I’m going to cut a break in my hiatus by talking a bit about some of the medication I’ve been on and the side effects that they caused. For me it’s really hard sometimes when trying a new medication to tell if what I’m feeling is a result of the meds or if it’s just a part of my everyday not feeling good.
First off when your trying a new med I urge you to talk to your pharmacist with any concerns or questions. For a doctor to know every side effect from rare to common of every medication they prescribe would be impossible. Realizing that is important, that way you’re aware that putting blind faith in your doctor to know the exact effects your medication is going to have on you isn’t a good option, plus everyone is different and can respond differently. The pharmacists that I deal with are very friendly and willing to go over anything they know about the medications I’m getting. If you want you can call the pharmacy instead of going in.
Next, and this has been very important in my search for the right medications; listen to your body. If your body’s telling you something’s not right, then it probably isn’t. And even though I have never done so (I really wish that I had now) it’s also really helpful to record a log of any new symptoms you start experiencing with your medication as well as the name and dosage. Seeing changes written down helps keep track and be aware of just how your feeling, when, and what seems to cause it.
I’ve never responded well to medication. They rarely have the intended effect and always have the worst of side effects. I’ve hardly ever been able to stick to a medication whether it be pain killers or anti depressants or anything else.
The last new medication I was placed on for my headaches was causing me extreme side effects a few weeks into taking it. They were subtle at first but quickly became more and more worrisome. What my doctor thought was anxiety was actually the effects of the medication. The only thing that helped me was the internet. I looked up a new frightening symptom and low and behold the name of the new medication popped up along with a list of all of the other symptoms I was experiencing.
Now every time I start a new med the first thing I do is research it. Not to second guess my doctor but to be aware of the things that might go on and to not be frightened by them.
I’ve decided to start writing about the medications I’ve been on (at least the ones I remember) and my experiences with them. I’m doing so for others wishing to research as well as for me to be able to look back and remember the details. I’ll make a specific category for them so that they’re easy to find.