It was great being on vacation for a month. Luckily all was beautiful and I wish I lived there (I was in Scandinavia). But I live in the US. As most of you probably already know, I have several Facebook groups where I keep in touch with over 1000 members discussing medical issues, migraines, etc. I received a private message yesterday from a friend and to conceal his/her identity, I will not use name and use “she” for generic though the person need not have been a female.
I have discussions like this all the time with frustrated people whom the medical system fails. The number of these people is growing as is my anger toward the medical and pharmaceutical industry. There are stigmas out there that are not only unwarranted but are harmful. The medical oath Do No Harm does not seem to stand anymore. Personal bias has taken over and the patients are helpless. I am hoping to change that–or at least start a change that others can catch up on and follow to solve the problem.
So here is a classic case that happens more often than not. This particular patient has various illnesses, one of which is migraine. Unfortunately there is a huge stigma among many doctors that migraine is 1) just a headache with a crying and non-pain tolerant person and 2) it is a mental case. Now we have a 3rd variation: a migraineur is a druggist. This is new to me! It is also sad and shameful that doctors today have so little understanding and are not updating their knowledge at all. I wrote a book on migraines and posted several articles on its blog. There is one that lists the symptoms of a headache versus a migraine. Read it to see what a migraine is (particularly if you are a doctor!) before you make judgments in the future. This list is not my fiction of imagination but from Mayo Clinic and other medical sources.
So let me return to my discussion with this migraineur yesterday. She had a migraine for a week and it was getting worse–I call this a runaway migraine. She asked if she should go to emergency room (ER) and I suggested to go; in fact I would have gone after the 3rd day, which is what I used to do while I still had migraines. I no longer do–and you too can prevent them if you read my book Fighting the Migraine Epidemic but my process is not medicinal and so it is not an instant solution.
So this person (not sure if she already has read my book or not) contacted me and told me what happened at the ER. Here is what was written (edited):
“The ER doctor said, ‘I understand you are a migraine patient and for that reason alone I will tell you upfront that you will NOT be receiving ANY form of a narcotic. You will NOT receive any muscle relaxers or anxiety reducing medications. You will be given IV fluids and a steroid plus Imitrex and Benadryl.’ I said I do not want Imitrex because it makes me very sick. They said I was being a bit irrational… The doctor said that she refused to give me anything that a medicine seeker would want. Excuse me… I waited a week to come in! I didn’t jump for drugs! When I disagreed with the Imitrex the doctor said I was being difficult. I was so out of it, they were pushing meds in my IV before I could ask what they were giving me. The steroid made me burn and tingle all over. I felt like I was on fire! It went away after a long 10 minutes though… I asked why I was getting Benadryl. The doctor’s response was: “It is a part of MY protocol.” Well, excuse me, but I have had migraine issues for years Missy. I can tell you more about my response to meds and my body more than you ever could.”
So let us discuss this “doctor” and I put doctor in quotes because in my opinion this is not a doctor but a quack. Why? For several reasons; let me list them here one by one:
- A migraine sufferer is not a druggist
- There are no “cures” for migraine. Imitrex is a serotonin drug that was originally created for depression and even for patients of depression it only works 30% of the time. New science suggests that inflammation may be involved with some depression patients but not all. Imitrex is the most off-prescribed drug in the US today. By off-prescribed I am talking about it being created for something other than it is being prescribed for.
- Benadryl? Really? For migraine? Did this doctor believe that a migraine is an allergy? This doctor should be fired for 2 reasons: 1) Benadryl is an allergy medication given only for allergies and some doctors take it as an ‘innocent” sleeping pill since it does wipe you out. It is “innocent” because it does something else that doctors forget about, which is my point 2) it plays with the water management of the body and dehydrates. Thus if you take a Benadryl, you will end up as a shriveled up dry person unless you replenish. Migraine–read my book–is partly caused by dehydration so giving Benadryl is a double trouble for the pain of migraine! It will make the pain stronger rather than weaker!
- Steroid IV for a migraine! Oh my god! Where did this doctor get her degree from? Steroid’s first side effect is a headache. Thus giving steroid for migraine can increase the pain rather than decrease. Secondly, steroid is extremely bad for the body! As you read, the patient felt a burning for 10 minutes all through her body! That tells you that it caused damage in the body rather than any benefit. Steroid also has other harmful effects–many in fact. I even know of people who nearly died from steroid. It is a dangerous drug and is definitely not for migraines!
- The only thing this doctor did right is giving an IV to the patient. Nothing else.
Note that this is not an isolated case. Doctors all over the US (and perhaps the world) are using migraine patients as guinea pigs to test various drugs on yet none, and I mean NONE works! Why? Every single medication is aimed at pain relief but in the case of migraines, where the pain is coming from and why has not officially been identified (or if it has it has not been released to the public). In fact cures for migraines will not be forthcoming at all. Why not?
Today we have a medication by one of the pharmaceutical companies that has created a near 100% cure for Hepatitis C for patients with genotype I (mostly US). The medication costs a lot of money because once the patient is cured, there is no more need to get more medications. Thus the pharmaceutical company must calculate into its cost versus profit calculation the amount of money that will be lost by not having repeat customers! So what is the medical community doing? Refusing to allow the medication through to sick patients.
Conclusion 1: the medical industry does not want you to be cured! They want you to remain sick. Having a sick population guarantees jobs for the future!
Conclusion 2: patients need to self-identify what is wrong with them and try all methods without the medical industry first and go to medical care when all else fails.
This obviously does not work for everything: if you need your appendix taken out or have cancer, yes, you will need to face the inevitable of being used by the medical industry and its dirty politics. But if you have other illnesses, like migraine, for example, read my book
Fighting The Migraine Epidemic: How To Treat and Prevent Migraines Without Medicines – An Insider’s View
by Angela A. Stanton, Ph.D. either in Kindle (under $4) or in paperback (under $20) edition. It will let you treat yourself without doctors.
New book on Clueless Doctors will be forthcoming not only with stories like this but also explanation and examination of the medical system as a whole and a very big section on self-diagnosis that will give you a head start to at least visit the last doctor. I will also show you how I found the doctors I am willing to deal with and how you can do that too!
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