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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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