Bipolar and Chronic Pain

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   Posted 2/23/2006 11:07 AM (GMT -7)   
My son, age 28, has always been a healthy, fit, extremely active young man.  He was injured in a surfing accident 18 months ago.  Tore muscle, nerve & cartlidge away from the lower rib, causing extreme pain...and keeps him from doing any physical activity.  By May of last year, he was hospitalized with continuing extreme pain, and there diagnosed as bipolar.  Started on Serequel & Lamictal.  His injury has started to heal several times and he has reinjured himself with a cough, a choke, or picking something up wrong.
My question - Is there a relationship between Bipolar disorder and chronic pain?  Is it possible that the injury pain could be significantly amplified by Bipolar?
Thanks for any information you can share with me.
A very concerned Mom

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   Posted 2/23/2006 9:02 PM (GMT -7)   
I haven't heard of any relationship between the two, but it would seem reasonable that chronic pain could act as a trigger for symptoms. I'm certainly not in the medical field so this is just my opinion, but it seems that one could probably aggravate the other. You might want to try and post in chronic pain as well. They may know more about this than I. Good luck to you and your son.
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   Posted 2/24/2006 6:20 AM (GMT -7)   
Dear Candis,
I can only tell you my story. scool I was the same age as your son (I am now 30) when I was injured at work on night shift with a repetitive injury to my neck upper spine. The whole lot had literally worn out. I have ended up with nerve damage in all sorts of places in the upper spine neck hands and arms. I have bipolar type 2 but it had never caused any real problems untill i had to start putting up with 24/7 searing nerve pain, spasms lack of sleep and trialling different painkillers. I totally agree with ellie and in my own experience yes chronic pain can trigger bipolar symptoms. I had some of the worst swing after i got hurt. Lack of sleep depression, fatigue ect. Some Painkillers muck about with the seretonin levels. Anything plays with my levels my system goes into skull nono mode LOL. I have never heard of bipolar magnifying the pain. By the sounds of your sons injury he could well be suffering Neuropathic pain or nerve pain but please dont take my word, get him to see a doctor. Neuropathic pain is often described by ppeople as an unbearable at times burning and searing pain that comes and goes or can be constant. I hope this helps.

~TwIsTeD AnGeL~

"Bipolar Rule Numero Uno: When its good its very very good but when its bad its HORRID" 

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   Posted 2/24/2006 7:42 AM (GMT -7)   

Hi candis, 

I first wanted to say welcome to healing well.  I am sorry about your son's accident and diagnosis.  I know it is hard.  He is lucky to have a caring and supportive mom as yourself. 

There was just one point I wanted to make here and that was that I believe that it is entirely possible that your son's mental illness could be wrapped up in chronic pain.  This I believe would be due to the fact that he was in a severe accident and then subsequently diagnosed with bipolar disorder.  These two things combined together can have a devastating effect on someone emotionally even after the physical injuries have healed. It is very important to remember that when you are dealing with any mental illness and in particular bipolar disorder it is really based on an individual basis, meaning that everyones symptoms and perceptions will be different.

My thought go out to you and your son. 


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   Posted 2/25/2006 4:40 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi I was in a big car actsident in 1997( Shortly after I remaired) when I recoverd I got pregnet , after I had my dauter I was very moody . Now when I look back most of my problems started after the actsdent. I was miss dignosed for many years. Pdoc at that time said it was major deprestion and postpardom blues. I recently got a new pdoc and was dignosed bp2. I think there is a link to it all. I hope things get better for you and your son. with GODS love melisa

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Date Joined Feb 2006
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   Posted 2/25/2006 11:23 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks to all for your comments and caring concern. We have been to so many doctors and run the gammit on xrays, CAT scans, internal tests, etc. Traveling next Tuesday to the Pain Center at the University of Miami, so I am building a list of questions to ask the doctor.
Thank you all.

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   Posted 3/1/2006 3:52 AM (GMT -7)   
I am taking Lyrica, a fairly new anticonvulsant, for migraines. But it is approved for neuropathic pain. Would this be an option?
Please be nice to me, I'm a blood donor (conquering my fear of needles one pint at a time).

Dx: BPII (and everything that comes along with it), BPD? (pdoc trying to figure that out), Chronic Migraines (that means 2-4/week)

Current Rx: Lamictal, Lyrica, Depakote ER, Seroquel (prn), Xanax (prn), Vicoprofen (prn), NuvaRing

Past Rx: Prozac, Paxil/CR, Lexapro, Cymbalta, Ambien, Wellbutrin XL, Effexor/XR, Topamax, Neurontin, Trazadone, Klonopin, array of triptans (allergic)

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