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    I’ve been having an appetite disorder since I had pancreatitis in February. My appetite still has not come back #Appetite disorder

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    I’m having problems eating after pancreatitis. It’s been 14 weeks. I have to force feed myself. Will this ever get better?

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    How Medication Actually Affects People With Bipolar Disorder

    Although bipolar disorder is one of the most common mental illnesses, it’s also one of the most misunderstood. To shed light on bipolar disorder , we asked members of our bipolar disorder community what makes them hopeful and what makes them nervous about the medications they take. Here’s what they had to say. What makes them nervous: 1. Medication side effects. “Side effects of my medication.” “My medication makes me nervous because it affects my memory, and I have mixed episodes, which are exhausting.” “My doctor wants me back on Lithium, but I won’t do it because it makes me too constipated.” 2. The mood changes. “Low highs make me nervous.” 3. Developing other health conditions. “Taking some medications long-term can lead to other health conditions.” 4. The potential physical damage. “My medications make me nervous about what physical damage they could be doing.” 5. Changing medications. “I’m worried that my doctors will insist I change medications.” 6. Medication making chronic conditions worse. “Medication has exacerbated two of my existing conditions — chronic migraine and pancreatitis . Since being on medication, my [migraine episodes] are out of control, and my pancreatic disease is … chronic.” What makes them hopeful: 1. Feeling even-keeled. “Having an even keel of emotions.” 2. Feeling stable. “My medication has given me the hope to keep relatively stable and functional.” “My bipolar medications have kept me stable for about 18 months now, so I’m confident they are working well for me.” 3. Staying out of the hospital. “My medications make me hopeful that I’ll stay out of the hospital.” 4. Having fewer relapses. “With medication, relapse can be less frequent.” 5. Having better sleep. “I am able to sleep on a consistent schedule with the aid of medication, and good sleep hygiene could help to reduce the symptoms of bipolar disorder .” 6. Feeling better overall. My medication made me hopeful because I was slowly getting better. 7. Having a life worth living. “It took a long time to find the right medication mix for my bipolar I diagnosis, [but] I am grateful for the ultimate result. Medication made my life worth living.” If you’re living with bipolar disorder and want to connect with others with similar experiences, join our Bipolar 1 Support community or follow #BipolarQuestionOfTheWeek .

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    My sobriety still comes first.
    #Depression #Disability #chronic pain

    After 26 years of sobriety, it still comes first. My 44 yo daughter is in jail for violation of probation (DWI). She is awaiting a slot to open up at saf p where she'll have to stay for 6 months. She was terminated from her job as a teacher at the same school her daughters attend.
    My 40 yo daughter is in the hospital for the 7th time for pancreatitis, due to drinking.
    These are my daughters, my precious girls, whom I love very much. The mother in me wants to hold them in my arms, comforting them.
    But the recovering alcoholic in me says you saw what my drinking did to everyone. Drinking is a chvoice. And both of you are choosing to drink and drive. It is tearing your husbands hearts out. My grandchildren are suffering.
    Both of you went to rehab and bs'ed you way thru it, drinking as soon as you got out. I can only offer my experience, strength, and hope. To my younger daughter. But my eldest won't talk to anyone in our family. Their problems are not my problems. I am facing a big operation soon. I am focusing on that. COVID is still out there. I need to be safe.
    I have my own stressors to deal with. I am your mother. I will always love you. But I am not your savior. I can't fix you. It's up to both of you to get out of your own way. There's always hope for you.

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    World Diabetes Day: Sounding the Alarm 🚨

    <p>World <a href="" class="tm-embed-link  tm-autolink health-map" data-id="5b23ce7700553f33fe99129c" data-name="Diabetes" title="Diabetes" target="_blank">Diabetes</a> Day: Sounding the Alarm 🚨</p>
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    Unravelling the mystery#POTS#dysfunctional CHILDHOOD

    Have spent over a year dealing with new gi symptoms - stomach pain, intolerance to anything fatty including much loved avocado and unexplained nausea, diarrhea and weightloss. Over time have gradually worked out what helps as well as what aggravates it. Still being tested to work out what is causing this. Today I was reading up on pancreatitis as Specialist yesterday is now testing me for it. Amazingly all the other blood test results add up to this being it. The correlation between pancreatitis and high triglycerides and diabetes is making things abundantly clear. All the foods I have eliminated from my diet because they gave me nausea and diarrhea are the ones they recommend to. I had gestational diabetes with my son and he was 4.5kg because of it and they warned me to exercise and follow a healthy diet to avoid the 50% risk of developing diabetes later on. I have reached 'later on' and am turning 65 shortly and only just keeping under the blood sugar threshold level for diabetes. Found out today that diabetes can cause pancreatitis and vice versa. It feels like the best birthday present ever to discover I am on the right track and just need to tweak my diet a bit more to improve my symptoms even more. Feels very validating especially when people in my life query why I can't eat something they're having. Hallelujah!

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    Still here!

    <p>Still here!</p>
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