Docs yet again

Another doctor.  Cardiologist appointment next week.

The past 10 days have been awful.

Honestly, I’ve debated on stopping taking all my meds and just letting the possible stroke/heart-attack happen that all these doctors like to use as threats.  Pretty much all of them say they think I’m not really taking all my meds anyway.

Because how could a 25 year old who is not obese and has no family history of heart or blood pressure issues possibly have malignant hypertension that resists pretty much all medications on the market?

Maybe a stroke or heart attack would actually get me to a doctor who gives a shit and stops dismissing me.

Maybe I’ll get lucky and this cardiologist (third I’ve seen in the past 2 years) will give a couple fucks.

I doubt it.

I’ll update if I’m told anything worth reporting.  Probably.

Most likely you’ll see the report on the news about me slaughtering him/her because they tried to prescribe addition hypertension-related meds and didn’t look for any underlying issue.

I’m serious, 7 different meds is enough (11 with the side effect and mental-health meds).

No more.

Time to figure out how to take meds away.

13 thoughts on “Docs yet again

  1. NotAPunkRocker

    I am really surprised they haven’t tried to take you off everything in a controlled environment and start over.

    You know where to find me if you need me.

    1. Pen Post author

      I think they’re scared I’ll die if they do. They seem to work under the thought that the meds “must be helping in some way” even though I run 180/140 or higher.
      Like they assume if they take them away, I’ll go so high that blood will spurt out of me in waves or something.

  2. Mental Mama

    I’m with Sheena – take all of it away while you’re resting comfortably somewhere with a hunky EMT crew standing by and see how it goes. At this point it really doesn’t seem like it could be too much worse than having to take all of those pills. (though if it makes you feel at all better, I take 11 at night to hopefully sleep) Holler if you need us. *hugs*

    1. Pen Post author

      The hunky EMT I’d prefer is my own 😉

      I’m not really surprised. They literally think I’ll die at this point if I’m not on meds since I’m on 7 and still in the 180/140 range or higher.

      My assumption is they think somehow the meds are actually doing something and to take them away would send blood hurdling out all the orifices of my body.

      1. Pen Post author

        Yeah. Nearest is Cleveland and really hard to get referrals. They don’t take walk-ins.
        None of the docs I’ve seen so far were willing to try for a referral. Perhaps this new cardiologist, since it is through a university and teaching hospital (though not Cleveland) will be more willing to try for solutions or referrals that will end in solutions.

        Army would snort at being called a hunky EMT, btw. I’m totally telling him you said that 😛

  3. kat

    argh! i hate (most) medical docs. they just go for the first, quickest, easiest answer that mostly fits most of the symptoms–and then they assume the patient is lying, about something, about anything-so they don’t look deeper than that first answer, and then blame the patient for the treatment not working.

    i had this kind of thing happen also, but mine was with asthma–my medical doc assumed it must be psych-related because they knew i had bipolar and ptsd. so they refused to do a breathing test for 4 years. i told my psych doc about it and they said it had to be a medical thing, so no one helped or listened for 4 years, while i suffered, some days even unable to sit up because i felt i was suffocating. finally got a new medical doc, who did those tests and discovered it was asthma.

    so i hope your next cardiologist will be the one who listens, who doesn’t assume you are lying somehow, or that you must be pigeonholed into the first, easiest answer without looking deeper. and i hope you feel better, and don’t get too stressed (i know, that’s probably impossible), and finally get to the bottom of this.

    1. Pen Post author

      Jesus. Asthma is such an easy thing to flippin test for too (I mean, compared to a lot of chronic conditions). Doctors do suck.

      Thank you for your kind words. I really appreciate it.

      1. Wanderer

        Boston is treating me pretty well! I’ll let you know if it needs beating. I’m pretty excited to get back to Texas for Christmas, though!

  4. Grainne

    I am so onboard with the elimination of meds from your system. I know some of them are keeping things under control for you right now and those should be the last to go, however, the side effects of most meds can often be worse than the symptom they are treating! I’ve been put on so many meds this last 8 years of my life I lost count. When it got to the point where I was taking one to counter act the side effects of another I just threw up my hands and started weaning off everything. I’m lucky to have a supportive family doc who lets me fiddle with meds as long as I tell her what I’m doing.

    I also hope the cardiologist gives a shit and actually takes the time to help you. 😦 Sometimes, even though they pay my salary, I hate the healthcare world. xoxoxoxox

    Much love. Write me. G

  5. manyofus

    Wow…I thought we were on a lot. We take 12 meds. For epilepsy, asthma, diabetes and psych issues. HI hpe this doc will not dismiss you. I hope you get the treatment that you deserve from them. Hugs to all of you, XX carol anne


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