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8/9/16 8:10 P

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When I was in my 20's I had a rough time. In and out of the hospital, no meds would work, and just chronically suicidal. After I met Geo and made my way into my 30's, things calmed down a lot. I have not been in the hospital since 2012, pretty stable, and thinking of trying to wean off some of my meds. Not for a bit, though. I did do pretty well without Geo while he was on his trip (I can't wait to see him- he gets back tomorrow night). I don't think at this point I would do DNA testing. If I go back to the way I was in my 20's, then yeah. I might be jinxing myself, but I'm doing better and better as I get older (and have my faithful companion, Geo).

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8/9/16 10:31 A

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I've never heard of DNA testing before either. I will be interested in knowing what your results were and how it did or didn't help you.

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8/9/16 1:59 A

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My doc recommended this about 5 years ago, but it was way more expensive then now so I'm going to have it done in the next 2 mos.--whenever my next appointment is. I also take meds for ADHD,sleep,excessive daytime sleepiness, etc. I have been able to get off Abilify & Klonopin years ago due to help from DBT. Would like you get off more or lower my dosage on others.

Also taking a Bipolar In Order class on-line that NAMI paid for as I am one of their consistently there facilitators. No matter how I feel I get there & do my best, helps me too.

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I did a sleep study a couple of years ago because sleep was definitely a factor for me. I did it and I'm glad I did. Ended up having a mild case of sleep apnea. We got me a CPAP machine and slept wonderful ever since unless I am manic.

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8/8/16 5:26 P

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I will be interesting to learn what kind of diagnosis they come up with.

My DR just wants me to do a sleep study. He thinks that is my problem




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He thinks it would be helpful because it can provide feedback on what medications are most likely to be tolerated and successful for you, which ones are tolerable and possibly be successful, and which ones to steer clear from. He says sometimes the results are not conclusive and sometimes not helpful but sometimes they make a tremendous difference. He said it is usually a test recommended for individuals who have, 1) been resistant to a substantial number of medications tried and/or 2) been experiencing severe side effects from almost all of the medications they try. With me experiencing both he thinks it would be another tool that we could use.

The test is done by taking a swab from your cheek on each side, sending off the swabs, and then waiting for the results. Sometimes insurance will cover it but if they don't than the testing company will work with you to give you as small an amount of out-of-pocket expense as possible. Insurance will most likely cover most of it if it is recommended by your doctor.

I'm on the fence because the woman from GeneSight quoted me a maximum of $330 that we would pay out-of-pocket regardless of whether insurance would cover it or not. The articles I've read don't help on conclusive evidence of success... it's worked well for some and for some it didn't do anything.

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Sounds interesting. I have never heard of it. How does he think that it will help?




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Hi Everyone,

Came back from the psych just now and he wants me to do some DNA testing from GeneSight. I called and it is within our price range (I think; gotta double check that later). We have gone through 20+ med combos over the past 8 years with no success the past 6 months. I am experiencing swings still and experiencing side effects for the past 6-months. So, he is thinking this DNA testing will help provide us with more insight. So, have any of you done it? If so, did you find it helpful? I've been reading some articles and it seems 50/50.

Thanks in advance!
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