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Hormone Imbalance, Not Bipolar Disorder

Bipolar Disorder is grossly over-diagnosed and mis-diagnosed. In many cases it is mistaken for hormonal fluctuations, irregularities or imbalances which can be readily diagnosed and treated, eliminating the diagnosis and miserable treatment of the non-existent BPD. Read More

I'm right here

My theory is in cement.

What are you not understanding?

I'll be happy to enlighten you.

Let's discuss this here and now, in front of everyone.

You go first.

Best of luck!

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Sir; you remind me of Harold Stassen. Have a good evening. I will continue to deal with everyone else

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That's what I thought.

THANK YOU

I have figured this out on my own because of hormonal imbalance from the Mirena IUD. I had this in 3 years ago, 6 months later I had my first anti-depressant, after that emotional issue after emotional issue, inability to deal with stress anymore, overreacting, mood swings, irritability, yelling at people I love, basically being someone I'm not. Add also the diagnosis of ADHD, Major Depression, Anxiety, spondylitis, uveitis, numbness and tingling in the limbs, cold urticaria, raynauds syndrome, IBS, Acid Reflux, and having been to several specialists, unneccessary procedures and lab tests, and therapy.

Result? NOTHING! The imbalance became so harmful to my mental health that I almost lost my husband and job. I became suicidal and lost control over my mind. I came to the conclusion of hormones after much research, and calendar tracking of all my issues. One thing was in common. I was perfectly myself from the end of my cycle, until ovulation. Once ovulation hit, I was a terrible mess for 2 weeks, neck and back pain, eye pain, mental fogginess, memory loss, and all the mood disorder symptoms.

After two failed attemps to remove it now I have to have surgery, and everyone says, "Oh, I've never had this happen before," or, "I've never heard of such a thing."

It's frustrating and I am happy to see someone is doing research on this!! They wanted to peg me as bi-polar and my doctor even stopped returning my messages or calls.

Surgery is scheduled, and I stopped all medications but two. My medical debt and prescription cost has put me in the hole. I think it's absolutely wrong that physicians are taking advantage of imbalanced hormones to benefit the pharmaceutical companies. Would love to talk. :)

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Indeed many men and women have mood issues secondary to hormone imbalances or insufficiencies. I have written about this before. Now I have seen several teenage and young women with refractory depression, supposed bipolar and other incorrect diagnoses induced by birth control pills and IUDs which reduce their estrogen levels too low and they are moody messes. They must be on high dose estrogen, or cycle without interference. If PMS is an issue Wellbutrin solves that. Peri-menopausal and post-menopausal women usually need vigorous HRT, estrogen and often testosterone for resolution of mood and cognitive disorders, not to mention libido.

I don't think many physicians "take advantage" of imbalanced hormones to benefit the drug companies. I know that a great number simply know nothing about what I, and a few others do and write, and think they're doing the right thing. They just are way behind the curve.

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It is tremendously difficult not to assume so when I have been prescribed Wellbutrin, Cymbalta, Flexeril for pain, Phenergan for nausea, Klonopin for anxiety, some medication I never filled for IBS, another med I never filled for spondylitis(which I do not actually have.)another med I never filled for sinus problems, several different medicines for my uveitis, including glaucoma drops for high pressure as a result of the steroids. In other words, how are they not benefiting? The GYN refused to take it out a year ago, convinced me to keep it in.

It's embedded and I have to have a very expensive surgery. They have greatly benefited from me and I have yet to find a physician that actually cares at all. I would be interested in reading anything you have written previously regarding this. I'm trying to prevent other women from getting stuck in the same situation.

I don't have a positive view of physicians right now. I hope that changes in the future considering I am in the medical field.

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Indeed the drug companies benefit. I do not defend them. It appears your treatment has been dreadful and unfortunately not unusual. I do not defend ignorant, cookbook, arrogant physicians. i clean up their messes several times a day. But most of them are foolish pawns of the drug companies, not co-conspirators.

How do I get tested?

Hoping you can help as I've been caught in the nigthmare that is the mental health system since 2008 (2008 diagnosis 'mild depression'; prescription antidepressants, 2011 diagnosis bi-polar disorder; prescription lithium and some other mood stablizers and told antidepressants are bad for me and I should never have taken them. I am waiting for my new 2014 diagnosis owing to what I fully believe were issues related to a Mirena IUD I had insterted in early December 2013 and new drug treatment plan which I do not intend to comply with (I need both the assessment and an action plan for work dissability forms and if I ever hope to be allowed back to work; likely to be problematic when I don't comply with the action plan to be a (prescription) druggie).

I'd like to look into this but my family doctor is already likely quite sick of all the headaches I've caused for her these last few weeks. I am in Canada, do you know of anywhere I could just go pay to have myself tested?

