I am one of the fortunate ones. The chances of having a medical side effect, normally ten million to one, will jump me quicker than a cat jumps on a mouse. A side effect that has never been documented will blossom in full color when a new medicine is taken by me.
I am also a tad bull headed (Surprise!), so when a medical doctor is changing medicine to help my arm and my stress, I listen and try to follow instructions. I get free samples! I think, I should read the side effects...just in case there is something I need to know. First problem for one med is DO NOT TAKE with anti-inflammatories. One strike against me, so I self medicate and forgo the anti-inflammatory for my arm and jump in with both feet to take the new, improved, having great results medicine for dealing with stress.
Take a half pill with food...wake up and my face is swollen, check one side effect! Diarrhea, check two side effects...not just any plain bout but a bring you to your knees bout. So, stubborn me says to self, Self, you have to give it time to work. This is just a temporary thing, work through it.
Into my third day, the muscles aches, stiffness, difficulty breathing and increased bathroom activity(four more side effects) make me wonder if I can get used to this. On the brighter side, I seem to be loosing weight...when I'm not swollen.
On the fourth day, I look up the definition of dysentary, through my swollen eyes and decide this could be it...and realized this would be a terrible way to die.
The dawning of the fifth day, severe muscle spasms, dehydration, and dancing intestines join me along with the inability to walk in a straight line. I finally get the idea....the doctor does not know what she is talking about!!! These are free samples, for goodness sakes! Given to her by sales people along with ink pens and notepads to get her to push these drugs.
I'm slow but I'm not totally stupid...I have taken no more pills.
...and then I realize maybe she was right after all.
My arm doesn't hurt as badly. My eyes are clear again. The toilet paper supply is breaking even. I am so happy to have these symptoms leaving I have nothing to stress about!!!! Just have to change the directions. When feeling sorry for yourself, take a half pill with food. In a few days, you will appreciate the life you had before and discover you had NOTHING to stress about after all.