Today it’s unusual for a person my age (mid-fifties) not to be on a few medications, and often it goes as follows: maybe you’re having a routine check at your doctor, or maybe you feel a little sluggish one day and go to see him/her.
You’re doctor finds something. Maybe your blood pressure is too high, or your blood sugar level, or he tells you that you’re depressed, or he measures your cortisol level (did you know by the way that you cannot measure your risk of heart disease by measuring your cortisol level?).
Any way; your doctor finds something and gives you a prescription. You are pleased that you made it ‘in time’, and start taking your medicine.
A short while later you realize that you don’t really feel better. You’ve got some other health issues. You have an idea that maybe it’s because of the medicine you take, but then again, you don’t want to risk anything and keep on taking your pills, but you also go back to the doctor and tell him/her about your new problems.
If you’re lucky your doctor listens to you, and then he says: Yea, this medicine can have some side effects, even so most don’t experience them. I think you should continue taking your pills. It will probably get better over time. And in the meanwhile I will give you something else that can take the edge of your symptoms.
If you’re unlucky your doctor dismisses your suspicion about the pills he gave you and tells you that you’ve developed some totally new disease and have to have some different pills for that.
Both ways you’re buggered. You take your medicine and hope for the best, but your pills don’t cure your problems, they only disguise the symptoms and since you don’t react on them your body gives you some new diseases and symptoms in the hope that you will start taking care of yourself.
Over time you get a third, fourth and fifth pill and often many more, to cover up your symptoms, and apart from not getting better now you can also see that all your medicine is terribly expensive, and maybe you start worrying whether you will be able to pay for it in the long run.
To be continued…