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post #341 of 572
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If it helps I had the same problem and now at 6 weeks in the acne is long gone. It lasted about 2 weeks
That's great news! I hope it works out that way for me, too!
post #342 of 572
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So I know bipolar kind of sucks - but did anyone else find their dx kind of freeing? Like - you finally know why so many things happened the way they did in your life?
post #343 of 572
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So I know bipolar kind of sucks - but did anyone else find their dx kind of freeing? Like - you finally know why so many things happened the way they did in your life?
I think it was more like, so thats what the heck is wrong and there's help!


I finally found a silver lining, dd went up to 75mg of lamictal on Saturday, that girl has been cleaning all day long for a couple of days. My house is starting to look pretty darn good! (she's always totally trashed it). This morning though she was bright eyed and bushy tailed when she came in and told me "Its 3:33 (as in AM), can I have 7-up?" NO! GO BACK TO BED!!!!! She then proceeded to come in over and over I don't know how often until I came out in a panic thinking I must have over slept and not heard the alarm clock because it was light and she was up. Nope, it was 6:30, alarm wasn't set to go off for another hour and she never went back to bed. On the upside she cleaned the living room better then I could have and it just needs to be vacuumed (which she wanted to do within 2 seconds of my coming out)

god, I need more sleep, I didn't fall asleep until 2am then it was broken sleep due to dd.

At least lack of sleep gives me energy and I'll be buzzing around able to clean by this afternoon. Days like this I run on adrenaline and get a lot done I just gotta wake up and get my eyes open. Its now 8:30am and I can feel the energy starting but the desire for sleep is still way stronger.
post #344 of 572
ive been feeling alot of better now. thanks for the support. my ex and i started talking again. healthy talking, were friends now and NOT getting back together.
im really glad i called a friend and didnt go commit myself. that would have been costly.
doesnt it suck that people even have to consider that?

breaking up has shown me i have some awesome friends.
post #345 of 572
Hi mamas,

I really do not know where to begin but I am feeling very down on myself. I am starting to feel like I have not accomplished anything with my life and never will. I feel like a failure, I feel like I have so much to offer but it is all messed up in my head and never comes out right. There are so many things I love to do but can not seem to do them. I feel as though everything is hard for me right now. Life is hard,the kids are hard. I feel like I have no time for just me time for just myself. I feel like I do not belong nor do I fit in. I am feeling down and I feel like there is no light at the end of my tunnel
post #346 of 572
Thread Starter 
Kelly - LOVE to you sister...I think we have all been there and know what you are going through.

Do you have a couple of bucks to pick up some Vitamen D? That helps me tremendously when I am down. (And I am even on pharma - but its not enough!!!)

<3

Jenny
post #347 of 572
Thanks...I think I will pick some up ... : Things are just so hard right now .
post #348 of 572
s kelly, I've been there too. It will get better I promise, just hang in there!
post #349 of 572
I got a good multi w/ lots of the B vitamins, and it's helped a lot as far as energy.

Do you have someone you can talk to who can help you work through everything w/o minimizing? My husband can do this, but it's taken time. At first he'd say, "you're not a failure," and couldn't understand why that made me feel worse. It's important to have at least one person who can and will listen to you without judgment to help you see your life clearly.
post #350 of 572

Should I change my pdoc?

Our state has some stranglehold on the mental health industry, and there are few doctors here who don't work for the state mental health board. So, that's where I am right now. I see a pdoc for meds and a therapist. My pdoc suggested I taper off Effexor to change to Stattera at my last appt. I tapered off and ended up in bed crying for 3 days before my appt. Then I got there, and she said that my blood pressure's too high to move to the Strattera.

So, she bumped my E back up to 225 mg. That was last Thursday, and I've gained 7 pounds since then. I knew that would happen. Effexor has (so far) worked best for me, though I don't think it's as effective as it once was for me, but it causes enormous weight gain. I've gained a total of 110 pounds from Effexor and Risperdal. Everytime my dose changes, I gain more weight. I know it sounds awful and vain, but I'm so *sick* of being fat. Really, I am. And we're healthy. I'm tired of people saying, "just get out in the yard with the kids, and you'll begin to drop weight." Bite me. I do play outside with the kids. Everyday. We hike and swim and walk as much as possible. I eat lean meats, fish, steamed veggies. What the hell else am I supposed to do???

That's one problem. The other is the pdoc. She wants me to see my family doctor to get the okay to change to the Strattera (or not) b/c of my blood pressure. Then I'm supposed to taper off the Effexor again, but she can't see me for 10 weeks! DH wants me to change doctors. There are 2 in our town who aren't affiliated with the state. (I cannot switch w/i the state system. The scheduling's the overloaded system, not the doctor.) One needs a referral from a PCP (which I can get), and the other I refuse to see. He saw me when I was in the psych hospital, and I couldn't understand most of what he said. I can look to go farther, but I'm not sure if I'd be jumping from the frying pan into the fire, ya know. Would you change?
post #351 of 572
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So, she bumped my E back up to 225 mg. That was last Thursday, and I've gained 7 pounds since then. I knew that would happen. Effexor has (so far) worked best for me, though I don't think it's as effective as it once was for me, but it causes enormous weight gain. I've gained a total of 110 pounds from Effexor and Risperdal. Everytime my dose changes, I gain more weight. I know it sounds awful and vain, but I'm so *sick* of being fat. Really, I am. And we're healthy. I'm tired of people saying, "just get out in the yard with the kids, and you'll begin to drop weight." Bite me. I do play outside with the kids. Everyday. We hike and swim and walk as much as possible. I eat lean meats, fish, steamed veggies. What the hell else am I supposed to do???

