Wellbutrin Replacement

After consulting with my nutritionist, I researched a specific B vitamin that she suggested I look into to help with PCOS.

I found the following helpful information on the PCOS nutrition website.

Inositol is a member of the B-vitamins and a component of the cell membrane. There are many reasons women with PCOS may want to take this supplement as inositol has been linked to improved insulin, triglyceride, and testosterone levels, as well as improved blood pressure, ovulation and weight loss.

Only a handful of studies were conducted on inositol and PCOS, but all showed favorable results, especially when it came to fertility. In the most recent and largest study, 25 women received inositol for six months. Twenty-two out of the 25 (88%) patients had one spontaneous menstrual cycle during treatment, of whom 18 (72%) maintained normal ovulatory activity. A total of 10 pregnancies (40% of patients) were obtained. It is believed that inositol increases the action of insulin in women with PCOS, thereby improving ovulation, decreasing testosterone, and lowering blood pressure and triglycerides.

I found these inositol capsules conveniently on Amazon. (Seriously, what can’t you find on Amazon? Love-love-love Amazon.) But the capsules were so big, I simply couldn’t take them. I have a fear of choking–which has happened before with pills.

Amazon to the rescue again. I purchased the powder form instead. So much better. I simply mix with a little bit of water or juice. Very easy.

We’ll see how this all plays out with my fertility plans, but taking the vitamin has had a surprising effect on my attitude. It’s been very calming for me. I actually didn’t realize that one of the known benefits of inositol is improved emotional well-being. I could’ve been taking this natural remedy instead of chemically-insane Wellbutrin all these years. I remember the first time I took Wellbutrin. I had gone to Marc’s place for some company (or assurance that I wasn’t going to die by myself). I remember staring at the TV with my tongue hanging out of my mouth and a dazed look on my face. I felt like I’d been lobotomized.

Food for thought for any of my readers who need a little happiness kick.


That’s All Well and Good

Time for a lifestyle, fitness, health status update.

I started seeing a new acupuncturist today. I found her after doing some research; she was awarded best SF acupuncturist by the San Francisco A-List. I also gravitated toward her undergraduate background: BA in environmental studies from UCSC with an emphasis on biology and writing. Oh yeah! Great minds think alike. I’m excited. We established key metrics and have a plan in place.

She was was pretty impressed with what I’ve done so far to get on track:

  • Stopped taking medication: wellbutrin, ambien, no more botox.
  • Eliminated sugar from my diet.
  • Eliminated caffeine from my diet.
  • Curtailed alcohol consumption.

I feel like I’ve done so much, but I have more homework. Here were her recommendations:

  • Acupuncture 1-2x week.
  • Chinese herbs.
  • Try Juice Plus, PreNatal, PreNatal fish oil.
  • Avoid wheat, soy, dairy. Try almond milk, rice milk, or coconut milk.
  • Eat cooked, warm food and drink.

I see a nutritionist on Monday and will share her recommendations as well.

Life is a Grand Thing

Is it possible for a 35-year-old woman to be colicky? I have not been feeling well lately and when I say not feeling well, I mean in the emotional sense. Withdrawn, bitter, poor me syndrome. That is what happens sometimes when you are manic depressive. If you have no idea what that means to be depressed or how it feels like, then good for fucking you. Anyhow I popped a couple extra pills of Wellbutrin today for good measure.

If I can momentarily get my thoughts out of the doldrums, I try to think of things that I usually love. So yesterday I went to the steam room, became engrossed in a book at the library, and bought some See’s chocolates. It is hard to do much else. I can’t imagine lunches with friends. And God, please no happy hour. If I haven’t returned your calls, now you know why.

I have nothing else insightful to add; it must be a real drag reading this post so I googled inspirational quote for depression and here is the only one I found that I like.

“I like living. I have sometimes been wildly, despairingly, acutely miserable, racked with sorrow, but through it all I still know that just to be alive is a grand thing.”

–Agatha Christie