NYCMomOf3 Posted February 3, 2009 Share Posted February 3, 2009 Hi, I have 3 children (2 girls & 1 boy). My oldest daughter, who just turned 21 recently, has been having some issues lately and decided to go and see a psychiatrist. I thought it would be a good idea for her to talk with someone and perhaps she would begin to feel better about some aspects of her life. Let me preface by saying that she, up to this point, had never been diagnosed with any psycological disorder. She has a full time job and functions quite well. I know that she is sometimes a bit "down" and think that she may suffer from a form of depression. Last Thursday she had her first visit. Was a standard initial consultation....30 minutes of filing out paperwork....1 hour with the doctor. I happened to be working from home that day so I was home when she came back from the initial visit. She told me that the doctor immediately diagnosed her with Bipolar II and Borderline Personality Disorder and gave her the starter kit for Lamictal. My first reaction was HOW can someone, after meeting with a patient for 1 hour, make such a diagnosis. She order no medical history (to rule out any physical reasons for the depression), she did not request to speak to her physican, just prescribed Lamictal. I asked my daughter to wait on taking it until we could do some further research or perhaps get her to see another doctor. My daughter did not wait. She was fine prior to starting the medication but it is now Tuesday and we spent a 7 hours in the ER. She does not have the rash but she has several of the other side effects that, by what I have seen online and in the documentation that came with the kit, state you should seek immediate medical attention. Starting Sunday morning she began to not "feel well". It appears that perhaps she was getting a cold. By the time Monday afternoon rolled around she had the following: Fever - consistant of about 102 -103 sore throat cough headache dark urine - ER doc says that she has the beginnings of a UTI (also a side effect) double vision or blurred vision difficulty driving - she has since stopped muscle aches Again, none of these symptoms occured until AFTER beginning the Lamictal. The ER doctor ran all kinds of bloodwork, strep test, rapid flu test and chest X-rays. All came back as negative...except for the UTI. I asked the doctor if she should stop taking the Lamictal since the symptoms were all "serious" as per the documentation on the drug. I could see the reluctance and he instead put in a call to the "on call" psychiatrists who, not being given the "full story" (just that she had a fever) said that she was to keep taking the Lamictal. She also went to the original physchiatrist today and the doctor told her the same thing...to keep taking it and that what she was feeling could not be caused by the drugs and that my daughter must be prone to fevers. My daughter told her that it is rare that she even gets sick...which is the truth. She said that she could stop taking it if she liked and then for her to come back in a few weeks and she would give her something else to take. Those of you with experience with this drug please tell me what you think. What was your experience with being diagnosed or just what you think in general. I am very concerned as she still has a fever of 102 and does not appear to be getting any better. Many thanks to any who can help or offer any guidance to us. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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