Detoxing

Laurie Community Member April 05, 2011
  • Hi RA Family,

     

    Every time I go to either my primary doc or rheumie, they give out more and more perscriptions trying to counter act the side affects of the last bunch without removing any of the other ones - so in the long run no one knows what is causing such painful, embarrassing, mortifying side affects like explosive diarrhea (in stores, cars, at home, in meetings, etc).  By the middle of last month, my rheumie decided we're (ME-!) will start detoxing the prednisone I've been on for 14 months, I decided to also ellimate one per week of the other side drugs to see if I can identify the problem.  I've now stopped 7 perscriptions; and am down to 4 mg/prednisone/day (from 40mg/day) and the side affects have stopped.  BUT detoxing is never any fun.  I'd wake up at night scratching till I had sores all over by body, break out crying for no reason 24/7, stopped eating everything healthy.  All the weight I lost I gained back and feel like an aging hippo.  and sort of feel like I look like one too.

     

    The good news is - detoxing doesn't last.  Keep telling myself - this will only last a little while, or, a few hours, or whatever I need to tell myself so I don't step back into all those pills again.  It's been about 6 or 7 weeks now and I'm better.  I didn't re-start any of those 7 perscriptions and have by now told my primary doc.  He was indeed startled that I would take the initiative to do this on my own - but proud too, that it worked, and that now I'm more interested in returning to much of the natural health care that I've lived with for 40 years.  Starting with food! and finding something that will hold my interest and "thrill me" like a new form of art.  I earned my living for many years cutting glass and can't anymore, so I'm seeking other forms of art.  Most of the meds that I quit were for emotional care - and I'd rather find other ways to learn to smile again, laugh more, and dance in the sunshine with friends.

     

    I should put in here, talk to your doctor first before quitting anything

     

    And learn to dance in the sunshine!!!

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    V
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    Apr. 05, 2011

    Hello, dear lady.  So happy to hear you have gone through that dark place and come back into the light. I fired my rheumy this weekend. I called his nurse Friday at 8:30 a.m. asking for prednisone because I was in so much pain. She called back on my cell at 5:00 Friday  night and said the rheumy wanted me to see my PCP for a re-evalutation. That was...

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    Hello, dear lady.  So happy to hear you have gone through that dark place and come back into the light. I fired my rheumy this weekend. I called his nurse Friday at 8:30 a.m. asking for prednisone because I was in so much pain. She called back on my cell at 5:00 Friday  night and said the rheumy wanted me to see my PCP for a re-evalutation. That was the last straw.  I suffered all weekend at a pain level nine. Yesterday a.m. I called my orthopedic's nurse and she called in Celebrex and a Medrol pack. I am taking flowers to that woman when I see my ortho on Friday. I just called my PCP and left a message for her that I am taking Celebrex. She has fought me taking anti-inflamamtories for two years because it counteracts one of my bp meds. I can't take it anymore. That is just not right. Surely there is some other bp med I can take that won't be affected by the anti-inflamamtory medcine. The meds the rheumy gave me (two different kinds) did no good in the long run. I was allergic to both of them. So...I am sticking w/my orthopedic doctor.  He knows the pain I am in and he doesn't blow me off when I am suffering. I just cancelled by rheumy appt in June and the receptionist sounded so surprised.  I thought about telling her why, but that would probably be a waste of time.  I may have surgery on my knee and/or hip this year and then I can probably cut down on the anti-inflammatory meds. I have decided to get active in my health care and do what I can to relieve the pain and not take any more meds than necessary. And, I do eat healthy food...lots of veggies, fruit and I rarely eat red meat. I'm hoping to be able to exercise again after my knee problem is fixed. I need TKR, but they want to wait until I am 60, so I'm thinking maybe arthroscopic surgery in themeantime to clean up the cartilage tears, etc. I'm not exactly sure what we will do, but at least my orthopedic doctor cares about my pain. I can't say the same for my rheumatologist. 

     

    Best Wishes,

    V

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