Q: Hepatitis C & Lithium - Options
I was diagnosed January,2001 with Hepatitis C. I have mourned the loss of
'knowing how healthy I was'. I have since met and befriended a man with
end-stage cirrhosis that turner cancerous 8/2001 and died,1/2002. I was
diagnosed bi-polar in the spring of 92, after months of experimenting on me with
different drugs, I was obnoxiously crude,rude,and abrupt about the young
Dr.s attitude and education......little did I know. I self medicated ....went thru a horrendous pregancy, went to a pms clinic and got on natural
progesterone suppositories and was REALLY NORMAL, untill my 16 yr old daughter
turned up pregnant 2/95. Husband demanded she abort or we'd divorce. We chose
adoption(my daughter and I).Then we flooded 4/95, literally, we lived in bottom
ground. Went thru with the adoption11/95. Daughter moved out because step
father was cold to her12/96. The night she and I decided she was moving back
home, she was killed by a drunk driver7/96. My husbands girl friend called and
asked me to ask him to quit comming by for his quick fixes8/96. He began
regular heavy drinking and became progressively more abusive emotionaly, later
phisicaly. My then 3 and 6 year old were never allowed to speak of my daughter,
as if she never existed for 17 years. My father died10/97,and husband got
physical,911, and he was arrested, restraining order filed, while he burned my
dead daughters posessions in the yard as soon as he got out of jail. Divorce
filed that day.My life has been tragedy after tragdy, but I am a survivor
because I was not raised to be a victim.......
many woeful things have happened since, but in order to recieve treatment for
hepatitis C.....I have to see a phsch.
well, I start lithium tomorrow.
The side effects of the HCV treatment causes severe mood 'episodes' and my
doctor believes I am too stressed to not be in the care of a mental health
I am so against this....BUT HAVE NO CHOICE! The side effects of lithium make me
just as weary and leary.
Isnt there a more natural approach?
I've never been hospitalized.
I have a major problem sleeping!
3 hours a night. havent had an alarm clock in.....since filing for divorce.I am
exhausted and sleep doesnt come.
I agree I am bi-polar to a degree,
and need treatment prior to 58 weeks on Ribavirvin....or what ever it is, and
interferon....... but I think lithium is the wrong course, I am not unable to
function, isn't there something less dangerous?
Dear Ms. C' --
Oh what a terrible series of events you describe. You are ready for
something less likely to make your life difficult, surely. Sounds like
lithium and you are not getting on too good so far. However, your
situation is extremely complicated -- not just from the point of view of your
story, but even just as regards the treatment options for your bipolar
disorder. The Hep C makes lots of the usual options trickier, so moving
away from lithium is less easy to consider in your case than for many
folks. However, there are some options, so make sure you tell the doc' how
the lithium is making you feel, so she/he can help you look at these
options. At the same time, it sounds like you're making some headway
trying to accept the fact that you have bipolar disorder. At least that's
a treatable problem, compared to many you've faced. Try hard to work on
that acceptance part, because it will make the doc's job harder if she/he has to
help you with that part and the med's too. Is there a way for you
to get hooked up with a therapist as well as the doc'? There's a lot a
therapist might be able to help you with, I would think, given your
history. Hope things start going a little smoother for you.