that there's a crap load of medication now a days and not all side effects have been researched? Isn't it scary? Maybe just to me idk. Lol. I just can't believe how much there is out there. And every time I reply to friends or family that MRI shows I might have MS they say... 'well now a days there's so many new medicines out there' Do meds cure M.S. Dissolve brain lesions and fix your sheaths? Or do meds cure cancer, or anything else for that matter? Dont they just cover the symptoms mostly? I mean if you are in chronic pain yeah they have stuff for ya, if you are depressed they can help you, but its mostly trial and error on the patients part and if they have a good doctor they will be interested in helping the patient. And good docs are hard to come by. Sorry for the rant. I really need to just go to bed, goodnight. :/
Think your reactions to meds & docs says it all in your message... unfortunately this has been the case since ages ago when medicine was not so advanced it was still a trial & error sort of treatment, nothing has changed only more meds have appeared.
You take care, sleep well, all shall be well, best wishes!
Hey Christie hope you're getting your zzzzzs. Its as Rajive, trial and error. hit and miss. Do medications cover up an illness, and not help to cure it? Absolutely. Theres so much out there, it always still amazes me, and it does, just when you thought you knew about a certain illness, poooof! a new way to treat it is has just been made. Not going into this topic, we could spend hours discussing this but our mind can be a powerfull healer. The human brain is fascinating. Do I think that there are too many drugs out there? Yes and no, it depends on the circumstances. Often, having a large selection, cannot always be best, in given a situation. More is not always better. Could spend weeks discussing this, good question, food for thought.Have a good one, best wishes.
I totaoally agree with my friend Rajive about this answer to your question Christie. Take my husband for instance. He was diagnosed as a diabetiec type 2 whitch generally means adult on set in 1994. He was overweight, had HBP, & didn't eat correctly, or at normal times.We was a diettition because of me fixing all his meals back then, He lost over 50 pounds & I did (& didn't mean or need too lost 10lbs the first week. By doing the 50lb weight loss his glucose was at normal again, so he of course didn't consider himself diabetic anymore. (Once diabetic , always a diabetic.)After a while the good eating stopped. I started having more severe problems, & wasn't able to fix a meal like I had 10 years previously, & slowly altho he ever gained back his wieght, the good ways of eating for keeping the dibeties under control had slipped away.
He had 2 bowel obstructions that has left him having trouble eating a regular meal, but willl not eat atall all day, but lay in the bed at night & eat Pringles, & candy all evening all the while watching the boob tube as I call it. He was on glyberide 5mg 2 times a day. Surgery last Thursday I decides knowing how it can affect a diabetics body decides the new meter he got from our doctor that had lain in the box in a drawer for over a month needed testing. So after reading th direction to get everything right, I go ahead & prick his finger & test his glucose. It 353. Now that is high! I keep checking it all that day, & evening every hour as he was running a fevor too. Talking to the doctor on call, he was asked to go to the emergency room & not very politely said he wasn't going any damn place. He was according to him taking his meds as prescribed & didn't need to go. I had a regular appointmnet already on schedule for Monday morn,with our doctor, & called ahead to make sure he could come with me. Telling them that the partner on call was going to give them an earful about Mrs. calling 4 times over the weekend, but the Mr. refusing to go to the ER> So my doc works him in at the same time. I know my doc personally, & he pretty well know if I feel he or I need to come in ,it's usually that day.I have worked in the field for years, & he knows I picked up a lot. At any rate he increased his meds to double up on pills 2 in AM & 2 Evening, 12 hours apart. Well, by Wed. they still were't doing to job, & I'm calling the doc back to tell them his glucoses is lower, but goes right back up after he eats anything to at least 250. While waiting I start researching the net & find a new drug that is not an insulin, but allows the cells in the pancreas to release insulin called Victorza. I read everything, thinking I was way ahead of my doctor. A daily shot would fix him riht up. No, they want him to see a new Nurse Practioner about education, diet etc. Now we went thru all this in 1994, & he knows it but dosn't & can't follow it because he can't eat correctly. Newer problems thanks to to a fudged up surgeon, but that's another story,can't exercise etc..