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Old 08-07-2005, 10:29 PM   #1
Jack Saturn
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"Does this sound like the correct diagnosis.."

....because it takes Folks,like Ya,ll,to get the BEST advice from on this topic:those who LIVE WITH BP!!
Short and sweet,Wifey has dealt with Migraines for the past 10-11 years,taken 1-2 dozen different Meds,until her Neuro settled on Topomax,Lamactil,Imipramine,Propranolol, and Imitrex.She has declined in stamina and endurance,stays less"smiley" more and more,feels NOTHING for me anymore,sexually,has gained 60-70 lbs.,and is an emotional rollercoaster.
She can be all sweet and easy one evening when I get in from work,the next evening,she might have a scowl on her face.She told me when we were engaged to watch out for her"Mood-Swings",as she put it.She sure had them,too,as the next 18 years proved.We endured 7 seperations,a 15 and a 9 yr. old girl,and "Ridin' the Coaster"all the while.When we were dating and engaged,she gave me the most fantastic Sex-Life I could stan!After our first was born,I ceased to exist.I had to beg her to go out ,just us 2.We've been to countless Counselors and stuff,but none worked.
To end this,I must add these facts:Today,Wifey let me become aware that her Dr. had diagnosed her with Bi-Polar,actually several weeks ago,she just "did'nt think to tell me".
Now,do you guys think she may be BP?I sure need to hear some solid opinions and info,from those that experience life with BP.Thanks,Jack Saturn

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Old 08-08-2005, 03:49 AM   #2
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Re: "Does this sound like the correct diagnosis.."

Hi, although I'm obviously not in the position to diagnose, there are a few things in your story that struck me as being very typical of bipolar disorder:

*your use of the term "Ridin' the Coaster" to describe your life together
*your wife going through periods of extreme sexuality as well as lack of sexual interest
*your wife's mood swings that, from what I can see, are disturbing to all involved
*Your use of the term "I cease to exist" intrigued me...I too have bipolar disorder and when I'm unwell (depressed particulary) that's often exactly how I feel about my loved ones-I really stop giving a ****** about anything, everything and everyone...not in a sense of being 'selfish' and only caring about myself, but just not caring at all...

Old 08-09-2005, 08:49 AM   #3
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Re: "Does this sound like the correct diagnosis.."


good for you for taking some steps to learn about your wifes illness. my suggestion is to learn everything you can about her illness and especially on how to cope with a loved one having BP. she definetly is going to need your support. To answer your original question... it sounds like the doc got it right, but i am not the one with the degree....

Kudos to you for being with her on the "ride" for all this time... and look into finding the seatbelt that will keep ya'll safe together.

Good luck

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Old 08-09-2005, 02:31 PM   #4
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Re: "Does this sound like the correct diagnosis.."

Give the doctors a chance . Get as much info as you can ya'll can live a good life (they say) with this. I am new being bipolar. Ya'll need to get outside, eat right, tell yourself happy things and try not to harp on the bad. lithium, depakote Seroquel and geodone are places to start looking into. Get outside every day, and make yourself do things. keep away from caffine booze weed and cocaine and chocolate. learn learn and learn, music flowers and the sun help me.


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