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#21 ironhands

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Posted 20 August 2013 - 06:09 PM

Paxil gave me aural hallucinations and false awakenings, and pre-lucid dreams almost constantly.  Wellbutrin kept me up all night, citolopram had me passing out at my desk at work even with a ritalin chaser.  My neurochemistry must be really messed up.



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Posted 25 August 2013 - 02:17 PM

Why don't you all just go to the sleep center that diagnosed you to get your prescriptions?

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Posted 25 August 2013 - 03:08 PM

Because situations change over time.  A pill that may have worked when the sleep center prescribed it may no longer be as effective, and they may be unwilling to increase the dosage or switch - potentially labeling it drug seeking behavior, or psychological issues, or hypochondria. 

 

This week I was told by a sleep specialist there's nothing wrong with me, I just snore.  2 sleep trainee/students I saw Friday had no idea what the SOREMs indicated.  Thankfully the final word came from the Doc after hearing familial history and instantly making the connection; and the same one I made.

 

The simple answer is that your diagnosis will often change depending on the specialty of the doctor you see; a cardio/pulmonary specialist will only see snoring, a psychiatrist will see severe depression and hand you some tissues, a GP will see a b12 deficiency. 

 

As a result, we sometimes need to push them to think outside their field.