I’m still taking 375mg of Lithium, as I have been for a few weeks now (I should really write down when exactly I start meds and increase/decrease them…), and though side effects seem to have subsided a bit, I’m still having intestinal issues and nausea. A few days ago I woke up, started watching a movie without making breakfast or eating anything, and after about 20 minutes, I felt like I was going to throw up. I was so sure that I was going to that I rushed to the kitchen and leaned over the sink. I could feel my body preparing itself to vomit and I was salivating heavily and it was painful. But I didn’t end up vomiting.
I’ve been feeling most nauseous at nighttime, as well as when I’m riding passenger in the car with someone (I’m prone to car-sickness generally, but on the Lithium it’s really aggravated to the point where I do sometimes feel like I am going to throw up on their car mats). The nighttime nausea is annoying because it’s every single night. Last night I came home from chatting with a friend, washed my face, brushed my teeth, read a little, got into bed, and just felt sick. I just looked at the bottle of my Lithium and it says to take at bedtime but it also says to take with food. Maybe that will help – I’ve heard from browsing mental health boards online that it can help to take it with food, I just wasn’t specifically instructed to take it that way.
Although I still am very far from a healthy diet, the Lithium has had an effect on my appetite. I still feel hunger – I’m hungry right now. But the desire to eat is much, much less apparent than it normally is for me. However, going these long periods without eating isn’t healthy, and it’s also not healthy when I go long periods and then overeat.
I’ve noticed an increase in energy, which is good. When I was still taking Tegretol, I was terribly exhausted all the time and it was extremely difficult to get out of bed in the morning, which is something I normally don’t have much issue with, surprisingly. Waking up and physically getting up has been easier. I’ve had a little more motivation/energy to exercise (also due to weather, I’m sure).
The side effects are quite bothersome, however, I have noticed progress, and that’s keeping me hopeful. I should really make an appointment with my psychiatrist…phone anxiety…