Thanks

Hormones

The only thing I can say is that I and a few of my colleagues here are working on this. I know of no one else.

Update

I am one month or so post surgery for iud removal. My hormones are still leveling out (only sweat now during ovulation and menses) no more crazy mood swings, no more crippling back pain, no more suicidal thoughts, no more extreme fatigue, anxiety, nausea, night sweats, etc. I basically cured myself by deciding to have it removed!! I am finally functional and happy again. I agree the physicians are drones of the pharm companies...and am currently looking for a new PCP. able to think clearly again I am no longer so angry and bitter, I actually feel bad for them. For what is life without love and caring for others? I appreciate the work you are doing and am considering a career switch to medical research.

Naturopathic Medicine

Thanks Jen for the response and posting part of your story. Are you on twitter by any chance?

BTW in reponse to the March 26 relpy regarding testing; I've done a little investigation and it seems that hormone testing is fairly common, and perhaps even standard in natuopathic medicine.

Although in some cases (or natuopathic clinics) you may need a physician that supports natuopathic medicine in order have the testing ordered. Thankfully my physician not only supports this, she works in an integrated office where I can have both and chiropratcitic/massage and physoitherapy to help reduce the associated physical symptoms I have wrt stress & anxiety; and ultimately to look at resolving or better managing the underlying cause of my back/neck/shoulder problems. That should help with the irritating headaches and migraines too I'm thinking...

Protocol?

This was a good article. My husband fits just about every symptom of bipolar, but because he's Cushionoid & survived Reyes Syndrome, has hypogonadism as well as diabetes II, we are seeking consult with an endocrinologist as well as a psychiatrist. Do you have any protocols or things to test for we could pass forward to this new endocrinologist?

To possibly lend to your theory, my husband became impotent approximately the same time the bipolar symptoms appeared with any noticeability. However, this December, he started applying some expired testosterone gel while he was manic and it only made him the absolute worse raging bull. If I wasn't by myself, I'm guessing I could have had others join me to get him committed from those symptoms alone.

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I do not have any "protocols". This requires people who think outside the box and can conceptualize not just the physiologic but the NeuroPsychiatric, behavioral, emotional and cognitive effects of these intertwined problems. I work with one endocrinologist here. Dr. Ed Klaiber in Worcester, MA is great.

I think you're definitely onto something here doc

I wonder if I have a hormone imbalance, I'm 34, relatively normal between the end of my cycle and ovulation and then bam: I'm sobbing, telling loved ones to get lost/F off, breaking whatever is close enough to throw across the room. I also get hot flashes in the morning, occasional night sweats when I'm menstruating, memory lapses and irregular PAINFUL periods.... This is very isolating and I've become very depressed because I used to be very social and fun 16 months ago before this all began. I think my pms got worse/very painful 2 years ago then my periods became irregular and my moodiness that I associated with the pms started happening at unpredictable times. I feel like a teenager again, I'm not even sure what I used to enjoy or who I used to be before all this. I went to a psychiatrist who gave me Wellbutrin and while it cheered me up a little it made temper even shorter like an occasional wild card, the doctors solution: to increase my dose... twice... after a year of that I decided to get off it but not before I had no friends and no job left. (NO one puts up with a Debbi downer for long) I remember feeling like this as a 15yr old but at 34 I thought I really knew myself and I trusted myself and I used to enjoy sex, sigh... now the thought of it just grosses me out... and when I give it a shot anyway I'm dry and uncomfortable, I imagine it's the way a young girl might feel if she were being raped I'm also afraid I'll get a urinary tract infection that I'll have to take an antibiotic for that will lead to the yeast infection BV back and forth that takes months to regulate. So I left my fiance who I love and used to enjoy very much sexually he shouldn't have to deal with this even if he says he wants to... I'm back living with my mother... She tells me she stopped getting her period completely at 41 and her doctor said her early menopause was due to stress. I've had a rough time scraping by and wondering how to make ends meet but I'm not a single mother like her... Could this be pre menopause? At my age? What are my options here? What should I get tested for? I have medicaid in NY but I might not be covered out here at my mom's place so there's that. Any advice can't hurt at this point. Thanks

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I do not know of anyone who works the way I do. There is a great endocrinologist in Worcester, MA, Dr. Ed Klaiber. You might try him.

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Just wanted to point

Just wanted to point something out because I'm seeing this everywhere -

"BPD" does not stand for "Bipolar Disorder", it stands for "Borderline Personality Disorder". Using "BPD" to refer to Bipolar causes confusion.

Vernacular

FYI. Nowadays BPD is true most comment abbreviation used for Bipolar in our charting in this area. True, BPD has been used for borderlines but usually we indicate Cluster B. At my hospital and with my colleagues this is our parlance.

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Jory F. Goodman, M.D., is a practicing psychiatrist in Beverly Hills, with more than thirty years of clinical experience.

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