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Originally posted by MrUncreated
I have been seeing psychologists and psychiatrists since 1999, although I have cut my appointments down to once a month (they really hate that, they prefer twice a month minimum, and once a week is "ideal"). Over the years, I've been put on some very questionable medication. A few years ago, I decided to stop taking any sort of medication whatsoever. They won't let me go for the psychotherapy alone without medication, so I let them think that I take it. But the most recent medications I've been put on are Requip, Wellbutrin, Abilify, and Tegretol. Just look up some of the side effects for those medications. One of the side effects for Abilify is "sudden death". Sounds completely safe, right? Before that, I was on Ambien to help me sleep at night. When Heath Ledger died a few years back, I was mysteriously taken off of that drug with no explanation.
Safety concerns aside, another reason I think doctors get kickbacks is because they are so willing to "try new things" on me. I am constantly asked, "So how are you doing on your medication?" If I have a single complaint, something is switched out for something else, or something else is added in. I haven't had a complaint in a long time because I got sick of being used as a guinea pig.
And about a month ago I tried going back on my medication. I think I just about slit my wrists because of it. If I owned a gun, I would have shot myself in the head. Sometimes I wonder why I bother going on, anyway.edit on 19-7-2012 by MrUncreated because: (no reason given)
Originally posted by Starwise
Ouchie, this is a difficult subject. Many doctors here are losing their private practice because they cannot afford it any longer. The hospital I work at has made life so difficult because if one patient, for example gets a bed sore, medicare will not pay, there is such a shortage of doctors, nurses and nurse assistants that it nearly makes it impossible to keep a bedridden patient properly turned as needed and required.....The shortage is NATION WIDE and is GETTING WORSE!!!!!
Now, my dilemma, just being diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis this week....I am in good spirits for the most part. Having ups and downs of course, still healing, and have only been home from the hospital for a few short days....BUT BUT BUT. I was told today that I needed to choose a medicine to prevent relapses and a progression of the disease. They want to start me on a drug that will be daily injections FOR THE REST OF MY LIFE!!!! EST cost $30,000 a year!
I have two young kids and cannot be kept back by a relapse...........I MUST GET BACK TO WORK ASAP!!! People like me who work in the health care field understand the horrors that ARE COMING and are ALREADY HERE!! It makes me so frightened, right now I just don't know what to think or do.......It makes me cry......
Originally posted by rickymouse
Most have one way or another. Lots of times it is just in the form of free samples they get to give to patients. These things steer them into prescribing this reps drugs to patients. This can also distort the doctors ability to see side effects as harsh enough to discontinue treatment with a med. I know a doctor who got free cruises and vacations every year. He was an internal medicine specialist...Pill pusher.