Health: It Pays to Speak Up

In 2016 I wrote a blog post about my personal experience with a particular antibiotic – Levaquin. You can read it here so I won’t repeat all the details. Briefly, in 2006. my dad was prescribed this drug and had a very bad reaction and damage to his tendon in his leg necessitating physical therapy. After what he went through I did more research on this drug and found tendon rupture was only one of the many side effects.

Fast forward 10 years and I was recovering from emergency surgery in the hospital. The nurse advised me that I had developed sepsis and the doctor was prescribing a different antibiotic. I asked which one and was told Levaquin. I told her I would not use that drug or any other in the same class and asked that she have the doctor choose a different one. Long story short, although I explained my request. he was angry with me but he did prescribe a different antibiotic and it worked just fine. And I am very happy I spoke up.

Fast forward again, to 2022. Dr. Linda Martin suffered irreversible life-altering adverse effects from the antibiotic, Levaquin. Apparently she and others injured by this drug requested that the FDA include labeling warnings to prevent further injuries and death from the medication. Unfortunately, as is the case so often, a black box warning on this drug would have impacted the company’s bottom line.

This is alarming, upsetting and disgusting to me on so many levels. We have to trust someone and in cases where we are ill it has to be a doctor. If even he or she is not being told the truth, what are we to do. Obviously trusting pharmaceutical companies is not the answer. We have to educate and inform ourselves, but we can’t know everything either.

I share this just to underscore and highlight the importance of speaking up, even if you get pushback from a medical professional. Bottom line, it is your body, your health and your responsibility.

Have you ever chosen to refuse a medication or go against prevailing medical information?

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8 Responses to Health: It Pays to Speak Up

  1. JD Wininger says:

    Amen Ms. Ann! I’m having monthly intraocular injections monthly because of Drug-Induced Macular Edema (DIME). My endocrinologist retina specialist all agree that a diabetic with an A1C of less than 7 and a fairly clear eye exam in 2019 doesn’t develop diabetic retinopathy in a two-year time span, which interestingly enough corresponds with when he started treatment using a weekly injectable medicine that was supposed to help with weight loss while offering better diabetes control. At least the correlation was made. Often times, and I’ll use the drugs metformin and metoprolol as examples (I’m still on metoprolol, but trying to get something else prescribed by cardiologist), the cure seems to have worse effects than the cause. Thank you for speaking truth ma’am. God’s blessings.

    • amusico says:

      Oh my friend, once you are on one medication if another is added you have multiplied chances of side effects. We have to trust
      our doctors – we can’t know everything but I am a big believer in less is more whenever that is possible. I pray for you and your
      lovely wife regularly. These are complex conditions and just the fact that the correlation was made to the medication will hopefully be helpful going forward. God bless you my friend.

  2. Ivey Rorie says:

    Can you imagine being a female competitive athlete in the 70’s? we were not nearly as liberated as we would have liked. Our family doctor was outside his head w/ me and Mom let me speak my concerns, even at that age because she thought I had valid concerns and that the doc ought to be able to answer them. What a goof. His sexist ideas totally affected his medical knowledge. Isn’t that amazing? All that education and it comes down to pure sexism. Good grief. I agree, to the degree you can, you have to take your health into your own hands. I was recently surprised to hear Lynn Ellis say she didn’t let anyone stay with her during her convalescence in the hospital. I am not sure if the hospital would have let someone stay because of Covid protocols but I know that it is important to have someone stay with you. I have learned that one. Lynn was very private about the details of her surgery, etc., bordering on secretive and I think that is a bad idea these days. You need your own advocate, I think.

    • amusico says:

      Oh I wholeheartedly agree about having someone with you to advocate for you. I had someone from my family with me almost constantly and that was not only a comfort but so helpful in asking questions and remembering info. She is who she is and obviously isn’t comfortable about any of this. There’s no shame. I hope that isn’t behind her being so secretive. I share things because maybe they will help someone else. I have been praying for her.

  3. Holly Scherer says:

    Disgusting indeed! It’s scary to think that I could be in that situation and not know or have the time and resources to research.

    Doctors always look at me like I’m a crazy person and I don’t care. I’m the one who has to live in this body, not them. One of the funniest stories is about an eye doctor prescribing antihistamine drops for my allergies. He didn’t know what to say when I started asking him questions about what was in the drops and the side effects. I don’t think most people question them.

    Great reminder, Ann!

    • amusico says:

      You keep asking questions! More people need to do this and then maybe we will find those doctors who are open to being
      questioned and to giving people truthful information. I appreciate you Holly.

  4. Debbie Wilson says:

    Yes, I’ve spoken up and received an angry response. If they believe in their product why are they so defensive?

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