DR. DREW (Part II)

Dr. Drew also did a show called “Loveline”. We, the public, are so lucky to have him. Let me remind you of his Credentials once again. He is a Board Certified Internist and Board Certified in Addiction Medicine. Got it? Great. Since these next topics kind of apply to me.

A caller to his show was inquiring about his girlfriend’s “conditions” which included endometriosis, interstitial cystitis, lactose intolerance, and “no stomach lining”.

Dr. Drew jumps in before the guy can get to his actual question. Dr. Drew “explains” that “These are what we call sort of functional disorders. Everything you mentioned, are things that actually aren’t discernably pathological. They’re what we call “garbage bag diagnoses” (actually they are referred to as idiopathic moron) when you can’t think of anything else, you go “Eh, it’s that” So then it makes me question why is she so somatically preoccupied that she’s visiting doctors all the time with pains and urinary symptoms and pelvic symptoms, and then that makes me wonder was she sexually abused growing up?”. The boyfriend never said the girlfriend was “preoccupied” or “visiting doctors all the time” he actually said she refuses to go most of the time. He did say there was some abuse earlier in her life.

Dr. Drew continued to explain that when people have unexplained pain, pelvic pain, it’s called somatoform dissociation. The only way her body, which was suffering during those early experiences, can tell it’s tale of “woe” is with pain. What she really needs is a trauma specialist not a Urologist. He finished with “Ya know what I’m saying?”.

ACTUALLY I DON’T CONSIDERING I HAVE A FORM OF SOMATOFORM DISORDER CALLED CONVERSION DISORDER. I HAD PELVIC PAIN, POLYCYSTIC OVARY DISEASE, AND CELIAC DISEASE. GUESS WHAT HAPPENED? I DIDN’T TAKE ANY OF IT SERIOUSLY BECAUSE MY DOCTOR DIDN’T. NOT UNTIL THE DAY MY FEET SWELLED 5 TIMES THEIR NORMAL SIZE AND I WAS DOWN TO 119 POUNDS AT 5’6″. I STILL THOUGHT IT WAS NOTHING BECAUSE I WAS TAUGHT NOT TO “BOTHER” DOCTORS. BUT SOMETHING MADE ME GO TO THE EMERGENCY ROOM. THE E.R. DOC LOOKED AT MY FEET THEN MY FACE AND RAN TO GET MY BLOOD RESULTS. I WAS OUT BY THE TIME HE CAME BACK. WHEN THEY BROUGHT ME BACK HE WAS CRYING. HE SAID I NEEDED TO CONTACT MY FAMILY AS SOON AS POSSIBLE OR GIVE HIM THE NUMBERS, THEN ASKED IF I WANTED TO SEE A PRIEST WHILE I COULD. I WAS IN RENAL FAILURE. BY THE END I LOST MY RIGHT KIDNEY AND PART OF MY LEFT. I AM CONSIDERED TO BE IN STAGE 3 CHRONIC KIDNEY DISEASE.

My Conversion Disorder had no part in my Kidney Failure except that is ALL the doctors saw on my chart. Wait! They also saw Bipolar Disorder. That equaled-YOU’RE DISMISSED!

I still go through this frequently. I literally have to wait until I am seriously ill before getting treatment. If I don’t I’m given the brush off. Just one of the extremely frustrating things.

I then have the opposite problem with some other doctors who take Medicare. They say I’m there for 130 minutes of Psychotherapy when I’m actually only there long enough to be handed my prescriptions, sometimes not even by them!

Other than that everything is peachy.

Due to Dr. Drew’s radio appearance tonight I’m posting this again.

About darie73

I have lived with Bipolar Disorder since my early teens. I have lived with Social Anxiety Disorder for even longer. I self-medicated with alcohol for over 20 years, that's how long it took to get a diagnosis. I'm open and honest about my mental health so hopefully one day the system will change. View all posts by darie73

15 responses to “DR. DREW (Part II)

  • Rob

    Well Christ! I am so sorry to hear of such debilitating and moronic lack of care for you. Whenever I am in the presence of “experts” I make damn sure straight up what will be happening and why. And I have had to “run it up the flag pole” to get satisfaction in my care. I didn’t do that when I was younger. I didn’t get diagnosed–now seemingly improperly–with bipolar disorder until I was about 40. Now the experts are not convinced of that diagnosis after going to intensive testing and screening. So what the hell is my problem? No clue.

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    • darie73

      For me it took a couple of simple questions. Do people sometimes think you are talking too fast or too loud like you have had a lot of caffeine but haven’t? Do you go on “spending sprees” for no reason or to feel a rush or to feel better? (This includes gambling) Do you drink alcohol? If so how much at one time? How do you react to alcohol? Do you often feel like you are on the outside looking in? Do you feel like you are in a 12 foot hole with no way out? Do you have times where you don’t or can’t sleep for days at a time? Are you or have you been sexually promiscuous? These are good indicators for Bipolar. No one asked until I was around 36/37. I always knew something was off because I have other family members who have mental health issues, I just didn’t know what and was too afraid to really find out until I had to.

