Thursday, November 21, 2019

Comments by Freshet

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  • Merry, your history of overtreatment and over prescribing and journey to health is extremely moving. I think its the norm, too, except some people without your determination don’t get their health back. I, too, look forward to reading your book.

  • I began feeling “different” January of my 45th year. Fortunately, I have never been on benzodiazepines; I asked my MD for them once, his response was, “I’d like you to learn to handle your anxiety differently than that.” That was spoken to me in ’99. Fast forward to 2013 and I decided to take a health class offered by Kaiser Permanente: “Transition to Menopause” and learned some of the hallmarks of my “experiences,” were characteristic of the transitions I am making to menopause. It was profoundly helpful and I am so grateful for Kaiser’s confidence in preventative health through education and support. What wasn’t so helpful was an MD prescribing an hormone replacement therapy for me in response to heavy bleeding, which brought on hot flashes within 48 hours. It was disturbing and unfamiliar, so I stopped the HRT. I was diagnosed with fibroids, had a mini surgery for removal, and went ahead without heavy bleeding, thankfully. Since then it seems I get no hot flashes–fingers crossed–because I walk 45 minutes, most days and more on some days. Its intrusive to my marriage to have mood swings (my current symptom) but I would not like to take HRT because of my response to it and it’s one more pill to take–I take 5 daily for schizoaffective d/o. But no benzos and I’m very grateful to the good psychiatry I received when I asked for some.