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  1. How are you doing, crtclms?

    How is your husband doing? 

  2. Notloki, I don't remember sneering and telling you when you should tell someone you use meds. You may be surprised to learn that you and I are two completely different people. Apparently, I scared off the right men, because I've been happily married for 18 years. So I think my method worked for me. Maybe you'll find one that works for you. But I expect it will be different than mine, because we are two completely different people. But this is not the first time you've dismissed something I've personally experienced as untrue. I wish you wouldn't do that, but you clearly take pleasure in it, so I expect it will happen again.
  3. sbdivemaster, I am not being clear enough, because what you describe is pretty much what I experience.
  4. You're much closer to being tapered off of Xanax than Effexor. You're only a few steps from being off of Xanax entirely. I'd taper off the one that was almost finished first.
  5. I take both Lamictal and lithium. I take the lithium as an add-on to Lamictal to help with depression. It's been a really good combo for me.
  6. Personally, I'd put it off for a day and make sure I'm hydrated. Not drinking enough water makes me really dried out.
  7. I took gabapentin for migraines, and it was like 2100mgs a day.
  8. When you kind of passively wish to die, a lot of times that could mean that you just want life and/or the world to stop, which is different than wanting to kill yourself. I was in that place for years. That doesn't necessarily make you feel any better, I just wanted to point out a possible distinction.
  9. I have kidney disease, and kidney damage, and my nephrologist told me lithium was completely fine for me to use. My kidney values haven't changed at all, and I've been on it for 10 years. I think it is a good idea to speak to your doctor before you try lithium if you have kidney issues, but it shouldn't be taken off the table completely. Oh, and my dad was a psychopharmacologist who did a lot of research on lithium. He thought it was safe for me to use, too.
  10. I always told guys by the 2nd date. Most of them wandered off, but a few stayed. My husband wasn't worried about my being bipolar at all. But he has epilepsy (uncontrolled at that point). I feel like that makes him more accepting.
  11. I don't understand how it lasts longer, but my neurologist says it can work for a couple of months, depending on the person. I used to use it on blisters on my neck from doing a trick on the balance beam, and we put it on right before I mounted, and by the time the 1:30 minutes was over, it was already wearing off.But treatment plans I've read suggest doing it as often one or two times a week! So the time-frame is contradictory. People with MDD don't have trouble with steroids? That has been mentioned as a different treatment, but I'm worried because I'm bipolar.
  12. Hey all, I was wondering if anyone here has received a lidocaine treatment? "The supposed mechanism by which lidocaine works in clusters and migraines is by numbing the portion of the trigeminal nerve known as the sphenopalatine ganglion." If it works, I'll get it again before I go on vacation. But I think it is too expensive to take it as often as they suggest. Anyone familiar with this?
  13. Um, I don't think very many if any of us rely on ads to make medical decisions. That's kind of why we are on Crazyboards. But if it makes you feel better about yourself.... And how is stating "one perspective" not an opinion? You imply in that very sentence that there are different perspectives. Yet somehow only the one you choose becomes "not a personal opinion?"
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