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  • Posted By: rollercoaster
  • February 25, 2008
  • 06:27 AM

Hi all, . Ive been told i was severly depressed, I went to many doctors for diagnosis(50-60 doctors easily in that 5 year period). And everytime the uneducated docs would say- go to the phychiatrist - (three month wait later)phych says go on these tablets guinnui pig- ive been on nearly every Anti depressant known to man over these 5 years. The doctors swished me in and out, I felt like it was all my fault and was worthless and nothing would ever fix me. Guess what? Found a great doctor- he finnaly did the correct blood analysis and found that my testosterone levels were so low that it may as well have not been there. Hypogonadism delayed onset- iron deficiency- reduced thyroid function. Well well well. After being labelled bipolar for 5 years with no light at the end of the tunnel wrecking my liver with tablets that did NOTHING to improve my mood, all i need is hormone replacent therapy. Being labelled bipolar wrecked my life. I could barely work i was aggressive , moody, had no joy in life . One shot in my **m and im back to normal-after 5 years of being down in the dumps it feels better than normal. I feel like ive won the lotto! I advise all males out there in the "BIPOLAR" boat to go get an androgen test ,low testosterone levels cause aggresiveness moodswings sleep problems fatigue decreased libido etc basically nearly the exact syptoms bipolar displays. Im 110 percent better than ever! im happy again, confident, want to go out, have increased libido and energy to do things instead of being a wreck in bed acting like a menapausal female. I almost lost my Fiance to this illness and misdiagnosis because noone can help support someone for 5 years. I suggest that all doctors take a good look at themselves and do your jobs correctly. Im sure there`s so many other blokes out there like myself and there getting the same run around that i got. I ended up in hospitol 3 times in 2 months and became extremely suicidal from the continual misdiagnosis and no improvemnt, i was at the end of my rope(even the hospitol TOLD me i was bipolar... I would love to sue all the doctors and phycs that didnt run any tests on me and took my diagnosis purely on perception.Karma will get you all - I dont have the time - IM BACK AND IM HERE AND IM GONNA KICK **s! good luck to everyone out there i hope people read this and it can help someone- life changing! I love life again. Thanks for reading

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  • One wrong "bipolar" diagosis completely stole my dream from me. I had no idea the doctors gave me a bipolar diagnosis, when I asked, they said "major depression". I got better, out of my abusive relationship, and off medication.Later, when I began getting ready to enter the military, they checked my medical records and found the "bipolar" diagnosis. I tried to level with them, told them it was wrong and that I'd be willing to meet with all or any psychiatrists they wished to prove it was wrong... but they didn't really care and medically deferred me.It had been my dream, my absolute dream, to be in this particular branch of the military.. and some dumb, DUMB doctors ripped it away. I couldn't appeal it, there was nothing I could do, even though it wasn't true!Be careful of letting people diagnose you... if they're wrong, you never know how it might affect your life.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • February 27, 2008
    • 07:32 PM
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  • Hi Rollercoaster,I am so sorry for what you had to go through. It must have been such a difficult 5 years for you. I feel your story is extremely interesting and should be brought to the attention of the public. I am the Casting Producer for Mystery Diagnosis on Discovery Health. MD is currently in its 6th season and presents the stories of medical mysteries. They are told through intimate interviews with the patients themselves, their families, friends, and doctors. These interviews, in combination with photos, home movies, and highly stylized recreations, take the viewer step-by-step through a patient’s medical odyssey. If you would be interested in possibly sharing your story on television please contact me at eanniello@trueentertainment.net or call (212) 645-0904 and leave a message on our hotline. Please be sure to include your full name, contact #, email address, and disease.I think this story is so important and needs to be told!Thank you for your time,Joanna
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  • Blaze, your body sounds like one big mess...is there any problem you do not have???? I hate to burst your bubble, but I suspect that your doctors are still just treating a symptom of something bigger. In fact, I had low testosterone levels at one point, felt great initially with testosterone hormone replacement (I'm female), but then things came crashing down on me. You will unlikely believe me now, but when things start crashing down on you, consider this as the cause of your low testosterone. Do you have Microwave/EMR Sickness? http://f1.grp.yahoofs.com/v1/MLqvR8GaZldTPvsXLf1-4gU0LwqA1kYRuSE-VAw9XhO62B0j6NAn2yQVmBOGEPMVURb8vJp8xVS8z1HsPHE-w4wlPRYN6b3JvQ/Do%20You%20Have%20Microwave%20Sickness.pdf Electrical Sensitivity & Hypersensitivity: http://www.ei-resource.org/illness-information/related-conditions/electrical-sensitivity-&-hypersensitivity/ Bioinitiative Report: http://www.bioinitiative.org/report/index.htm Your testosterone is low, thanks to the wireless boom. If it were only your testosterone that were being affected, I'd say go for it. But every hormone in your body is being affected.
