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Tue Jan 12, 2016, 05:43 PM

i went and got officially diagnosed!

Last edited Wed Jan 13, 2016, 01:01 AM - Edit history (1)

I officially have Ultra Hyper Cycling Bipolar Disorder.

And now have a prescription of lithium. Wish me luck!

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retrowire Jan 2016 OP
elleng Jan 2016 #1
MuseRider Jan 2016 #2
Tobin S. Jan 2016 #3
thereismore Jan 2016 #4
LiberalArkie Jan 2016 #5
retrowire Jan 2016 #6
LiberalArkie Jan 2016 #8
hunter Jan 2016 #14
steve2470 Jan 2016 #7
Tobin S. Jan 2016 #9
steve2470 Jan 2016 #10
hunter Jan 2016 #11
roguevalley Jan 2016 #12
retrowire Jan 2016 #13
mopinko Feb 2016 #15
TexasBushwhacker Feb 2016 #16

Response to retrowire (Original post)

Tue Jan 12, 2016, 05:45 PM

1. BEST of LUCK!

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Response to retrowire (Original post)

Tue Jan 12, 2016, 05:49 PM

2. Wishing you luck!

Good for you getting in and getting this done. It is not easy. Hang with it and you will get a handle on it.

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Response to retrowire (Original post)

Tue Jan 12, 2016, 06:00 PM

3. That's what you needed to do, retro.

Go see a pro. Also, keep in mind that that person is working for you and should be on your side no matter what. If things don't go well, be sure to speak up.

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Response to retrowire (Original post)

Tue Jan 12, 2016, 06:05 PM

4. Good luck! I know what you are talking about. nt

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Response to LiberalArkie (Reply #5)

Tue Jan 12, 2016, 06:27 PM

6. That's what I immediately feared after being prescribed a medication

I feared that I'd lose the manic happy part of me... So perhaps an anti depressant solution would help with that? Still, I'll try the lithium first.

Thanks for the advice!

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Response to LiberalArkie (Reply #8)

Sun Jan 17, 2016, 01:15 PM

14. Oh, jeez... Me living in the computer lab, later '70s, early '80s, and never got wealthy for it.

But some of the people buying and selling it sure did.

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Response to retrowire (Original post)

Tue Jan 12, 2016, 06:45 PM

7. Best wishes and some advice....

1- Study up on your diagnosis, from GOOD sources on the internet like webmd, Mayo Clinic, etc. It will help you immensely, I promise you. Try to learn the lingo as well as you can, so you can communicate better with your doctor.

2- About your doctor: Ok, here goes. Yes, SOME doctors and psychiatrists are really nice people with no God complex, and can accept suggestions and feedback. However, in MY experience, they are very touchy and territorial creatures. Do not ever try to play doctor or tell THEM what to do. It sucks, but it's the way it is. Be very tactful and diplomatic, and just describe your symptoms as precisely as you can. If they are competent, they will know what to do. Don't suggest an exact dosage, because you will get asked where you went to medical school. Don't suggest a medication, because of the same reason. You will learn how to work with your doctor eventually. Hopefully you have a humble nice doctor. Ask leading questions in a semi-dumb Columbo-ish kind of way. They will pick up on your lead, if he or she is competent.

3- Lithium is great but very powerful. Get your blood levels faithfully. It's not something to be casual about. Take it exactly as prescribed, which is my suggestion for all psychotropic meds.

Best wishes to you, and keep us updated.

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Response to steve2470 (Reply #7)

Tue Jan 12, 2016, 08:15 PM

9. A psychiatrist will order blood work for patients taking lithium

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on a periodic basis. Since we got the dosage right for me, my doctor has ordered the blood work once every six months. The patient, of course, has to keep up with his or her end of the deal. If you have too much lithium in your blood, it can poison you like many medications. If you have too little, you might not be getting the drug at therapeutic levels.

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Response to Tobin S. (Reply #9)

Tue Jan 12, 2016, 08:19 PM

10. yes exactly right nt

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Response to retrowire (Original post)

Tue Jan 12, 2016, 08:59 PM

11. One of my kids did that but it took some time to get things quite right. My advice: PATIENCE!

Me, I've never been quite right, maybe I never will be, but I've learned to accept that, half a century of practice ,and many scars...

...many fine stories, even the bloody ones.

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Response to retrowire (Original post)

Wed Jan 13, 2016, 01:11 AM

12. you have my best wishes, retrowire.

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Response to roguevalley (Reply #12)

Wed Jan 13, 2016, 01:14 AM

13. Thank you. nt

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Response to retrowire (Original post)

Thu Feb 11, 2016, 09:53 PM

15. best of luck.

hope the meds work like a charm.

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Response to retrowire (Original post)

Mon Feb 15, 2016, 12:11 PM

16. Drink lots of water

You'll probably be thirsty anyway.

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