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Is Anyone Dual Diagnosed With Fibromyalgia And Bipolar Disorder? If So, How Do You Manage?

Is Anyone Dual Diagnosed With Fibromyalgia And Bipolar Disorder? If So, How Do You Manage?

I am 36 and have been diagnosed with bipolar disorder since I was 20, however I was just recently diagnosed with fibromyalgia in 2013 after the birth of my daughter. I was wondering: Am I the only one with both fibro and bipolar disorder around here? Anyone else have both and if so, how do you handle the anxiety?? The restless legs is miserable, especially at night, but I often get the feeling that there's hot electricity running up and down my nerves and veins and I simply can't sit still or… read more

A MyFibroTeam Member said:

I also have both. My anxiety only gets really bad when there are really stressful times happening in my life.

posted over 6 years ago
A MyFibroTeam Member said:

You have lots of company....I had to find the right meds and I have a great therapist who has helped immensely with anxiety and coping. I have had two hospital stays and two courses of ECT. I am beginning to feel normal for the first time.

posted over 6 years ago
A MyFibroTeam Member said:

Hi Erica. I was on Lamictal for years but recently had a complete overhaul of my meda and now am only on Cymbalta, Wellbutrin, Adderall and, when needed, Vicodin for pain. I've had some recent troubles sleeping which have caused.me problems so I'm taking Ambien for that but besides that I'm doing relatively ok... my mania drives me crazy keeping me up at night sometimes but I'm learning to deal. Good to know I'm not the only one.

edited, originally posted over 6 years ago
A MyFibroTeam Member said:

I have had depression since I was a teenager. In my early 30's I was first diagnosed as bipolar. I was diagnosed in my early 20's with fibro. I take lamitical and effexor for my bipolar and anxiety, this is working so far. I have changed the antidepressant a few times because it wasn't working as well but have kept the lamitical the same. Lyrica for the pain.

edited, originally posted almost 7 years ago
A MyFibroTeam Member said:

I have had depression for about 30 years now and have had fibro since 2004. I am on Cymbalta now which is an antidepressant and helps with pain. I had a case of restless legs on and off. My Rheumatologist gave me a prescription for it but I don't take it because it makes me sleepy and I am already on Lunesta which helps me sleep. I think my depression has gotten worse and have experienced all the emotions you shared but I am now staying with my 2 grandchildren 5 days a week because my son works shift work and he is getting a divorce. I feel like I am not doing anything well just surviving.

edited, originally posted almost 7 years ago
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