Patient discussion about degeneration

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Q. Is bipolar degenerative? Does it get worse with age? What can I do with this?

Is bipolar degenerative? Does it get worse with age? I am with type II but I get in to severe depression at times. My mania is in short spurts but increasing in intensity. What can I do with this?
A1Thank you for sharing your experience richguys... I hope that you find a treatment soon that eleviates the symptoms you have been experiencing... I'll be thinking about you.
A2I am 59 years old and want to share my experience with you. It gets worse with age. I lived most of my life with only a few unbearable episodes. The last 11 years have been hell. I have spent them just trying to cope, to get by day to day. Where I was once labeled bipolar2 I am now a bipolar 1 thanks to horrible delusions and hallucinations. Rarely had a problem until I hit 44 and then all hell broke loose. I had my first major bipolar 1 mania and its all down hill since. I don't mean to scare you but to caution you. The longer you go without treatment the worse it gets. I know you are in treatment-stay there and good luck.
A3Good morning Jude,
Are you involved in a treatment program? If you are experiencing more intense symptoms I believe it would be benificial for you to talk to your doctor about changing your meds. Medications over time seem to loose their effectivness so your doctor will have to change the medications every now and then to ensure your symptoms continue to be controlled. As well you can try excercising, meditation, make sure you eat well and get plenty of rest. Your symptoms may worsen over time if left untreated. I hope this answerd your question and hope you feel better soon.

Q. Is degenerative disc disease and arthritis the same thing?

My husband was recently in a auto accident at work. They did a CT Scan of his head and neck. The doctor said that the CT Scan found that he has arthritis in his neck. After receiving the report ourselves to take to another doctor it reads: "There is minimal early degenerative disc disease with osteophyte formation predominately at C5-6. " My husband never had a problem with his neck before the accident
A1I was suffering from pain for 2 years and undergoing numerous test for causes when a trip to a neurologist for migraines gave me an answer. FINALLY! This was in July of this year so I am still learning and finding out about fibromyalgia but I do know in the last couple of years there has been a greater acceptance BUT there are still a lot of doctors not being supportive (from experience and talking with others) and the public in general can be unaccepting b/c you look healthy, seem to be healthy and they can not understand why you are in pain that "can't be explained!" I encourage suffers of fibro to find support within their peers! it really helps to talk to people that understand! That's what brought me to this site to start with and I am so glad I found it!
A2Thanks for the answer brwnis65 - I heard that only a few years ago doctors agreed to recognize Fibromyalgia as a disease. I heard it was considered just unexplained pain. Can you elaborate about this when you can?
A3I also have degenerative disc and osteoarthritis, it is different. I have fibromyalgia, so muscle pain along with the bone and joint pain. I have had two fusions in my c-spine. The osteophyte is a bone spur according to my doctor and he told me they usually start with the onset of arthritis. So good luck and if I can help in anyway with Questions please email me!

Q. I am interested in information on working with fibromyalgiaI am having problems just coping at home!

I have had 2 c-spine surgeries in 2 years, have degenerative disc disease, maigrains with nuurological tendencies, fatigue, deppression and fibromyalgia. I can't stand for long , sit for long, just making it through my daily life is stressful enough how do people manage to work? I have been off since August of last year but wan to feel well enough so I can return to the working world, Any suggestions? Tried Lyrica, doctor took me off the side affects for me were terrible!
A1I had a cervical spinal fusion, C4-5,C5-6 and a SLAP repair of my left shoulder. Initially after the fusion the headaches and tinlging went away and then 4 months later, while in a PT work conditioning prorgam, the headaches returned, along with nausea, vomiting and vertigo. My doctor basically ignored the symptoms for the last 5 months and I was finally referred to a neurologist who is treating me with Lyrica and Imitrex. The side effects are brutal and it has come done to living with the headaches and other symptoms vs. living in a fog unable to function. I have come to realize that there is no magic "fix" and all the meds mask the stymptoms temporarily but it's a tradeoff when you consider the side effects and possible long term health issues from meds such as Lyrica that have no research as far as long term health conditions. I found a natural remedy called Headache Free and I'm giving it a try.....good luck because I know exactly how debilitative these symptoms are
A2I was forced to retire because of all the problems that are associated with Fibromyalgia, Chronic Fatique and Pain, Obesity caused by being inactive, pain and being flat out tired. I hated the depression and not being able to work or going to school part-time because of the fatique and pain that would set in after a month of trying to cope.
I finally found the greatest product that's availiable over the internet that really works. I still take my Cymbalta 75mg, Lyrica 300mg, MS-contin 45 mg, Flexiril when needed and I'm no longer tired. I now wake up at 6:00 am daily and I feel great. My wife can't belief that it's really me again. Look, I don't promise that it's going to cure all that ailes you, but you will defineatly feel the difference for the better. I've been on it for 3 mos and I've lost 25 lbs.. The product is called Vitalitea.
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A3I can say that I pretty much know where your coming from, I too have Fibromyalgia. I also suffer from fatigue and depression, but I think that pretty much comes with Fibromyalgia. I've not tried the med Lyrica yet because of insurance. I've been taking the med Neurontin for a while now along with some different pain meds. I also am on a muscle relaxer called Flexiril. I also take both a antidepressant and a antianxiety med, and a med to help me sleep. Also heat (moist heat in paticular) seems to help some also. I've been suffering w/ Fibromyalgia for about 6yrs now and I have to say it can be one of the most difficult and trying medical conditions out there. Over the years I've also found out that alot of times you end up having more medical problems then just the Fibromyalgia (so sometimes seeing specilists is key). I would like to give you the name of a book that has helped me alot, it is called "The Fibromyalgia Relief Handbook" by Chet Cunningham.
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