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Elevation, etcetera. - September 16th 2012, 01:54 AM

So I know I've been "elevated" for about a week at this stage, from clinical peoples who said so (a crisis team doctor at the cop shop and then my keyworker about 3 days later, also my flatmate, who's in hospital, says I seem high). And that's only sort of what this is about.

I have all the "classic" symptoms of elevation - decreased need for sleep (I'm averaging maybe 3 hours a night, though I am spending longer than that in bed - after all, it's still fairly cold here, and bed is comfy.), pressured speech - which is only really noticeable when I'm around company, hypersexuality, what could be deemed as hyper-religiousity except the only reason I considered going to church was all the people, so, desire to be social, fidgeting a fuckload and having a large amount of energy - I kicked my flatmate's arse at an xbox360 kinect dancing game that I've never even played before, she was puffing hard out, and we're of a similar fitness level, irritability - though this is quite minor, usually just frustrated about not getting my own way, and really high self-esteem. I keep looking in the mirror and thinking, damn I'm sexy today. And I find a lot of stuff funny. So there's all that, which is just mood disorder stuff.

But then I have a bunch of physical symptoms, and I want to know, particularly from anybody who has experience of a Bipolar-type mood disorder, if they are common to periods of elevation. If so, I'll leave them be, if not, I'll be going to the doctor's on Thursday. They are as follows:

A low-grade stomach discomfort (not quite uncomfortable enough to be pain) and a constant low-grade nausea. I haven't vomitted, and this improves for a little bit when I eat something substantial. I also have mild diarrohea - I been pooping 3 or more times a day. My hands, feet, and armpits are constantly sweaty. Washing my hands with cold water helps temporarily, so does showering, but within an hour I'm sweaty again. Bear in mind that it's currently quite cold in NZ, which is normal for spring here. And I've been experiencing a mild tremor in my hands and arms - usually improves a little bit after I eat but keeps coming back again. As well as mild mental confusion when I haven't eaten for a while.

Now I've established this: a lot of this seems to be food related. I know it's not diabetes, because I don't pee a lot or any of the other diabetes symptoms. Does being in an elevated state require that much more energy that my regular diet wouldn't cover it? If someone knows, please say so.

Or is this more likely something separate, that I need to see a G.P. for? Any advice is appreciated. Thanking you.
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