The Big Picture

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!!!) πŸ˜€ but my goal is to live a healthy, prescription-free life.

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10 thoughts on “The Big Picture

  1. I cannot agree with you more. I do not think drugs are the answer to everything. My mother’s side of the family lived very long lives and did not go to the doctor often. My aunt is 92 and is healthy and she never goes to the doctor. Last year she was in the hospital for a week, due to an infection in her body, but if she was younger the doctors would have operated on her. Today she is pain free and without any meds. She believes in eating something of everything, not overeating, and doing exercises. I would say she has something if she is still able to cook, read 2 newspapers cover to cover and do crossword puzzles in ink.
    Take care and do what you think is right for you. Your body will let you know what it needs.
    God Bless You.

  2. Wow. I like the Obama picture just fine.

    Anyway, more importantly, I like what you have to say! I had the same experience when I went to a naturopath. People are not a bunch of parts, they are a whole!

  3. I think you are spot on with this. My doctor was convinced I needed Prozac after my dad passed away and most recently wanted me on cholesterol drugs. Well, I’ve lost 30 pounds, my cholesterol is fine and the grieving process just needed time, not Prozac. Your acupuncturist sounds great!

  4. I trust my dog’s vet more than I trust human doctors. I finally gave up on my last one after she just kept sending me off, telling me to lose weight, and expecting that it would just happen by the time I came back. I’ve been taking suggestions from people at work and think I have some good options. Maybe next year I’ll put myself back on the “deluxe” insurance plan and look in to a naturopath and/or accupunturist. Accupuncture has worked for my dog, both for a back injury and to manage ongoing car ride anxiety from a car accident last year, so I am more than sold on its benefits.

    As far as Obama goes, he is doing the best he can despite the situation we are all in.

  5. I wrote to you that someday you understand what acupuncture is and how it’s different from western medication… now you know ! =)
    I send you hug and light to your trip to healthy life.
    See you there… on the air ; )

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