My Experience with the Health Care System

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    Mar 11, 2016 7:05 PM GMT
    Hey guys,

    I want to share with you my experiences with our health care system, and how I believe it is completely failing in many ways. I have decided to take my health into my own hands from now on, and only rely on the health care systems for critical emergencies only.

    On average I get sick about once every year or two with a viral infection, cold etc, though it is never serious and I always recover. In fact, I was able to go to school and even work while sick and found it pretty bearable, as I am a really tough person. I never went to the Doctor because I knew I didn't need to.

    Last August I got incredibly sick. I believe that I may have gotten mono from someone I only kissed. I had a little cold and felt crappy for a few days, but as I started healing I jumped the gun and went to the gym, which I believe caused my sickness to intensify, and then I got a super-infection. I was really afraid because I believe I had acute tonsillitis, as well as a viral infection. Everyday was painful, and I started taking oregano oil which actually did help quite a bit, but unfortunately the compounded illness was really scaring me, so I went to the doctor.

    The doctor diagnosed me with strep throat, and prescribed me penicillin. I have only been on antibiotics once before when I was around 7. The antibiotics were supposed to clear me up after 2 days, it took 7 days to see any improvement. Luckily I did improve, and the infection went away... but everyday since then I have not felt myself. I felt vulnerable to illness, and felt like I could get sick again soon. I started a job at bar and began drinking while working on weekends, and start experiencing really weird sicknesses. I got canker sore in my mouth every-time I drank. These sores are incredibly painful and made me worried. I feel my lymph nodes and they are slightly swollen and hardened, and there are two bumps in my neck that feel like cysts. I am happy that my sickness cleared up, but I am starting to believe that I have permanent repercussions from the antibiotics. As you all know, antibiotics kill GOOD bacteria too, so my gut biome was hit very hard. My Dr never told me to take probiotics and heal my gut after the course of antibiotics... you think a fucking "professional" would take this into account as it is Health 101 in the medical field.

    fast track to this past week: i notice that I can't gain any weight and my throat has two swollen bumps where my thyroid glands are. I used to be around 155, I am now 145 even after increasing my food intake and working out VERY hard at exercises that always have made me gain muscle. I also have eczema on my ears that won't go away. I begin researching my symptoms and realize that I am exhibiting all symptoms of hyperthyroidism. My mother and grandmother both have hypothyroidism, but they both started out hyper and very skinny just like me, but upon spending years on anti depressants they shifted the other way which is a side effect from AD's.

    Upon avid research, I learn that poor gut hormones makes your thyroid experience a deficiency T3 and T4 hormones. I don't know much about this, but I know that these hormones help stabilize the body's metabolism.

    I look up a cure, and I need to watch my diet, take raw probiotics, and eat fermented foods like chicken broth and cod liver oil to repair the gut lining which apparently under normal conditions keeps a constant supply of vitamins for the body to draw from to make specific natural compounds. I could take a synthetic tablet, but I don't want to.

    Anyways the moral of the story guys, is that I went to the Doctor to get treatment for an illness, I was NEVER told that I would get all of these fucking problems upon going on this "medicine" I loathe the health care system at this point. I truly believe that they are "inadvertently" killing us with their synthetic ignorant diagnosis'. I am just in shock on how bad our world is and how people aren't starting uproars...I have spoke to so many people and everyone is catching on to how corrupt America is. I know that this shit they gave me and their poor advice exacerbated my health by making my gut vulnerable and not warning me properly of what to do and not do.

    This was my story...please leave me some feedback and express your stories too if you have any of being failed by a trusted medical organization. The irony of this situation guys is that I will be treating and most likely healing my own health problems, but I cannot say I cured myself with natural medicine because only drugs can cure things in America: it's a law apparently. But this Doctor can prescribe me medication that can cause another illness and damage me and nothing can happen? Someone please enlighten me on this crazy system we're a part of how we all are agreeing to this.

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    Mar 11, 2016 9:14 PM GMT
    Doctors are people and make mistakes like the rest of us. Why do you think malpractice insurance is so expensive?
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    Mar 11, 2016 9:26 PM GMT
    My most recent bad experience was last year when I tripped and fell when running.

