Another New Possible Diagnosis #bipolarspectrum
Hi all! I just joined this community and this is only my second time posting on The Mighty ever. So I deal with #Anxiety , #ChronicPain , #Fibromyalgia , #MajorDepressiveDisorder and #IrritableBowelSyndromeIBS as well as a few standard health issues like #HighCholesterol etc.
I met with my PCP this week for my wellness exam. Pretty standard. Lately, one of my biggest challenges has been sleep. I was born with #Insomnia literally. But I have flares that are pretty awful at times, and right now is one of those times. I've also recently started a new additional medication for my #Depression that has been helping SO much! However, my sleep is not improving. I try the "good" sleep drugs and they only seem to work for a few weeks before stranding me back the way I am.
My PCP mentioned that he thinks I might be on the #bipolarspectrum . Honestly, I'm not completely shocked. I've always thought I had some of the characteristics, but also knew I didn't fit the mold for Bipolar 1 or 2. I just didn't know there was a spectrum.
Anyways... not drag on here... He said he's game to try #lithium for 6 weeks if I want to try it, after taking some time to think. That frightened me though because I know how powerful a drug lithium is.
I guess what I'm looking for is some advice on how to proceed? Should I gamble and take the lithium offer to test it out? Have you taken lithium and can you give me some honest feedback about it?
Thanks for reading this far!