A bunch has happened since my last post, with great findings from this website and webmd. Unfortunately, my insurance wont cover my latuda, so i am still taking fluphenazine so i dont get another psychosis and go back to the hospital. Also, i am seeing a new psychiatrist and i am too scared to change my medications. Last time i saw them they increased my fluphenazine to 2.5 mg and the next morning i had to take my last sick day off because of extreme fatigue and tardive kinethisia. So, i split the tablet in half. As for the last post i made, i have been expirementing with more basic supplements that this site suggested and webmd suggested. I want to really thank everyone for their supplement experiences because it has helped greatly for my growth! Also, I looked at the first post I made and saw I was taking WAY too many supplements. I dont even know how I made it through daily life while taking them! But, I have learned a great deal from them, knowing which ones are more harmful than beneficial, and I am certain now that what I am taking with my medication is increasing my health worthful.
As to say now, I will explain what I have taken and what I am taking now.
What I have taken:
MELATONIN: made me too sleepy throughout the day but helped with my shakiness.
COQ10: helped slightly with energy but not swings of emotion and focus
PREGNENOLONE: helped for two days then felt sleepier afterward. Also, being a natural anabolic steroid it can have detrimental effects if taken in long term treatment. Much like ginseng, it will have hormone changing effects and can possibly lead to worse health be cause of that.
SAM-E: great for depression up to two weeks of taking it but afterward makes me agitated and forgetful.
PHOSPHATIDYLSERINE: was good for sleep and slightly helped with memory but taking too much phospholipids can be bad in long term treatment.
NIACIN: did nothing because I do not have niacin deficiency (I think). But be careful with this supplement because taking too much will make a person have increased risk of type 2 diabetes. I know this because I have done this before and after a blood test I was on the verge to having diabetes.
ASHWAGANDHA: Helped calm me but only for two hours. I took this a few weeks and it didnt have any effect for me after one week. BUT may be beneficial for other people. Just be warned that it does have anti inflamatory properties, so if you take anticoagulant medications then DO NOT TAKE IT. Also, dont take it with ibuprofen if you take ibuprofen for more than two days.
SARCOSINE: made me feel restless, irritable, and did not help my obsessive disorder. But, I am not condoning it because from the forums I have read on this site, it has helped many, many people.
CBD Oil: i took two sprays of this each morning which helped slightly with every symptome of my disorder but it made me sleepy and my delusions kept coming back without me thinking of it.
Biotin: great for skin and hair growth but not good for blood tests. Also, it didnt do anything for me. WARNING; this supplement WILL make blood tests false. When I had my blood test the doctor said it was as if i had three kidneys but my liver was aweful. The funny thing is I felt fine when I saw the doctor.
KRILL OIL: Best for absorbing dha and epa but has phospholipids. It doesnt have enough dha and epa to sustain my brain cells from pruning and being damaged. Yet, it is better for some people who can not tolerate fish oil alone.
OK! That is what I have taken from what I have remembered. I have learned a great deal from all of them, so I am glad it wasnt a total waste of money. As for now, this is what I am taking:
Medication: Fluphenazine 1mg
Theanine: 100 mg at night and 100 mg in the morning
Glycine: 500mg at bedtime
Fish Oil: 1000mg at bedtime and morning
Ginkgo biloba 120 mg: in the morning
Folic Acid: 800mg in the morning
Vitamin B12: 1000mg in the morning
Also, I just took d-serine today and I am feeling many levels better. Clear thoughts, remembering things and I am more interested in doing things than I have before. Now, this is only today so I am going to keep taking it only if it keeps doing this.
As for the vitamin b9 (folic acid), I have begun to express myself much more. It definitely helps with my depression so far. I have been taking it for two weeks now and I am hoping it will keep helping my health.
I am still on l-theanine because it does relax me without making me too tired throughout the day. It is because of this amino acid that I am able to concentrate a little better. Mostly, though, it helps my mood. I dont have extreme highs and extreme lows which I am very thankful for.
The Ginkgo Biloba is helping with my concentration and fatigue by a milestone. The only unfortunate thing about it is it increases blood pressure. For my age, being 29 (yay dirty thirties coming up!), I shouldnt have such a slight increase in blood pressure. But, I still take it because it helps my overall health.
Lastly, I am taking vitamin b12 in conjunction with the vitamin b9 and it helps with my energy as well.
So, for now I know I am on the right path to a much better recovery. I have taken a plethora of supplements AND medication and this, so far, is my best concoction. Still, I hate how I have to take medication and supplements to make me feel better and not lose reality (which is often), but at least I am knowledgable enough to know what best works for me.
As for those reading this, I thank you for taking the time to do so! Just take care of yourself and be mindful of what may happen to you. And if you arent entirely certain about these supplements then by ALL means ASK your doctor!