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Endometriosis & Bipolar 2


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Does anyone have both endometriosis & bipolar 2 (or any old type of bipolar)? I can't seem to treat one without royally screwing the other. I'm about to go crazier and would like to know I'm not alone. I've got tons of questions & plain just want to vent. But before I do, I want to know if anyone is out there. Bueller? Bueller?

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Hi and Welcome tcm

I unfortunately can not relate to you. I hope someone can come along who can.

I do know someone with OCD and endiomeriosis.

Can you explain why you are battling to treat them both?

Are the meds cancelling each other out?

Also do you have 2 seperate doctors (specialists) for the 2, or do you see one doc.

It may be an idea if you have 2 seperate docs, for them too confer with each other, so that they can treat both in the best way possible.

Have a look in the Other Depression and Anxiety Illnesses Room as well.

Trace

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I do have both,which type bipolar, I don't know, he never said. My medication list is 1200mg Lithium, 300mg Seroquel, 50mg Topamax, and 1mg Xanax twice a day. As for the endo, I've only had a laparoscopy done, but it just came back. Trying to treat it with meds, be very careful which birth control you choose. They say the Depo Provera is best for endo patients because it stops your period, but the Depo gave me horrible side effets and made me think I was going crazy.My doc told me that the Depo gave me a little "push" for the bipolar to come out.That's why I responded like I did.I'm sorry I don't have any "real" suggestions for you, I just kind of deal with it and I'm waiting until I have enough money to have a hysterectomy because I'm still paying for the lap surgery.I can't suggest pain meds for your periods because those are like speed to me, lol. It hurts, I know, and it is throwing my cycle all out of wack. Now I'm having two a month. Soy Isoflavens use to work for me. I was taking 200 mg during my period, or you could try Vitex. They are both herbal formulas to help with conceiving but they help with cramping,too. You can get it at Wal-Mart or any vitamin or herb shop. In combo with meds, you probably better ask the doc first. HTH :hearts:

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Finally... people who understand that hormonal problems can give you panic attacks! I have PCOS and Bipolar C (mixed) and believe me, I know exactly what you're going through. I wouldn't be surprised if these two ailments are related, since technically neurotransmitters are hormones. I just found out I have 2 simple cysts and my cycle was crazy this month. I went on Provera to stop the bleeding and I noticed right away the anxiety had increased as well as classic panic symptoms like facial twitches, "tight" skin, goofy eyes, and shaking. Not to mention the blood sugar elevation. Lamictal, perphenazine, and clonazepam work together to control my symptoms. However, it's never a failsafe. Whenever my hormones have been off in the past, it's caused mood swings and elevated anxiety which to me is getting old. There comes a time when panic attacks actually make you more angry than nervous because you're just so sick of them. Hang in there... been diagnosed with PCOS 20 years now and counting, and endo is a "sister" disease to PCOS. Consult doctors before making rash decisions like major surgery. Get all the facts because removing the organs can actually cause different problems. I am NOT looking forward to menopause. :hearts:

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Thanks for the replies! So I've had endometriosis for about 10 years. It's been treated with bcp, depo provera, and depo lupron throughout that time. I had horrible PPD after the birth of both my children ('05 & '07) and attempted suicide about 6 months after the birth of each. I went to get treatment for PPD and got diagnosed as BP2. I was told depakote was dangerous to fetuses and to get on bcp immediately. I went to get a depo provera shot and was hospitalized within 2 weeks. Worst week of my life.

It was after that when I began to put 2+2 together and realized depo provera caused a lot of mood issues for me. It's taken a year to get a good combo of both mind & body meds. My gyno doesn't believe depo provera is bad for me and is angry that I refuse to take it. I'm only taking Yaz bcp and that helps my mind but doesn't help my endo.

My endo is to the point (after 6 laparoscopies and 2 healthy children) that my gyn is recommending a hysterectomy. After a lot of deliberation, my husband and I are okay with no more children. But we are very concerned about what a hysterectomy will do to my bipolar. What will this forced menopause do to me? If depo-provera was an indication of what is to come, why would I want to permanently feel that way? I'm so scared.

My endo is getting worse and I'm afraid. I don't know how to treat it without messing up my bipolar as well.

Any thoughts? Any advice? I'm at least happy to meet people with similar circumstances. I'd love for responses here or even an email buddy to vent with occassionally. :-)

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Thanks for the replies! So I've had endometriosis for about 10 years. It's been treated with bcp, depo provera, and depo lupron throughout that time. I had horrible PPD after the birth of both my children ('05 & '07) and attempted suicide about 6 months after the birth of each. I went to get treatment for PPD and got diagnosed as BP2. I was told depakote was dangerous to fetuses and to get on bcp immediately. I went to get a depo provera shot and was hospitalized within 2 weeks. Worst week of my life.

It was after that when I began to put 2+2 together and realized depo provera caused a lot of mood issues for me. It's taken a year to get a good combo of both mind & body meds. My gyno doesn't believe depo provera is bad for me and is angry that I refuse to take it. I'm only taking Yaz bcp and that helps my mind but doesn't help my endo.

My endo is to the point (after 6 laparoscopies and 2 healthy children) that my gyn is recommending a hysterectomy. After a lot of deliberation, my husband and I are okay with no more children. But we are very concerned about what a hysterectomy will do to my bipolar. What will this forced menopause do to me? If depo-provera was an indication of what is to come, why would I want to permanently feel that way? I'm so scared.

My endo is getting worse and I'm afraid. I don't know how to treat it without messing up my bipolar as well.

Any thoughts? Any advice? I'm at least happy to meet people with similar circumstances. I'd love for responses here or even an email buddy to vent with occassionally. :-)

In my opinion,I believe with what we experienced with the Depo would be different than actual menopause since it is a synthetic hormone.Try searching Depo Provera Horror Stories and read some of those.Quite scary.As with the moods,I think it only effects those with Biploar,Not for sure though.I just know I will never take it again.I'm not on anything since I can no longer have children due to having endo.Hubby and I tries for 8 years.Feel free to PM me when ever you want to chit-chat or have a question.Ok :hearts:

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It's really interesting that you mention this, as my best friend is bipolar and also has endometriosis, she's off Prozac for now and is dealing with her bipolar really well and as far as I'm aware is not on any meds for the endometriosis... Sorry I can't be of much help!

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  • 1 year later...

Be-careful in taking the Depo... It is only recommended for 2 years if you take it more than 2 years you may develop osteoporosis. I started takin it at age 23 for endometriosis and for my periods but by the time i turnded 27 i was diagnosed with osteoprosis and had to have a hysterectomy> That shot didnt do much help except stop my abnormal bleeding and gave me osteoporosis. After my surgery i noticed that my bipolar wasnt so bad anymore.. and the pain in my pelvis is not there anymore.

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although i donot have endo i am bi-polar and i use the depo shot mainly becuase nothing else is effective. i find it intresting starfish about taking the depo brought out your bi-polar i am wondering now if its had ne affect on me? i have been on the depo for 4 years now

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although i donot have endo i am bi-polar and i use the depo shot mainly becuase nothing else is effective. i find it intresting starfish about taking the depo brought out your bi-polar i am wondering now if its had ne affect on me? i have been on the depo for 4 years now

That's just what one doc told me. She said it could have caused a hormone imbalance and that could have been a trigger for me. I did seem to act quite odd after using it.

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