Hope you had a great day and are ready for the weekend. I had a ton of back pain today. It seems to be getting worse as the months go on. Ugh!
For the bipolar treatment I was trying last summer, I was attempting to find a way to treat the BPD naturally. I posted all the info last summer on an alternative to Lithium Carbonate (medicine prescribed by docs), called Lithium Orotate (which you can get at health food stores). I started the trial by doing just a small dose, and over 3 months time I worked up to a maximum dose (or what I could find listed on the internet as a maximum dose). Unfortunately, I have to report that this did not work for me in the least. It was a very stressful time in my life, and I ended up in a very bad state. I tried to remedy this by seeking out a therapist and giving that a try as well. The downward spiral continued. Eventually, after being off of meds for a year, I finally went back to the psychiatrist and decided to try another round of medicine - hoping to find a good combo this time.
I am happy to report that I am the most happy and comfortable I have been in many years. Mentally, I am now clear and happy, and I feel like I finally have the perfect mix of meds (combo of 900mg Trileptal and 40mg Celexa). I wish I can say, in this instance, that the alternative treatment was a raindrop in the desert, but for me I didn't feel that way at all. That doesn't deter me from continuing to try alternative treatments for other things, but I feel that my body and brain really responded wonderfully to the Rx and not the the holistic choice. That, however, does not mean that I will be using the medicine as my only source of relief in my battle with this mental illness. In fact, I think the other treatments are just as important. I am working on a mix of yoga (an old lady class for people with disabilities! Ha!), meditation, swimming, water fitness classes, counseling, diet/lifestyle, continuing to abstain from alcohol, and treating myself with love. I will continue to report on my progress!
For the few of you I know with EDS and bipolar disorder, don't feel like all is hopeless. It takes time to find a treatment that is right for you - and I won't discount anyone for anything that they try - I just wish you happiness and peace of mind. And, as always, know that you are not alone. :)
Much love to you all! I am off to bed to try and sleep - if my back will ease up just a little and allow me to rest! Have a low-pain Friday!