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please come and talk to me about lithium

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MissTired Fri 26-Nov-10 15:21:53

im being put on lithium, please tell em your experiences good and bad xx

GetDownYouWillFall Fri 26-Nov-10 15:46:59

Hi there MissTired. I was on lithium for about 2 years after birth of DD. I had really bad PND which didn't seem to respond to ADs, so they put me on lithium as a mood stabiliser.

I have to say I was petrified when they said they wanted me to go on lithium. I was an inpatient in the mother and baby unit at the time and felt completely vulnerable and out of control with regards to my treatment.

I was sent for an ECG (I think they have to check your heart before starting lithium) and various blood tests. Then the bloods were repeated after I'd been on it a few days to check how my body was metabolising the lithium.

I had to have 3 monthly blood tests then for the duration I was on it.

I have to say, despite being terrified, I never had any particularly bad side effects on it. Maybe a bit sicky for the first few days and that was it. I was discharged from hospital about 2 weeks after starting it, and felt a bit better. Don't know if it was coincidence, but I did start to improve once I was on the lithium.

Once I had been better for a while I decided I wanted to come off lithium, as I was worried it might do some long term damage to my kidneys. It was a bit of a struggle to persuade the psychiatrist to let me come off it, but am so glad I did, as I came off it in May and have been fine mood-wise ever since. Am glad to be off it, but it did help at the time. Also I didn't find it hard to get off (no withdrawl effects) unlike my AD which has been a long drawn out process.

MissTired Fri 26-Nov-10 17:56:12

thanks, i had the ecg today and blood tests, start it in 2 weeks if results come back ok am bit worried but hopefully be ok

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