Jul 26, 2012

Sickness

I have been ill for almost a month. It began July 3rd with simply feeling off and became a nightmare of a fever over 103, pneumonia, excruciating pain in all my joints, and a severe headache. My feet and ankles became swollen as well as my right knee and my hands. The pain in my hands was so bad I could barely feed myself and was unable to dress myself so my husband had to dress me. I couldn't stand on my own so my husband had to assist me in getting in and out of the bed, a chair, and even the bathroom. I experienced depression that was so deep and dark I wasn't sure I would survive my illness and I didn't care.

I believe all of this happened to me as a result of taking the blood pressure medicine Cozaar. I have done an extensive search on the medicine and every one of my symptoms are known side effects of the drug. I was prescribed the drug to protect my kidneys since I have Type II diabetes.

When I was so ill the doctors thought I possibly had a secondary infection to the pneumonia that attacked my joints. I began to question that and tried to think if I had been doing anything different. I finally remembered that the only change I had made was the addition of Cozaar to my medicines. I began an internet search that led me to the side effects and other patient complaints from using the drug. Since everyone of my symptoms were known side effects of Cozaar I stopped taking the drug about a week a go. That is when I started seeing improvements in my health.

I am beginning to heal and can walk part of the time without a cane. My hands have improved, but I am still suffering a lot of pain in them. I am really weak at this point, but I am determined to regain strength and have my life return to normal.

I would caution anyone that is on prescription medicine to do some homework about how you are feeling and research the medicines you have been prescribed. If I had not made the connection to Cozaar and how I was feeling I am not sure I would have survived it. Not only was I suffering from physical pain, but the mental was scary.

Through all of it my husband has been my caregiver. I feel so bad that he had to do it all himself without any help. He is truly my angel. I was also blessed to have online friends who joined with me, my friends and family to pray and send well wishes for my recovery.



24 comments:

  1. God Bless, Susie! So glad you have found a remedy to your illness and that you have now begun the process of healing. God Bless and your wonderful husband. Hang in there and keeping healing. Will keep you in my ongoing thoughts and prayers. Love to you!

    ~Isa

    P.S. Hope your research and sharing saves someone elese from going through your horrible, life-threatening experience.

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    1. Thank you Michelle. I am getting better, but it has been a hard road back to normal. I am still having issues walking. I pray someone will come across this and will not have to experience what I did or someone will recognize their symptoms may be the result of a prescribed medicine and will stop taking it.

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  2. Wow Susie! That is quite a tragic story of your illness! I totally believe you and agree that it was probably the medicine. I hope you will have a full recovery...and I pray that others may be spared what you went through by reading your post. Be sure to share it on Facebook.

    God Bless!

    Linda @ Truthful tidbits

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    1. Thank you Linda. I am doing much better.

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  3. This is a harrowing tale, SC. I hope these miseries are soon behind you.

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    1. Thanks Ron. I am getting better. It has been a long month of pain, but I think the worst of it is in the rear view mirror.

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  4. So very glad that you are finally starting to feel better! I have seen first hand through my husband the problems some prescriptions can cause. While on Lipator in '01 my husband came down with extreme muscle fatigue and weakness. After testing for everything from MD to Lyme Disease, he was diagnosed with Polydermatomyositis. And though doctors never said definitively that Lipator was the cause, muscle weakness is a side affect and they took him off and put it on the list of things he cannot take. In '03 while taking prescription nsaids (for the muscle pain from previously diagnosed muscle disorder) he suffered a perforated colon and underwent emergency stomach surgery. Again not definitive but believed to have been caused from the nsaids, adding those to the list of medications he can't take. Scary stuff, when that which is meant to help us ends up doing more harm. Hope you continue to improve Susie, and that you are fine once these lingering side effects have run their course. Big hugs to you and to Charlie too. I know a bit of what he's gone through as the spouse, having been through similar. :-)

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    1. Ginny, how awful for your husband. This is not the first time prescription meds have given me trouble. The blood pressure medicine prior to Cozaar gave me such a cough I couldn't sleep so they took me off of it. I had a seizure several years a go from using Ultram and after my car accident they gave me narcotic drugs for pain which I had a bracelet on my arm stating I was not to receive them. I was so out of it that I had no clue and I kept vomiting and the kept doing CT scans of my brain thinking there might be bleeding. My husband happened to be in the room right after a nurse injected something into my I.V. He asked what it was and it was a narcotic pain killer. He was livid. He screamed, "Don't you see that bracelet on her arm?" I am supposed to go to a Rheumatologist August 3rd, but I am not going. I don't want to be given any more pills!

