My Medications | invisible i

My Medications | invisible i

Hey everyone, it’s Katy and welcome back to
my channel. So today’s video is going to be a little bit different. I’ve never done a
video on this in depth but today I’m going to be talking about medication and what medication
I am currently taking. This is a very sensitive and personal topic,
in my opinion, and I feel like talking about this will give you guys maybe more of an insight
into my health conditions and what I suffer with generally because I take 4 medications
currently only 1 of which I take for Fibromyalgia and the other 3 are sort of for more – other
bits and bobs that I haven’t really spoken about on camera before. But medication is
a big thing for me to talk about, I do get a bit anxious talking about it but because
I’ve been taking this medication for a very very long time now, it doesn’t really phase
me as much talk about it. Because if someone comments below and says ‘this medication is
horrible, it did horrible things to me, don’t take it’, which happens a lot when we talk
about medication on YouTube, it’s not going to phase me so much because I know that this
works for me, this is what I’m comfortable taking, I’m not going to change it or feel
any worse if I read comments like that. So I’m going to get stuck in in talking about
medication today. So like I said, I’m only taking 1 type of
medication for my Fibromyalgia and that is ‘Amitriptyline’. Amitriptyline is actually
an antidepressant but it’s just been found to be more effective in pain management and
dulling pain and pain-killing then it actually is for treating depression. So it’s widely
prescribed for pain as opposed to depression nowadays. It’s a really really low dose antidepressant
so I only take 10mg which is tiny really! But a lot of people take it, not just for
Fibromyalgia but for chronic pain or even arthritis, people who are just in pain long-term
or short-term are quite commonly prescribed amitriptyline. I haven’t been taking this
for very long, maybe like 2 or 3 months, so I haven’t really seen a massive effect because
I think it takes a really long time to actually work. But with Fibromyalgia, because your
pain goes up and down, it’s quite difficult to monitor it with a medication. But it has
had some positive effects already which is the fact that this makes me drowsy, its only
side effect is drowsiness and it helps me to sleep cause I take it in the evening just
before I go to bed and then I’ve found that my sleeping has actually improved since taking
this. But also the other effect that it’s had that is really really positive in my eyes,
but may not be positive in other peoples’, is weight gain. When I first started taking
this, I was getting drowsy as a side-effect but I was also getting really really hungry!
I had a massive appetite for ages and I still do and I find it really difficult to maintain
and actually gain weight, so if this is doing the job for me, I’m not going to complain.
It’s worked really really well in that respect and yeah, can’t complain!
One of the other medications that I’m taking is Oral B12 which is very shakey – so I’m
not going to hold that, I’m gonna set that down! I just randomly found out, maybe 2 years
ago that my B12 was stupidly low. Vitamin B12 is a vitamin and you get it through animal
based products in your diet. So that is why a lot of people who are vegetarian or vegan
often have low B12 levels. But I am not vegetarian and I am not vegan, so to have a B12 level
that was through the floor like mine, threw us all. We didn’t really know why. I don’t
have Pernicious Anemia which is the condition that effects how much B12 you can absorb,
or it stops you from absorbing B12 completely. I don’t have that condition, I just have really
really low B12, it’s just something I have to deal with now.
So like the B12, I also take vitamin D, which again, I just randomly found out was low.
Vitamin D you get from the sun, so you don’t get it through your diet, you just get it
through sunlight and I don’t particularly like sun! It’s just something that I don’t
enjoy. I’m always cold so even if it’s sunny outside, I’m still wrapped up warm so my skin
isn’t exposed to the sunlight and also I found that sunlight actually triggers a lot of my
symptoms of Fibromyalgia – don’t know if that’s just me, let me know if you’re the same in
the comments below! But sunlight does trigger some of my symptoms. So not a big shock that
my vitamin D was low but at the same time as finding out it was low, I also had a bone
density scan which showed that I have low bone density in my spine which i something
I’ve got to deal with now but I take vitamin D to combat obviously the low vitamin D levels
but also it’ll help with my bone density. So the final medication I take long-term is
actually the one that I’ve been taking the longest. I feel like I’ve done this in reverse
order – oh no – haven’t quite done it in reverse order but almost! But this is the medication
that I’ve been taking the for the longest amount of time, which is the contraceptive
pill. I know what you’re thinking, don’t worry, I’m not going to be talking about anything
sexy in this video! But I basically take the pill for my periods, that’s what it comes
down to at the end of the day. I have had horrible periods since I started my period
and they’ve been irregular, they’ve been heavy, they’ve been painful. I just have not had
a good roll with my periods at all – I was gonna say ‘I haven’t had a good flow’ but
that might be a bit too much! I basically just take it for that really and sneakily
I actually started taking it kind of like an antidepressant because I was getting really
really bad PMS before my periods, which made me very depressed, rapidly my mood would go
downhill just before my period and it would take a very long time to climb back up and
then just as it hit the peak, I would go back down because it would be time for my next
period. So it was a good way to level out my mood but also manage my periods and I do
want to do a video about managing periods with chronic illness. It will be a sensitive
subject for some, I think, but I don’t have a problem with talking about periods., I’m
very open to talking about a lot of stuff – I have no social boundaries! So I do want
to do a video on periods because heavy, irregular periods is actually very commonly linked to
Fibromyalgia and when you’re dealing with any type of chronic illness, that can go from
anxiety, depression, it could be mental health related, it could be neurological health related,
it could be chronic pain, anything, having to deal with your period become twenty times
harder. I want to talk about the journey that I’ve gone on with my periods and how I manage
them now with everything else that I’ve got to deal with. But yeah, I take the pill for
my periods and I will probably be a do video about periods in the future. Let me know if
that’s something you want to see or interested in seeing.
So yes, I think that is about it, well, I know that is it cause that is all I actually
take – those are the medications that I take. Point blank. Done. Finito. But let me know
if you like talking about medication, I might do a few more videos talk about it or just
let me know your views and opinions on medication. I tend to treat things non-medicinally and
I do want to do a video talking about that. I actually did a video like that on LetsTalkTics
and it was really well received. So I’m going to do an updated non-medicinal therapy video.
But yeah, let me know your opinions, if you treat things with medication or if you treat
things non-medicinally, what is your opinion on medication and treating it for chronic
illness? So let me know!I think that is about it, hope you’ve had a really good day and
I will see you soon – bye!


