Good morning everyone. I pray that you all are having a somewhat painfree day. I need to vent just a tiny bit please. As most of you know I suffered from a stroke in Feb. In Sept of 2010. I suffered a heart attack, the Dr told my family that I beat the widow maker. Well at both attacks, my family believes that it was all caused from my pain medications, that I was taking too much or that maybe I forgot that I took one and took another. (my parents and one sister). Why do they believe this? Both times I could have died and they simply just thought I was oding! My Drs have told them this was not the case. That the RA has weakened the heart causing the heart attack and the stroke. That is was not due to pain medication. For some reason they refuse to believe this. I take one - two pills a day. I do have severe RA. I am in constant pain. I usually fight right thru it. I am trying to forget this, but it really is hard. Just when I thought I was getting over it, the stroke happened and they really thought I had taken too much. They kept saying "you have got to get off your medication". My sister even told me on the way to the Dr that I was high as a kite. Of course this caused me to become even more upset, which made my blood pressure sky rocket making the stroke even worse. Please give me your opinion as how I might overcome this! I simply try not to discuss any of my health issues with my family. They just seem to want to believe the worse of me regarding my medications. My sister is even convinced that the cortisone injections my Rheumy gives me is detroying my body. This is pushing me further away from them. I dont want to feel this way about my parents, they need me and I need them. Thankfully I have a wonderful husband. When I was in the hospital and rehab, he would not let my sister even come to visit. He said that he has had enough of her. He is not to fond of my parents for feeling the way they do, he does say that he believes it is all due to what my sister is saying. Sorry this vent is so long. I just would like to hear what you guys have to say on this. I am so tired of having to defend myself. Thanks, Linda
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