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Shep
How do I find a meet up group near me? I will try to find one thank you

 

 

 

Hi, Marsha.

 

Ali's suggestion for a meet-up sounds like a wonderful idea. 

 

This is the meetup website:

 

MeetUp.com

 

You can click on what activity interests you, enter your zip code, and find things to do in your own area.

 

I'm glad you have an appointment with Will Hall. He's a great advocates and seems really compassionate and intelligent.

 

 

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AliG

In my experience they always " stuff " you up . ( Doctors)  My mantra now is to be " doctor free" and my own woman and health advocate. I do my own research on how to stay healthy and the number one thing is to stay away from doctors. LOL.

 

I hope 2017 is a good one for you , Marsha.

 

Please look into that website ( above ). Thank you Shep. That is a great start for you. I hope you explore that. We 're here for you and care so much . We're all in this together .

Hugs ,

Ali.

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Marsha

In my experience they always " stuff " you up . ( Doctors)  My mantra now is to be " doctor free" and my own woman and health advocate. I do my own research on how to stay healthy and the number one thing is to stay away from doctors. LOL.

 

I hope 2017 is a good one for you , Marsha.

 

Please look into that website ( above ). Thank you Shep. That is a great start for you. I hope you explore that. We 're here for you and care so much . We're all in this together .

Hugs ,

Ali.

Thanks Ali and Shep. Ya I am pretty "stuffed" to the gills with doctors too but I have to get me ole thyroid a workin again. Lol So off i will go for the necessary blood panels. Yes, we are all in this together.

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Marsha

I am kind of stuck. With only so many monetary funds available, I have to pick what I think is going to be the most important healthwise. For as yet unknown reason, probably a combination of factors, my thyroid is not converting t4 to t3 and instead reverse t3 which is causing severe hypothyroid symptoms. I am producing both hashimotos and graves antibodies as well. The only provider who has a clue and has taken a personal interest in my WD and my thyroid and overall health is my naturepath. We were trying to stop the reverse t3 problem by starting the nature-throid at a very low dose which is one way to address it but the t3 in it was so activating it threw me into a complete tailspin, insomnia, cortisol spikes emotional rollercoaster followed by the comprehensive list of thyroid symptoms. So we had to chuck that idea. I have to get this rt3 under control so I don't end up with diabetes, high blood pressure, weight gain essentially metabolic syndrome. He has a good understanding of the dangers of psych drugs and I am giving him a more accurate understanding of tapering. Overall, he is my best ally out there as he is humble and learns and is so flexible. And my husband's heart started acting up and he had to take a nitro last night. So just thinking out loud on my keyboard.

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Marsha

I am being gaslighted by my doctors. I am simply trying to get one of them to address my thyroid issues which are valid. Yesterday I was told I had dual diagnosis which means the doctor thinks I am a mentally ill substance abuser.

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scallywag

Oh, Marsha I'm sorry to read that your doctor is diagnosis-abusing you. It's the last thing any of us need when we're trying to cope symptoms.

 

When a medical professional does that, it's an implicit, unconscious confession that they don't have the knowledge or experience to help you.

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Marsha

Oh, Marsha I'm sorry to read that your doctor is diagnosis-abusing you. It's the last thing any of us need when we're trying to cope symptoms.

 

When a medical professional does that, it's an implicit, unconscious confession that they don't have the knowledge or experience to help you.

 

Hi Scally. Thank you. I know you understand what it's like.

 

I have sought to educate my providers and asked them to partner with me in my recovery. my pcp dismissed me from her practice because I requested a referral to a different endo than the one that they send everyone to and a host of other bs.

 

I have legitimate concerns and she refused to even come into the exam room but sent the clinic administrator in who proceeded tell me I wasn't allowed to seek out second opinions. Here I am sick with this autoimmune disease and a mass on my thigh and she refused to even share with me the results and path report of the ultrasound.

 

Anyway, the next guy, started in with dual diagnosis, mdd and I stood my ground made him back off. I read his notes on my portal and the guy actually lied through his teeth recording the results of a physical exam that he did not even perform. My husband was with me at both of these doctor encounters and we have made hard copies of the notes of both doctors and of my written response to each one.

 

I will not be bullied and gaslighted ever again after having made my way out of the system.

 

I guess it's what we have to deal with in the broken medical system. However, the psychiatrist my husband and I go to is very supportive of our tapers and even admitted that he was basically a "Wal-mart" psychiatrist. Lol! But he is letting us taper properly and told my husband yesterday he was proud of us and our efforts and diligence. And this is the guy that threw Dr Breggins book at me when I tried to show him the proper tapering method. Funny. Oh well. It is what it is.

 

So I am without a pcp for now. Hope you are doing ok. I am only able to read bits and pieces of everything here, so apologies for not being up to date on your progress. Take care Scally and everyone.

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AliG

Hi Marsha. I'm sorry too , however it sounds like you have turned at least one psychiatrist around. Being without a PCP whatever that is :  can only be a good thing at this point. 

 

Let's " undoctor ourselves " and move on positively and healthfully.

