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Postby TheLonelyStranger » Fri Mar 19, 2004 7:10 pm

You're right about the gambling Stranger... it is a very destructive habit. I try to keep it hidden from wife, but that's no way to have a successful marriage I had a really crap day today, I think I had too much Lithium because I was shaking like a leaf and my head's been throbbing all day. I ended up leaving school at lunch time and went to the casino... not smart. I threw away $600 in no time. Fortunately I had to pick my wife up from work or I'd still be there now. It just gets away from you. A lot of it's the risk. I don't really care if I win, as odd as it sounds... I just get stuck in it and don't realise.


I think I understand what's going on with you and gambling and it not being the winning. You're not going to keep this hidden from your wife though, she is going to find out eventually. When the sherrif shows up the door and she's there, she's going to find out.

You need to contact your doctor about the shaking. Some of that's normal as you adjust to the drug. Did he not talk to you about these kinds of issues? If not he should have. I don't want to do anything to encourage you to stop taking the drug but these kind of symptoms can be extremely dangerous and you need to get in touch with the doctor. I don't know how severe yours where though. I did have some of that, the trembling. I got up to 1800Mg a day later though and never knew I was taking it, other than being hard to stay awake. But early on I had some mild trembling at very low dose. I really think it warrents a call to the doctor's office, talk to a nurse if the have them so you can tell them what is going on. It's been too long ago for me to remember the exact warnings my doctor gave me when I started it, so if he gave you some, follow what he said. Otherwise, call!
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Postby Pedrotater » Sat Mar 20, 2004 8:39 pm

Hey guys, Pedro here...

I agree about the shaking...it is not good. I have been on a few drugs that brought about palsy and twitching....trading bi-polar for parkinsons...

Anyway, I agree that the key is to realize when it is really affecting you. Some drugs, like for me Zyprexa, when the palsy and twitching show up it can spell real trouble. I have my docs personal number if that shows up.

Funny thing is, I take it at night...and I am asleep when it is most active. How will I know? Still, I am used to the twitches...the bottom part of my sig is from a song by the Tragically Hip, called "Three Pistols High" which is about a Canadian Artist Tom Thomson, who was brilliant, but had bipolar, the words are actually from a letter they found in his cabin after he went missing.

I chose this because it hit me directly, and I knew exactly what he meant. I never know what to expect next...but I am ready to go into head first.

Pete, sorry about the Pom accusation...had I known. Us colonies have to stick together eh?

Anyway, keep up...and thanks for being around to listen to a fellow blather on. We have to stick together....
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Postby jung_student » Mon Mar 22, 2004 9:17 pm

Pete wrote:I did see the doctor again today though - and I think you're right Stranger. I mightn't get as many great ideas when I'm not manic, but if I can stay "normal" for longer than maybe I can process and work on the ideas I've already had... and that's better. I'm also not going to miss the depression either. It sucks... but you already know that. I don't get suicidal very often... like I did in my late teens, early 20's... but it just cripples you, so you can't do anything. If I feel like I get plenty of good ideas when I'm manic... then the opposite is definitely true when i'm depressed. I can't think at all. Bring on the treatment :)


I am 10 years older than you guys and never knew I had Bipolar, but was diagnosed recently. What I think is that if I have had it before now, it was very mild and, I, like Pete, was able to channel it productively as he does with his song writing. However, I think mine was brought on by a major stressful time period last year. I don't ever remember having any manic type episodes until after this stressful time period and the mania was not good but really bad - what with delusions and psychotic episodes and major depression. It was not a good time.

The Lithium and Resperdol seemed to take care of it all. I sleep very well now and the depression, which was at one time cataclysmic, is now tolerable. So, my luck with the meds have been fine, thus far.

I have a question though about Lithium. My mind can think and process really well. There are times when it seems too well for my ability to verbalize. Sometimes I feel that my vocabulary, which is very high, just leaves out of the back door for afternoon tea, leaving me almost stuttering like a kid who got caught doing something improper. I will talk to my doctor about it, but I was just wondering if this ever happened to any of you guys?
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Postby Pedrotater » Tue Mar 23, 2004 2:14 pm

Jung;

That whole verbalization thing happens to me far too often. I am not on lithium per se, but I do take a stabilizer (divalproex) and now an anti-psychotic (Zyprexa).

The thing is, I have always been known in my workplace as a go to guy for coming up with eloquence and proper phrasing (I am a writer in a government communications shop), but lately I am flopping horribly.

Even more odd is the fact that as that occurs, I also feel a sort of separation. I mean, I sometimes feel like I am watching this shell of myself talking to people and making no sense. It makes me want to scream, but I can't.

The opposite also happens though. I have these moments of absolute clarity. I can process everthing that is going on around me, and I can hear everyone's conversations and keep track. My verbalization is exceptionally clear and I can write such complex prose it hurts others to see it. This is very rare, but it has happened.

Now a question for all of you: Have you ever known an anti-psychotic to actually make it easier to get up in the morning? I have been shocking my wife these last few weeks by getting up on the first sound of my alarm. Before I started on the new drugs, the process was: Alarm goes off, I sleep, wife elbows me, I reflex and hit snooze, repeat four to five times.

Let me know gang?
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Postby jung_student » Wed Mar 24, 2004 4:42 am

Thanks Pedro, it's nice to know you know what I mean. It is like a shell kind of thing and the frustration is so.....well...frustrating. It's almost like you feel as if drool should be leaking out of your mouth, or even more like you have the worst case of mental block.

As to the anti-psychotic, I'm not sure that what I take is one of those but it is supposed to curb delusionary behavior. When I took the amount the doctor gave me, it was all I could do to get out of bed. It took me twice as long to get ready in the morning, so I set the alarm one hour earlier. I did this to allow me time to drag all over before getting a shower, etc. AND I am a low maintenance person. I asked if I could have the med reduced. She reduced it by 1/3, and it made all the difference in the world. My point is that perhaps you are at a good dosage level for you or you just might be happy right now...or both! :D I wish I had a good answer for you, but I am so very new to this whole ordeal.
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Postby nlehto@municable.com » Sun May 15, 2005 4:39 pm

Bring on a brand new renaissance,
Cause I think I'm ready
I've been shaking all night long
But my Hands are Steady

Did these words come from a Tom Thomson letter? If so, where can I find a copy.
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Postby jims » Mon May 16, 2005 3:45 pm

Some of the comments made here interest me greatly especially--"I have a question though about Lithium. My mind can think and process really well. There are times when it seems too well for my ability to verbalize. Sometimes I feel that my vocabulary, which is very high, just leaves out of the back door for afternoon tea, leaving me almost stuttering like a kid who got caught doing something improper. I will talk to my doctor about it, but I was just wondering if this ever happened to any of you guys?"

This same thing has occured to me all of my life. As a bipolar, my mind and mouth can go along pretty well. However, at times my mind just freezes. I can't get any words together. It usually lasts for a day or so. I do not have to be in a depression for this to take plcace. I was nerver put on Lithium. At present and for years I have not taken any medication for my bipolar. These times when my vocabulary leaves still happen. So, I'm thinking that this may not always be one of the many side effects of medication.
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Postby clair » Wed Jun 14, 2006 2:19 pm

i just got diagnosed with bipolar yesterday and i was wondering if i should try lithium and i read all ur message thingys(im really new at this and i have found it so helpfull in the short time i have been on for, like half an hour!) but i found some side effects and i am like super likely to get bad bad side affects. i think about killing myself hourly but have massive highs also and i want to become an artist. maybe yous could help two people with one from your answers, or maybe more.
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