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!