The last thing that I need is another prescription drug….and yet, that’s my neurologist’s recommendation, his response to the seizure that I had last week. He ordered an MRI, which I had on Tuesday, but his approach was not “let’s find out why this happened”, it was “let’s seriously consider anti-epileptic drugs, Lamictal and Keppra-XR. We’ll do the MRI but when I meet with you next week, I want you to have given some thought to these meds”.
Well, that’s not gonna happen! I’ve had two grand mal seizures in four years, both of which occurred on the day that my period started. The first occurred right after I had switched birth control pills; the second occurred at the start of my third period following a seven-month-long, chemo-induced menopause. I think that hormone imbalance is a logical area to explore and yet he still wants to put me on AED’s.
That’s the problem with western medicine. I see lots of specialists: a neurologist, a gastroenterologist, an oncologist, a gynecologist….they’re all knowledgeable within their specialty but they don’t communicate with each other and they don’t look at the big picture. I have a seizure – my neurologist wants to give me anti-seizure meds. I have stomach surgery – my GI prescribes an acid blocker. My oncologist is watching my iron levels and wants me to take 325 mg of iron each day. When I visited the sleep specialist at the University of Washington about my insomnia, his answer was to prescribe an anti-depressant. Well….I wasn’t gonna take that either! I’m a happy person and to quote the book that I’m reading “Depression is not a sign of a Prozac deficiency”. Clearly there are underlying problems but I don’t have anyone who is looking at the big picture….all of the things that my body has been through over the past few years and how my body is handling everything that has been thrown at it…..except….
…my acupuncturist. During my first visit, we went over my health history in detail and we talked about how I was feeling at the time. I had insomnia, hot flashes, chemo-induced menopause, brain fog and digestive issues due to my recent partial gastrectomy. Their goal was not to specifically treat the symptoms that I was having but rather to identify the imbalances that existed in my body and bring everything back into balance. Once we had my Qi straightened out, everything else would fall into place….so to speak. And it worked! I’m sleeping much better, the hot flashes are gone, the periods have returned, my head is clearer and my digestion is improving.
My focus in 2009 is on regaining my health by eating well, exercising, meditating and removing the toxins from my life. I’m focused on the big picture and taking the time to make my body well…..not the quick and easy solution of throwing prescription drugs at the symptoms. Prescriptions drugs have their place (I think that Versed is the greatest invention of mankind!!!) 😀 but my goal is to live a healthy, prescription-free life.