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    • Rob

      Gosh, the way you put it perhaps I am lol. I answered yes to many of those questions, hmmmm

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    • darie73

      Doctors make it harder than it actually is. The problem is when you were diagnosed and what antidepressants the morons gave you when they were not sure. These 2 things make treating Bipolar a little harder. I do way too much research.

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    • Rob

      I was on four different meds, but when I went to jail they refused to give me any of them because I was medicating and drinking heavily. Once I stopped I experienced no adverse effects really. So, that is why the psychiatrist here does not believe I am bipolar. I am on a small dose of Prozac at my request to help stabilize my mood while I dig through all the shit I’ve been ignoring while drinking for 35 years.

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    • darie73

      Ok, where to start. First, you were “detoxing” from alcohol and meds which takes less time for alcohol than it does for medication. You were also in an environment that I’m pretty sure had a significant effect on your mood, personality, and cognitive skills. Depending on the length of time you were in jail could factor in to your diagnosis. By “here” do you mean the VA? Prozac is one of the antidepressants known to make the treatment of Bipolar Disorder harder with a late diagnosis it isn’t really known to stabilize moods. I also drank daily while taking medications that doctors prescribed to me without a correct diagnosis. Prozac, Effexor, Paxil, and Buspar were the biggest ones. It isn’t easy at all. Doctors will never know all there is to know about Bipolar Disorder or the brain in general in our lifetime. I always advocate for a second or third opinion if possible. You also need to look at your family history and see if there is anyone that has a similar story/situation as you and try to talk to them. I’ve had Hospitals refuse to give me my meds. How ridiculous is that?? One of them because it’s a “newer” Bipolar med called Viibryd. I’ve actually been on it for over 3 years so it isn’t that new. I had to have my sister bring my own from home when my kidneys failed. The nurses stood outside my door and said “She hasn’t acted crazy or anything yet so what’s the big deal if she has them or not.” another nurse asked how I had lost so much weight. I told her it was partly my Bipolar medication. Again, the same group of nurses stood outside my door and she said “Maybe I should pretend to be Bipolar so I can lose weight like her”. I really lost that much weight because I was in kidney failure and didn’t know it. As a nurse she probably should’ve known that. The medical profession isn’t always correct or sympathetic.

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    • Rob

      Wow thank you for taking the time. Yes, the psychiatrist did tell me about Prozac and its lack of effectiveness on bipolar. You seem to know your stuff. While I don’t get extreme gmhighs and lows my moods can widely vary. Is there a better drug for that? I’m tired of always swinging. I’ve only just started Prozac about 2 weeks ago

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    • darie73

      lol. Sorry, read that back to yourself. You don’t get extreme “highs” and “lows” but your “moods” can “vary widely”. Kind of the definition of Bipolar Disorder. There are different types. Actually there are too many types. Bipolar II you spend more time in “depressive episodes” and may have some “slight manic episodes” usually a few per year. Then Bipolar II with Psychosis. Then Rapid Cycling Bipolar Disorder where your mood “cycles” or “changes” throughout the day. There are so many variables. There really isn’t one drug that control mood variations. It usually takes a cocktail of an a specific antidepressant and a mood stabilizer. Most doctors go right for Lithium and Depakote. I had family members on the combination and never liked how they acted. Lithium also can also damage your liver and kidneys. I like my mood stabilizer because it also has the effect of not wanting alcohol or even thinking about it. At the very beginning I tried to drink and my brain said “Yuck, your stomach is full”. You need the diagnosis first.

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    • Rob

      Hmmm. You’re right. They had me on lithium. Not sure if it helped cause I drank all the time. If you dont mind my asking which stabilizer do you take?

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    • darie73

      Topamax is the mood stabilizer. It’s used “off label” it’s main purpose isn’t a mood stabilizer but doctors found it to be beneficial for some people. Viibryd is a SSRI used mostly for Major Depression, I also take Adderall to focus and counteract the sedative effects of the other medications. At night and sometimes during the day I have to take Klonopin. I’ve always had severe anxiety. My doctor monitors all of my meds to make sure I don’t abuse any of them. They are too crucial to my being able to function as well as I can so I don’t. I also don’t get the full benefit of them because I only have one kidney and I have trouble absorbing medications. It’s a day to day crap shoot.

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    • Rob

      I see. I used to like doing Adderall lol. I was in the best shape of my life doing 15mg per day. Wasn’t supposed to, of course. Thank you once again for taking the time!

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    • darie73

      lol I guess I shouldn’t tell you I’m supposed to take 60mg a day. I don’t though. I really only need 30 in the morning.

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    • darie73

      I have learned to not tell people I take it because people are fiends about it. I went to Florida several months ago to talk to a singer who knew I wrote a blog for Mental Health and Addiction. I had written about what meds I was on in a blog. Guess what he asked about? lol Idiots.

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    • Rob

      Unreal. Yes, I won’t lie that dosage was just right for keeping in great shape

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