Reluctantly Going to the Doctor

After getting floxed I developed a significant amount of skepticism toward Western Medicine. I realized the damage that Western Medicine, especially pharmaceuticals, can do, and I stopped believing that doctors can fix many issues. I learned that Western Medicine is really lousy at dealing with multi-symptom chronic illnesses of all types–including the ones that are recognized (like autoimmune diseases)–but especially the ones that are not recognized (like fluoroquinolone toxicity) or ill-defined (like ME/CFS, fibromyalgia, etc.). I saw that there is very little that can be done to help people who have suffered from iatrogenic illness, and that often (though not always, of course) when Western Medicine doctors encounter a patient who has been hurt by a pharmaceutical or medical procedure their response is hostile or ignorant.

With that knowledge, I proceeded to tell myself that I was better off without Western Medicine. Despite my insurer’s pleas, I refused to sign up with a primary care physician (out of laziness and inertia as much as fear and adversity) and I told myself that I was healthier and happier without getting poked, prodded, and possibly poisoned by doctors. For the most part, my avoidance of the Western Medical system has been serving me fine. I have been healthy and happy for many years.

However, I recently had an issue that needed to be fixed by a Western Medicine doctor – or, at least the tools of a Western Medicine doctor. I needed a minor surgery. A scalpel and Novocain were necessary to fix my issue (an issue that is somewhat embarrassing, has nothing to do with fluoroquinolone toxicity, and that no one wants to envision, so I’m going to do my best to get through this post without saying exactly what it was). No diet changes would cure me, nor could acupuncture, nor could exercises, or anything else other than a scalpel (the Novocain wasn’t strictly necessary, but it sure made getting cut easier for everyone involved). So, I went to a surgery center, got my minor surgery, and am on my way to being healed. The doctor who fixed my issue was good. He was kind, thoughtful, and he did what he needed to do to fix my issue in as quick and painless a way as possible. I am grateful to him for what he did, and I’m glad that the technology to quickly and easily fix my issue was available.

Western Medicine is really good at fixing well-defined problems that involve scalpels and other cutting tools. Western Medicine put me back together.

About a week after I got my issue fixed, my mom fell and broke her hip. She needed a partial hip replacement and she got one. It’s still a recent development, and it’s TBD how well she was put back together, but, my point is that Western Medicine doctors are good at dealing with broken bones (and pus pockets). They also have good tools for numbing people and knocking them out. The painkillers that they have are also quite effective (though not without consequence). I’m hopeful, actually fairly confident, that the doctors did a good job putting my mom back together, and that she’ll recover well.

I wish that Western Medicine was as good with multi-symptom, multi-system, complex illnesses as it is with broken bones, pus pockets, and other issues that can be fixed with surgery. I wish that fixing gut microbiome dysbiosis was as common and easy as fixing a broken bone. I wish that hormonal imbalances were as easy to detect and cure as an abscess. I wish that adverse drug reactions were easy to detect, and that the promise in all the commercials of “see your doctor if xyz occurs” resulted in a doctor who knew how to treat and cure adverse drug reactions. But Western Medicine isn’t good with multi-symptom, multi-system, chronic illnesses – it just isn’t.

But they are good with broken bones and surgeries, and I am very, very, very thankful that I got my issue taken care of, and that my mom got a surgery to put her hip back together.

Western Medicine has its place. And as much as I’d like to avoid doctors, I’m going to go to them when necessary. I’m guessing that you will too. I really wish that they were better at treating fluoroquinolone toxicity and other similar issues – or even better at treating the symptoms of fluoroquinolone toxicity. Maybe someday.

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10 thoughts on “Reluctantly Going to the Doctor

  1. Rhonda L George October 26, 2019 at 11:56 am Reply

    My western medical doctors weren’t even very good with puss pockets for me! Though I for sure reiterated that I was not to be given any Fluoroquinolone antibiotic, ad nauseam!

  2. L October 26, 2019 at 3:01 pm Reply

    Yea, my ND always used to say “you need an md to fix a broken bone.” I have since been fortunate after a lot of researching to find integrative MDs. That’s the good news. The bad news is most have opted out of insurance and are very expensive, so it’s all out of pocket. Still, I would opt for integrative any day. (hope you embarrassing situation has resolved and thanks for sparking us 🙂 )

  3. L October 26, 2019 at 3:02 pm Reply

    Ack! SPARING US not sparking us

  4. Katee October 27, 2019 at 7:38 am Reply

    Western Medicine has become very good at emergent care. I say, if I’ve been in a car accident, or broken a bone, or something similar, get me to an emergency room. Otherwise, I’ve learned to deal with most of it on my own.

    Even emergency has to be watched carefully (they made SOP recommendations to my husband that made it clear to me they weren’t keeping up with the literature on such things, or they simply weren’t using their brains), but they do save lives. Sometimes it looks like they almost save lives in spite of themselves, though.

  5. Krabiwi October 30, 2019 at 8:19 am Reply

    Was floxed March 2018. Since May 2018 I haven’t visited a doctor anymore as no one was a help, but rather a burden of ignorance. So I made cut and as coincidence wanted it from then I slowly started healing. Back to 95% today, almost normal in some areas even better than pre flox.

    With intermitting fasting and all that nutrition from healthy food and supplements I even don’t get sick anymore, allergies are also gone.

  6. Krabiwi October 30, 2019 at 8:29 am Reply

    I would even go that far and state that the first step for recovering is to avoid ignorant doctors and stop doctor hopping at all. Instead use that horrible time to become your own doctor by learning about fasting, healthy nutrition and overall a healthy life style.

    To be fair doctors which are aware of flox toxicity can be helpful for mental assistance and in emergency as well as after accidents it still makes sense to use medical system, but we never ever should use it blindly again.

  7. Marco November 9, 2019 at 10:47 pm Reply

    I’d add that indeed Doctors can be helpful with FQAD. If you try dozens of supplements, from time to time it’s good to check your kidney and liver function. As well for treatments like i.v. or autohemotherapy or PRP for tendons – doctors can be helpful. It’s just really hard for ourselves to forgive the medical community cause they are responsible for alot of pain. And I can understand, that lot’s of floxies are never able to forgive them.

    Doctors aren’t monsters who do not care for patients. they’re human. yes, there are lot’s of doctors who got that job out of superficial intentions, but there are as well doctors who have the most sincere and kind intentions and are doing their best.

  8. nmartinez1938 November 11, 2019 at 2:44 pm Reply

    Yes! Surgeons see the problem and get right to it. Physicians deal with symptoms understood or not understood, by patients trying to explain what they feel, think, or imagine, all in one. MDs are not trained in chemistry like pharmacist who have a better if not complete knowing how one thing reacts with another. Well! … all this said, some is from experience, some from reading, and some from listening to others. I admire and loveyour fortitude to press on.

    • L November 11, 2019 at 4:43 pm Reply

      yeah, I pretty much avoid allopaths unless they are integrative. I want someone whose first impulse isn’t to get out the pharmaceutical pad…

      • nmartinez1938 November 12, 2019 at 4:31 pm Reply

        You are so right! Most MDs take ten years to learn to scribble indiscernible code on a small cheap pad and summon in their next patient/victim! Integrative Medicine is the way to go. Doctors who excel in this form of care are more trust worthy. I know of one personally here in the Cebu Philippines Region 7.

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