I mean really, can you? Believe me, I’ve had some great doctors before. I’ve had doctors that I trusted my life with, literally. But when it comes to medicine and your checkbook, can you really trust your doctor? Do you trust them to check that your medications don’t interfere with one another? Do you trust that they will truly listen?
I feel that there are many out there whom you can really trust and that most doctors really do care. But they are people just like us, so it’s impossible for them to know everything. I feel that it’s always important to do your homework. And what I mean by this is that you look up your medications, research them and decide what’s best.
Prednisone, for instance is one of those drugs that most people who take it learn to both love and hate. It’s completely addictive and loaded with side effects, everywhere from bloating from short term use, to diabetes from long term use. This drug is prescribed like candy. It was the first drug that I was put on. And in the midst of being in terrible pain and not thinking straight, I was shocked that this drug turned me from an invalid to a somewhat capable person. It works wonders. The only problem was, if I stopped taking it, then what? If I continued taking it, then what? I was so addicted to this drug, not in terms of feeling like an addict, but in terms of if I were to stop it, my RA would come back ten fold and I could end up having diseases caused specifically from stopping Prednisone. It took an entire year before I was able to fully wean off of it. Prednisone is not only addictive but also causes bone loss, especially in long term use. So before you decide to pop that next pill, take a look at it’s side effects and be sure to weigh out the pros and cons.
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