Go Back For Seconds!

A few months ago, I had a Cardiologist tell me that I had a cardio-myopathy. He had my General Practitioner prescribe an Ace Inhibitor and Beta-Blocker. My GP was adamant with me that I take them despite the fact that these drugs would lower my already low blood pressure. My wife and I were already distressed over the fact that we had been told that my heart was dying and now I was to take additional dangerous meds along with my PD meds. Not good at all.

My PD meds lower my blood pressure enough that I get drowsy every so often and light-headed rarely,  but to add a newcomer to my regimen to lower it even more, did not sound like my doctor was listening to me. My doctors were not thinking about my PD or my medications as part of my health equation. I knew it was time for a second opinion.

I called my Neurologist to get a referral for a Cardiologist with some understanding of PD, PD meds, and the heart. After taking a chemical stress test, an Electro-Cardiogram, and wearing a halter monitor for 24 hours, the evidence showed that my heart was perfectly normal and I had no need for any heart drugs at all. My doctors had put me and my wife through months of worry, stress, and near panic for nothing. Had I not gone for a second opinion, I would be taking un-needed medication that could be causing serious harm to my body.

I am not a doctor,  but consider this. If any of your doctors ask you to make a radical change in your health regimen and you have any doubts about the potential consequences of this change then you probably need a second opinion to ease your mind. I’m so thankful that I got that second opinion.

About Karl Robb

Karl Robb has had Parkinson’s disease (PD) for over twenty-five years. Karl believes he has had PD since he was seventeen years old and was diagnosed at the age of twenty-three. Now fifty, he is a Parkinson advocate, entrepreneur, inventor, writer, blogger, photographer, Reiki Master, and speaker on PD issues. Karl is the author of the book, A Soft Voice in a Noisy World: A Guide to Dealing and Healing with Parkinson’s Disease. He has been chosen as a blogger partner for the 4th World Parkinson Congress being held this September in Portland, Oregon. He has a bachelor’s degree in English from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. His writing has been featured in The New York Post and he has appeared on BBC radio, the CBS Saturday Evening News, Japanese television, as well as several local Washington, D.C., television stations. Karl is a former board member and a Virginia assistant state director of the Parkinson’s Action Network and a board member of the Parkinson Voice Project. You may reach Karl via email at asoftvoice@gmail.com, visit his blog at www.asoftvoice.com, on Facebook, or contact him via Twitter @asoftvoicepd.

Posted on October 13, 2008, in Health, Parkinson's Disease, Uncategorized and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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