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Re: neuropathies/lithium Experiment aborted

Posted by Squiggles on May 23, 2002, at 9:39:09

In reply to Re: Peripheral neuropathies, etc. Is it the lithium?, posted by Squiggles on May 21, 2002, at 6:26:40


Well, it has not exactly been a statistically
randomized, controlled experiment. I will give
my results thus far, but I have had to abort the
week-long intended experiment for suspected lithium caused
neuropathy, because as I suspect, the Synthroid
goes up, thus giving me heart palpitations, and a sense
of heart block. The lithium and Synthroid are
balanced under normal dosage.

Here are the results:

from May 19 - May 23

(drugs: 0.112 Synth., 600mg li every other day
instead of the usual 900mg every day, and 1.250 K)
Thus a drop of 300mg li every other day - all other
factors remaining constant;

Results: Peripheral neuropathy still there but
the top of wrists not as swollen and hard, and the
sensation a little less. Ankles not swollen, night
fever so as severe or intolerable, no bubbles in
urine, sleep disrupted, diarrhea still there, much
less physical fatigue, tongue still coated in the
morning, skin feels much softer and warmer and

I regret very much not continuing to Sunday. I think
the time period is too short to draw conclusions,
but I think it's clear that skipping at least one
lithium once in a while, may have some of the
beneficial changes described above. The heart block
sensation and the anxiety/chest tightness I suspect
is the Synthroid. Whatever the cause of anxiety,
I sympathize with those taking psychiatric drugs
that produce it - as it is a human experience that forces
a person to flee from his own skin so to speak.

dat's all folks :-)





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