Repair for Central Nervous System Damaged from Polypharmacy?
July 1, 2011 12:56 PM Subscribe
Who can I talk to/where can I go to find an expert in polypharmacy, particularly with an eye to repairing damage to the central nervous system?
posted by anonymous to Health & Fitness (29 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
I posted last month about having taken, suddenly, a number of medications for sleep over a short period of time. The list is long, and there's some overlap where there was a benzodiazepine and a sleep aid the same night. Poor judgment, being in a couple of different places with different doctors, and not listening to my intuition about side effects, resulted in me taking a number of meds that work on the central nervous system over the last two months. I am a person who has never used recreational drugs-- unfortunately, or I would have been more in tune with my body's response.
I've talked to two neurologists who think my symptoms are psychological rather than physical. I pass the base-level neurology tests with flying colors (they ask you to name as many animals as you can in a minute). I'm 33, and I've functioned at a very high level as a writer for ten years, and what I know is extreme impairment is not that evident to the doctors. The psychiatrists who prescribed the meds want to prescribe additional meds. I'm experiencing a number of really significant symptoms: anterograde amnesia, cognitive slowing/changes, flat affect (in comparison with my former really vibrant personality), failure of the sleep mechanism of my brain (I don't sleep at all). While these sound like depression symptoms, I've been depressed before, and it ain't nothing like this. My gut tells me I suffered an accidental overdose from the combined effect of medications that act on the central nervous system-- not enough to be fatal, but enough to injure my brain.
At this point I'm willing to do just about anything, go anywhere, to talk to someone who understands that there may have been some real injury and damage, and have some idea about what to do about it. I'm thinking research institution, polypharmacy scientist, neuro-rehabilitation center, etc. etc.
Who/where would you recommend? Assuming for a moment that there is some injury, who would a) acknowledge that possibility and b) know about treatment?