I want a life without all of this medication
March 29, 2012 3:15 PM Subscribe
I am too young to be on all this medication. I’m willing to make drastic lifestyle changes to get off of them. Please help me.
posted by anonymous to Health & Fitness (35 answers total) 17 users marked this as a favorite
I am a 42-year-old female. No children and the SO and I have no plans to have any. About 25 pounds overweight with hypertension, diagnosed major depressive disorder and battling uterine fibroids.
Hypertension: I’m predisposed to it due to a) genetics (both my parents are hypertensive) and b) race. I also need to lose weight. I’m on two blood pressure medications and for about 10 years, my bp was under control. Recently, it’s been erratic and I feel tired and spacey as a result. I begged my primary care physician not put me on a third medication because the last time they did, it caused me shortness of breath. I have a month to get the bp down naturally.
Depression: I’m on Pristiq and a sleep aid. The sleep aid is new to replace Trazadone, which zonked me out all day. I’ve battled depression my entire life and I expect to always be on antidepressants but if I could get rid of those too, I’d be grateful.
Fibroids: Last year, I had a uterine fibroid embolization which apparently didn’t take because my uterus has grown to my belly button now. It’s mildly painful. Lots of trips to the bathroom. Heavy cycles. … Sex is still good and I don’t feel bothered by the fibroid then. My doctor wants me to consider a hysterectomy and even though I don’t want children, I’m completely freaked out by the idea of losing my uterus. I’m getting a second opinion from a well-regarded specialist. In the meantime, my monthly blood loss means I’m physically exhausted almost all the time. I don’t feel refreshed after sleeping which makes it impossible to slog through the day and working out? Forget it? My last blood work up showed low-normal thyroid function so now they want to put me on thyroid medication. Sigh.
I eat OK. I don’t eat fast food and I just started watching my carb intake about two weeks ago. I live in a state with pretty good weather year-round so I can work out outside and the sunshine helps my moods. I drink moderately … maybe 2 on weekends and a glass of wine or rum twice a week. I’m also a casual pot smoker because it helps with the anxiety … and well, just generally makes me feel better.
I’m looking for any and all life hacks related to any of my conditions. I feel 82 instead of 42 with all this sickness and medication and that’s not doing much to help my depression.