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  • heyi know it hurts when you are missdiagnosised. i was diagnosised with boarderline personality disorder (BPD) when 4 years later when my psychrist finilly left and i got a new one my diagnosis was changed to bipolar. and now im getting the right suport that i need. when you spend that many yeras training as a perferssional how do you think you can play with peoples lives and get the diagnosis wrong! by the way all menatl health professionals hate people with BPD for some reason that im not sure but they offenden think there i sno help for them and dont treat them.thanks for letting me shear my point of view.
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  • You go to school for twelve years to learn the culture centric labeling of categorizations of behaviour that are deemed inappropriet or deviant by society. Don't you find it funny how every time a concrete physical cause is found for a "psychiatric disorder" it is taken out of psychiatry and placed into its apropriet field (ie. internal medicine, neurology). Psychiatry is a constructivist discipline with very few objectively diagnosed physically verifiable diseases. Many arbitrary disorders are based on cultural norms - essentially psychiatrists have become a way to control "deviant" people without the means of force, just label them mentally ill under the guise of the white jacket and society writes you off. It's really silly more when you consider many of the grand philosophical questions concerning the nature of reality and consiousness, questions tackled by the likes of Rene Descartes, Hume and Plato. None of these great thinkers could answer these questions yet someone with a residency in the pseudoscientific field of psychiatry has somehow risen above them. Oh well, it's only a matter of time before psychiatry is exposed for the fraud that is, pushing derivatives of ecstasy to their willing patients, who are desperate for fix. Oh well, I suppose consiousness is just dopamine, eh? (funny to mention the dopamine hypothesis of schizophrenia was disproven in the 70s yet pharma continues to say it "may be the cause of your schizophrenia/bipolar")
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  • Hi I recently had the test for hypogonadsim and my Free Testosterone levels scored a very low "4". My GP has immediately put me on testosterone injections and is hopeful my pituitary gland will be kickstarted again. As for the female who reported the depression, this is a situation that is for males not females. If you have problems get your oestrogen levels checked. I have been labelled Bipolar for a decade and I'm finally looking forward to being able to say "I told you so" to a few people who discriminated against me these past ten years.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • September 8, 2008
    • 01:47 PM
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  • I feel it is extremely important to educate the masses about this problem as I have totally lost the last 10 years of my life because of it. I was first diagnosed with severe depression by my GP and given the usual antidepressants, the result was I flipped into a hypo manic state for about 3 months then the effect of the drug would wear out and the severe depression would return. He would then try a new antidepressant and I would repeat the same symptoms. At one point in 1998 I spent a week in a psychiatric hospital severely depressed and suicidal. It is at this point I was diagnosed Bipolar II given a different antidepressant and mood stabilizers. The mood stabilizers kept me in a hypo-manic state for about 2 or 3 years. During this time I was prescribed different antidepressants and mood stabilizers. Then came the crash in 2005, I was again hospitalized for a week. Out I came with yet another set of drugs. I spent another 2 years trying different antidepressants and mood stabilizers then in 2007 the Dr's said I needed ECT (Electro Convulsive Therapy), I had 17 treatments. The results were discouraging at best. The treatment effectively wiped out the last 8 to 10 years of my memory. It was over a year later when I could actually comprehend what I would read. I would get lost driving in a city I grew up in. After awhile I finally grasped what my family and friends had been saying, that I should get my Testosterone levels checked. I went to my psychiatrist and requested all my blood test results. And guess what my levels of T and free T were very low. I took this information to my GP and requested T replacement. At first I got injections which would work very well for 3 or 4 days then I would crash, after 2 injections he switched me to T Gel which I have been using for about a month. All the severe depression is gone, the terrible mood swings gone, hypo-mania gone as well. My energy level has increased as well. At 52 I feel alive again after so many years of despair. I have not been able to work for years and I think with retraining I might be able to return to the workplace if I continue to improve as I have been. This error by the medical profession has cost me a 19 year marriage, my carrier and 10 years of my life. How can this be ?!Stephen
