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Not feeling like a person.....just a list of symptoms. #Bipolar #Mixed episode #side effects #Migraine #chronic pain syndrome

I have been in an extremely prolonged mixed episode. Along with severe headaches every day, anxiety, and severe chronic pain in every joint and muscle in my body. My psychiatrist also does my psychotherapy.
But, I hate it when my symptoms become so bad and the prominent thing in my bad that pretty much all my interactions with my psychiatrist are checking in or dealing with my symptoms directly and we can't do the real therapy that I need so badly.
He has put me on a couple new meds and medicine that affects my thinking or brain chemistry don't usually go over too well with my body. I have on numerous occasions become very sick. Sick enough to be admitted to the hospital for medical care (as opposed to the psych unit).
So I understand why we have to be extremely careful and monitor every little thing because when things have gone wrong in the past sometimes they have gone wrong very fast.
But my psychiatrist is who knows me the best. And the person I trust the most. And when we have to interrupt psychotherapy to deal with all the symptoms we are trying to get relief from and side effects from sometimes makes me feel like I have been reduced to a list of symptoms to check on and make sure I am not having dangerous side effects. Same list of questions at every appointment and every interaction. Then we run out of time until next appointment.
And I know it might not be his intention or even his experience -that I have become just a list. But, that's not how I FEEL. FEEL is what I want to do. FEEL is what I need. But there is just so much other stuff going on. Important stuff. I understand that he has to check the questions....because if I die or can't get the symptoms and side effects under control then there is no way we can delve into the hard psychotherapy work we have started but desperately need to continue. My brain understands this. My feelings don't understand exactly because they need to come out. It leaves me feeling even more sad and empty.
Anyone else experience times like this with your psychiatrist, psychotherapist, therapist?? #Bipolar #Mixed episode #Migraine #central pain syndrome

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Has anyone experienced a serious side effects from a medication?

Going for Catract surgery in 4 days caused from taking a very strong medication for just 6 months.
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If you knew before taking a medication that it would cause cataracts, would you still choose to take it?

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Unlisted Side Effects #Latuda

This is an older incident that recently came up again in a conversation with my doctor. I thought posting the topic here might be a good idea.

Back in 2015 I ended up hospitalized for the first time due to my Depression. It probably shouldn't have been the first time, but that's another matter.

Anyway, the in hospital doctor put men on an medication called Latuda. He emphasized I should take it with my big meal of the day, which might just be a contributing factor to what happened next.

I was in a group home when I was released and had to fight tooth and nail to get the meds with my meal and not an hour and a half to two hours later (I know the time delay messed with my bowels, but this is something else).

I hated living there, and was filled with rage constantly. At the time, I thought it was the enviroment. I wanted to hurt someone so bad because no one had any common courtesy. They were always so loud! I had nowhere I could think. And the director seemed to be playing mind games with me.

I finally got out six months later. The anger got easier to control, but it was still there. I wanted to cuss and scream and throw things. That's not normal. On top of that my skin felt twitchy.

Another girl at my counseling center said she had been on Latuda and had the same effect with the aggression. She had felt homicidal, she said.

I called my doctor at that time and told him about the skin twitches and he took me off the Latuda cause muscle spasms are a know side effect.

I was discussing medication side effects with the doctor I started seeing after him, and the aggression with Latuda came up. She said it wasn't listed as a side affect.

The moral of my story, dearies, is pay attention to your own normal. If you are taking a new ned and something doesn't feel right, then take note.

Don't be a hypochondriac about it, but don't be afraid to ask the doctor or the people around you who have taken the med. Because it might not even be listed bvb in the paperwork.

#side effects #Medication #mental illness #Depression


Lyrica problems #side effects #Fibro #unusual

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Several years ago I was taking Lyrica but stopped because I was stuttering badly. I'm trying it again as my pain level from several issues is growing. Yesterday I went to my PM and had a good visit. I had a couple of tics while there but nothing serious. Today I woke up after a good night's sleep, which is unusual for me, and since then I've been a blithering idiot. My husband is great and lets me take my time. But he can't help with the severe brain fog, not to mention the jelly legs. My knees were buckling and several times I almost fell. This is not what I remember. Anyone else?