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  • #16
    Re: over medicated?

    How DOES a doctor know if you are "over medicated"???
    \"It is not length of life, but depth of life.\"

    Ralph Waldo Emerson


    • #17
      Re: over medicated?

      Our methods have been trial and error mainly. I've also had issues with blood pressure, fatigue, and manytimes the drugs just did not work for me.

      Mary s.


      • #18
        Re: over medicated?

        overmedicated means, to me anyway, that you feel just as bad as or worse than you would if you were un-medicated or less medicated.

        case in point: doctor puts you on norpace, digitalis, and a calcium channel blocker and you only have mild palpitations, no gradient, no vtach. you get dizzy spells, and even collapse once. cutting out the digitalis and calcium channel blocker eliminates the dizzy spells.

        that is over-medicated.


        • #19
          Re: over medicated?

          Sarah i agree, with you i was feeling so bad on all the meds, i tried going off certain meds and back on, then when the crazy doctor said what he said to me my last visit i weened myself off all the meds, because i just don't trust him, well at least now i know this cough i have is not from the Altace, i guess it is from CHF, My PCP doctor didn't know either which one it was, i was kind of hoping it was the Altace, this cough is horrible, My pcp has even done a chest and lung x-ray everything was fine. The only meds i'm on now are the meds i was on before i was diagnosed, i'm going to start all over again with dr. gilligan
          Take care
          Diagnosed 2003
          Myectomy 2-23-2004
          Husband: Ken
          Son: John diagnosed 2004
          Daughter: Janet (free of HCM)

          Grandchildren: Drew 15,Aaron 13,Karen 9,Connor 9


          • #20
            Re: over medicated?

            I would also note that "over medication" with some drugs can lead to other problems such as with Amio. you can have toxic effect to your liver, thyroid and other organs as a result of the drug.

            Be careful, talk to your docs and ask questions!

            Knowledge is power ... Stay informed!
            YOU can make a difference - all you have to do is try!

            Dx age 12 current age 46 and counting!
            lost: 5 family members to HCM (SCD, Stroke, CHF)
            Others diagnosed living with HCM (or gene +) include - daughter, niece, nephew, cousin, sister and many many friends!
            Therapy - ICD (implanted 97, 01, 04 and 11, medication
            Currently not obstructed
            Complications - unnecessary pacemaker and stroke (unrelated to each other)


            • #21
              Re: over medicated?

              What a week. Yesterday was my first day back at work and it didn't last long. After about four hours I started feeling bad again. When I was doing my last show I got really bad chest pain. I broke out in a cold sweat, and felt like I was going to pass out. Everyone at work said I looked really pale and my skin was cool and clammy. So I called my local cardiologist to see if there was anything I could take because when I sat down and rested I got better. They said they could not do anything over the phone. And they could not get me in that day so they said I needed to go back to the hospital and they would treat me there.

              So I reluctantly went back to the hospital. More poking and prodding, and an EKG. I did have elevated enzyme levels but they tend to ignore that these days. So I sat there for four hours and they did nothing! It just floors me how it is impossible to talk to my Dr. that has an office five miles from me and yet my cardiologist in Boston calls me back that day!

              I'm just a little frustrated right now. The episodes get a little scary and I am not sure what to do. I just wish there was something I could take that would help with the episodes!



              • #22
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                I'm sorry you had such a hard time. That really stinks.

                Yeah, what is it about the specialists that makes them so amazing? Hello, the HEAD of the HCM Clinic at Mayo called me TWICE before I could call him back, and I'd never even met the guy. That's service.

                hang in there, I'm sure they'll figure something out for you.




                • #23
                  Re: over medicated?

                  Dr. M. Maron Rocks! It is nice to know that I have a dr. that is there when I need them!

                  After, Thursday we decided the beta blocker wasn't a good idea. My meek 90/60 normal blood pressure couldn't handle even 20 mg of nadalol. We are upping the verapamil and if that doesn't work we may tinker with an ACE inhibitor. Anyone have any experience with these?



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