& doc knows this. I have found out my frindky doctor does not know crap about all these new drugs coming out & I'm wanting him to go see a endoctrinologist , because that's their field. Hubby cancels appt. with Nurse Practioner. Didn't mean to write a book, maybe needed to get this off my chest too, but in the meantime our call back nurse is calling me back about some of my tests, & wanted to know why did my hus. cancel his appt. because she could write scripts etc... when I explained his excercise due to all his illnesses is a matter of usually getting up to the bathroom & back to bed. With all my research on mew meds, I'm asking if they can't do it over the phone, no they can't & he needs to be seen by nurse practioner for further evaluation & she can write scripts.No way will he go, but it scared him enough, he ate a good nutritious meal, learned how to take his own glucose & it's way down. was 120 when he went to sleep last night. I have been giving him the double dose of glyburide since Monday etc... I guess why I tell you all this, is because the companies that make these meds have come so far with their newer meds, that they can about control any condition. His bipolar & manic conditions are better thanks to zoloft & wellbutrin.My bones are actually growing denser because of Forteo & my asthma induced pneumonia is better because of an older drug called theopolline.You see the newer inhalers aren't to be used by someone like me that has milk protein allergies. It can actually kill me, & my doctor who is an internist & an allergy doc did not know this. I ove Drugs .com for these reasons. They check for interreactions of your meds etc... You can look up drugs & their side effect & what shouldn't be taken with them etc... Medicine has come so far it is critical for people like my husband & my daughter, thanks to bad genes, is a type 1 diabetic & Has an insulin pump. I notice her 7 year old in an hours time had eaten 1/2 pound of chocolate cookies & drank 2 pops. I want to talk to her about it, because he is predisposed to diabeties too & ccould get it very early. The need to drink a kit & craving sugar is one of the most issues. Of course most of the chocolate chisp were in my keyboard, hehe, but that's besides the point. We could be looking at an insulin pump for a 7 year old,. Am I glad about all the new meds? YOU bet ya! I take Lyrica for my pain.Without it I have to take oxycodone & sleep all day long.If not for theopolline , altho' older, I couldn't breathe at all! Was to the point of using oxygen.For MS, I suggest you do your research through Web MD. If they don't have the answer, they supple you with the directory to find the newest treaments.They might not have something as you want to make it go away, but something tha can slow the condition & make it bearable. Look what mammograms have done for breast cancer,(I do hope you are keeping check on that too)You are angry because they haven't found a cure yet, but my friends, husband had testicular cancer, & by finding it soon enough it was removed & has had radiation & probably newer meds to take. So don'y give up hope, please. I'm sorry to write a book on this subject, but keep researching the web, especialy WebMD.comIt is a wonderful site that can teach you more about your condition tat you will ever know. Good luck to you my new friend. & keep your chin up. I have confidence that there will be a cure along thre way for you & others with MS> I have a brother in law who has it badly. . You should wear a medical ID tag at all times & carry a card in your wallet with your meds named etc... I also have lupus & with everything else now has come out of remission, & rearing it's ugly head. Do I wish I could just take a NEW pill? you bet ya I do. At least I keep checking for new meds coming out for all my conditrions, & have to help keep my doc up to date too.Once again, sorry for the book here, but wanted to try & help you understand what new meds can do & help, & our part in keeping up with them. Doctor can't go "oh, here's one that might help Mary B. or Joe Blow etc", ist don't have the time or the patience even tho it be their job is why they hire the Nurse practioners. etc... I worked for doctors for years, & they are always going back to shcool for refrsher courses, & then you have the drug reps,(what a joke) pushing their producs too. Now they don't tell them everything, just the good parts. like with my asthma inhalers, "oh here yty yhis new oner Advair or Sybicort," READ everthing. I cnnot use any rescue inhalers! Now i's on my chart with my other drug allergies. Hope all this personal experience has bee helpful to you...
