mom needs help BIPOLAR Possible CFS... advice please....

Discussion in 'Fibromyalgia Main Forum' started by Kimba4318, Jun 14, 2006.

  1. Kimba4318

    Kimba4318 New Member

    Hi all - I did not know if you could help me, I am so worried about my mom. She was diagnosed with bi-polar disorder a year ago and has suffered with depression for a while.

    Let me start with the meds she is taking (if that helps at all)
    Previosuly on Lithium.... now on GEODON (80mg 1 x a day)
    Naprosyn (pain med for arthritis)
    Lexapro (20mg 1 x a day)

    I do not know if she has CFS, but she will change (in energy) from hour to hour - She is getting great bursts of energy and cleaning the house, etc. and then she may run to the store and almost fall asleep on the way home (driving). She will "have to" lay down for a couple of hours and then be able to function again and sometimes get the energy back.

    She never knows when it might hit her. Like I said, she will not be able to even keep her eyes open when it hits. It is very scary. Not sure if it is the meds or not, but can change from hour to hour. SHe cannot live like this and I fear she may get into an accident or something, because it is that extreme.

    If any of you have a clue as to what this might be or what might help, I would greatly appreciate it.

    Thanks friends!!
    :) Kim
  2. caroleye

    caroleye New Member

    Bi-Polar has been treated by neurofeedback for years now. That would be my first choice.

  3. Kimba4318

    Kimba4318 New Member

    do you know what is involved in neurofeedback?
  4. yourtroubl

    yourtroubl New Member

    Its called cycling. Its part of bi-polar. I had a friend who was bi-polar. The meds should be helping that though. Perhaps she needs them changed. Whatever you do dont let her stop the meds. They may just need to be adjusted to help with the cycling.
  5. Jeanne-in-Canada

    Jeanne-in-Canada New Member

    That sounds more like narcolepsy. I have no idea if she is truly bipolar or not, lithium is heavy duty, mayble its bringing on a problem. Or maybe she isn't bipolar, people w/ FM/CFS can be very moody, hormonal and neurotransmitter problems are at the root of most of our symptoms. Maybe the narcolepsy problems is just that, and really part of the CFS syndrome. Its not as common a part of the syndrome, but I've personally met people w/ CFS whose biggest pitfall was dealing w/ narcolepsy.

  6. 69mach1

    69mach1 New Member

    but we are not dr's here...but if in doubt please aks her to go to a psychiatrist that specializes in medication....

    ask around chekc your local mental health clinic...

    i know of some great ones out here in san francisco area...

    i had the great pleasure to have a dental pt. of mine that is a psychiatrist....and he gave me a #1 name in san francisco to take my then husband to...he said he is the guru w/the meds...if he doesn't get the right combo/med the first time he will get it right the second time appt...

    then said he would see him for a favor for me..if i could not get him into this particular dr....

    well trick was getting him to go to any psychrist...never happend and we are divorced....and he well let's say is slef medicating...etc...alcohol no drugs...but the mind is a funny thing, very intricrate..

    hugs kim


  7. Kimba4318

    Kimba4318 New Member

    Thank you all for the great advice. It takes so long to get into a "specialist" as you all know. I hate to see her like this for 4-6 more weeks.

    I will have her get the bloodwork done in the meantime (good points on that)

    Your advice is greatly appreciated!!

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