Things That Drive Me Crazy (TTDMC)

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.

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3 comments on “Things That Drive Me Crazy (TTDMC)

  1. Melissa Ann says:

    You poor dear! I can’t imagine having 3 different doctors, disagreeing, and prescribing different meds. I’m glad you got to choose your own medication schedule, but I’m also in shock. That is unheard of where I live (Ohio).

    Doctors are so strict here on prescribing any kind of controlled-substance pain medication. I live in pain every single day because I got sick of doctors ignoring me and my symptoms and just blowing me off.

    You got lucky in being able to choose the right medications for you. Way to go!

    🙂

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    • ljlhannah says:

      You are right Melissa Ann, I am lucky but it took a long time to get there. I was going to the emergency room every couple of months. I’m sure you know what they do for you there. They drug you up and they send you home. My doctor thought that was crazy so he made sure I was able to have what I needed on hand.

      All of my doctors have not been this open minded. I am going to write a post about that later this week.

      I know how much it sucks to be ignored by the person who is supposed to be helping you. I was so fed up with one doctor I left the practice altogether and found a new doctor.

      I hope you can get the help you need. It is hard when you are dealing with something people can’t see. If you had a broken leg you wouldn’t have any trouble getting pain medicine. Unfortunately our issues are internal.

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      • Melissa Ann says:

        “It is hard when you are dealing with something people can’t see. If you had a broken leg you wouldn’t have any trouble getting pain medicine.”

        You got that right. The medical system is terrible. They’re so worried about addicts, but ignore the folks who really need help. 😦

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