 

Ali

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Marsha

I am completely confused right now. I don't think I can navigate. I can't even figure out how to post on my own topic, thread whatever it's called. So sorry. I am dwarfed by technology after being asleep for so many years and other factors. I am overwhelmed by long posts and links provided to help me. I am so sorry. I can't watch TV or spend much time on anything that requires concentration. I makes me sick to my stomach.  I wonder what I should do. Again so sorry for my limitations. 

 

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scallywag

Marsha, is there a specific issue that you're having with the site?  We'd be happy to help you but need more detail.

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Marsha

Hi Scally. I am very sorry I cannot supply more detail or specifics right now. Just that the whole site is completely foreign like another language or something like that. I'm frightened by my limitations. Reaching a level of "shut down and restart." Entering panic mode. I may have to ask my counselor Jon Keyes  for some assistance as I realize no one here is equipped to address my situation. (No disrespect intended whatsoever)

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Marsha

Hi everyone. I am doing well. Getting things done,  solving problems, enjoying life and recovery and validation. I still am grossly incompetent in regards to technology stuff but I get by. Not going to fret about it. Just take one or a few things at a time and try (no there is no try only do,  as Yoda said) so I just do what I'm capable of and not sweat the small or big stuff. 

 

Maybe take a peek on the Benzo side and check there to. Sending out hope and positive thoughts to all. This sure ain't a piece of cake this life we live is it. But I can say, keeping busy, engaging in conversation, exercise as I am able, spirituality, careful eating (and eating enough lol), being assertive and tactful with relationships and learning and carefully navigating the medical system is working. I know I screw up sometimes, it's just gonna happen, but I am making the best of what I have been dealt and believing that recovery is not only possible but taking steps daily to achieve it.

 

So that's what's going on right now. (Sure wish technology want so daunting for me, how do I attach a link anyway, or put an avatar in place of my blank head?)  I have a free online app that will teach me everthing I need to know. I will start learning from it. So long for now. 

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Shep
16 hours ago, Marsha said:

Hi everyone. I am doing well. Getting things done,  solving problems, enjoying life and recovery and validation.

 

Great to hear, Marsha.

 

I hope things keep going well for you. 

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Marsha

Hello everyone! Our dear moderator Shep has suggested I get some feedback from the mods over on this side since I am contemplating holding on the benzo taper for now and start a taper of the gabapentin.  I believe I am experiencing some pretty significant side effects from thegabapentin from what I have read. Anyway, need to get a doctor on board with this decision. I couldn't find the topic on tapering gabapentin  (I know it's here somewhere hiding from me lol) Maybe someone could give me a nudge in the right direction. 

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ChessieCat

Hi Marsha, the topics that we know are here have a habit of playing hide and seek.  It can be very frustrating.  Here's the one you want:  Tips for tapering off Neurontin (gabapentin)

 

I have found the easiest was to search is to use google and type in survivingantidepressants.org gabapentin (as an example)

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Marsha

Ah, thank you dear CC. Will follow that link and research via Google. 

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mammaP

Hi Marsha, good to see you this side. I would hold a while after the last cut of benzo to give your brain a break. You are doing great and Iam so proud of you, it has been a nightmare getting to this point for you but you have persevered and it has paid off.  :)

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Marsha

Hi MammaP. Did you know you were the first to greet me when I logged my first post here?  Thank you for that advice. I will hold now for as long as I need to. I am having some pretty significant symptoms. I think related to the most recent events in my life. Not sure though.  So holding now and seeing if things settle down a bit. 

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Survivor1

Hi Marsha,

 

Thanks for stopping by my thread. I posted a reply in my thread.

 

Best.

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Marsha

Hello. Still here. Lots of turmoil lately. Trying to just find a quiet, cool, place to live and recover as much as is possible.

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Marsha

So in ICU on Thursday. My pulse suddenly jumped to 170 bpm and bp was170/103. Took about an hour to bring it down. Given injection of amiodarone and dilTIAZem then enoxaparin injection into abdomen to dissolve any blood clots. Diagnosis: sick sinus syndrome, tachycardia/bradycardia type. Afib. Last night back in ER with bradycardia, dizzy, partially incoherent. Further cardiac studies next week. Hoping this was triggered by my raging hashimotos and stress. Really scary experience today in the main hospital in Napa valley. An on call cardiologist came in my room for ten minutes trying to schedule me for a pacemaker tomorrow without any kind of discussion really. Also the hospitaliist tried to keep my personal meds and force me to take what she wanted. Basically said no klonopin! I asked the cardiologist if there was some urgency to to the proceedure and he said no. I was not comfortable snd theyreally scared me so I checked myself out and going to need a more cooperative group. I live near the bay area in northern California. Does anyone know where I could go? 

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mammaP

Marsha, I am so sorry to see that you are going through all this. Prayers, thoughts and huge hugs going your way. I hope you are improving now. I haven't been in much so only just saw this. I am still going through lots of tests and hospital appintments, my BP is much more stable npw which is great but my eyes are no better. One day we will be better! :wub:

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manymoretodays

Oh my.  Did they start you or discharge you on additional medication?  That's scary, especially the incoherent part and no one giving you full disclosure on the pacemaker.

