Hedge~ Your situation is heartbreaking. A medical mis-diagnosis would be a horrible thing to go through, then later to learn that the very med you were taking to help were in fact hurting. No one should have to deal with such a thing. Ever. Obviously I am no expert, but your situation seems VERY extreme and unusual. I would imagine, for the most part, people are being given meds that are appropriate to their conditions, though as you can attest not always.
In closing, I publicly support the ability to raise a question on this website.
I don't feel as though I was challenging the right to discuss a topic.
I do not feel my posts here were out of line or over-reactions. I posted my thoughts, also when quoted, I will always reply. Just because my thoughts don't agree doesn't make them fighting words. And i certainly don't think this type of discussion should be unwelcome, I dont believe my posts indicated such a thought.
I have no wish to alienate myself by expressing an opposing point of view. I replied to what is a dangerous message. A blanket invitation to go off your meds packed in a success story. Very tempting... I know in my early days on meds I thought of dropping them, that invitation with the assurance that its not so bad, would have been very encouraging. THAT is my fear. That others, struggling with thier meds, will stop.
The underlying message, in each of my replies, is SEEK PROFESSIONAL HELP. That is not a sarcastic or argumentative message. As a BP I believe professional help is very important, whether you take the meds or not. However! If you want to go off meds, then go off meds with the help of your doctor. But to just toss the pills is DANGEROUS. Being brought up by a nurse, I have learned that meds, when taken incorrectly or dropped, can be just as deadly as they can be helpful. Self medicating, without your doctors knowledge/consent/assistance, is dangerous.
Once again... I blathered...Apparently I cannot express myself in under 50,000 words!