    Ducman 1 Replies
    • January 26, 2009
    • 01:37 AM
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  • I feel it is extremely important to educate the masses about this problem as I have totally lost the last 10 years of my life because of it. I was first diagnosed with severe depression by my GP and given the usual antidepressants, the result was I flipped into a hypo manic state for about 3 months then the effect of the drug would wear out and the severe depression would return. He would then try a new antidepressant and I would repeat the same symptoms. At one point in 1998 I spent a week in a psychiatric hospital severely depressed and suicidal. It is at this point I was diagnosed Bipolar II given a different antidepressant and mood stabilizers. The mood stabilizers kept me in a hypo-manic state for about 2 or 3 years. During this time I was prescribed different antidepressants and mood stabilizers. Then came the crash in 2005, I was again hospitalized for a week. Out I came with yet another set of drugs. I spent another 2 years trying different antidepressants and mood stabilizers then in 2007 the Dr's said I needed ECT (Electro Convulsive Therapy), I had 17 treatments. The results were discouraging at best. The treatment effectively wiped out the last 8 to 10 years of my memory. It was over a year later when I could actually comprehend what I would read. I would get lost driving in a city I grew up in. After awhile I finally grasped what my family and friends had been saying, that I should get my Testosterone levels checked. I went to my psychiatrist and requested all my blood test results. And guess what my levels of T and free T were very low. I took this information to my GP and requested T replacement. At first I got injections which would work very well for 3 or 4 days then I would crash, after 2 injections he switched me to T Gel which I have been using for about a month. All the severe depression is gone, the terrible mood swings gone, hypo-mania gone as well. My energy level has increased as well. At 52 I feel alive again after so many years of despair. I have not been able to work for years and I think with retraining I might be able to return to the workplace if I continue to improve as I have been. This error by the medical profession has cost me a 19 year marriage, my carrier and 10 years of my life. How can this be ?!Stephen Hi Stephen, I lost 16 years out of my life, another 20 years impaired, my 33 year marriage, my career, and almost my life due to docs of all varieties being unable to recognize b12 deficiency because I was taking cyanob12 and they assumed that that inactive laboratory mistake works for everybody. My low testosterone was most likely caused by the severe b12 deficiency. I was misdiagnosed, called names, told Its All In Your Head, and mistreated for decades. I finally diagnosed myself with the help of folks on the internet. Now I'm trying to get a life back after 20 years of disability. Welcome to the club.
    Freddd 3576 Replies
    • January 30, 2009
    • 01:41 AM
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  • heyi know it hurts when you are missdiagnosised. i was diagnosised with boarderline personality disorder (BPD) when 4 years later when my psychrist finilly left and i got a new one my diagnosis was changed to bipolar. and now im getting the right suport that i need. when you spend that many yeras training as a perferssional how do you think you can play with peoples lives and get the diagnosis wrong! by the way all menatl health professionals hate people with BPD for some reason that im not sure but they offenden think there i sno help for them and dont treat them.thanks for letting me shear my point of view.It is VERY possible that someone can carry a diagnosis of bipolar d/o AND borderline personality disorder. The first is a mental illness that can be helped with medication (as well as stress reduction skills, taking better care of yourself physically, etc.) and the second is a personality disorder that is only helped with intense therapy.
