Power of pursuasion... How do we get it?

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Posted by Cassandra on September 18, 1998 at 22:05:38:

Hello, everyone!

If it's not one headache, it's another!!!
My mom has given up on conventional modern medicine out of disgust with her doctor, and I think I need some support of my own tonight! She doesn't want to go through all of the tests and questions involved with seeing a new doctor or neurologist, and her insurance will not cover a headache clinic south of here, so she has finally turned to Eastern medicine in the form of acupuncture. I'm not knocking it, but I am afraid this is going to cause more painful trouble than it will help (no offense to anyone, please!).

She has not been keeping track of her headaches AT ALL, has no idea HOW MANY of each medication she is taking or HOW OFTEN, and I'm worried now because she has decided to go off everything cold-turkey. Beta-Blockers, nasal-inhalor Imitrex (her latest aquisition), anti-depressants, and the good Lord only knows WHAT else she has been injesting, courtesy of her doc (who won't even bother to open her file or read the drug info right in his lap). Open scripts on everything, the way it sounds, as long as she is willing to pay for them! Most of these meds promote heart problems, correct? Can anybody say "stroke"?!? I'm WORRIED about her and she has pushed me away more than ever before!

I've read about oxygen here at this site and I'm wondering, how does a person get a prescription for it? My mom said she asked for a script for the CH and was told the only way she could get one was if she had a respiratory problem. I know it's not a cure-all, but does it really help as much as everyone has posted?

I hope this new alternative therapy my mother is going to will help, I truly do, but I'm not going to stop trying to find info and help until these things are gone. How do I convince her that she has to take care of herself when all she's focused on is quick-fixes for the pain?

Somebody, please help me... I don't know what I'm supposed to do anymore! I feel so helpless!


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