I have an answer for you, but it's going to be more in the way of another rant than answer.
Part of the problem as you stated it are our expectations. Particularly of and from the medical community. We all grew up believing the medical profession can cure just about anything. We even hear of cures for certain cancers. But we grow up as, if you have a headache you take a Tylenol, a stomach ache and there's Alka Seltzer or Pepto, a Fever and you get Tylenol and an antibiotic, etc. But eventually we develop something that there is no cure for. Some ppl get that at a very young age, and I know 1 woman who has a terrible attitude towards the whole world because the medical profession can't control her seizure disorder. She developed it at 14 and is now 58. She got married and even had a lovely daughter who is all grown and married, but my friend with the seizures is a misanthrope. She hates everyone, including me. She never worked, and other than marring and having the daughter, she never lived her life. All because the medical profession couldn't cure her seizures. When we were kids, me and her, we also thought the medical profession could cure her. But since I became interested in medicine at 18 - 20 myself, I learned that they can't cure everything, far from it. I had wanted to be a psychiatrist and work with schizophrenia. I was very disillusioned to learn we can't cure almost any mental illnesses at all. At best we can control them.
Now btw, 10 years ago they thought I had MS too. But they concluded I don't. So instead I have nerve damage that causes constant pain. That made me become opiate dependant. Since I was a Pot head in my earlier years, and an avid lover of the Brew (LOL), the doc's assumed I'm an opiate addict too. But I'm not. I only took them things due to chronic pain. Otherwise I never took those drugs. Pot was my thing. I no longer do anything like that. And due to being opiate dependent, I am now on Buprenorphine, which is working wonders for my chronic depression. It also helps with pain. But it doesn't help anxiety and my current doc refuses to give me Benzos. I need a new doc, but I have worse problems at the moment than anxiety. I think the ole ticker needs surgery. So that's my next big project. Yes, I tend to hate myself, because where most men are working on fixing their car or house, it seems I always have to find a doc to work on me. Keeping my body working almost normal is a full time job for me. This is my life.
I guess it's only because I wanted to be in the medical field that I'm so tolerant of their shortcoming. But when they make bone headed errors, I get just as mad as the next guy. In fact because they do that with alarming frequency it has lead me to become what an old GF called me, an AAD. Almost a Doctor. Her little joke. We were both AAD's me and her. I often wonder what became of her. I hope she's fine. So you sound like your life may be similar to mine. I suggest you learn all you can about medical matters. Become an AAD. The life you save may be your own. Someone has to know what they're doing. If it isn't going to be the docs and nurses, it better be us.
Yes I agree Thor! And you have to be your own advocate. I'm sorry they labeled you and you can't some of what you need but I have taken my health into my own hands so to speak, I take temezapam to sleep and it stops the popping limbs before that the only thing that would knock me out was seroquel but I'm not skitzo... it was for insomnia I could not sleep for 5 months because of limbs popping but other than that I quit smoking and drinking when I started having really horrible physical issues. Now I eat a vegetarian diet mostly raw fruits veggies fresh juices and nuts and seeds. Im slowly getting better but always trying to back up with information whats going on. I know my health is my responsibility.
I guess i have always had a rebelious side but anyway, im glad i listen to my instinct rather than someone with a degree cause im getting more relief than the I did with the meds they wanted me to take. Like neurotin after seroquel. It's so funny to me when the doctor wont listen to you or your concerns. I don't have insurance, I have worked since age 16 but left my office job when I started having problems in my personal life and decided to move back in with my parents. Then the health went down hill bad. People said i was depressed and i knew i was NOT so i have been researching since 2010 and came to the conclusion i needed a neuro and mri! And wala! I was right. I am feeling better and I do go to church and pray a lot and trusting in Him helps a lot and the support of my parents. Thanks for all your responses and support I really appreciate it. ;) sorry if post is jumbled lol.
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