Monday, July 05, 2010

New drug

I saw my Rheumatologist last week and he suggested a new drug to help with my Fibromyalgia. Most of the time I just work with the FM as I know what helps and what not to do to aggravate it. But our rainy season has gone on for way too long this year and it has weighed heavily (no pun intended) on my muscles. He said that about 50% of his patients that have gone on it has found great improvement. But he said he would write a letter to my doctor and for me to discuss it with her on my next visit.

Which he did and I did and we decided to give it a try. She was concerned though about the side effects and said we needed to keep a close eye on it. Tonight I finally remembered to read up on it to get a list of things to watch out for and seriously I had to chuckle reading it. It was like reading a mystery novel. Really?? Who invents these drugs? You can put man on the moon but you can't formulate a drug without all these side effects that end up being worse then the actual problem?

Here was just one single paragraph of the 4 page report:

mood or behavior changes,(Keith will love that one) anxiety, panic attacks, trouble sleeping,(uhhhh it is 2:12am as I write this does that mean I no longer will have the need to go to bed?) or if you feel impulsive, irritable, agitated, hostile, aggressive, restless, hyperactive (mentally or physically)(oh joy I don't stop moving as it is), more depressed,(I didn't know I was already depressed) or have thoughts about suicide or hurting yourself (well not myself but certainly the manufactures of these drugs). Avoid drinking alcohol while taking it (well no problem there. Alcohol may increase the risk of damage to your liver

Isn't this going to be a fun summer hehehehee