As suggested by my friend Krisna, I am venting today. This is one of the perfect topics to write about. Western “medicine” or lack thereof.
I have a reached an all time limit of the BS I am given in my search for better or at least passable health, by my Western medicine Provider. It’s CLEARLY time to seek natural cures and look into alternative health resources.
This has NOT been my year for health (so far). It started January and after only 1 month of respite–it’s all back AGAIN. Now my health troubles are nothing compared to what some are going through. In terms of cancer–this is a small case of hiccups in comparison. But to me, as a very crazy/busy Mom–this is impacting my life and my love life (my poor husband is going to shrivel up–I know it!), and frankly, I’VE HAD IT!!!!!
As I say with everything that bothers me in life, “THERE HAS TO BE A BETTER WAY.” I will find it! I will–watch me do it!
Now I am proudly turning into a Tree Hugger. Obviously, Nature has got it right. But I’ve been so blinded by a hypochondriac mother (who takes anyone to the doctor at the sign of a sniffle and thinks that getting a splinter will magnify and mutate into the cause of you dying a horrible death. Nice huh?)
But my recent exploits with Western Medicine, have helped me finally draw that much needed line in the sand. Prepare for your eyes to bug out and if you get mad–I warned ya!!! (Just leave me a comment so we can vent together!)
In January, I had nausea, a sick stomach, the tireds, migraines, feeling so bad I had to lay down in the dark while my hubby took care of the kids. I had an acid blocker (Protonix) and a migraine medication (Treximet–I never used because the side effects scared me so bad) prescribed for me.
Not to mention this nifty stuff called Promethazine–which kicks nausea in the gonads, but leaves you groggy, tired and listless for 2 days after taking only 1/4 of the tablet! Just what a SAHM needs, right? NOT.
Now February, March and most of April, had even more reflux, acid and nausea, with the usual headaches, sinus headaches, tension and stress from being a Stay at Home Mom. All I could do was take the Protonix daily and hope it would be an OK day for me.
In February/March, I thought I was dying of a heart attack. (Yes, I do have WebMD bookmarked!). I had Costo Chondritis–which is an inflammation of the ligaments around your ribs. Sharp chest pains, numbness, coldness and tingling sent me in to the doctor (remember the neurotic Mom?). It was the Costo C along with carpal tunnel–of course on my left side. I was on anti-imflammatories and a 7 day antibiotic to try to get rid of it, and a cool new wrist brace to wear at nights that my hubby loves! (He feels bullet proof with it on! It looks just like something bowlers wear if you ask me.) They wanted to do a nerve conduction test, but my insurance would have no part of that!! $3350 to do it! But I did a stress test, an EKG (which blew apart my deductible all in one shot) and X-rays–to find NOTHING.
Now moving onto April. I was on the Protonix and I did something REALLY REALLY stupid. I got totally, rip roaring DRUNK. (Big Bad No-No if you’re on prescription meds). I was getting my lower back tattoo done and I knew it would be excruciating–so I drank and drank and drank. The room didn’t stop spinning until 9pm, and I started at noon. Aie Yie Yie. Well that did it. Suddenly, the Protinix stopped working altogether and I had a lump in my throat constantly, for a week. This sucker felt like a walnut–and it wouldn’t go away no matter what I did. So again, I went to the doc. This time he ordered a Barium Swallow/Upper GI test with x-rays. (Not to mention some new dual phase acid reducer that make me feel even worse).
And since I had Protonix in my system, they had me do an H. Pylori test–which I won’t discuss, but was definitely, the MOST humiliating test on the face of this earth. That too came back negative, after the insurance tried to bill us over $600 for it, but all it was, was an error they made in my member number. At the end of the barium swallow (and only at the end) I was told Surprise! I have a little hernia! HOLY COW!! Are you kidding? Maybe that’s why I haven’t been able to wear a bra in a year and a half! The pressure under my ribs makes me want to barf 10 minutes after I put the thing on! WOW!!!
OK. So back to the doctor (again) for test results. He wants me to have SURGERY for the hernia. Oh Hell No I’m thinking!! According to WebMD, hernia surgeries are not guaranteed to keep working or work for very long. Yeah, NO!!!!! The recovery? The Cost? Ummm, yah, NO!
Now onto May. I read an article on Yahoo that the use of PPI’s (proton pump inhibitors–aka the Protinix I was using) is bad. Bad for your intestines, and makes you more susceptible to pneumonia. GREAT!!!!! So I stopped that cold–but you know what–for the first time in month, I felt nothing! No tummy pain, sickness or anything!! Hallelujah!!!! Was it the Protonix all along that was making me feel sick?
Are ya ready for June? Here we go! June finally had me go see the Eye Doctor, that my regular doctor referred me to. I had Lasik surgery twice 2 years ago, and he wanted me to see someone so they had a baseline report for me. To my disbelief, I needed glasses for the astigmatism that wasn’t wiped out with the surgeries. I thought I just had dry eyes for 2 years! Imagine my shock!
So I get the prescription made for the glasses. I chose wrap-around sunglasses and they were completely off!! So I chose another pair and was still waiting for my indoor/clear glasses to come in. I finally got the sunglasses in time to drive to CA. They did OK. When I got back, the clear ones were ready! YAY!
