Dr. House says that “everybody lies”. If that’s really the truth, then why are we placing our trust in physicians so deeply that are nothing more than another human being capable of a lie? While I believe there is an element of truth about the lies (haha), I don’t believe it is an unavoidable character flaw. Unfortunately, there are a massive number of patients that do withhold pertinent information from their physicians. As a result, they don’t even have an accurate picture of what the truth IS. I’ve said for years that men don’t know what 120 lbs really looks like on a woman, because most of them lie about their weight. I never do because I just don’t see the point. I look how I look, and speaking a number won’t alter that for good or bad either one. As a general rule, I don’t lie to physicians. What would be the point?
I say “general rule” because it is true that everyone commits omissions, even if it’s not intentional. It can happen. I do not however leave my Dr’s office and snort down a Big Mac, super sized fries, and a HFCS-laden soda. Yuck? When I tell him that I eat fresh fruits & vegetables, organic as much as I can, lean meat, wild caught ocean fish, omega rich cage-free eggs, almond milk, lowfat yogurt, dark leafy greens, nitrite-free preserved meats, nuts, berries, cook with canola & coconut oil, and drink water most of the time… I’m not kidding! If I do not do those things, I pay for it most readily. Most people may get away with it for a while but I can’t. So why would I do that to myself?
Dr’s are jaded by the untruthful lot. I know this. You would think after a few visits though, they’d get a clue and treat you with a modicum of respect. What can I say, I expect it even after years of not getting it.
Drs… lie. So I’ve spent a few days in serious distress over the idea that I’m stuck with a permanent type of damage to the left ventricle of my heart. According to my Dr, nothing will improve it and all you can do is try to prevent further damage by lowering your blood pressure. Well guess what? I READ. Not only have I found there is a medication that can offer (over time) reduction of LVH, but I’m a prime candidate for it. Beta Blockers can trigger asthma, and worsen Raynaud’s Syndrome – both of which I have. Losartan not only isn’t an asthma risk from anything I can find, but it is used to treat and improve Raynaud’s AND has some anxiolytic potential (treats anxiety). It’s in my record that I have anxiety disorder. Do these Drs not read what’s right in front of them?
I wish I knew why this information was withheld from me. One thing is for certain… come Monday, someone is getting a piece of my mind.
If you have LVH/cardiomyopathy and haven’t been offered alternatives to a Beta Blocker, ask your Dr about this medication. I will be.
Posted on May 28, 2011, in I Am That Wolf, Things That Make You Go... AAAaaaauuuggghhh!!! and tagged Beta Blocker, Blood Pressure, Cardiomegaly, Cardiomyopathy, Enlarged Heart, Everybody Lies, Health Care, Left Ventricular Hypertrophy, Losartan, Lupus, LVH, Pharmaceuticals, Raynaud's Syndrome, SLE. Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.