The “Medicine Issue”

Before I get into this post, I’d like to make something very clear. You should always take medication as prescribed by a doctor that you can trust. The purpose of this post is not to say that you should go against what your doctor says, but rather to explore the situation of not wanting to take too much medication, while still wanting to take the right amount. Let me explain.

I’m not a fan of medication. If it were up to me, I wouldn’t have to take it. I wouldn’t have irrational fears and I wouldn’t suffer from anxiety so much that I would need medication to help me control it. Unfortunately, I feel like at this point, I still do need some medication and my therapist and psychiatrist certainly agree.

However, I still don’t like that I have to take medication and I still don’t like how much I take. In my opinion, I should be taking less, but like I said, my therapist and psychiatrist feel differently.

I guess part of it is my fault. If I’d practice even harder, my anxiety would get more manageable on its own. It’s still hard though to take so much medicine. I realize that some people take even more than I do, but it’s still hard for me. I’m currently on two different medications for anxiety, medicine for seizures, and folic acid (which is a vitamin, but still something that I’m putting into my system). I’m also taking vitamin D, but again, I know that that’s slightly different. Even if I wasn’t counting the vitamins, that’s a lot of medication.

I’ve learned to accept that I’ll probably be on the seizure medication the rest of my life. My seizure medication keeps my seizures under control, so really, I’m okay taking it. Now, do I like taking it? No. I don’t think anyone likes taking medicine, but I’ve accepted that I need it.

I don’t like taking so much medicine. Not only is it tiring planning your day around when you have to take it, but you can almost sometimes feel it building up in your system. Sometimes after I take it, I feel a stomach ache coming on. It’s just exhausting taking it day in and day out.

I know I’m considered slightly stubborn when it comes to taking more medication. Instead of just taking whatever my psychiatrist recommends, I tend to be a little hesitant about it. I take it slow and I really try to consider whether or not I want to take more. I don’t honestly think there’s anything wrong with this. Don’t get me wrong, I think we need to listen to our doctor’s, but I also think we need to do what we think is best for ourselves. I think it’s important to make a balanced decision. You have to consider both what your doctor recommends and how you feel.

 

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23 Replies to “The “Medicine Issue””

  1. I agree. You should definitely have a say in what you put in your body. I don’t think anybody should just take a pill because their doctor offers it to them. I think people should educate themselves on all options and only take it if they understand exactly WHY they are taking it and what it is supposed to do for them, if they agree that the expected results are worth any side effects that may occur, and if they WANT to take it. Its a very personal decision either way.

    1. Thanks for understanding Lisa. It’s hard because while I trust my doctors, at the same time I feel like my psychiatrist tries to make me feel guilty that I’m no taking even more medication than I am. It can be a very difficult situation.

      I know they consider me stubborn, but do I really just want to take whatever they say just because they say it? It’s tricky.

      1. I certainly wouldn’t. Of course I worked for doctors for a long time so I am automatically skeptical. lol (Seeing the “behind the scenes” can change your thoughts on the field of medicine). But even without that, I would still never just trust what a doctor told me because they had a degree. It would have to feel right and I would have to educate myself and see if I could see the sense in taking it. Maybe even get a second opinion. Drugs can have serious consequences and I think its just plain foolish to not educate yourself. I believe you gotta trust your instincts when it comes to how and if you medicate.

  2. I think you’re right to be cautious, too much medication really can be harmful but of course, so can too little. If, as you say, you trust your doctors then maybe you should just go into it with an open mind. Taking the right things counts as self care, as far as I’m concerned, even if it’s not always plesant. I hope they get you the right balance.

  3. Hey there my friend. I have been on the administrative side of healthcare for 20 years or more. What I know for a fact is that the doctors, the FDA, and Pharmaceutical companies partner together to get money. The FDA approves drugs and the pharmaceutical companies pay doctors a fee to prescribe. The more patients they get on the meds the more money they all make. Some meds must be taken. I am on a few myself for health issues. But when my doctor recommends something new , which they always do, I ask myself what kind of lifestyle changes can I make in a wholistic way to get myself well. All these drugs were not out years ago now there is one for every condition they label. We have to be advocates for our own health or we will be on everything under the sun which will ultimately take an adverse toll on the body. If you can find other resources to control your condition related to the meds you DON’T want to be on, please do the research. If I did not do this I would be on at least 4 other meds recommended by my doctors and I’m not having it! Everything does not require a prescription.

    1. Thank you so much for your thoughtful comment and advice! My mom’s one to tell me to try holistic approaches and stuff. It’s not that I’m totally against it, it’s just hard because doctors never recommend it (which I’m guessing is partly because they don’t get money from it and partly because they’re not educated on it). Also, I have this fear of taking things that I don’t know how will interact with the medication I’m on.

      I do agree though that we have to be careful. If we listened to every single thing our doctors told us, we’d be on tons of medication. I know that we need to listen to our doctors, but at the same time, I find nothing wrong with doing what we think is best for our bodies. I think if you start just taking whatever your doctors say to, they get the impression that they can convince you to take anything…which can be risky. Like I said, I think you need to find a balance between what’s enough medication but not too much. It can just be so difficult to know what to do. Thanks again for commenting, it means the world to me!

      1. Yes that’s for sure! There is more money in pharmaceuticals than vitamins and holistic supplements that’s why they don’t even bother! There however are holistic doctors that can help you with the mix. Have one on my medical team along with my medical doctors. Then I have God and that’s more than enough. BTW I was diagnosed with MS in 2010 and have been told to go on tons of drugs including meds to treat depression and anxiety. It was overwhelming and I just had to take matters in my own hands. 6 yrs later I am doing just fine☺️

      1. Polypharmacy is super common in the elderly. It’s associated with a single patient taking several medications!! Doctors don’t necessarily like that because some of the medications can cause other ailments mixed with different medications.

  4. Hi Gettingthru… (some of ur pen names are long u know 🙂 ), I think the idea back then was that doctors knew it all and you just had to listen and obey. Can you even read some of their hand writtings? Me often not. Then how much time do they let you have in the consultation? Will they even listen to your rambles? Explain the possible side effects to you and any alternatives? What will that benefit them anyway? Comes in Papa Pharma with the Porsche… tell me if even you in one of those heavily indebted doctor’s shoes will rather go on a bike? I know you get my point. At least in my country Cameroon, Papa Pharma is still struggling to even get people take them seriously. It’s the other way round. I recently spent 40 minutes with the doctor who prescribed me those antibipotics, asking him different questions even about bacteria and lab tests etc. Then I do a lot of reading and find out alternative treatments and plans for a better wellbeing be it physical or mental. A lot of things are possible… we need to believe that first, and then see how we can start working one step at a time to boost these possibilities 🙂

    1. Thanks for such a thoughtful post. I agree that a lot of it has to do with making money. Also, psychiatrists aren’t always educated in terms of alternatives so they don’t mention them. It’s also slightly frustrating when you tell them how you’re feeling on the medication and they don’t always seem to be listening.

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