Hey thankyou Researchmjr!
I am re-posting this with some alterations:
I am really happy that you have done everything you can! You have done the right thing in finding out all you can. Forums are great for that.
I am really happy to be of help! It makes me feel like I have helped, and that the times I and my mates have been through, have led me to help others.
So give my regards to your son, even though I will never meet him. My 20's were the toughest times of my life. But I never gave up. Now, at 30, I am over a year into such a blissful life. Everything I stated was my friends and my mindset.
A normal day job didn't and never will cut it. I always knew, underneath the pessimism, that I was worth more than a day job.
Me, the megalomaniac and “all the rest” for over 10 years, is now a successful Personal Trainer with my own business that is now very successful. My dreams (that I write down and have in front of my work space) come to light, and the future is even brighter!
When I look around, I can hardly believe what I have achieved. Life is working! I am already so appreciative of where I am and proud of myself, but better things just keep coming! I am so appreciative that “I worked it out”! And it is working.
My job lets me do what I love most, and that’s helping people. Most of personal training is psychological, and I talk to my clients more than anything.
My clients come with self hate, and are on the prescript
ions. My previous life and friends are full of that, so I know all too well in that area.
So, things are great with me now
I am also now engaged to my dream woman and have a baby due on the 10 of March!
What a megalomaniac can do when they DO!
I wish you and your son all the best, and please be happy to know that one day he is going to be incredible! (if he keeps trying!)
Thanks for listening!
Hello, from all the research that I have done, a Lithium prescription should only be given once a Doctor has fully examined you and understands you over a length of time. This is not something to mess with. Like you, my son was not diagnosed for Bi-Polar but he was mis-treated for it and was put on Lithium because the Doctor was treating a symptom and not diagnosing the problem. In my son's case he was in a state of temporary psycosis which was invoked by an overdose of Canabis. Yeah, no one likes us talking out here about substance abuse, but, ya know what? Someone who cared responded to me and it saved my son! Because he had no insurance they shipped him off to some state hospital that totally messed him up even more. Lithium can help those who have a Bi-Polar disorder and in some cases need Lithium and it must be prescribed differently for everyone. It has to be tested over time to find out what is best dose is for an individual. They were giving my son 1200mg at bedtime. That is way too much for a 21 year old for his weight and it should be split up 3 times a day, not all at once. Lithium can be toxic and can cause many problems. They say the safe ranges in your blood stream when testing (depending on the hospitals and doctors opinions) are 1.0 - 1.2. Anything over 1.2 is toxic and can poison you. It is also possible to be toxic at a level lower than 1.0 depending on the person! My son experienced very intense, uncontrolable shaking and tremors, though he felt very tired he could not sleep and was very restless in bed, not knowing what was going on. I was terrified of what was going to happen to my son. I thought the doctor knew best and than I found out that they just pump the patience full of this stuff along with other drugs like Cogentin and Haldol to keep them under control while admitted. He was walking around like a zombie. I looked at my son and I knew he was in there but his physical being was all out of wack. Needless to say, I brough him to the emergency room and got another opinion and the doctor there recommended getting him off the Lithium immediately! Yes, without weaning him off. It is true that if someone has been diagnosed correctly for Bi-Polar and it works for them, should they decide to come off of Lithium for any reason such as giving birth to a baby, etc. then they most be weaned off of it slowly as it could cause some Neurologic damage (based on what I have read). For someone that is not dependent on Lithium or has been mis-diagnosed. As long as the Lithium blood level has not reached or made it between 1.0 and 1.2 than it is considered to not be at the "Theraputic Level". Meaning, in order for Lithium to have any affect on what it is supposed to do it must be at the theraputic level. My son, had only reached .45 and he was having all the troubles I described! He showed immediate improvement within 3 days and all the tremors stopped. Note: When he was on it the ER gave him a shot of Ativan which is a muscle relaxer which stopped the tremors and enabled him to get some rest. That was the best thing for him. So, I had it prescribed until the Lithium wore off. I took him every day to have his Lithium level checked and once it reached zero I had his Ativan dosages lowered. Now, he is seeing a one-on-one doctor and has been prescribed accordingly until he is better. Canabas overdose can be very harmfull. Many think that this substance is not dangerous. It really is if you abuse it to the point where you invoke a episode of psycosis. My son is taking Zyprexa 5mg in the morning and 5mg at night. He is also taking something called Divalproex (Depakote) at bedtime while he sleeps to help the brain become chemically balanced again. Depakote will only be taken until the doctor feels he is ready to come off of it. It will not be used long term. All of these drugs are scary. But, unfortunately they do help in this case and I look forward to the day that he is no longer taking them. My son is doing well and I would say he is back to normal about 90%. Another month or so and he will be back 100%. I do not know what your case is or why Lithium was recommended to you but, if you are not diagnosed for Bi-Polar than I would strongly recommend you reconsider and get another opinion. I think most people out here that know about Bi-Polar disorder would agree. Do yourself a favor and go for a full physical, bloodwork and what ever neccessary to diagnose what your problem is. Find a really good specialist that has in depth knowledge of your problem. The difference is night and day from what I have found. It is also important to get someone you feel comfortable with and trust. If you have the slightest doubt about who you are seeing than that is a huge red flag. Get out of there and find someone better! I wish you the best of luck and I hope I have provided enough to help you evaluate your situation.