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  • This is a song by Cloud Cult called Chemicals Collide. It's my new theme song. I think it gives a good view of our lives as bipolar people. was out paying close attention Or was I lost inside my thoughts These days it's hard to tell what's outside from what's in my mind And oh god, it's beautiful Insatiable The way our chemicals collide I was out catching up to tomorrow Or was I caught up in the past These days it's hard to tell what's out in front from what's behind And oh god, it's unforgettable Unpredictable The way our chemicals collide I was sleeping in the lilies Or was I up all night These days it's hard to tell what's half asleep from fully alive We were loving like a landslide Or were we in a fight These days it's hard to tell what's right from wrong and wrong from right And oh god, it's beautiful Insatiable The way our chemicals collide And oh god, it's unforgettable Unpredictable The way our chemicals collideus marriage
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  • Who is this great doctor? Where in the country is he? If guys could GIND the right doc from the get go....think of all the pain that would be spared.Hi all, . Ive been told i was severly depressed, I went to many doctors for diagnosis(50-60 doctors easily in that 5 year period). And everytime the uneducated docs would say- go to the phychiatrist - (three month wait later)phych says go on these tablets guinnui pig- ive been on nearly every Anti depressant known to man over these 5 years. The doctors swished me in and out, I felt like it was all my fault and was worthless and nothing would ever fix me. Guess what? Found a great doctor- he finnaly did the correct blood analysis and found that my testosterone levels were so low that it may as well have not been there. Hypogonadism delayed onset- iron deficiency- reduced thyroid function. Well well well. After being labelled bipolar for 5 years with no light at the end of the tunnel wrecking my liver with tablets that did NOTHING to improve my mood, all i need is hormone replacent therapy. Being labelled bipolar wrecked my life. I could barely work i was aggressive , moody, had no joy in life . One shot in my **m and im back to normal-after 5 years of being down in the dumps it feels better than normal. I feel like ive won the lotto! I advise all males out there in the "BIPOLAR" boat to go get an androgen test ,low testosterone levels cause aggresiveness moodswings sleep problems fatigue decreased libido etc basically nearly the exact syptoms bipolar displays. Im 110 percent better than ever! im happy again, confident, want to go out, have increased libido and energy to do things instead of being a wreck in bed acting like a menapausal female. I almost lost my Fiance to this illness and misdiagnosis because noone can help support someone for 5 years. I suggest that all doctors take a good look at themselves and do your jobs correctly. Im sure there`s so many other blokes out there like myself and there getting the same run around that i got. I ended up in hospitol 3 times in 2 months and became extremely suicidal from the continual misdiagnosis and no improvemnt, i was at the end of my rope(even the hospitol TOLD me i was bipolar... I would love to sue all the doctors and phycs that didnt run any tests on me and took my diagnosis purely on perception.Karma will get you all - I dont have the time - IM BACK AND IM HERE AND IM GONNA KICK **s! good luck to everyone out there i hope people read this and it can help someone- life changing! I love life again. Thanks for reading
    wilfredtr 10 Replies
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  • hey i know it hurts when you are missdiagnosised. i was diagnosised with boarderline personality disorder (BPD) when 4 years later when my psychrist finilly left and i got a new one my diagnosis was changed to bipolar. and now im getting the right suport that i need. when you spend that many yeras training as a perferssional how do you think you can play with peoples lives and get the diagnosis wrong! by the way all menatl health professionals hate people with BPD for some reason that im not sure but they offenden think there i sno help for them and dont treat them. thanks for letting me shear my point of view. im the reverse.. general doctors kept on trying to tell me i had bipolar and wanting me to take drugs for that, i kept on refusing as i knew i didnt fit bipolar. When i finally was able to see proper psych. doctors after being admitted to hospital due to my behaviour (purposely driving a car into a building)... i finally got given a diagnoses of borderline personality disorder (BPD) ..(which i'd actually known i had for a year before that due to my own research, that fit me completely). Since then i've seen several other mental health professionals both other psychaistrists and psychologists and they all say i have BPD and not bipolar. And what i have, the BPD isnt treated by bipolar drugs (on the time i did try taking them.. it actually made me a worst) So please everyone.. if the doctors diagnoses dont fit.. make sure you see proper mental health professions. Dont just trust your GP/MPs when it comes to psych. issues. (id also been wrongly diagnosed with depression at times due to the BPD triggered off (emotional sensitivity) mood swings too.
