Hi Numberone1 thank you for your comment 😊 don't know whether you've read my previous posts, but I suffered a major breakdown just over 5 years ago. Thus I became under the care of my community mental health team. They first started me on anti depressants, anxiety meds and sleeping meds. Now this is where it all started, may I add no one through my care even mentioned the SIDE EFFECTS or DANGERS the meds could have on me. Where I say "dangers", I mean if you already have a condition or illness the implications of mixing drugs with any other underlying health problems. Nobody mentioned a thing!!! Anyway after about a year of already trying a handful of anti depressants as nothing seemed to work they then put me on huge doses of the mother of all mother weight gainers quetiapine, it's a mood stabiliser and also works as a tranquilizer to shut people up...... sorry I meant "sedative" 😉. This I now realise was the start of a very unhappy marriage shall we say. Weight started to pile on and so did the physical symptoms of arthritic problems, food consumption ( and I mean going from one extreme to the other) headaches,fatigue etc etc etc. Throughout the years whilst having my routine appointments with my psychartrist(s) and support worker(s) nobody investigated my symptoms or adverse side affects they just kept treating the symptoms with more drugs upon more drugs and NOT investigating the underlying illness. Then I was diagnosed with bipolar disorder 18 months ago and yet another explosion in my body I was prescribed Depakote, this is where I think my body just literally started to pack up. I was in my GP's surgery so often I was even considering moving in ha! I was referred to the Rheumatologist and Neurologist and was slapped with the diagnosis of Fibromyalgia, more drugs prescribed to help with pain and discharged bye bye......by this time my blood pressure was starting to soar and I honestly felt like my body was literally dying on top of the physiological effects of nobody listening. Well I had enough!!!! I started doing my own research and listened to and read posts on the forums. It all started to come together, reading about PCOS and the effects it can have with psychotic meds, foods containing gluten, hormone imbalances (which can be caused from meds themselves). I can't believe that these "professionals" between them all:
1. Never consulted my medical records
2. Didn't test for Vitamin Deficiencies
And how many years of study does it take to become a doctor?????????!??
Anyway many meds can play havoc with your metabolism and give you allergies but they don't tell you!! As well as pushing as much meds through the surgeries to get money...,.oh yes, but we won't go there today.
So in the end I DEMANDED all the blood tests which I had researched online, equipped also with pages and pages of medical reference's which I had acquired online. I knew what had happened to me I just wanted to see the results to confirm all along that they had screwed up and have been giving me the incorrect medication for my mental health which was like feeding me poison against my PCOS for ALL these years, leading to my metabolism being screwed hence weight gain and a very low deficiencency in Vitamins and a massive hormone imbalance. I'm no expert and I do have so much respect for our Doctors and Nurses but and I say a big BUT "we" the patient are not hypochondriac's or mentally impaired or niave of our own bodies, my frustration lies in repeating the same sentence over and over again "my body just doesn't seem well, there's something seriously wrong please can you help"............
I used to weigh just under 9 stone, dress size 8/10 always had been i'm 5ft 4in......I now weigh 14 stone dress size 18/20 which brought with it high blood pressure, food allergies, joint and muscle stress etc etc. This wasn't from eating 10 bags of crisps, 2 plates of chips, 5 lbs of sweets, 4 bottles of fizzy etc etc etc on a daily routine, which my health professionals believed I was doing after all I had the stigma of "mental illness" attached so I must be pigging out ( and please that is no disrespect to anyone and I mean that!!! ❤️) No it was my body being destroyed by the drugs and the adverse effects it was having on me physically and both mentally. Please please don't starve your body, it needs feeding to survive, again I'm NO medical expert but I would stress to anyone get a full test of your bloods especially hormones, glucose, cholesterol, RBC and Vitamin deficiencies. Eat plenty and plenty and then more of fruit and veg, pure virgin coconut oil and coconut water, drink drink & drink WATER. Lower or cut out gluten (they are adding and continue to add so much rubbish to processed foods) our bodies can't handle it!!! hence food allergies cropping up left right and center. Look at the G.I diet as well, eating healthy and not starving yourself with all these other fad diets, walk to the shop and back and rest well. Hope that helps, it's helping me already, now for me it's time to support my body in healing. Much love to all xxxxx☺️