I f you, like me, have several Doctors who help you monitor and treat your health issues then you must must make a habit of up-dating, reviewing and questioning your medications on a regular basis. I have found that almost every time I see my Doctor, weather it be my Family Doctor or one of my many specialist they seem to want to add or tweak one or more of the medication I am on. If I have developed a new symptom then the Doctors want to give me a new medication to help alleviate the problem. 8 months ago I began a downward spiral. My hands and feet were swollen so bad I could hardly walk, my mind was muddled, a nasty infection had invaded my body, I was cranky and irritable and in so much pain that all I wanted was to die. I kept going to see my doctors desperately begging for help telling them there was something seriously wrong, I told them I was dying. One doctor, my Neuromuscular Specialist in St. Louis began questioning the 24 different medications I was currently taking. Going over each medication, the purpose for my taking them and if I thought the medication was working. We started with Mirapex, which was suppose to help with the dyskenesia. I was still having a lot of movement so we began to back off this med. The swelling in my hands and feet went down and I began to think more clearly.Then we did the same with gabapentin, the rest of the swelling disappeared, and my thinking sharpened and the extra movements I was experiencing was having diminished considerably. In the past 6 months I have dropped from 24 medications a day to 19 and every time a Doctor wants to add a new script I question the purpose, side effects and possibility of waiting out the symptom or looking for a more natural and less caustic way to alleviate the problem I am feeling so much better! I am thinking much more clearly and I am able to control my pain and moodiness much better. My quality of life is improving and I am so much happier and feel as though I am in control of my life.
Do not walk blindly through Life, participate in it!