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I love Lithium, but am I able to do this on it

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Summer500

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Please no over the top responses, as this will start messing with me and causing panic at the slightest symptom. Just objective, sound, scientific, fact-based answers only please. Thank you in advance!!

I am fairly skinny- I weigh about 115 lbs and am around 5’9” to a maximum 5’10”. I also do not eat much because I have a gastrointestinal disorder.

Currently, I am taking 900 mg of Lithium. My doctor told me I need to know the warning signs if it isn’t sitting well because there is a very fine line between a dose being therapeutic or toxic for an individual. I fear toxicity because I fear fatal sickness and death as I feel I will go somewhere worse when I die.

Anyway, lately, I have begun exercising. Because I don’t weigh or eat much, I started losing weight. I have issues with self-hatred and it eats at me; it absolutely ravages my heart. It is an unspeakable pain. One day while I was out in public, I looked in a mirror- I looked thinner, older, a bit worn out, but I liked myself!! I liked what I saw and I felt a sense of control over my life. I’ve been continuing to eat very little only to burn off more than I’ve taken in in a day. My goal is to go down to 105 and stop! I would then work to maintain that weight. I know this seems unhealthy, but if it will help my self-esteem, it is worth it.

My only concern is I am going to accidentally kill myself with these behaviors because the dose of Lithium that is normally therapeutic will now become dangerous due to the body changes.

Am I making a fatal error or is it just a not so healthy one? Can I continue to take my Lithum even if I weighed 105 or even 100? Thank you!
 
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I have just joined to answer some of the questions you have and hopefully help. As my post could encourage others to do what I did, I will send you a message.
 
Bedsocks

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To all other readers, Lithium toxicity is a rapid and frightening experience and can be fatal. It is important to eat and drink well and to not make any big diet changes without monitoring by your doctor. A small change in diet, even cutting down on salt, can result in levels increasing. Many medications can also affect levels, even mild over the counter ones.

If you feel suicidal, please seek help. Death is real and cannot be undone. I wanted to mess myself up physically and wish I had not felt so desperate. I could have died and then I would not have lived 2005-2018 which has been hard mostly but there have been moments I would hate to have missed.

:goodluck:
 
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