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Title: Latuda starting tomorrow
Post by: JennyRN70 on September 24, 2014, 12:02:23 PM
So Pdoc decided to go with this rather than the abilify - I start tomorrow - there is no tapering off effexor as of yet - Pdoc doesn't want me going through too much - so we will see.

Jen
Title: Re: Latuda starting tomorrow
Post by: paulm on September 26, 2014, 12:42:21 AM
Good Luck. I hate changing meds, but sometimes it's necessary. Take Care. paul m
Title: Re: Latuda starting tomorrow
Post by: Peace on September 26, 2014, 07:59:03 AM
Medication changes can be difficult, but it sounds like your pdoc is going about it the right way. Good luck Jen!
Title: Re: Latuda starting tomorrow
Post by: JennyRN70 on September 26, 2014, 10:31:10 AM
thanks everyone - so far so good - it's only been 2 days though so hard to tell yet :)
Title: Re: Latuda starting tomorrow
Post by: LuckyLou on October 02, 2014, 05:36:12 AM
How ya feeling now?
Title: Re: Latuda starting tomorrow
Post by: JennyRN70 on October 02, 2014, 05:41:17 PM
so far so good - no depression feelings - have not started coming off the effexor - if he decides to do that I think that is when I will have a few issues - but the Latuda seems pretty good :)  will keep you all posted!
Title: Re: Latuda starting tomorrow
Post by: Dragonfly on October 02, 2014, 08:33:06 PM
Good thing that your pdoc is only changing one thing at a time. With only one change you can see how you feel. With more than one change it is hard to see which drug may be effecting you.

I have had a previous pdoc change more than one drug at a time. It did not work well for me.

Wishing the best for you.

Dragonfly  :-*
Title: Re: Latuda starting tomorrow
Post by: LuckyLou on October 03, 2014, 05:49:27 AM
Glad to hear it!
Title: Re: Latuda starting tomorrow
Post by: JennyRN70 on October 03, 2014, 05:17:35 PM
having an emotional day today - but it was supposed to be our wedding day so I am feeling down and about that - hopefully the feeling will lift soon - was hoping for no emotion with the new pills - so much for wishful thinking :S
Title: Re: Latuda starting tomorrow
Post by: Peace on October 04, 2014, 11:23:35 AM
It's perfectly understandable you would be feeling emotional today. Thinking of you!. Hugs
Title: Re: Latuda starting tomorrow
Post by: paulm on October 04, 2014, 08:21:20 PM
I hope that your spirits lift soon. Take Care. paul m
Title: Re: Latuda starting tomorrow
Post by: JennyRN70 on October 08, 2014, 12:19:14 PM
Hi Paul - I am better thanks - it was a hard few days - I am reaching out to church again in an attempt to boost my spiritual side - and I have been meditating every night at bedtime to try and help bring my mind down a little bit - last night wasn't great tho LOL
Title: Re: Latuda starting tomorrow
Post by: paulm on October 11, 2014, 12:10:04 AM
Hello JennyRN70. I know that meditating is very good for some people. However for me, when I try it and I'm the least bit manic, I can't concentrate on one thought and when I'm depressed and I try I just fall asleep LOL.

 I have the same problem with Yoga. Manic, I can't sit still, depressed I fall over asleep LOL.

 Both are great methods of get and keeping well if they work for you.

 I know that you have had a long hard battle with your illness and I hope that you keep fighting and find something that works well for you soon.  To keeping trying when nothing seems to work is very hard work and frustrating, often it's easier to just give up.  Give yourself a pat on the back for all the effort that you have put in and keeping trying, someday you'll find what works.  Take Care. paul m

 
Title: Re: Latuda starting tomorrow
Post by: JennyRN70 on October 11, 2014, 08:55:32 AM
Thanks Paul - it is frustrating - especially if my anxiety is high - such as this weekend and my fiancÚ is being difficult lately - he may not know it but the guilt he causes me to feel whether intentional or not - feel like I should just leave the relationship sometimes :(
Title: Re: Latuda starting tomorrow
Post by: Dragonfly on October 14, 2014, 12:06:26 PM
I am thinking of you JennyRN70. Hope you are having a better day today.

Dragonfly
Title: Re: Latuda starting tomorrow
Post by: JennyRN70 on October 14, 2014, 02:00:23 PM
Hi Dragonfly - I am doing well thanks so much for asking - as a matter of fact I am thinking of going back to work soon doing a private duty case so will be glad to get back to work.  Hope you are doing well also.

