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Posted by Aileen on August 26, 2000 at 20:29:39:

In Reply to: Re: Can't prove it but-- some things kept REAL quiet on meds! posted by friend on August 26, 2000 at 19:47:56:

I can sympathise with you. The first med they put me on made my legs feel like lead - and I'm a runner so I can't tolerate that and got it changed. I'm currently about to have an in depth discussion over some blood test results that I was told were normal and are far from it! Fortunately I am of above ave. intelligence and can research stuff for myself. I find the medical profession lacking in a lot of respects - and we in Australia don't have the level of corporatisation in health services that you do over there - which makes it even worse. I have experienced the US med system - its a shocker - expensive and you don't get what you apy for.

And of course with meds - everyone's different. I've been told often that things are normal. My question is what is normal? I'm a runner for a start - that's not normal. That means I have a low pulse (not brachycardia), possibly high bilirubin and low iron, possibly high creatine kinase after hard long runs - don't ever get a blood test then - they'll put you in with a suspected heart attack. And so on. Normal is convenient but not necesarily real. I have read at least one paper lately that started by saying that xxxxx did not follow a normal distribution. Yet this a what all blood test results assume.

Enough whining. Good luck with the meds.

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