bipolar II disorder; please helpI am a 45 yo female diagnosed with bpi II 14 yrs ago. though a very very compliant pt with the standard western medicine model, i have been resistant to almost all meds and am spending over 90% of my time depressed or mixed. though a highly functioning person until recently (a health care professional myself), with a usual undying spirit and positive attitude, i am admittedly getting discouraged. my life is passing me by. i remain on multiple medications but slowly am deteriorating.
the fatigue and ultra-rapid cycling i have is devastating. i can go to bed one person, and end up a totally different one. i cannot plan anything as i never know how i will feel. i have a host of physical symptoms that herald the cycles including severe right temple migraines associated with right nasal stuffiness, mental clouding, worsening fatigue and fibromyalgic symptoms. the headaches are debilitating and accompanied by nausea, photo-and phonophobia. they are menstrual cycle exacerbated; and got worse when i turned 40. my hormone levels are normal; no night sweats. to say i have associated PMDD is an understatement.
i do not consume ETOH, caffeine and eat healthy food, eliminating soda and all additives, preservatives, colorings, lately. i do not smoke or use drugs.
perhaps most troubling, i was recently found to have hepatosplenomegaly. this is where i was introduced to homeopathy through a friend and placed on cynara scolymus and fennel for the severe pain and digestive upset. i am feeling better in this regard.
please help me get my life back. i used to be an athlete and cannot exercise because of the meds. i cannot work at present because by cognition is clouded. and my energy is so low. i am beginning to believe i will never get better.
i have sought help through chiropractic, polarity work, shamans, and of course, traditional medicine.
i am disciplined, introspective and do not in any way believe i am crazy. i have never been psychotic nor confined against my will. frankly, all of this began on the heels of a terrible series of stressful life events and exhaustion. stress still exacerbates things, but no matter how much i retreat, nor then engage, i remain in agony.
please, please, someone help me.
i am new to this, so if you need more information, please let me know.
fyi: my psychiatrist is open to suggestions in this regard. i thank God for that.
wolfmother on 2007-07-04
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