Its hard for us to understand our own emotions and what we are going through. So it's even more difficult for love ones or friends to understand. I gues all we can do is say how we feel and what we are going through and experiencing and ask or let them know at that moment what they can do to help us or if we just need time to be by ourselves for a bit..Hope this helps. I wish you the best.  :-)

Precious Gem
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   Posted 3/31/2010 5:35 AM (GMT -7)   
My stress threshold is very low and I was one stressed out person yesterday.  I went home, took a hot bath and my husband sat and listened to me vent for 20 minutes, at that moment, that was exactly what I needed.  We have been married over 20 years as well.  Bill, I have been on: Lithium, Risperdal, Zyprexa, Thorizine, DEpakote, Tegretol, Zaphris, Celexa, Pristiq, Lamictal, and some I have forgotten.  I respond very negatively mentally and physically to these meds.  Only on Xanax now for anxiety and sleep.  Today feels a bit better, have PDoc appt Monday, so I can hang until then, so we can come up with a new plan!  I know it takes work to find your balance, sometimes it seems so hard I just want to give up but then things get a little better.
Hope everyone has a lovely week-end, I am in North Carolina and the weather is suppose to be beautiful.
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