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Re: listen to YOUR body

Posted by Debbie on August 9, 1999, at 9:22:11

In reply to just advice, posted by Ellen on August 8, 1999, at 6:34:35

> > > > To all that venture through this sight. We all struggle not only with our illnesses but with finding the right meds and wondering what on earth they will do to us only to find out that they do nothing or make the situation worse. I have been in this boat. I am bipolar with generalized anxiety disorder. What I take now is unimportant. What is important is that you do your own homework. So much info is available. Ask your docs all the right questions, write them down as you think of them. Keep a log to track how your are feeling and what you side effects are as you go so that you doc has enough infor to help you. If you are not satisfied get A SECOND OPINION. Don't be afraid to do this. I can only tell you from my experience that the key to heading towards a path that helps us feel better to take as much of the situation undercontrol as possible. I know it's tough when you feel like shit, but there are some doc's that will just dole out meds like it's candy. I had a doc like this. Bottom line this is your life, if your not satisfied find better help. I have a team of docs that I know work with. The all consult with each other. This took work and perserverance to put this together,but I spent ten days in a psych institue determined not to go back. Everyone of us even though we don't feel it at out worst has the strenght to get the help needed. Do It! It is out there. Also don't be swayed by other side effects on different drugs, everyone is indivual. Klonopin works great for me in low doses, where others it can be lethal. Good Luck to ALl!Ellen

>What Ellen wrote is so right! I love to come here and read what others have written and it makes me feel that I'm not struggling alone, but we must all remind ourselves that no two beings are going to react the same way to anything. For example, I had absolutely no problem coming off klonopin when I needed to when for others it's been a real nightmare. Some of you have already found a good doctor while for the rest of us the search continues. All I'm trying to say is that there are no absolutes. I hate, and I do mean HATE, being on Neurontin, Depakote, and Topamax. The weight gain, the tiredness, the cost, the ticks. But I have learned to function with them--or should I say in spite of them--whereas before I wasn't functioning at all. No it ain't fair. So have your cry. Take those damned meds. And get on with the hand you've been dealt. Debbie




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