25 October 2010

MS & Meds

I have MS... (warning - grouchy day post!)

Seems that when I was first diagnosed with MS I was all gung-ho with anything & everything I could do to combat it.

I was following the strictest diet, taking just about every vitamin anyone would suggest, on the injection medication, receiving steroid infusions at the first sign of a relapse, taking pills to help with the wonderful acne-type side effects you can get from the steroids, another to ease the nausea, more pills to help me sleep, one to help me stay awake, and others to combat the pain... this list could go on and on and on.

It's like this vicious game of intertwining drugs & their various side-effects/reactions... where does it end?

Sometimes I have to wonder - what's the point? If I am on one medication specifically for MS - but I feel like crap from the side effects & have to take 15 other pills to try to balance that out - which one (MS or Meds) is doing my body more harm?

I'm at the point right now where I'm tired of supporting the various drug companies & pharmecutical representatives. The CARB drug manufacturers will tell you that their medication isn't a cure - but only that it may lessen the impacts of outward relapses or possibly slow the disease progression slightly

I just want something that works... something that doesn't require needles - and doesn't come with a cabinet full of other medications.

I just want to be able to be a mom to my kids, a girlfriend to my husband, and a great secretary for my boss. 

I don't want to have to spend more money on medications than some families spend on groceries.

Is that too much to ask?