47 thoughts on “My Medications | invisible i”

  • The only thing I take is Imitrex & Tylenol 3 for my migraines & the violent tic's. I wonder why us Touretter's have so many other conditions. I have Tourette syndrome, OCD, Arnold Chiari malformation and celiac disease.

  • I have Aspergers and I take Effexor for anxiety and Zopliclone for Insomnia. My other health problems include a grass allergy and chronic ear infections. I take nasal spray and antihistamines for my allergies and it'll take a long time to talk about my ear problems.

  • Southern Discomfort says:

    I don't get why people recconmend or slam medications based off their experience because we all react differently to them.

    I take risperidone for mood stability, it was originally prescribe to treat psychosis like symptoms but it helps keep me above the tide too, it also stops me from wanting to spend too much time playing computer games because I have Asperger's syndrome, something that has stopped me from moving forward with my life. It's also used to treat tics but I'm not sure what effect it's having on mine.

    I also take lamotrigine to augment risperidone because I didn't want to go up in dose of risperidone; prolactin levels were a bit high and that's not good in men.

    I also take tamsulosin hydrochloride because I get frequent urges to go to the toilet during the night, which is fun.

    I'm lucky that with my medications I get next to zero side effects with all three. Other people aren't so lucky but I'm thankful that I am. I did find I put on weight then I started risperidone and I got urges to eat food, this was good because I too can struggle to maintain a healthy weight, I'm now at an optimal weight level thanks to that.

  • I've been watching you since I was diagnosed (finally) with tourettes like 4 years ago and I have to say I love your videos, your personality, your being itself. You're beautiful and very intelligent about these things…

    Keep being you, keep making videos 🙂

    BTW – Literally love your hair atm :O

  • I'm definitely always curious what other people's opinions are about medications, kind for anything, really. My main thing, right now, is antidepressants, because I've had a very hard time finding one that helps me. But I've also had people mention birth control pills to me on several occasions (never discussed with my doctor though) because my period was absolutely horrible when I was a teenager. It changed significantly in my early to mid-twenties, but I feel like I grew up in a generation that really didn't talk about periods, or maybe moreso our mom's didn't. In the past year or so I've started doing a lot of research to better understand it, because my mom absolutely HATES it when I try to talk about my period, so I just don't. Anyways, I guess that was my long-winded way of saying, I would definitely be interested in hearing your views on the topic of birth control pills and periods.

  • I'm on the nortriptyline which supposedly same thing but different lol I was on 60mg but these meds can cause heart problems so now on 20mg but without nerve pain is the worse!

    I'm vegan and luckily b12 has always been good. Vitamin D is my issue as I can't get out but you can get vitamin D from fortified foods.

  • I completely understand about the anxiety with medications. I'm currently take 8 on a regular basis. Then I have 2 more for bad pain. I have fibro as well and have the low D. Sun is not my friend. I break out in hives. lol. I like your channel so far. It's always interesting to see how others handle fibro.

