Trigger warning: incessant whining.
Lithium is giving me a new kind of dizzy (I’m a connoisseur). I can’t quite find words for it yet, because the memory of it vanishes fast, the way my hallucinations used to. It is intense. It leaves me feeling some of the same symptoms – nausea, disorientation and a new one. It’s a new kind of headache, somewhere between an ice cream one and a hangover one.
I’m not worrying, because I’ve read about the side effects of lithium to a nerdy degree. I’ve run out of headache pills though. Apart from not enjoying the pain, I’m offended to get that nasty breed of it when I haven’t had an ice cream or a drink in a long time. My eyeballs hurt, my teeth hurt, the flashes of pain that bounce around my cranium haven’t reached that hellish exquisite migraine level, but they aren’t fun. My jawbones ache.
Dearest Lithium, now that I’ve reviewed a selection of your side effects, could I please trade these headaches for the itch or acne? Or even both.
Because it may take time for mood swings to be completely controlled by lithium, try not to get discouraged. Continue taking the medicine as prescribed until advised otherwise by the doctor.