I was the International Director of Sales and Marketing for the third largest medical company in the world. I spent forever working with Pharmaceutical Companies regarding appropriate medication for all illnesses.
My entire life I have had very strange reactions to medications. This past March I had surgery on a gland in my neck at MD Anderson Hospital. He gave me Salagen to produce saliva, it took 15 minutes and I was in anaphilactic shock , yet I had taken 1200 mg of Seroquel and 12 other drugs for years with no problems. I have a HUGE tolerance for medication as does my father.
Why does one Bipolar spend all the money they have and another sleeps with everyone they meet.
I am so miserable right now, I have to have surgery on the gland again and I've had migraines for 3 weeks and I'm in agony.View Thread
Unreal isn't it ? Can you believe I was driving a car while hallucinating. I went into a parking lot and when I got out of the car, I fell on my face, I fractured my jaw. A Lady ran towards me, there was blood everywhere. She opened my purse and found my Husband's business card and called him. My hairdresser had already called but no one had any idea where I was until the lady called. I arrived DOA in total renal failure. As I said I don't remember anything, I woke up in my room with IV's everywhere. For 2 or three days, there was a picture on the wall and a clock. I was getting really mad because everytime I looked they had moved to another wall. My bed had an alarm on it so I would not be able to get out. I still managed to get out of the bed, pull an IV out and I was trying to pry an electrical box on the wall open so I could stop the clock and picture from moving. I was in the ICU so they knew something was going on. They were in disbelief that I got around the alarm, so they put a stronger one around,
I have been housebound for almost a year, however I still get dizzy, I get the most hated aphasia, my memory is shot, I'll start a sentence and just stop because I forgot what I wanted to say. I have fallen so many times, my Husband had totake a leave of abscense to stay with me. I have only 30% kidney function, I'm always scared to death.
Keep in touch, maybe we can help ourselves, I have a medical background and only we and Dr. G know what we are going through, no one else understands. My Archangel Michael is with me. Take Care !!!! You can always contact me.View Thread
I have been on this board for awhile, I am a atrocious rapid cycling Bipolar. I also have now been diagnosed with a severe anxiety disorder. After running through every med on the market, my Psychiatrist told me my only 2 options left were ECT or Lithium. Under duress I took the Lithium, every 4 weeks to the day I went for blood draws on Creatinine levels. They never rose above 1.1.
At the end of last year, I went to the hairdressers, which I do not remember at all. My hairdresser immediately called my husband and told him something dreadful was wrong with me. Fortunately, my hairdresser, Internist and Psychiatrist have been with me 19 years. I was driving around and finally someone saw me and called my Husband on his business card. I arrived DOA in total renal failure at the hospital. My Creatinine level was 9.0 and no one had any idea why ? I don't remember anything, the Doctor spoke to my Husband and said he did not think I was going to make it. I was in the ICU forever. Unfortuneatly I had a severe issue with a gland in my neck and I was scheduled for surgery at MD Anderson. When I woke up I had a fever that turned into an infection so I spent 7 days at MD Anderson once and then again a second time.
I finally had a complete breakdown, I was shaking so badly, it was visible across the room, my speech was so distorted people thought I had a stroke. This went on for months, I stayed home, did not answer the phone. It finally and very slowly got better. My problem now is that every time I start to feel anxious my speech gets distorted and I vibrate so badly I fall , hit walls, fall out of bed. Has this ever happened to anyone before ?View Thread
Awhile back I found myself on one of my boards, there were only 2 people there, me and another person.
The person was telling me all kinds of very scary thoughts, cutting, suicide etc. I reached out because I was hoping to provide support. I know and like the expert on the board and I was hoping I was doing the right thing. The person replied and said she was much better.
My wonderful expert came back and took over.View Thread
It has recently come to my attention that there is a growing number of therapists online.
I have been in and out of therapy for years and it's very disturbing when you bond with your therapist and they move away. It is very unfortunate for me that I live in an area where there is nothing. I'm a New Yorker so I am used to fabulous hospitals. The medical community here is so inept it scares the hell out of me. I'm going to discuss this with my Psychiatrist on my Wed. appt.
I check every physician I see with the state records of education, residency, complaints. Would I be able to do the same with an online therapist ?
I worked in the medical world so I have a great deal of knowledge but I'm still an atrocious rapid cycling bipolar.
OMG, Dr. Goldberg is right !!! I am an extremely, extremely rapid cycling bipolar. I got so bad I had run out of options on medication. I CATEGORICALLY did not want to go on Lithium, I had heard so many horror stories about it. However, my choices were Lithium or ECT. I chose the Lithium and within 4 months it had destroyed my thyroid. 5 months after that my Creatinin Level was 1.0 , 2 weeks later I arrived DOA at the hospital in total renal failure with a reading of 9.0. The only sign that something was wrong was I had been at my hairdresser's of 18 years and he called my husband and told him to get me to the hospital, something was wrong. It turned out to be aphasia. My husband had already called my Psychiatrist, who had already called MD Anderson Hospital.
This all happened on a Saturday and I was so out of it, I saw no symptoms. EVERYONE has told me it's a miracle I'm alive. If you are on Lithium, I don't care if it's Christmas, Hanukkah. CALL your Doctor, if you do not feel well.
The only thing that has saved me is that I go for a complete metabolic panel w/eGFR. Lipid Panel, CBC, TSH every 4 weeks now.View Thread