As a result of my recent health scare, I am taking more meds than I have ever taken in my life. I don’t like taking so many meds, but if they help me avoid surgery, then I guess it will be worth it.
But one of the problems is that there has recently become a difference of opinion between two of my doctors on which particular medicine to take.
One of the doctors who treated me during my hospital stay put me on medicine A. When I later followed up with my family doctor, he told me to stop taking medicine A and switch to Medicine B.
I wasn’t sure what to do, so I called the doctor from the hospital to let him know what my family doctor said, and he insisted I stay on medicine A. I decided to go with his advice, thinking that he was the one that saw me in the hospital and might know more about my situation.
A few days later I started to have some side effects that seemed to be related to medicine A, so when I went to my family doctor about it, he told me to stop taking it, after consulting with the doctor from the hospital. However, he also recommended I not start on medicine B at the moment until the side effects went away.
Well, the side effects seem to have faded away, and the family doctor told me to take medicine B, which I decided to do.
I’m a little bit nervous, because tomorrow is my follow-up with the doctor from the hospital. It will be interesting to hear his thoughts…
It doesn’t seem right for the patient to be caught in the middle, and having to decide what is the best course of action. It would be nice if there was an independent party, perhaps a doctor from the insurance company, who provides case oversight, and would be responsible for talking with both doctors and arriving at a consensus.
In the meantime, I try to inform myself, but a lot of what I read is beyond my comprehension (no surprise there).
Hopefully, in a few months, I’ll be medicine-free, and this controversy will just be an interesting footnote…