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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • June 14, 2008
  • 01:53 PM

My mom has suffered from bipolar illness since a few days after was born, diagnosed 25 years ago. We have no family history of mental illness other than depression. She's been in and out of hospitals for all of this time. Seems to be about every year or 2 she has a manic episode and halucinations wich forces us to do nothing other than seek medical help. My mother is convinced that she was misdiagnosed and after reading some of the stories here, I have began to wonder the same. Recently, a new doctor tried to take her off the lithium with what seemed to be much failure and we were forced to put her back into a mental health facility... She lives with me now and last night could not sleep, being one of the signs that she will need attention soon or she will return to the hospital again. I feel horrible now, thinking that all this time she could have been misdiagnosed and we're forcing her against her will to be in mental health facilities... My question is, how am I able to have her taken off these drugs to see if she in fact was misdiagnosed? Do we have her go to some type of detox facility? I'm in desperate need of information... There's no local doctors that will see her at the moment because there's waiting lists to have her medical insurance accepted... Please help

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  • Can you get copies of her recent blood work? A cbc that would list her serum B12 levels would be important. B12 deficiency can cause mental emotional and neurological issues and is often misdiagnosed. The range of acceptable B12 is between 400-1100 (a huge range indeed!). If you find her levels in the lower range of normal, even say at 450, I would suggest finding a doc who will listen to you and test more accurately for B12 deficiency. I believe the best test is a urine methylmalonic acid test (uMMA)... Check out the B12 misdiagnosis thread started by Sally Pacholok - very long but very interesting. What are all the drugs she is currently taking? Best wishesDOM
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  • She's currently on Lithium, 1200mg, 1 pill in the morning, 3 at night.Temazepam, Levothryroxin and Trihexyphen.
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  • I don't know about the detox facilities but I would seek Orthomolecular approaches. I would read the research of Dr. Abram Hoffer, I am not sure if they have a website, but I do know that they have a catalog of all the research papers available by mail. I beleive it is called the Canadian Schizophrenic Asso. (they cover a wide range of conditions). Magnesium defiency could be a culprit as imbalances in the potassium and sodium channels. Any toxic metal such as mercury, aluminum etc could be causing problems as well. And it is quite possible that b12 deficiency as well as any other b complex family could be a contributing factor. A test from traceelements.com would be help as well.
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