    taniaaust1 2267 Replies
    • August 13, 2009
    • 07:04 AM
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  • unfortunately like rollercoaster i was also misdiagnosed. I was put into a ward under the pretense i had a phone that didn't exist or ever happened.. much later on my mother apologized to my girlfriend for the phone call that apparently had never happened and apologized for the words of my stepfather. This was told by my mother and my girlfriend one week later but the hospital never cleared that from my record and i am stuck with the term bi-polar because of it. While i was in hospital i worked out by myself how to like myself and that through alot of thinking didnt need to feel guilt cheating on that girlfriend. I spent 3 weeks in hospital.. and i assume the hospital nurses were waiting for some sort of odd behavior but didn't actually get any. I left hospital got off my silly medication and sorted out the rest of my problems the tablets covered over. For instance i had been a bad person yeah of course but I didnt to see and accept that to grow from it. Not be put on some medication and never learn any life lessons.I'm so very happy that i never went back on the medication.. If i had of stayed on them i would have never have found my true happiness. What concerns me is.. i have a hernia.. an umbilical one and when i eventually hit the point where its an emergency and needs to be taken out. Do u think in that instance bi polar medication due to record would attempt to be forced into me before the op? Those bi polar tablets made me feel a warmth.. and i feel the warmth all the time now naturally by myself. I was unhappy in life for a very long time without actually focusing on the problem enough to understand why. Its nice to be happy :)Chris Hart
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • January 6, 2010
    • 00:36 AM
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  • I feel y'all guys, Since 2008 I've been having Anxiety, Panic Attacks, Mood Swings and Severe depression, My family has a very big file of hormonal disorders (sorry if my english is not that good, I'm latin) a year and a half ago I noticed the my breast was kinda bigger and then guess what? Gynecomastia, I think I should have my Testosterone Leves extremely low, but I have never checked'em, Somedays I feel really depressed, I feel like I've lost the ability of enjoying life and relax, this condition is Actually killing me, I have no money to see a doctor I'm very poor, in my country there's no any kind of social healthcare program or something like, if you dont have money, you just die. I have migraines every once in a while, I have no sex drive and I look like a girl cuz I dont have mustache and beard and plus now i have boobs, I'm just looking forward and praying that someday I'll have the 500 dollars that I need to pay the whole Testosterone Replacement Therapy...If you guys know im talking about I know, let me know what can I do go get better...IM DYING...by the way I live in Colombia, my email is ferbz01@hotmail.com ...please people write me back, Im just 21 years old...
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  • dear rollercoaster guy: thanks so much for posting this helpful message about androgen; I'll run right out and have the test myself. I can totally relate to what you claim are peoples' perceptions OF you, and how YOU claim to have felt yourself.And to think I was hoping cold beer and a walk up Camelback Mtn. would do the trick! Serioulsy, I very much appreciate your sincere recommendation and endorsement of what may prove to be life changing for me as well.God bless you.
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  • This is something that I'm going to bring up with my psyc. on my next visit. My crash came in 2005 and rapidly developed until 2007 when I finally recieved treatment. I was first diagnosed as clinically depressed. Anti-depressants sent me into massive highs, followed by anxiety followed by bigger depression. Found another Dr. who diagnosed me as BP. His treatment of my sleep cycles and anti-psychotics got me fairly lined out. I noticed that over the last 3 years my sex drive, energy and focus levels have decreased significantly. After seeing 3-4 different family doctors, I found an endocrinologist who put me on depo-testosterone (.5cc/week). It's been amazing. I sleep soundly for 6-8hrs a night, my energy levels carry me through the day w/o a typical crash. I have to wonder what the effect these hormone treatments have on serotonin, noradrenalin, and dopamine regulation.
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