I don't have much advice but risperdal causes major weight gain but there have been studies that have shown the weight gain to be stopped/slowed and even reversed when combined with an H2 blocker like Pepcid (you can get a 1mo supply for like $8 at Target or Walmart). My dd started gaining weight like crazy right away and once she hit 12 lbs in 4 months (thats 3-4 YEARS of weight gain for her) I started researching and found the studies. Started giving the 2 together 2x a day and the weight gain stopped and she's even lost 4lbs. Might be something to try
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I've only gained 15 ls on depakote and I am going to ask the doc to change me to abilify (do I have it right? not the sleepin one, the bipolar one) I dont want to let it go till I am 100 lbs over this weiht.

And also because my psychosis is the same or worse....probably about the same... as before and I am really sick of seeing things move when they dont really move. Its more of an illusion than a hallucination for me but sometimes scary and totally annoying.
post #353 of 572
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I started researching and found the studies. Started giving the 2 together 2x a day and the weight gain stopped and she's even lost 4lbs. Might be something to try
I didn't know that. I will give it a try.
post #354 of 572
Anybody have any heart trouble on lamictal? I have a benign murmur and infrequent palpitations (both of with my doc knows of). . but after 2 weeks of being on 25mg I'm having tons of palpitations when I even barely exert myself (climb a flight of stairs, for example). I have an appt in the morning with the doc, but wanted to know if this is common or what.
post #355 of 572
^Wow! I'm glad you're seeing a doctor tomorrow! That sounds scary!



I'm pregnant & the OB I saw briefly (long story) told me to stop taking my Metformin (my fat preventing drug for Seroquel).

I have been an eating machine! I don't know how much I've gained this month, but it is NOTICABLE let me tell you! I just can't stop.

Brandi I totally relate to the "just get out in the yard with the kids, and you'll begin to drop weight." People just don't understand. Even when I explain the weight gain causing medication I feel they are even more put off, as if I'm making excuses when I'm explaining the cause.

Can you see the doctor without making a formal switch? Just getting a second opinion?

Anyway! Staying on 400mg Lamictal & 100mg Seroquel. Apparently some women with PCOS stay on Metformin through their pregnancies to combat the related insulin issues, but now that I've already stopped for a month I'm afraid to just pick it back up. So depressing! At this rate I'm going to have a 100lb pregnancy!

to all of you!
post #356 of 572
Thanks Carley! Doc decided to have me stop lamictal and we'll try something else. Don't know what yet, though. I'm soooo scared of weight gain since I have PCOS too and am already heavy. FWIW, I did stay on metformin during my pregnancies and it worked out fine. It didn't control the weight gain, but it did regulate my blood sugar levels.
post #357 of 572
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Brandi I totally relate to the "just get out in the yard with the kids, and you'll begin to drop weight." People just don't understand. Even when I explain the weight gain causing medication I feel they are even more put off, as if I'm making excuses when I'm explaining the cause.

Can you see the doctor without making a formal switch? Just getting a second opinion?
Yeah, when I talk about the meds, I get *those* nods that say, "yeah, keep telling yourself it's the medication." I saw a PA today who normally sees DD b/c of my blood pressure. She suggested I get on the DASH diet. When I got home and read the info, I found that I'm already doing the majority of it - much healthier than their "suggested" meals. She did say she'd give me a referral to a new pdoc, though, so I'm going to see what he says. She said she's heard my complaints about the state mental health offices before. They're really just overworked, and I know that. Unfortunately it decreases the quality of patient care.
post #358 of 572

on the topic of weight

hi, I haven't posted to this thread in awhile. just catching up. I'm currently taking Trileptal, zoloft, adderal, and just added 100mg of seroquel. I used to be on 850 of seroquel at one time, different cocktail altogether though. So, I've been extremely thin the last 9 months or so, like I haven't been this size since I was in high school. It's a good weight for me, if on the slim side. I like it, I'm happy. I'm terrified I'm going to gain a bunch and feel bad about myself. I didn't try to lose the weight in the first place - I've had chronic diarrhea for going on 2 years - perhaps from the Trileptal, perhaps from stress. I just built a house, during which time I had to move out of old house, into a rental, tear down old house, move into new one, then got the guts to move out of town to get away from abuse and then started a new relationship but it's a healthy one finally. I also had 2 inpatients in that year then 2 after I moved here. I finally loved my cocktail and was feeling better really than I ever had, more alert and capable to be active in my life and play with my kids. Then things started going down again so we added the seroquel about 2-3 weeks ago. (side note - will I ever get a stable cocktail? it's been 5 freakin' years!) So I've noticed after I take my seroquel I feel like eating the entire fridge. I'm trying to keep healthy low calorie but satisfying munchies on hand. What dosages have you all taken and what gain have you attributed to them? Did you notice an *appetite* change at all or strictly weight gain? What kind of things helped you come to peace with the gain?
post #359 of 572
All I'm taking is Lamictal and a bunch of vitamins and I actually started losing weight albeit very slowly but I'm no longer gaining (22 lbs this year) and I'm down 6 lbs in the 6 weeks I've been on it. Sorry I wasn't much help
post #360 of 572
Thread Starter 
If you haven't seen "The Soloist" you must.

It is insanely awesome and pertains to mental health...and also how our conditions can Be aggravated sometimes with life circumstances....and stigma...and on and on....

so freaking good.

see it.
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