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Working Out When Meds Work Against You

As a sports/athletics enthusiast (nifty way to say amateur athlete, hah!) that takes medications daily, the struggle is real to fight against side effects that love to make themselves known. 1,024 more words


Medications: To have or not, that is the question! | International Bipolar Foundation

My friend Dyane Harwood of Birth of a New Brain responded to a recent IBPF blog article by Susan Zarit entitled Medications: To Have Or Not, That Is The Question! 407 more words

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 Lucy, stick to dog kibble!

 There's something in the blogosphere air this week... After months of my faithfully posting every Friday, no more, no less, these past few days I've been full of blogging & re-blogging excitement! I just can't help myself, especially when it comes to the topic that my good friend Kitt O'Malley addressed today in her acclaimed blog.  Kitt's post contains an International Bipolar Foundation post written by our our mutual friend Susan Zarit.  I also have been blogging for the International Bipolar Foundation once a month, but I haven't tackled the slippery slope of medication yet.  What has dissuaded me in part is that bloggers aren't allowed to mention specific medications in our posts, so it's a good thing I have my own blog! :) Please read on...

I'm on a mission to let people know about a rather "obsolete", unsung bipolar medication combination that DID work to lift my years-long, insidious, evil bipolar depression.   I'll tell you one thing, my friends, it wasn't no gift! ;)

What still boggles my mind to this day is that none of the numerous psychiatrists I consulted with ever thought to mention this medication until my most recent doctor, Dr. D.  Since I was diagnosed with postpartum bipolar one disorder in 2007, Dr. D. is the best psychiatrist I've ever seen, bar none, and a big reason why that is the case is because he thought out of the box, he had extensive experience, he was patient, and most importantly...he cared.   In late 2013, per Dr. D.'s suggestion, I started taking an MAOI (monoamine oxidase inhibitor) medication called Parnate, which is an old-school anti-depressant medication.   I've never had any anti-depressant throw me into hypomania or mania, but of course that was a concern. The fact I was taking a therapeutic dose of the mood stabilizer lithium was a safeguard in a way, but of course I needed to be closely monitored.   There are a few different MAOI's and they've been used for decades for bipolar-medication resistant patients!  So yes, again, I wonder why didn't any psychiatrist think to tell me about MAOI's as a possibility before Dr. D. suggested them?  I'd love your take on that one! For the record my father (who also had bipolar one) took an MAOI in the early 1980's, but it didn't work for him as he drank alcohol while taking it, which is a BIG BIG no no. Parnate works especially well when used with lithium; I take 900 mg of lithium a night and I'm extremely lucky that my blood tests have all been normal and I can tolerate it very well.. I never like to give false hope when it comes to bipolar & meds, but this combination of an MAOI and lithium has been nothing short of miraculous in my life. It hasn't been perfect; there are sacrifices I've made (some good, i.e. the nixing of alcohol!) but dammit - these sacrifices have been completely worth it.  Read on for more info. - and I'll try not to blog again until my regular Friday. Famous last words..... ;) p.s. feel free to ask me any and all questions about MAOI's & if I don't know the answer I'll ask my psychiatrist when I see him on Thursday.


Lithium-sulfur batteries have been a hot topic in battery research  because of their ability to produce to  10 times more energy than conventional batteries,which means they hold great promise for applications in energy demanding electric vehicles. 50 more words


Lithium Exploration Group Announces Revenue for Subsidiary Business

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PHOENIX, AZ, United States, via ETELIGIS INC., 03/02/2015 – – Lithium Exploration Group Inc. (OTC Pink: LEXG) (PINKSHEETS: LEXG) (OTC Pink: LEXGD) (PINKSHEETS: LEXGD), announces revenue for first half of FY2016.  451 more words


Heart issues and hypothyroidism

Before I started lithium I had a blood test and ECG. Blood test was fine and ECG came back saying I had a short PR interval. 826 more words


Lithium Exploration Group Announces Revenue for Subsidiary Business

PHOENIX, AZ, United States, via ETELIGIS INC., 03/02/2015 – – Lithium Exploration Group Inc. (OTC Pink: LEXG) (PINKSHEETS: LEXG) (OTC Pink: LEXGD) (PINKSHEETS: LEXGD), announces revenue for first half of FY2016.  450 more words


Welcome to My Bipolar Life


Hello, and welcome to my blog. I guess you could say I’m a little OCD with blogs, as this is my 5th one. I will cover Bipolar on this blog, hoping you will follow along with the ups and downs as we struggle with this horrific disorder.  398 more words