 

Catch us up when you are able.  And what other meds. were you on before the gabapentin and klonopin........maybe it's here in your introduction, I don't see it in your signature though........as I know you had had years and years of psycho medication just like me.

 

Best.......I don't know about hosp. or health care groups in the Bay Area........maybe Kaiser?  I know some folks have been happy with them.  Hopefully by now you have found care more to your liking.

 

Prayers and healing thoughts.......

 

manymoretodays

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Marsha

Hi mammaP and manymoretodays

 

Thank you for your thoughts, prayers and considerations. I have not really been reading much here so apologies for my ignorance. My heart settled down substantially after I left Clearlake for the umpteenth time because it, them, is a huge trigger and the entire situation here (came back again yesterday) I just cannot process the hurt, pain, sadness etc. here. Adventist doctor tried to give me beta blockers, and then cardizem calcium channel blocker. I refused both. I have been at my son's home. I wonder if the geodon/trazodone combo, the huge depletions from the stomach acid blockers and generally the stress may have damaged my heart. I don't know. I feel quite sad. My son helps immensely. I am tired. Does it help to be home with your mum, in the house you grew up in, sleeping in your bed there? It did while I was there for five months this year. It  was very healing. But after returning here to california, my health and outlook have rapidly deteriorated. I can't talk anymore about all those years past and the journey from what seems like another dimension, the world is so completely foreign to me like going fast forward in a time machine. My son is looking into getting compensation for me, from the doctor who did this to me and actually my family. Can anyone help me find how to break this destructive loop I am in? I just have total revulsion of everything associated with this place. 

12 hours ago, manymoretodays said:

Oh my.  Did they start you or discharge you on additional medication?  That's scary, especially the incoherent part and no one giving you full disclosure on the pacemaker.

 

Catch us up when you are able.  And what other meds. were you on before the gabapentin and klonopin........maybe it's here in your introduction, I don't see it in your signature though........as I know you had had years and years of psycho medication just like me.

 

Best.......I don't know about hosp. or health care groups in the Bay Area........maybe Kaiser?  I know some folks have been happy with them.  Hopefully by now you have found care more to your liking.

 

Prayers and healing thoughts.......

 

manymoretodays

 

15 hours ago, mammaP said:

Marsha, I am so sorry to see that you are going through all this. Prayers, thoughts and huge hugs going your way. I hope you are improving now. I haven't been in much so only just saw this. I am still going through lots of tests and hospital appintments, my BP is much more stable npw which is great but my eyes are no better. One day we will be better! :wub:

 

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manymoretodays

I'm so happy that your son is on it all for you Marsha.  I wish I knew honey........I wish I could wave my magic wand somehow for all of us.  It's a day on and then a day off for me lately.  Sometimes all I can do is refocus on positives and just keep going.  If you can........go back to your Mom.  Do you get another Jon Keyes skype visit therapy soon?

 

I'll try and get some of my "Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farms" entries going in my journal....... for me and you and anyone else that finds that calming.

 

Thanks for adding to your signature.......

 

Love, peace, healing,

mmt

 

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Marsha
On 11/14/2017 at 6:11 PM, manymoretodays said:

I'm so happy that your son is on it all for you Marsha.  I wish I knew honey........I wish I could wave my magic wand somehow for all of us.  It's a day on and then a day off for me lately.  Sometimes all I can do is refocus on positives and just keep going.  If you can........go back to your Mom.  Do you get another Jon Keyes skype visit therapy soon?

 

I'll try and get some of my "Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farms" entries going in my journal....... for me and you and anyone else that finds that calming.

 

Thanks for adding to your signature.......

 

Love, peace, healing,

mmt

 

Hi manymoretodays 

Mum helped me get calmed down last night so I could rest.  She's a retired nurse. 44 years. Got stranded in a motel too sick to get back to Clearlake.  Called mum she had me lie on right side, right arm folded under side of my head, legs slightly pulled up and left arm resting on left leg. She spoke softly and reassured me. I am still her baby. Love her so much. Fell off to sleep. At son's tonight. More doctors tomorrow. Checking for systemic mold. The fireplace is warm. 

 

Yes, love, peace, healing

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manymoretodays

Perfect!  My Mum is going to be 90 and is intact, living on her own still, and yah..........that sounds perfect then.  My Mum is still my Mum and no longer suggests further psych. care but does say I have to get over this W/D thing.  She IS comforting though, and very kind, and my heroine sometimes.  As far as patience and tolerance.......she is pretty judgemental still, but hey.......she is nearly 90!   Your Mom sounds smart.

 

  Is your son in Clearlake as well as your now separated from you husband?  And Mom is in the NW?

 

I was a nurse for nearly 20 years, advanced practice for 8 of those........still licensed but dropped my advanced practice part.  Unlikely I will go back to it.......but I like to keep the credentials up anyway.  Glad I took that journey........the professional Nursing route.  It was good and then wasn't but that's just me.

 

Okay........keep up the good work.  Rest well.

 

mamamanymoretodays B)

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