Medical research has found a connection between bipolar people and fibromyalgia. Both hard to treat separately and together it makes quite a mess. Which is what I am going thru now. My medications don't play nicely together.
I completely understand the doctor fatigue. I spent my entire summer in and out of doctor's offices because of how ill I was. Finally got a fibro diagnosis in September and started a new job that is less physically demanding so I'm doing better than I was.
I was diagnosed with BP2 three years ago and with fibro in September. So far, I haven't had any problems with med interactions, but I've been lucky in that my bipolar is pretty well controlled on just lamictal. And actually, the neurontin they put me on for the fibro has helped with the pain but also helped a lot with my anxiety. I did a little research and learned that studies have found neurontin to be effective in treating anxiety, but only in patients with bipolar disorder. Has to do with our brain chemistry. The Neurontin actually helps straighten some of it out. I've tried other anti-anxiety meds and had a horrible time - one gave me akathesia - so it's been amazing to find something that actually works.
have you tried transcranial stimulation instead of meds for depression? I got into a bad spot and it was helpful.
@A MyFibroTeam Member, stick with the D3. Eating food that are naturally high in Vitamin D can help because your body can tap into that better than foods fortified with vitamins or even supplements. If you can get outside at all (hard in the winter), 30-40 minutes between 11am and 1pm will give you a good dose of vitamin D. And definitely look at your diet and be sure you're getting enough fats. Eggs are good because they have fat and cholesterol (both are necessary to break down and use Vitamin D), but anything like olive oil, avocados, stuff with omega fats will help.
@A MyFibroTeam Member - I was given vitD3 therapy since 2008. My levels increased once, then fell right back down. My last regimen was VitD2 and my levels increased to 41. My doctor tried to get me to go to an gastroenterologist to check me for absorption issues ( I has numerous problem with medications) but I have "doctor fatigue" right now. Too much with my pdocs and my regular doc. I cannot add anymore into the mix.