I tried them and I started getting THE WORST facial/sinus headaches I have ever had! It felt like someone putting a gas mask on my face and sucking that part off my skull. The headache would last until I went to sleep. Nice. So obviously, the prescription wasn’t working for me. So under advisement from several people (including my worrywart mother) I went back to the prescribing doctor. They were nice, did the work, adjusted the prescription for me, only to wait another week to get the glasses back.
I get them back, the day before we get to see Penn & Teller!! I got to wear them for a whole 2 days, before the temple headaches started in again. New version with the headaches this time–lucky me.
OK–now here’s where you’re probably going to get pissed off. I know I did (and several others too). I called the Eye Doctor to see about coming in again (this would be my 3rd visit). The RECEPTIONIST–NOT THE DOCTOR started in on me. This was my fault, I needed to have my glasses checked by the lens maker and not waste their 15 minutes to check another companies shoddy work, I was the bad guy because my insurance company didn’t pay them for charging me to come in again (I didn’t know there was a charge, no one said anything at the time and if they knew they wouldn’t get paid, why didn’t they charge me at the time, instead of making me the criminal here?) and if I came in again they would A. charge me for it and I would need to take care of the balance I owed, and B. they won’t do this again for me. This is obviously a problem I have and I would need to get further testing and meet with the doctor to see what my problem is.
WOW!!! But it gets better.
She actually calls me back. She forgot to mention that I should invest in a Blood Sugar meter because with fluctuations like that, I am most likely pre-Diabetic. I need to check my blood sugar and get it under control before I make an appointment with them!!!!!! Great Googly Moogly!!!!
HOLY COW!!! Diabetes???
OK, so worrywart, neurotic me (remember, my mother OK?) already had a Dr. Appointment that day because of the extreme headaches I was getting and now I needed to check and see about Diabetes too. I went in, they did 3 X-rays, blood work and the diabetic finger prick test, only to see that I have a HUGE sinus infection and my blood sugar was totally within the normal ranges.
PHEW!!!!!!! (But I still want to kick the ass of that nurse lady.) I sent an email complaint about her to their office. I don’t expect anything to happen, it’ll probably get round filed, but someone should at least know about her.
So I went home with 4 new medicines. One for Mucinex, 1 for the headaches, 1 nasal spray and 1 antibiotic with psychotic side effects as well as your tendons (anywhere) can rupture or tear at any time for no reason. WTH???? What did I do to piss this person off so much to give me this?
And he has ALWAYS given me prescriptions off the top of his head. Unlike the Pediatrician that sees my kids, he doesn’t take any notes on what I say, type in a laptop with every patient to look in their huge database–but it’s just off the top of his head!!! I have several medication allergies to be aware of–so they need to be extra careful not to prescribe the wrong thing. My Mom FREAKED when she heard this!
My kids get a receipt with a diagnosis code on it and the Pediatrician is very clear to explain what they need and what it does. All I get is fast talking, I hope I remember it and a receipt that shows I paid my co-pay. That’s it.
Anyways, with all these new medicines, my GERD is back in full force. I am LESS than Happy and researching like crazy to find something, anything out there that can help me.
I came across a website that really intrigued me–http://www.digestaqure.com/
In it, they talk about the Medical Community and “their focus on symptom and immune suppression with the use of drugs. almost all diseases are termed “incurable” by the medical/pharmaceutical establishment. Addressing root causes through natural healing and immune restoring mean sis not usually an option for an MD, should he wish to remain in good graces with the establishment.”
This makes me sick and only proves to me, that my thinking and my pessimism about Western doctors, really isn’t too far from the truth. I wasn’t too far off in the first place huh?
There may be some Western Doctors out there that are good, honest, legitimate and really make your health a priority to them. I have not found any so far (and I have been on this Earth for 37 years), that are interested in only Band Aiding the problem. If you know of any good ones, please, prove me wrong.
In the meantime, I’m NEVER going to Siems Lasik in Las Vegas AGAIN, and I’m going to start seeing a Chiropractor and venture on the path that Mother Nature has laid before us.
We are all told that we need to partner up with our Medical Provider, and that we need to be an active participant in our health. But are we really getting the help we need or a quick fix band aid? I’m thinking the band aid and that’s it.
Please feel free to comment on this. I’d love to hear your story and any referrals you might have. Please pass this on to others too. I know I’m not the only way that feels this way.
It’s important. It’s our health–and we only get one try at this Life.
Now I have to retract something.
As I look back on my years of dealing with Doctors, I did have 1, count it, ONE Doctor that I want clones of.
He really cared, didn’t try to stuff you full of prescriptions, HONESTLY listened to you, and really did his BEST to help make you better. His name was Dr. Evans Whitaker, and I was blessed to have him as my General Doctor for a few years, after the birth of my daughter.
From what I can gather, he retired from General Practice in 2005 (?), and was located in Santa Cruz, CA.
My thanks and sincere praise go out to you, Dr. Whitaker–I wish there were more of you, because you were FANTASTIC!!!
Cheers to you Dr. Whitaker–for taking such good care of me and my daughter years ago.
No one has come even CLOSE to how wonderful he was. He set the standard for what a caring Doctor really should be like–in fact, he spoiled me!
Thank you for your years of service!