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I Am NOT Anti-Med!!!

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

If that is the message you got from me, I am SO sorry! Meds have saved my life in more ways than one! I get frustrated that I have to adjust my meds, but that does NOT mean that I don't take them. I always take them because I KNOW they help!!!

I have to admit I get extremely upset when I start having symptoms of one of my ailments. I really hate when one med mimics the symptoms of another ailment. Especially when it has been under control for any length of time. BUT I am okay with taking medications despite the side effects.

Before anti-depressants I had weeks & sometimes months of the most horrid dark, black depression of anyone I have ever known. If I were awake there were thoughts (if only in the back of my mind) of death &/or suicide. It was constant. No matter what I was doing I was thinking of ways TO die or WHEN I would die. When I wasn't thinking about suicide, I was thinking about my fear of dying. Driving by a cemetery would put me in tears of fear & anxiety! The fact that my anti-depressant makes my stomach sick is a small pain I am willing to tolerate to keep from EVER going there again.

Before Savella for Fibromyalgia I would sometimes spend days in bed because the pain was so bad. I was on HUGE doses of pain pills. It's a small miracle I never killed myself with the amounts I would take. The rebound pain would be twice as bad so I'd take twice as much. Fibromyalgia pain is why i relapsed on alcohol! I originally got sober 10-13-1999. I relapsed after a few years and that's how I got my new sobriety date of 1-12-2006. Savella was why I was finally able to stop taking ALL narcotic pain pills. Being off of narcotics is worth taking the Savella!

My Dr put me on a low dose of Cymbalta yesterday. It should work with the Pristiq & Savella to better control the Fibromyalgia symptoms.

It's easy to say to take 'natural' remedies, but the truth of the matter is that if you are buying ANY herbal remedy OTC you are NOT guaranteed that it is the right amount, the right 'cure' or for that matter even the right herb!!! The FDA does NOT regulate ANY of that!!! I was very big into herbs for years until I started reading all these different articles on the dosing, measurement, handling & packaging problems.

(In just ONE study) They did studies on Ginseng & found that the dosing was incorrect 80% of the time. They found NO ginseng in some products. Without the FDA to regulate, the companies aren't required to follow strict enough guidelines for my taste. Thank You! And because they aren't required to, many companies do not follow ANY guidelines.

If an herb isn't in it's natural plant form I don't use it! We talk a lot about not using processed foods or medicine, but think about this: If it's not still a plant it HAS BEEN PROCESSED!

Another thing you need to take into consideration is the dosing. How MUCH Ginseng should you take a day? Even IF you could grow it yourself, do you know the correct amount to use??? This is exactly why I am against 'medical marijuana'. You can't dose it. I don't need to be told ANY stories about how it's helped somebody. That is an individual choice & what I am saying is NOT a judgement call. I'm just stating why I would not use it!

Unfortunately, it seems all meds come with some risk factor. What YOU & your Dr need to decide is if the benefit outweighs the risk. For me, that is true for ALL my meds. The side effects are not worse than the 'ailment' they are keeping under control! The meds (like Latuda) that I absolutely refuse to take have side effects that I am not willing to risk because I don't consider the 'ailment' bad enough to treat....FOR ME!

If you NEED medication, please do your research, listen to your Dr, and take the medication that YOU need to stay the healthiest you can be!!! It is worth it!


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KIM22211 12/4/2013 5:16AM

    I agree except that I dont trust that a drug is good just because it has the FDA stamp of approval. I am convinced that anything regulated by our fed govt reeks of..........well, I will save that for another day! But yep, if you need the drugs, then take them like you should be and are! People that I know that are not doing as the dr tells them end up in a hot mess and worse than them going through the mess is the mess and nightmare that they make for those that live with them! If you know what I mean! lol

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WOWEETOO 11/20/2013 6:41PM

    and when you get the refills every time you should reread the instructions and stuff that comes with it every time
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AWESOMECHELZ 11/20/2013 6:01PM

    Lisa, I have to tell you that Cymbalta is a miracle drug for me for my nerve pain. I have had MS since 1985 and 3 years ago, I started to have this horrible nerve pain that was so bad I would throw up and narcotics didn't work. It was scary because MS is progressive and then I started Cymbalta. I only take 30 mg. because I tend to get side effects so easily and my life is a miracle. The medicine co-pay is high but I don't care. I hope it works for you too. emoticon

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TOKIEMOON 11/20/2013 5:03PM

    emoticon Meds are a necessary evil. I knew what you meant. You are always good about taking what's prescribed and having them altered when they need to be. I'm glad Savella works so well for you. Truthfully, I have never heard of it. I'm going to look it up - it would be awesome if it works for neurological pain. My back pain in muscular/skeletal, but the pain and numbness in both of my hands and feet are neurological,

I wish herbs were regulated, I agree 100% with what you're saying in regard to them. I'd be using a lot more if they were.

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IAM146POUNDS 11/20/2013 12:20PM

    Very wise advice! Every person's body is a completely different bio-system and responds differently to medications etc. I did not think you sounded anti-meds, in your last post, just realistic about them.

It sounds like you are in a much better place than you have been in the past, so that is real progress. Give yourself a pat on the back for getting this far emoticon emoticon emoticon

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KAREN608 11/20/2013 10:11AM

    Since most of us have so so doctors at least where I live, doing your own research on medications is very important. If you have a good doctor, it still is.

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SANDYCRANE 11/20/2013 8:54AM

    It always is wise to research the meds you are taking. You know what you are doing and I applaud you for it.

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SANDRALEET 11/20/2013 7:37AM

    We do whot we have to do to keep alive and live the best we can emoticon

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COCK-ROBIN 11/20/2013 7:30AM

    Great advice on medication. It needs to be approached wisely, and you're doing it.

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RASPBERRY56 11/20/2013 5:39AM

    You know, when it comes to the subject of meds, sooner or later you're bound to run into a person or two (or, sigh, more........) who'll have their own strong views on the issue........

You do have a valid point about herbal supplements - I'm not sure many folks are aware of how they're *not* regulated - ignorance is definitely NOT bliss in this case (what a horrible cliche statement, eh?)......

Thank you for sharing - and I hope you get the peace of mind and relief that you deserve!

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