Monday, December 15, 2014
If you don't feel right when taking a medication there are things you should do. READ the information your pharmacist supplies (before you take it). But sometimes not all the information is supplied.
Call your physician right away if you think something is wrong.
I took an antibiotic for my root canal surgery. I didn't feel so good; like I had the flu. Within 24 hours I had blinding headaches, stiff neck, joint pain like I've never experienced, fevers of 102 that would not abate with mega doses of Advil. Thinking I was suffering from the possible tooth infection, I checked the paperwork, didn't find my symptoms and I continued for 3 more doses.
I didn't think I could feel worse but I did. I quit the med and called the dentist who called in a different prescription. I waited all day for her to call back as promised. Nothing. She'll get my thought on that soon!
I accessed my medical databases. Just as I suspected; all the symptoms of meningitis. A rare adverse reaction. Only 7 cases reported with this intensity and a great abstract on one case that could have been mine.
By 24 hours without the meds I didn't have such joint pain and I nixed an ER trip. Drowned myself in water to flush this out (determined to attend our family party) all day Saturday. Today I saw my primary doc. He congratulated me for NOT going to the ER on Friday. He said I made the right call. They would have wanted to perform a spinal tap and I wasn't in shape to argue. It was good that I started to improve when I was ready to give in.
Not out of the woods yet but glad I called, followed up and also had the smarts to do the right thing. That I can access the literature I need is a bonus.
If something happens to you...call your physician. Here's where I slipped up. I waited for her to call me back and when she didn't, I didn't reach out again. In the end it worked out ok.