Pharmaceutical companies hide, ignore, or misrepresent evidence about new drugs; distort the medical literature; and misrepresent products to prescribing physicians.
Psychological implications of fluoroquinolones.
To those who are new to my plight or are unfamiliar with my personal situation, my life is delineated with a clear demarcation line. The life before taking Levaquin, a fluoroquinolone (FQ) antibiotic, and my life after. My healthy life before and my not so healthy life after. It is my story, my quin story, my life after Levaquin; Extremely healthy in one season, and a struggle with health the next.
It is very disturbing that an antibiotic, which is often given out for routine infections, may result in violence, anger toward others, and horribly, may result in suicide-related adverse events.
I would have to say that we are one of the most complex subset of patients that can be seen by a physician. More often than not, we often leave the average physician scratching his head as to how to diagnose or treat our condition. Keeping that context in mind, I have determined that I will never see another nurse practitioner again.
The cult of personality is not limited to public figures on the world stage. I do not get particularly upset by these leaders and consider them an inevitable hazard of internet community politics. As the saying goes, “You can’t have a picnic without ants.” Just remember, sometimes those who rise to power in an internet community would never be able to rise to power in “real life” and for good reason.
Claims of self-empowerment are more often than not contradicted by the behavior of health care providers. In reality, informed, assertive, and confident patients are often penalized for doing what they’ve been told to do. For the first time in my life I felt discrimination, alienation, and dismissal.
If the patient never connects the dots he/she may never uncover what the root cause of his/her mysterious illness is, or are given a default diagnosis that is a “catch all” for the medical community. Considering the day and age that we live in, it is one of the greatest medical travesties, that is of monumental proportions, that is continually being perpetrated on innocent individuals.