Monday, October 15, 2012

Too Many Meds

I want to stop taking a couple of my medications. Seems like I spend way too much time taking pills, too many pills. The rescue meds are the rescue meds and I'm not ready to part with any of them. The "preventative" meds on the other hand have never done a single thing to help me. All they do is make my mouth drier, mess with my energy, generally making me feel funky in a number of ways. There is no point as far as I can tell.

I'm on an SNRI that, of course, isn't making any real difference. I think I was put on it to help with the fibro pain and possibly with the migraines a bit. My Bachlofen used to be the only thing that allowed me to get some sleep (poor in quality as it may be) but recently the only manufacturer who made a version that worked  for me stopped making them. 

My gen doc doesn't want me to stop either but I want to stop both. She thinks I should just do higher doses, which has only made me feel funkier. I feel like she just wants to push more meds on me when the problems don't improve. I guess that's about all I can expect from a doctor. Their tool boxes are limited. 

I get that the fibro management is all on me and I'm cool with that. I just wish the chronic migraine prevention and management was a little more clear cut. Nothing I've tried has made any real impact. I don't know that there is much left to try but I guess I'll have that discussion with the migraine specialist at Mayo in November. 

In the meantime I just want to stop taking these other meds. More is not better. My body is saying no. 

If only I could find another kind of healer to help guide me through these issues. I wouldn't even know where to begin or how to tell the good from the bad. 


  1. You know I have had some major issues, and took gobs of meds every day. I'm down to 5 or 6 prescriptions, and crap loads of vitamins. I'm glad to be rid of several of the meds, and I wish I didn't have to take what I do. I have to gag them down morning and evening. I hope you find a solution that works for you!

  2. I totally understand! I seem to take so many that don't seem to be working. I have a headache everyday and the every night medicine just seems to make me have dry mouth and drink a lot more water. Not that drinking water is bad, it just doesn't really help dry mouth that much. I am hoping that this new neurologist will find something to not only stop the bad headaches but the dull, everyday headaches.

    I hope they find something that works for you!


  3. I did dump a lot of what I had been taking several months back and am glad for it. I kept the migraine preventive, the stomach acid inhibitor, menopause help and pain meds. Allergy pills as needed and not anything else. No more supplements, calcium, vit d, chondroitin this and melatonin that.... All gone.

    I feel less congested digestively altho still have a bad gut every six months or so no matter what I do in life :-)