  • How do Doctors there feel about prescribing opiates for pain? I have been prescribed so many for my chronic pain and the one that works the best is, believe it or not, Methadone 10mg 3x a day. It works well, lasts a very long time, and unlike Norco or Vicodin or Percocet, I don't have to take more than my prescribed dosage per day (sometimes I take less).

  • Did you gain weight from the amitryl 10mg? How long did it take for side affects to lessen? As it can make your mouth dry and you being groggy

  • I take Sertraline 100mg, but it doesn't prevent me from becoming very upset. It does control the severity of the meltdowns though.

  • I take Lexapro 10mg for depression once a day and Hydroxizine 50mg 3 times a day as needed for anxiety but i've been on alot of others that didnt work 🙂

  • Natália Rios de Sousa says:

    I take per day fluoxetine chloridrate(antidepressant) 60 mg, pregabalin 150 mg and cyclobenzaprine 5 mg. I discovered I had fibro on July and my appetite is MASSIVE. I also take vitamin D once a week. I have gained 4 kg since I started the treatment 😛 Glad I found your channel ^_^

  • I hate medication but it vital to living. Just the stigma of it, I don't have any bad side effects which I should feel lucky about

  • I'm glad that amitriptyline is working for you…I was taking it until about 2 or 3 months ago for my hypermobility and I was taking 40mg of it but the effects of it and the benefits just stopped and it wasn't working any longer so I had to change but I'm glad its working for you because it does help and especially with sleep and eating like you said. Sleeping it really helped with and after taking it I was asleep within about half an hour lol and weight gain as well which I've noticed since being off it because since being off it I've lost around half a stone so I've got to find a way to put that back on. Also agree with you on the contraceptive pill…definitely a good idea when suffering with chronic pain just makes your life a little easier!

  • iiRunWithScissors says:

    I also have fibromyalgia and I have very low Vitamin D levels along with very low iron levels and I have to take both of these as tablets in quite high doses. I think even though it's not directly for fibromyalgia, I think a lot of people who have fibro have these deficiencies. So that might explain the low levels of Vitamin D! 🙂
    I'm also always cold and I don't like the sun much either!

  • I was diagnosed with fibromyalgia today & I was so scared & I found your videos & they've already helped. Now I understand why I've felt the way I feel for so long & that I'm not crazy. Everyone always told me I was fine & it was nothing when I know I didn't feel fine. Thanks to you I feel so much better & like I'll be okay.

  • butterflyblueshorts says:

    You sure you don't have pernicious anemia? I do but I also have aspergers and have trouble gaining weight. What was your b12 level?

  • Lynn k is hopefloates always says:

    With my fibro , any warm feeling like weather , sun on me, heater ect I get really physically ill . I feel sick on my stomach, I feel , I will start to feel like my bones hurt and are breaking, I also feel like I am being beaten with bruises all over me.

  • Wow you hardly take any medication i have been diagnosed with fibromyalgia,m e,chronic fatigue and take 90mg of dulexotine 100mg of gabapentine and i also find i have to take codeine because my pain is unbeadable.

  • Louise Blair says:

    Veggies don't have low B12, in general. It's added to all of our substitutes and we are all conscious that we only get it from beef – so we all make conscious efforts to get it. It's actually people who eat meat, generally, with low B12. It's injected into the cow before slaughter and red meat is the one that many people don't eat much of

  • wholly shit, you are on amyltriptolene, nasty stuff, just my opinion having hung myself in a police cell after being prescribed it. Will never take any of those anti-depressants ever again, they do not affect me in a good way, and the doctors have tried a few! I vape cannabis and it works for me. Respect for coming out and admitting you medicate, as I'm sure you can imagine, my fight against the system, that I medicate my disability and am not simply a stoner is an uphill struggle not to mention the constant fear of being arrested!

  • Rachel Johnson says:

    I seem to go downhill emotionally and am all over the place about a week or so, maybe even a couple days before I start my period.. I never know if it's me or my hormones because sometimes it would happen after my period 😣

  • #Actually Autistic Katrine Basso says:

    Sunshine, Hot weather and humidity greatly affects my Fibromyalgia and makes the pain ten times worse along with severe stress.

