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Subject: Re: Annual physical worthwhile for well? Date: 1/23/2013 7:55 AM
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I always thought it was a smart money play to hear what your doctor has to say. I listen to mine....

I think we all need to be our own advocates when it comes to our health.
I have been on osteoporosis meds off and on for years. Several years ago I went to a world renown specialist in Manhattan. He put me on
an injectible drug for two years. After the two year period was up he was only happy with progress being made in the spine. He said "oh well, we will give you another drug that will be beneficial to the hips".
Really? Seriously? Injecting myself for two years in the stomach was not enough? I never went back to him.
Fast forward a few years and I told my internist that I would no longer take those osteoporosis drugs. I decided on a more natural treatment that I found in a book published in the 1960's. Two years later she advised me to have another bone density test. She said if the results weren't good I would have to go back on the bisphosphonates (osteo drugs). I looked her right in the eye and told her that the FDA now wants you to stop all osteo drugs after FIVE years and that I had more than exceeded that limit!!!! She did not know this. Why not I ask? It's her job.
Oh, and I diagnosed my own DVT ten years ago. Was missed by the doctor AND the tech at the lab. Too long a story to go into.
The moral of this story is that we really need to know what's going on with our own health in conjunction with our doctor who cannot know everything!
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