By MrsCDogg Latest Reply 2013-01-22 20:20:47 -0600
Started 2013-01-22 15:57:24 -0600

Hi everyone! Haven't been here much lately but I'm back now. You know how life kind of gets in your way of doing the things you like to do? Well that's what's been happening in our household. Lots of bumps in the road, but the bumps are smoothing out.
Sometimes even when you have health insurance you still don't have the money to get your prescriptions filled. That happened to us back in November. I gradually started to run out of all my meds. As I did I noticed something. I started to feel really good! My depression lifted significantly, my swollen ankles and feet became normal sized, my fluid retention became markedly better and I was able to move around. I always knew that all medications had side effects, but I thought to myself could all of those horrible symptoms have been from the side effects of all my meds? So, I was able to get my insulin, lasix and potassium refilled and went on a research frenzy. I read every single thing I could find on-line about the meds I had been taking. Lo and behold! Every single symptom I was having was a side effect of my meds! So, I had to make a tough choice. I decided to not go back on most of the meds. I am now controling my blood sugars with very low carb eating and some insulin. My blood pressure is controlled by liscinipril.
I know that it's not the wisest thing to do, but you do what you have to. I was slowly becoming immobile because of the medication I was taking. I was also in the depths of depression for the same reason. At my very lowest point I was nearly suicidal. I suffered debilitating pain. Now, I am off the arthritis medication and I am moving around better and more. Now, make no mistake, I have pain every day, but when I sit down to rest my back I can get back up in a little bit and go again. When I was still on all those meds, I would sit down to rest and not be able to go back to my work until the next day. I now feel like I will be able to have a small garden this coming summer. I am looking forward to picking up my paints and brushes again. I look forward to things now that I only tolerated before. I adore trips to the mall with my dear husband just to window shop and talk and laugh. I always loved talking and laughing with my husband but the walking was a problem for me. I feel almost like I have been reborn!
I just want you all to know that I appreciate each and every one of you. I will be here more frequently now.
Looking forward to…everything!

4 replies

manapua72 2013-01-22 20:20:47 -0600 Report

My stepfather was close to dying this summer or so the doctors all thought … He got off some if his meds they were giving him and low and behold he's doing fine now … Meds r good but sometimes the side effects r terrible … Happy to hear your good news …

Nick1962 2013-01-22 18:47:14 -0600 Report

Excellent and congratulations! It has to feel like you just stepped out of the fog into a new world with a lot less weight on your shoulders. Hopefully this new clarity and energy will get you even more and you'll live more of the life I'm sure you've wanted. This sounds like an inspirational story in the making!

jayabee52 2013-01-22 16:03:46 -0600 Report

I remember going through a similar transformation when I discontinued several of my prescription medications as well. Congratulations Mrs Dogg!


MrsCDogg 2013-01-22 16:28:55 -0600 Report

Thanks James! I actually thought of you several times during this whole ordeal. I knew at least one person had been where I am.