In part 3 of the Healthy Aging Presentation, we are going to examine the very common but under-reported phenomenon of Adverse Drug Reactions.
In North America:
To illustrate the problem of adverse drug reactions, we are going to use a case study of a patient named Jenny.
Jenny’s is a single 48 year old, working mother with 2 teen age boys. Jenny experienced a health crisis from an adverse drug reaction compounded by self medication.
Jenny presented to her physician with the following symptoms:
The medical examination findings revealed:
Therefore, Jenny was diagnosed with:
She was prescribed the following medications to treat her symptoms:
Each and every medication has common side effects. The common side effects of Lipitor include:
After taking the medication exactly as prescribed for 2 weeks, Jenny experienced:
Instead of reporting the symptoms to her doctor, Jenny decided to self medicate by taking Tylenol #3 and Percocet. Both these medications are very potent analgesics. It is no surprise that Jenny ended up in the hospital with a diagnosis of:
After being treated at the hospital, Jenny decided to visit her local chiropractor. She explained her problems to the chiropractor and asked him if there was anything that he could do. After taking a thorough history and performing a comprehensive physical examination, the chiropractor told Jenny that he agreed with the medical diagnosis. Jenny was somewhat perplexed and asked the chiropractor 2 questions:
The chiropractor said that all her signs and symptoms pointed to one underlying cause. His diagnosis was that she suffered from Couch Potato Syndrome! Her symptoms were mainly due to inactivity and a sedentary lifestyle. She was looking for a quick fix with pills and potions.
After several minutes of a heated discussion, the chiropractor proposed the following treatment program.
Jenny agreed that the treatment plan made sense, but quickly retorted that she didn’t have time to exercise. The doctor replied, “What fits your busy schedule better? Exercising 1 hour a day or being dead 24 hours a day?”
Jenny finally agreed to the treatment program and has never looked back since.
After 2 months of following her treatment plan Jenny has:
Remember the facts:
Medications are necessary, may be life saving and may improve the quality of your life, but why not try safer conservative measures first?
When was the last time your doctor wrote you a prescription for exercise?
Today’s action steps are:
Dr. Larry Smith Chiropractor and co-author of Inside the Minds: The Art and Science of Sports Medicine
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