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  1. So just an update on this. I did more research and I've come to the conclusion that I have reactive hypoglycemia. I googled every symptom that I have, and seriously 60-70% of the things that came back were reactive hypoglycemia. I've started making sure that when I eat anything with carbs, I also eat protein and fat with it. I've also started making sure that I eat something before bed (carbs/fat/protein), and that has also helped. I can safely say that I haven't felt this good in years, and I feel WAY more stable now. I will update again in a while as I continue to work through this, but wanted to give a heads up. :) Thanks!
  2. The other day I took a lunch break and took my dog to the park and for a run. I felt pretty rough that morning, but just looking forward to the run I got to feeling better before I even left the house. While at the park the sunshine felt terrific. Felt great the rest of the day, and actually the rest of the week! I need sunshine, I'm ready for winter to be over. LOL
  3. Does anybody else have anything that seems to work? I'm reading up on the Sleep hygiene now. Thanks!
  4. Thanks for the info! I DM'd you for the sleep hygiene stuff. Thanks!
  5. Hi all, I have BP2, and I literally just roll the dice every morning when I get up to see how I'm going to feel. I have kids and a dog, so I normally have no clue when I'll be woken up. I do much better when I try to get 8hrs... and my sleep hygiene is terrible, with using electronics right up until time to go to bed. I've noticed two things that screw up how I feel the next day, and set me up for all-day brain fog which I can' t shake: Too much alcohol Woken up in the middle of a sleep cycle (not in 1.5hr increments as it should be) I've been searching for ways to shake off the fog throughout the day. I've tried caffeine (normally works, but on those days doesn't even touch it), cardio, weight lifting, playing music, etc. Nothing helps except 2 things: Nap - This is the number one thing to knock out the brain fog... anywhere between 5-30 minutes normally does it. However, this is hard to get on a working day. Outside work (yard work, building something, etc) - This almost always works, but I need to stay at it for at least an hour or so and be focused. What have you found that helps you get out of a fog and reset if you wake up "in a mood"? Thanks! Heygrain
  6. Hi, thanks for the response. My "cycling" is more like I wake up 3 out of 7 and feel "out of it" all day long. No matter how much caffeine I consume (trying to quit) or anything else I do, I never come out of the fog. I'm then pissy, irritable, tired, flu-like almost, etc. The next day may be the same, or the next day may be way better... it's like rolling the dice every morning when I wake up. I'll read up on Lithium vs Valproate, but yes I mainly have depression and anxiety along with my mood swings.
  7. Yes, I'm starting to think Lithium may be a better route to go... but it took me so long to build up to my current dose on Lamictal I'm terrified to go off of it. If I start cycling more and feel like crap, I would REALLY hate to try and build back up again... not sure I could stomach it. I may try to move over to Lithium... it sounds better, but you also hear all of the horror stories that go along with it. Thanks everybody! Hi, in what way was it better? I want to quit feeling so "flat", anxious (ruminating thoughts) and depressed. Thanks.
  8. Hi All, It took me forever, but I finally titrated up to 200mg of Lamictal over the course of over a year (I know... way too slow). Every time I went up 25mg I felt flu-like for weeks, with intense anxiety. Once I "leveled off" I would feel fine for a while, then get grouchy, irritable, tired, depressed, etc all over again (I'm BP2). The higher I went on Lamictal, the more my moods stabilized, but they stabilized into a constant severe anxiety (I am very outgoing and for 1.5 yrs I've essentially avoided people except my family). They also stabilized into tiredness, very blah feeling, and overall just depressed and not excited about life at all. I could've kept going up and may have stabilized more, but every time I did increase, I felt worse. I recently went down from 200mg to 175, and felt somewhat better/less anxious. I felt good enough to be confident to go down again. I went to 150mg and now I'm back pissy, irritated, depressed 2-3 days out of the week, etc. However... I'm very much more alive feeling now though, and when I'm happy, I'm actually HAPPY. I'm not manic, I'm just my happy-go-lucky self. The anxiety is still there, but it's less than before (not so many ruminating thoughts). I feel screwed... if I stay high on the mg I'm more level.. but it's a terrible place to be... blah all the time. If I go down, I feel better but then my moods swing again. Should I try something else? Maybe Lithium would be better for me. I kinda feel lost... damned if I do, and damned if I don't. Thanks, Heygrain
  9. Hi, I have glaucoma which was caused by an accident that I had years ago. I had surgery a few years ago and my pressure finally dropped and was really good about 1.5 years ago. I was probably on 50mg of Lamictal at the time, and as I've titrated up my IOP (Intraoccular Pressure) has went up each time. It may be a coincidence, but I wanted to get some others folks' opinions (only those with glaucoma or knowledge on IOP, please). Thanks! PS: I researched this but couldn't really find anything, so that's why I'm posting this.
  10. Well, I'm up to 175mg of Lamictal now and there are two big positives: I'm not nearly as grouchy with my kids as I used to be, and I almost never lose my temper anymore. The second thing is I'm no longer waking up on the "wrong side of the bed" every other day. Before I went up it was like rolling the dice, I never knew how I'd feel in the morning... now I'd say 90% of the time I feel just fine in the mornings, which is a HUGE blessing to not have to find somewhere to take a quick nap during the day just to "reset" from the brain fog. Now for the bad stuff: Anxiety is much higher, depression seems much more intense, and I'm super forgetful all the time. Still, I think it's worth it and hopefully if I keep going up things will smooth out some. We shall see.
  11. Well I'm up to 175mg of Lamictal and I can finally say that I'm waking up on the "right" side of the bed 90% of the time. I am also able to hit the snooze and go back to sleep for a while and wake up and still feel pretty good. I have a feeling that if I continue going up on Lamictal that I'll even out altogether (at least I hope). For now it's a VAST improvement, although it hasn't come without other side effects (more forgetful, more depressed, more anxious, etc). Hoping everything evens out soon, but I wanted to share this in case others are going through the same thing. Apparently the wonky sleep cycles and sleep disorders are just part of BP2, and I never knew it.
  12. Just an update: I titraded up from 100mg to 125mg, and then two weeks later to 150mg. I am now taking Lamictal 3 times a day 8hrs apart (split evenly). I felt much better going up this time around, I think due to going up on the dosage during the day and not at night (I sleep WAY too deep when I take too much at night). I have a question though: I feel really good for the first week or two max and then the anxiety is back along with being super tired. Once I get to the "right" dose will I stay in this "happy place" instead of only visiting there for a couple of weeks? :-)
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