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Please Help Fibro Warriors!!

I just love these little games my health insurance plays every so often since my doctor raised my Gabapentin for my Fibromyalgia to the highest dose of 3,600 mg a day many months ago. When I go to call it in, they won’t fill it for another ten days. This leaves me over a week with no meds, terribly ill, and at great risk for seizures. Not a med you can cold turkey without paying the consequences. When they will fill it in ten days, they will only fill 90 pills. I currently take 12 of them a day. Obviously, this does not add up at all. This is a last resort Fibro med as I did not do well on the others and had heavy side effects with them. I’ve been trying to be better at advocating for my own health this year but I’m just not getting anywhere with it. Any Fibro Warriors out there have any advice for me? Have done Cymbalta and Lyrica. Also have had gastric sleeve surgery at then end of 2021. Suffer from migraines, Bipolar II, depression, anxiety, PCOS, arthritis, and my thyroid bounces around all over the place as well. I am on Disability and on state insurance. I am open to any advice! Thank you!! #Fibromyalgia #meds #treatments #Neuropathy #MultipleDisabilities

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Suggestions to help pain?

Today is a rough pain day. These have been becoming more frequent but today is an especially tough day. Even with medication everything hurts today... head, abdomen, back, my arms and legs, etc. So I am asking for help/suggestions.

What helps your pain? Be it medication, rest, hot/cold packs, herbal remedies, exercise etc.
Have a great Sunday!

#NF #Neurofibromatosis #NeurofibromatosisType1 #ChronicPain #ChronicIllness #Remedies #treatments

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Bipolar Disorder #BipolarDepression #BipolarDisorder

Bipolar Disorder has many
different faces. Bipolar Disorder is diagnosed when someone has episodes of mania that can change to depression. However, there are different types of the disorder as if being diagnosed wasn't enough.
Bipolar 1 - Episodes
of extreme mood changes that go from mania to extreme depression.
Bipolar 2 - Milder
mood elevation with milder episodes of hypomania that alternate with periods of severe depression.
Cyclothymic -
Describes brief periods of hypomania alternating with brief periods of depression that aren't as severe as the former two.
These are three of the
common diagnosis for Bipolar Disorder. Mixed episodes and rapid cycling are also considered different aspects of the disorder. A lot of times there are other mental disorders that accompany Bipolar Disorder as well as Substance Abuse.
People are often
misdiagnosed for many reasons. Often Depression is diagnosed and Substance Abuse can make it difficult to tell the difference between mood changes. Web MD has some good information about all spectrums of Bipolar Disorder. They also have a self check guide.
Although Bipolar Disorder is
lifelong disorder, there are various treatments that can help with the symptoms. Along with therapy, there are medications that also help which can include mood stabilizers, antidepressants, and others.
May is Mental Health
Awareness Month. There are plenty of resources online that can be useful in helping doctors recognize the signs and loved ones can do research to understand more about the disorder. There's so much stigma attached to Mental Illnesses so it's important to do research.
If anyone needs to do more
or are experiencing a crisis, NAMI (National Alliance of Mental Illness) has great resources and a helpline for emergency situations. Stay safe. #BipolarDisorder #mentalillnesses #WebMD #treatments #Stigma #MentalHealth


Tracking Treatments?

How does everyone keep track of all the different treatments they’ve tried and what worked and what didn’t? I’ve been on so many meds plus had TMS and ECT over the years it all blues together! When I talk to my doctor or a new doctor I can barely give an accurate overview of what I’ve already tried and why I stopped it. Anyone else struggle with this? What do you guys do?
#Depression #treatments #trackingtreatments #TreatmentresistantDepression


Tracking Medical History

How do people track their medical history? I’ve been through so many different doctors and medications and treatments it’s hard to remember it all! How do you track your meds and doses and any other treatments you’ve had? #Depression #treatments #MentalHealth #medicalhistory #MedicalRecords #TreatmentresistantDepression #Anxiety #ClinicalDepression

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