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  5. I'm so glad you are doing better.. Medicines can do more harm than good, yet we never know this unless we do like you said and research it.. The doctors will never tell you anything and if you ask, they'll say ask your pharmicist.. God Bless You for your courage.. I'm sending healing prayers your way..

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  6. Susie, I wanted to pop back in and tell you something.. You may already know this since you have Diabetes.. My brother in law has Diabetes and he is allergic to all Diabetes medications that are made from Beef and Pork.. He almost died before he found that out.. He takes Lantus, which is Man Made.. You may have already discovered this in your research... Blessings, Susie

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    1. So far I am not on any meds for Diabetes. I have been able to manage it with diet and exercise. The Cozaar was given to me as an aide to prevent kidney problems down the line. I am going to lose more weight and hopefully diabetes will be less of an issue. I have already lost around 100 lbs. through diet and exercise so hopefully I will be successful with losing more weight.

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  7. I am so glad to hear you are feeling better. I felt so sad when I realized you were so sick. I realize that we don't know one another but I enjoy your work so much and would miss your voice. My prayers are included with those of others for your continued improvement.

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    1. Thank you Ellecee. It has been a rough road but through prayer of lovely people like you I am improving.

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  8. So glad you are on the road to recovery ... be kind to yourself, as your entire self has taken a toll -- physical, mental, emotional, energy field as well as immune system. Gradual steps forward is the key. Continuing to send you healing energies, filled with Divine Love! You can do it!! xo

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    1. Thank you Rebecca. I am trying to not push myself too hard. I feel like I got so far behind from being sick, but I am being careful so I won't have a relapse!! Thank you for all your kind words and healing energy sent my way!

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  9. I am glad you figured it out and that you are steadily improving. About two years ago I had an extensive bacterial infection. I also had the awful pain in the joints of the hand, knees, muscles, and headaches that felt like someone was stabbing me in the eye with a knife. It was so severe that it took me over a year to get back to feeling myself. No one can know that pain unless they've been there. I feel so sorry that you had to go through that. I, too, remember no caring if I didn't wake up. I completely understand everything you've written here. Sending you a big hug.

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    1. So sorry you experienced such a horrible health event. I don't know what would have happened to me if I hadn't figured out it was the medicine that was making me so ill. I am still weak, but getting stronger. I am one to push myself too hard so I am trying to be kind to myself. I certainly don't want to have a relapse!! Thank you for your kind words and hug. They are very much appreciated.

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  10. Dearest Susie,
    You are truly an inspiration! Climbing that mountain one step at a time.

    I had an experience with Celebrex that changed my whole attitude, how I felt, my energy level, never quite feeling right - almost felt guilty for going back to my Dr and asking her to please find something else for me to take. I know that this medication works for some people, but, it totally was not a med that I should have been on. I will always try to stay in touch with what I feel when starting new meds. We know our bodies better than anyone else.

    So very thankful that you are doing better! I am continuing to pray!

    With love and hugs,
    Rhonda

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    1. I have had several close calls with prescription medicine. I am getting where I am afraid to take any of it. People really do need to listen to their bodies.

      Thanks you so much for your concern and prayers. It means a lot!

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  11. Susie, we are both so glad you are improving. This world needs you! We have to see you soon, so we can hug you!

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    1. Thanks so much Randy. It has been a tough month, but thankfully I am getting so much better. Yes, we need to get together soon. It has been way too long!!

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