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Re: Feel so awful I can't stand it anymore=Peter BekkaH

Posted by Peter on January 14, 2003, at 12:54:29

In reply to Re: Feel so awful I can't stand it anymore=Peter, posted by BekkaH on January 13, 2003, at 23:36:31

> Hi Peter. I think that many, many patients are misdiagnosed and medicated with the wrong medicines. Since I've been here on PB, I've noticed that some people get seven or eight different diagnoses in as many months, depending on what drug they are on. Some doctors foolishly diagnose patients based on the patient's reactions to certain medications. A patient can have severe adverse reactions to meds. For example, some patients can act psychotic or they can become more depressed on a medicine and will be diagnosed on the basis of the reaction to the drugs rather than on who they really are.
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> Hi Bekka:
Thanks so much for the reassurance. I really agree with you on this; every time I'm diagnosed, much of how I'm feeling is based on my reactions to whatever meds I'm on at the time. That's why I never understood how these single -day, shockingly expensive consultations can give pdocs such a seemingly clear idea of diagnosis. I mean, every time I've gone for another consultation, I've been on like 5 different meds-and, of course, the reason I go to a consultation is because I feel awful-but who knows if I feel that way in the first place because of who I am or what I'm taking? I know what you mean. At least coming off of these other meds will simplify my cocktail so, ideally, I'd just be on lamictal-that way the doctor could tell how it affects me, but I don't care anymore what conclusions he can add to his little experiment chart about how effective drugs are-meanwhile, we're the gineau pigs he's testing all of them on! If I was hanging out in a little cage and just had to sit there, that's one thing. But there's so much hanging on our ability to function in this life, and I just don't think it's a way to live to keep becoming 'paralyzed' by all these medications. You know, I haven't experienced life without chemicals, whether illicit or prescribed, since I was 14 (I stopped the illcit drugs when I started meds at 21). And from then on, as you said, all the med switches have been done because of how I feel on whatever meds I was on at the time. Crazy world. But I gotta say, this sight is such a blessing and so are you. Thanks,
Peter


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