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Date Joined Aug 2005
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   Posted 10/14/2006 7:23 AM (GMT -7)   
At first this new medicine helped.
Bang, down came the mania.

But this last week I've been a bit more up and down again.
Not as extreme as before the medicine, and the mania is definitely a lot, lot better, but I still notice it there.
If I get excited about something, I tend to go off on a manic tangent. I've found myself having genius delusions a lot (one of my manic things), I organised my studying the other day, but didn't actually do any of the studying.

The depression is nearly as bad as it was before.
It's crippling.
This weekend I'm really ill - ended up at hispital thursday night with suspected meningitis.
Thank god it isn't - I've got some kind of viral infection, but I have the odd rash, but only in a tiny area and no spreading.
The combination of a viral infection and depression has meant I've slept most of the time, even when I haven't really needed to.
It's been awful.
I've not done any of the stuff I need to do!

My GP can't do much more medicine-wise. She's re-referred me to the psychiatrist in the hope that that will get me in a lot faster. I just need to see him.
And this medicine is... well... it's not NOT working, because it is helping. The edges are mostly gone, the mania is much better.
But it's all still there, just waiting to be triggered.
And the depression is bad.

I feel so useless right now.
I knew it wasn't going to be a miracle cure, but.... I feel almost as bad as I did before I went on it!
Thoracic Outlet Syndrome from birth - Diagnosed 1999
Fibromyalgia from birth - Diagnosed 2005
(?) Ulcerative Colitis - waiting for tests
(?) BiPolar - Diazepam short term, and Sodium Valproate (Epilim)

Starting to really get somewhere with the doctors!

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Date Joined Jul 2006
Total Posts : 1529
   Posted 10/14/2006 1:30 PM (GMT -7)   

Lovely Djonma! -- I wondered where you were!! -- What a time you're having! I'm so so sorry you've had all this to deal with -- hospitals and viruses -- ugh!

Ok, the big thing I have to get you to do is to dicuss that rash with your doc first thing tomorrow -- make an emergency appointment!! -- Until you get to see the psych  *she* is reponsible for your wellbeing. I checked your meds profile in your signature as soon as I read about the rash and "Sodium Valproate" jumped out. In fact I was thinking of Lamictal and the "Lamictal rash" (for which you have to contact your doc immediately), but when I checked a couple of webpages on Epilim (the brand name for your med -- same as Depakote in the US/Canada) they also said that you should talk to your doctor immediately if you get a rash from this med( and that you should not take it if you have an allergic reaction (of which a rash is one of the reactions specified -- see Now it may be that your doc can find out more precise info (especially since I only found one place that said don't take it if you get a rash, and the other just said talkm to your doc immediately), but this certainly needs looking into and your doc *must* do this!!! (Maybe take prinouts of the pages with you because your doc as a non-pdoc is unlikely to have a specialist knowledge of this med.

I also think you could probably do with an a-d in the mix -- sodium valproate is to help with the mania. If your doc is uncomfortable or unable to do any more, she *has* to push harder for you to get an appointment with a pdoc as a matter of urgency.

Sorry, I sound like such a dictator this evening, don't I?!? -- Well, I mean that for your doc but never mean to be that way with you!! -- Just concerned for you!! :)

Big hugs (((Djonma)))

Rosie x


People are not like fish: they do not work well battered.

When I'm not in my right mind, my left mind gets pretty crowded...


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