Bipolar hurts! And not just emotionally.

Although I talk about my own issues on here and I am NOT a doctor, there are some out there thattry to help.

I have been having a lot of pain over the last year.  Dr Phelps discusses this here:

http://www.bipolarworld.net/Phelps/ph_2004/ph1155.htm

As for me, I do know that some of the pain is genuinely caused by injury, illness or birth defect.  The rest, though?  Not so much.  I do understand that I need to see a medical doctor to figure out which is which.  I also recommend that you discuss physical pain with both your primary and psychiatrist.  And they may need to talk to each other to figure things out.  I advocate that each of us should be our own advocates.  For that to happen, we all need to work together on our “team.”  Everyone on the team, you, your psychiatrist, therapist, primary, and any specialists all need to be on the same page.  To do that, you need open communication.  You need to tell your doctors everything that pertains to them.  Your primary and psychiatrist should both be fully aware of what the other is doing that would affect their own treatment plan.  If they both have busy practices, you make sure that important information is shared as well as talking about it during appointments.

You are not going to be able to be successful living with this illness if you hide things from your doctors and therapists.  Also, if the right hand doesn’t know what the left hand is doing, there could be serious repercussions.  I am not talking about only medications, either.  If your primary recommends a vitamin regimen, they could interfere with the absorption of your meds, making them enter your bloodstream faster or slower.  Wether you are adjusting to meds or on a maintenance dose, this could be very dangerous.  There is also the idea that specific bloodtests may need to be done more frequently or at all.  Bipolar medication might be causing your headaches or nausea (two of the most common reactions), but it could have another cause completely.  If you assume you know what is going on and do not ask, there is no way for you to know if a pain or illness is something to be concerned about or not.

Like I said, I’m not a doctor.  I do need to go see mine.  I’m having severely increased amounts of joint pain.  I need my doctor to help me figure out of there is something wrong, this is a medication side effect that they should either treat or change my meds, or if this is a physical manifestation of my illness.

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~ by theartistryofthebipolarbrain on January 20, 2012.

2 Responses to “Bipolar hurts! And not just emotionally.”

  1. Well said. No one can help you without the complete picture. There is an old AA quote “Half measures avail us nothing.” Awesome post what I try to say when speaking to fellow bp folk but much more articulate.

    • Thank you for the compliment! I have been told more than once that I can explain things that others cannot. I am not sure I know how truly accurate that is, but.
      Since I have been told that many times and often by people I was getting therapy with or from, I thought a blog might be a good idea.
      I like your blog as well. I hope to read a lot more from you!

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