Too Many Cooks in the Kitchen
This week I have been sharing how the medication I have had to take over the past 7 years has effected me. It is only fitting for my (TTDMC) to be about how confusing the medical establishment is when it comes to prescribing medication. I had three different health professionals prescribing me medication for different but related issues. When you have that many people in control of your health it can cause confusion and the confusion can drive you crazy!
First, there was my general practitioner who gave me medicine for muscle pain, nerve pain and sleep. Then, there was my pain specialist who gave me more medicine for my nerve pain. Lastly, was my medication consultant who gave me medicine for anxiety and depression. If you are thinking there are too many cooks in the kitchen and that is dangerous, you are oh so right.
My general practitioner prescribed a muscle relaxer (Flexeril), an NSAID (Ibuprofen) for inflammation, (Lyrica) for nerve pain and an antidepressant (Amitriptyline) for insomnia. It also helped keep my mood stable and gave me pain relief while I slept. My pain specialist prescribed Tramadol for nerve pain. My medication consultant put me on Cymbalta and Klonopin for anxiety with the added benefit of pain reduction.
Now that we know who prescribed what, here is where it gets interesting. My general practitioner wanted to increase my Tramadol but my pain specialist disagreed. My general practitioner wanted me off of Ibuprofen but my pain specialist wanted to increase the amount of Ibuprofen I was on. My medical consultant wanted me off of Ibuprofen too but she could not take me off of it because she only dealt with the psychological medication. We call them mood meds. They are the medications that are known to help with anxiety and depression. While she could not change my Ibuprofen, she could change my Amitriptyline (even though she did not prescribe it) because it is an antidepressant.
I had one health professional sending suggestions to another health professional who was happy to ignore them. It really frustrated me because I had one person telling me I needed one thing and another telling me I didn’t need it. It got so bad my pain specialist called my general practitioner and they decided that my general practitioner would take over prescribing my Tramadol.
That cut the cooks down to two but there was still some confusion. The remedy for it all was for me to take control of what medications and how much of them I would take. I decided to take myself off of Ibuprofen. It was killing my hair and messing with my kidney function. I did experience increased pain so I moved to a higher dosage of Tramadol. I changed things as I saw fit until I got myself to a place where I felt comfortable. Taking control kept me from going crazy.