  • Alot water and rest I don't take No!! medication at all only vitamins and exercise and start Vegan life style.. Iron vitamins vitamin D3, B12, C… Tynoel for pain warm showers & exercise.. Walking..☺

  • Apologies for commenting on an old video but hey seems we've got some meds in common, pill included, though I ended up on amitryptaline for headaches and stomach problems for some reason? I'm still not sure it's doing much either so might end up off it. Medication is annoying to deal with when it's something you're not used to

  • Bipolartorecovery says:

    vitamin d also comes from mushrooms and there are other things in your diet that can boost your vitamin d. is your fibro med a ssri? I never heard of it. but then again, the approval process for meds is different here in the US than it is in other countries (also meds cost 1000x more than it does in other countries, no joke) I definitely understand if you have certain views on cannibaniods and I have opted to not take them myself since schizophrenia runs through my family (if you carry the gene for it and take cannabis, it can turn on the gene, aka epigenetics, and then you develop the disorder) however, i'm not sure on how you feel about Charlotte's web/CBD oil. it's non psychoactive and completely legal in every state here. in fact, you can buy it online from vitamin stores. it contains practically no THC and has been used for kids that have horrible epilepsy that is treatment resistant (the reason why it became legal). but others, including family friends have used it to treat fibro pain and arthritis. wasn't sure what you thought about it since it is nonpsychoactive, plus I don't know what the laws are for you in wales. any thoughts? either way, you do you and wish you well =) glad I found your channel and going through these older ones to catch up

  • How are what path does a person take to be diagnosed with Asperger's? I'm suffering with psychological health matters I've had therapy with a C.B . therapist but know one seems to say or do anything to try to establish the underlying problem! I cannot differentiate if I've got depression or behaviour problems because all the symptoms seem linked !

  • Katie, people with fibro have a problem absorbing B12. It's very common to be deficient. I take B12 every day, magnesium, vitamin D, high doses of vitamin C, and 5-HTP.
    Periods get affected by fibro too.
    My Gabapentin makes me want to eat more! I'm on a fairly high dose for nerve pain.

  • Claudia Reyes S. says:

    When my psiquiatrist diagnosed me with Aspergers, she immediately prescribed B12 and a shot of Vitamin D. No tests necessary, she said the stress and overactive brains of Aspergers people drains the body of these vitamins.

  • Elizabeth Corkins says:

    I'm on 3 different prescription medications I take daily.
    1 is for pain & for drug treatment, cuz I was addicted to opiates for many years.
    2nd med is an anti-anxiety medicine I've been on for years & it helps me alot!
    3rd med is a blood pressure med I've been on it awhile too, probably 5yrs. It was supposed to be for ADHD, Anxiety & Sleep, I guess. But, now I have to take it or else I get a migraine.
    I can't take SSRI's Or any antidepressants & a few other type of meds also cuz I have bad reactions.
    I was diagnosed with fibromyalgia about 10 years ago.
    I also have ADHD (Diagnosed 1st ADHD when I was about 5 or 7 yrs old), ASD, Anxiety / Social Anxiety / General Anxiety Disorder / Panic Attacks, OCD, Learning Disabilities…
    I have bad feet, ankles, heels, toes cuz of a bad accident & crushed all the bones in me feet, So now I have bad arthritis too, it scares me for when I get older cuz it's just gonna get worse.

  • I'm such a druggy 😂 my current list of medication is:
    I think that's it…

  • I take amitriptyline too, same dosage as you. Also for pain (in my left foot / ankle) from where I used to have a benign tumour. But sometimes I do forget to take it.

  • In 🇩🇪 psychiatrists giv Amytryptyline for sleeping issues, so they sleep better. But weight gain is known as well.Vitamin D helps against depression, as far as I know.

  • Apparently it's quite common for those with autism to be deficient in B12 and folate. From what I understand, the visual cortex of the brain uses these b vitamins to function and considering the amount of over stimulation this part of the autistic brain endures, it's understandable that you'd burn through B 12 at an accelerated rate. They've actually used these supplements to treat children with autism, quite successfully, although they tend to get them through injections.

  • Love these videos. I took amitriptyline for fibro but it made me really sleepy in the mornings and the appetite – my goodness! I raided the cupboards every night. Now on prozac which seems a lot better but I miss easy sleep.

  • Matthew Dykstra says:

    I hate the summer I am in more pain in the summer then the winter ❄️ and it sucks as long as the flat is ice cold I am not okay in the summer so I understand your pain

  • Color Me Zebra says:

    Going through videos about meds and ran across yours. Aside from my reason for watching, I heard you mention about your difficult menses. Have you had your Dr check you for endometriosis? I suffered terribly with problem periods. When I was 38 and trying to get pregnant, it was discovered that I had endometriosis. I had a minor surgery to remove the endometriosis. No more issue after that. Minor flow, minimal pain that was handled with minimal ibuprofen. Worth asking anyway. I was surprised at the discovery and the difference treatment made. Thank you for your videos.

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