Jen
Title: Re: Latuda starting tomorrow
Post by: JennyRN70 on November 02, 2014, 07:52:12 PM
Okay - just a Latuda update - for me this med is fantastic - not manic at all just normal and happy with a normal energy - have been on it for over 5 weeks now - had some pms issues but nothing like I usually get.  My negative thinking has been minimal - but does rear it's ugly head now and again.  The next test will be going back to work - that of course has been where my difficulties have been - but I am changing my speciality from ER to neonatal intensive care unit and maternity.  So that is me in a nutshell - my courses are going well and I am getting high grades - even compared to before meds and after meds change - I am more focused and less frustrated.

I hope you are all doing well - consider this med if you are needing something for bipolar depression that assists what you are on now.

Jen xoxox
Title: Re: Latuda starting tomorrow
Post by: paulm on November 02, 2014, 10:42:48 PM
Hello Jenny. Good Luck with i? Any reason why the doc decided to try abilify instead? Take Care. paul m
Title: Re: Latuda starting tomorrow
Post by: LuckyLou on November 03, 2014, 05:00:16 AM
Glad to hear you are doing well and the med is working for you! Good luck with your studies and returning to work!
Title: Re: Latuda starting tomorrow
Post by: Dragonfly on November 03, 2014, 06:18:44 PM
So glad that you are doing better.  :-*

Dragonfly
Title: Re: Latuda starting tomorrow
Post by: paulm on November 04, 2014, 02:47:37 AM
Hello Jenn. When you said "  - he may not know it but the guilt he causes me to feel whether intentional or not - feel like I should just leave the relationship sometimes ".

 I can understand your feelings. I've had the same feelings a fair number of times(guilt and thinking I should leave). I don't know you or your fiance, but I'm glad that I stayed with my spouse( and that she allowed me to stay LOL). However as understanding as my spouse is, sometimes the frustration of my having bipolar does boil over into the occasional unpleasant argument.

Fortunately we don't have those arguments very often anymore, but it took at lot of work to get to this point. BTW, nothing here should be taken as a criticism, they are just my own views, gained through my own life experiences..

  I can only say that bipolar is a difficult illness to have and sometimes it's difficult for my spouse to live with someone who has bipolar.

 Of course that's just speaking for myself, I know that all of you other people who have bipolar are wonderful people who would never cause anyone a moment of anxiety LOL.

 However I understand the guilt that bipolar causes all to well. It shouldn't as bipolar is a legitimate illness and we are mostly good people with a bad illness, not bad people with inventive excuses.

 But as you and I and many people with bipolar know we all suffer enough guilt on our own and we don't need someone reminding us of bad things that may have happened or good things that didn't happen because of our illness. Take Care. paul m.   
Title: Re: Latuda starting tomorrow
Post by: Rich on November 04, 2014, 08:17:28 PM
Hi Jenny!  ER and neonatal intensive care sound verrrrryyyy stressful.  Why not get a cushy gig working with seniors?  When my Mom was in the hospital back in May, every time I came to visit *ALL* of the nurses were on break --- *EVERY TIME* (and yes, I came at different times!).  THAT'S a great job to have!

You know that bipolar + too much stress = short-term / long-term disability

Rich
Title: Re: Latuda starting tomorrow
Post by: NeitherHereNorThere on November 05, 2014, 07:18:56 AM
Hi all.  Yes, I agree with Rich.  Jenny, this sounds like a lot of stress.  Please take good care of yourself!  Good performance and grades can't be your only pay off for all of the stress you're under.  Listen to your body and be kind to yourself.

I'm so happy to hear that you are having success with the meds.  Being able to focus is like getting your life back.

I'm excited for you!
Title: Re: Latuda starting tomorrow
Post by: JennyRN70 on November 06, 2014, 12:01:22 PM
Hi all - I agree - the areas of nursing I chose are stressful - I hate to be bored - anyway - the Latuda has flipped me into a slight mania - so the Dr has me on it every other day starting today - not sure if I should be facing these stressful areas or not - I am going to talk to my friend about it today - she is a nurse also and might have an opinion about it. - Hope you are all well - thanks Rich - I think you might be right.

Jen
Title: Re: Latuda starting tomorrow
Post by: JennyRN70 on November 07, 2014, 08:38:28 PM
I have thought about the suggestion about the stressful areas of nursing and of course trying to not work night because that is bad too - so I am applying for several positions that mainly are straight days.  I am disappointed that the Latuda put me into hypomania - this illness possess me off and makes me so frustrated :(