Bipolor and have colitis

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Date Joined Mar 2004
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   Posted 3/16/2004 4:57 AM (GMT -7)   
 I have had ulceritive colitis for 15 years, then during that  period they diagnosed me bipolor, which really was triggered when on high does steriods and when my parents died,
most of the time I think I have it under control, but I have not been sick for a long time and I just got out of the hospital on mega steriods and I am really bad, I am on adivan but I feel like I am slipping more and more, I cand sleep, I am up at 5, as you can see, all I want to do is cry, thats all I do is cry, I dont know if I am just feeling very sorry for my self but I am tired of this colitis , I lost 15 pounds again, look like crap, dont leave the house, hate everyone, and just dont want to start over again, every time I get sick from this colitis it takes so long to get well and it just takes to much out of  me, I feel like I am really just so done,  I cant stop crying, what is wrong with me,

I know what is wrong with me, want it all to stop please , any real advice, before I lose my mind.



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   Posted 3/17/2004 8:50 AM (GMT -7)   
I hope that today is better for you.  Life is so unpredictable, even during the same day, with lows and highs.  It feels like a rollercoaster.  Maybe the only way to cope sometimes is to accept it and ride it out until better the times come. 

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   Posted 3/30/2004 7:42 PM (GMT -7)   
cheri, I have UC too. It can be somewhat depressing at times for all of us. I've had my share of ugly, tired days. You not alone with all of these issues. Hang in there. You'll have good days too. Have you check the UC forum? Might want to brouse that area on forum too. Hope your feeling better very soon. GI-RO

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   Posted 5/5/2004 6:37 AM (GMT -7)   
Cheri......Hang in there. I have days like your having every day.
I speak from experience.
I've had Ulcerative Colitis and Epilepsy since 1979.
Both conditions are stress related (in my case).
I've had everything under managable control until 6 yrs ago, my 12 year old son was diagnosed with bi-polar (manic depression) and has been puting this family through hell.
Then my UC flare-ups started to be more frequent and more severe. As a result I had to increase my UC meds, and since this effected the metabolic rate of my epilepsy medication, it has to be increased to the point where I am a walking zombie and afraid to go out for fear that everyone would think I was a drunk.
This effected my social life big time.
Have you tried reducing some of the stress in you everyday life style?  In a lot of cases stress is a major trigger for the ulcerative colitis, if that flares up then you will have to increase your meds and that can throw everything out of wack.
I guess my condition is worse than I thought as my employer of 29 years has put me on disability insurance for 2 years and then medical retirement and I'm only 47 yrs old.
So as you can see you're not alone.
Randy (Ontario, Canada)

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   Posted 5/13/2004 7:57 AM (GMT -7)   

I do not have Bipolar but i did have uc for 25 years.I now have an ileostomy and i feel like i have been given my life back.
I remember having times when i was on the steroids when i just did not understand my emotions at all.I would be hypo one minuet and the next all i wanted to do was cry.

If your colitis is at the stage where it is totaly ruling your life and you are constantly having to try different medications etc,then maybe it might be worth speaking to your doctor about having surgery.I am not suggesting that this is the best thing for you because i don't know your full history,but maybe a discussion with your doctor wouldn't hurt,at least you would know what is involved.
I know what it is like to live with uc and my heart goes out to people like your self that have other conditions such as Bipolar to cope with on top of everything else.

Hang in there


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   Posted 8/21/2004 10:23 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi! I am BP and do not have colitis, but I do have irritable bowel syndrome. I know that IBS is much less serious, but I do feel lousy most of the time and cry, too. I hate people and don't want to be around them and I snap out so easily. You are not alone, cherilynn.
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