“We cannot change anything until we accept it. Condemnation does not liberate, it oppresses.” — C.G. Jung
She recently posted a 2 part post regarding patients decisions on whether or not to treat Rheumatoid Arthritis:
Many patients, like myself, avoid getting treatment for Rheumatoid Arthritis. The trial medicines sometimes have worse side effects than the disease symptoms themselves.
Although, the medicine usually helps with my joint pain and other symptoms of RA , my recent medicine is causing constant nausea (almost every morning and night I experience dry heaving), fevers, my eyesight is sensitive to light and muscle spasms.
I keep telling myself and my close friends and family, “I’ll go to the doctors and get it checked out.” But I don’t.
It can be extremely frustrating and stressful. For me, I hate the idea of going to the doctors. I used to be very very healthy and active young adult before being diagnosed. Now with the disease, you can say my pride is hurt from knowing I have to rely on medicines, doctors and others to help me just to have most of my day be pain free.
And, yeah it gets annoying and tiresome driving to the doctors every month, being on a different medicine every month, different results, and the trials and errors. It’s a dilemma that I and everyone will always face.
When I start to notice my “bitching” increases and stress overwhelms me, I have to take a step back and say; “Listen Migre, this is the hand you were dealt, either play the game or quit.”
You have to weigh out the positives and the negatives, treatment or no treatment. And although it’s a confusing time and there’s a lot of history and morals going into your decision, you have to figure out exactly what you want. After that, “it’s nut up or shut up.”
All medicines have side effects. And not all treatments are successful. It’s hard to not only be in pain, but add on other health problems by the treatments that are suppose to help your main issue in the first place. But, in the end you have to cope and adjust to it.
When you start to think about it too much on it, just realize…. it can always be worse. Be grateful, no matter what your circumstance is.
I encourage you to read those 2 posts by RA Warrior.Even if you have RA or not, there’s going to be a day when you just come down with the common cold, flu, or any other disease where you have to decide if treatment is your solution.