    Full on face plant with a bloody rip in my forehead. I thought it would stop bleeding but it didn't after an hour or so so I drove myself to the ER. (Never take an ambulance if you can get there on your own or with someone's help; insurance typically doesn't cover the cost and they're incredibly expensive.)

    It was in the winter so I'm in the waiting room at the ER surrounded by people who are sniffling and coughing from the flu. They had a children's TV room at the far end which was empty so I go sit in there. When your name gets to the top of the list a nurse comes out and calls your name; no public address system. If you don't hear them call you they delete you from the queue and you have to start all over, even filling out the paperwork. Which happened to me. And the nurse gave me this arch look like it was all my fault.

    So when I finally do get to see a doctor, who was a physicians assistant (PA, something more than a nurse but less than a doctor), not a real doctor, she asks me if I blacked out. I didn't remember blacking out so I said "no." She stitched me up and sent me on my way. I had arrived around 3 or 4 and got home just before midnight.

    Back at home the next day my neck was incredibly painful. In retrospect I realized that I must have had whiplash. I started taking ibuprofen which made the neck pain go away; that was nice. But it also made me have a lot of ringing in my ears and I felt very weird and disoriented. I went online and searched to see what they say about taking ibuprofen when you've had a concussion and they very clearly said do not. So I switched to Tylenol which barely touched the pain.

    What the PA should have asked me is do I remember the moment when my head hit the sidewalk, which I did not. That would have been the clue that I blacked out. People often don't remember blacking out.

    Hopefully I didn't do any permanent damage with the ibuprofen.
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    Mar 11, 2016 9:49 PM GMT
    Lumpyoatmeal saidHopefully I didn't do any permanent damage with the ibuprofen.

    Not that anyone would notice, considering the recreational drugs I did in high school.   icon_lol.gif
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    Mar 12, 2016 6:18 AM GMT
    "make mistakes"? Their entire mainframe of diagnosis is a mistake.

    You realize that I have been to the Doctors maybe twice in my life, and I was failed on both times i went. I just didn't notice as a kid because my body was still strong, but antibiotics are dangerous.

    My mother is a prescription drug addict who has been seeing a professional Doctor every couple of months for 20 years, and she has been enabled by them all of this time because she has made them hundreds of thousands of dollars.

    Bottom line, the medical industry is a scam, done deal. There are other remedies that are designed to actually cure which are natural and hypo allergenic, they just don't get funded because the concoctions cost nothing to produce as you can be herbs for relatively cheap prices.
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    Mar 12, 2016 10:34 PM GMT
    Eat mostly veggies, nuts, seeds, legumes, and some fruits, berries, lean meats and fish.
    Use only natural spices, and grow your own herbs if possible.
    Buy GMO-free and organic whenever possible.

    Sounds like the Paleo diet, which it basically is except for the legumes.

    It's amazing how much healthier the body can be when the "western diet" is avoided.
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    Mar 16, 2016 7:20 PM GMT
    I did not read the original post, too boring, but I can say this, get a new vagina.
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    Mar 27, 2016 3:10 PM GMT
    i read the original post
    demand the professional care you need up front. At $222/hr doctors grow on trees.
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    Mar 29, 2016 5:27 AM GMT
    Sorry for all your problems.

    A couple comments --
    1. There is no "healthcare system" in the US. There are hundreds of systems, and hundreds of thousands of providers. You can't fault the entire universe of providers for errors committed by 2 or 3.
    2. As you ultimately did, we all must take some responsibility for our own health and care. It's a shared role. You did a lot of learning and it made a difference in your recovery, from the sound of it.

    Get well soon.
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    Apr 28, 2016 4:35 AM GMT
    Sorry to hear about the OP's experiences. Like him up until 2 years ago I had never had long term experiences with doctors other than yearly checkups and dentist visits.

    But I am thankful that I did at least checkups because something life threatening was discovered, and had it not been for doctors, correct treatment, and medication I may not be alive right now.

    I think you have to be aware, do your own research once a doctor brings up and issue and seek a second, third or even fourth opinion if you have doubts.