Be Your Own Advocate
Tuesday, August 29, 2017
A few years ago, I was put on a medicine that I didn't think I needed. The doctors kept telling me that if a doctor prescribed it, there was a reason. Soon I was having trouble swallowing. I don't remember how many tests I went through and nothing showed up. I did a web search on the medicine and read a few articles. Come to find out, trouble swallowing was one of the lesser known side effects.
I went to a new doctor in June. He told me my cholesterol was high. I have known for a while that I had high good cholesterol, but he said the bad was rising. I started the new medicine (Pravastatin) and was told to call if I had muscle aches. I started getting some really bad backaches. We had driven up to Detroit and I wasn't sure if that was part of the problem or not. I stopped it while up there, and it felt better.
When I got back home, I called the doctor. He told me to just take half of the dosage. Meanwhile, I took a tumble and landed on my back. I went to the ER and was told it was a sprain and a strain. I was also told that I had another vertebrae that had broken recently and was healing.
I've been fighting back pain for almost a month now. What's been weird is that it would hurt in different spots on different days. I continued to take the 1/2 a Pravastatin every day. The last few days my left wing has been hurting. I haven't got more than 5 hours of sleep every night all month.
I guess my wires finally worked a little this morning. Maybe the atmosphere from Harvey moved the fog. I took my pills and the light came on. So I will take myself off it again and see what happens.. I've had so many back issues and hate them.
I realize that doctors are busy. I know nurses are busier. I know that pharmaceutical sales people can be an influence on some doctors (but shouldn't be). After this episode, I was reminded that we have to be our own (and our loved ones) advocates. Keep those doctors on their toes. Make them put to use all the knowledge that they've learned.