Sunday, May 10, 2015

May 2014-May 2015

Apparently cocktail 66:

This year has not had a lot of med changes.  Things have been relatively stable most of the time.  Not every day or every week but I haven't cycled like in the past.  We did try to increase gabapentin to 500 mg but I immediately had issues so we stopped.  I didn't tolerate gabapentin well before at more normal doses and that apparently will continue.  Due to surgery I was on Vicodin for part of the summer and like after my hysterectomy it seemed to have a mood stabilizing effect in the few weeks I took it.  Too bad it's not a viable mood stabilizer.

In February 2015 I started an episode that became pretty severe by March 2015.  I went back on valium but it wasn't helping; if I took it before I was tired it did nothing and if I took it after I was tired but not asleep it just made me sleep all day and have trouble sleeping the next day.  So we tried liquid valium which just made things worse.

Ultimately I was upped to 1500 mg of Seroquel XR temporarily and am taking 2.5 mg of valium when I start feeling tired and then another 2.5 mg of valium when I'm starting to get sleepy.  I'll eventually need to get off all of this and back to my regular doses but first I have to conquer this episode.  I am also using pink grapefruit essential oils to calm myself and having good success with that.  It's not a medicine but it helps me relax a little and it if works it deserves mention here so that I can remember it later if needed.

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