Answers to More Questions, September 3

What happens if a person with fibromyalgia stops taking their medications?

They get better.  I stopped taking all my medications and the fibromyalgia pain ceased.  A year later, I read a book by a doctor at Columbia.  He said that his treatment for fibromyalgia was to get his patients off all medications.  I still have the trigger points, but I have no pain.

Taking medicines makes my fibromyalgia worse.Yep, I’m sure it does.  You have to get off everything, not just medications prescribed for fibromyalgia.  Most people claim, “Oh, I can’t stop taking my [this-or-that]” but that’s nonsense.  Most medications Americans take are to compensate for lousy lifestyle choices.  You want to stop the pain?  Then stop the drugs, eat healthy, get plenty of sleep, and start exercising.

Abortion and fibromyalgia

Can an abortion cause fibromyalgia?

Fibromyalgia abortion

I saw a doctor on the Catholic television station say that abortions cause fibromyalgia.  Two of my friends and I, who have never had abortions but had severe fibromyalgia, found this laughable.

Is Ativan bad for someone with pneumonia?

Yes, it’s terrible.  Do not take Ativan if you have any kind of respiratory illness.  It is banned in Great Britain for this cause.

Is BiPAP better for sleep disorganized breathing then CPAP?

A CPAP is a continuous positive air pressure machine; a BiPAP is a bi-level positive air pressure machine.  With a CPAP the pressure is set at one fixed point; a BiPAP alternates between two settings, one for inhalation and the other for exhalation.  An auto BiPAP has a computer chip that re-sets the pressure with every breath you take.  Some people, like me, have unstable sleep apnea.  I went through years of hell until I got the auto BiPAP; nobody told me such a thing existed.  PAP machines are not for the treatment of “disorganized” breathing; they are for the treatment of sleep apnea, a condition in which you repeatedly stop breathing while you sleep.

If you go to sleep lorazepam can kill you.

No, it will not.  It will mess you up if you take it regularly, but it will not kill you.

George Ebert mental patient
“George Ebert” mental patientthe alliance for the liberation of mental patients

George Ebert is retired from directing the Mental Patients Liberation Alliance.

I want to go to an inpatient psychiatric

Why?  Absolutely nothing good will come of it, unless you are going as a visitor.  Go visit before you decide to go as an inpatient.  You do not get meal trays, television or telephones in your room.  Everything outside your room is locked up.  Every night the staff will search your room just like you were in jail.  Think again before you go there.  It is neither a safe haven nor a compassionate treatment center.

Psychiatric inpatient, locking patient room doors

At New York State’s Hutchings Psychiatric Center in Syracuse, while the patients were at breakfast, the staff would lock the doors on the patients’ rooms so they could not get back in them.

Why is my family member in inpatient psych not on an anti-depressant?

Just possibly because your family member doesn’t need drugs.  Empathic therapy works for depression.  Taking action against the things that ail you works for depression.  Taking pills only works for the family, not for the patient.  Nobody should take antidepressants.  They work less than 30% of the time.  People should turn and face their problems, not run into a drug-induced haze.

Inpatient person keeps calling

You have to handle this the same way you would if your next door neighbor or anyone else kept calling you.  Inpatient psychiatric staff cannot stop a patient from making phone calls.  Phone calls are one of the rights of inpatients.

Outpatient psychiatry allowed to leave the hospital

An outpatient is a person who is not being treated in the hospital; inpatients are not allowed to leave the hospital.

What exactly can a community do about a nonviolent schizophrenic citizen?

Try minding your own business.




About annecwoodlen

I am a tenth generation American, descended from a family that has been working a farm that was deeded to us by William Penn. The country has changed around us but we have held true. I stand in my grandmother’s kitchen, look down the valley to her brother’s farm and see my great-great-great-great-great-grandmother Hannah standing on the porch. She is holding the baby, surrounded by four other children, and saying goodbye to her husband and oldest son who are going off to fight in the Revolutionary War. The war is twenty miles away and her husband will die fighting. We are not the Daughters of the American Revolution; we were its mothers. My father, Milton C. Woodlen, got his doctorate from Temple University in the 1940’s when—in his words—“a doctorate still meant something.” He became an education professor at West Chester State Teachers College, where my mother, Elizabeth Hope Copeland, had graduated. My mother raised four girls and one boy, of which I am the middle child. My parents are deceased and my siblings are estranged. My fiancé, Robert H. Dobrow, was a fighter pilot in the Marine Corps. In 1974, his plane crashed, his parachute did not open, and we buried him in a cemetery on Long Island. I could say a great deal about him, or nothing; there is no middle ground. I have loved other men; Bob was my soul mate. The single greatest determinate of who I am and what my life has been is that I inherited my father’s gene for bipolar disorder, type II. Associated with all bipolar disorders is executive dysfunction, a learning disability that interferes with the ability to sort and organize. Despite an I.Q. of 139, I failed twelve subjects and got expelled from high school and prep school. I attended Syracuse University and Onondaga Community College and got an associate’s degree after twenty-five years. I am nothing if not tenacious. Gifted with intelligence, constrained by disability, and compromised by depression, my employment was limited to entry level jobs. Being female in the 1960’s meant that I did office work—billing at the university library, calling out telegrams at Western Union, and filing papers at a law firm. During one decade, I worked at about a hundred different places as a temporary secretary. I worked for hospitals, banks, manufacturers and others, including the county government. I quit the District Attorney’s Office to manage a gas station; it was more honest work. After Bob’s death, I started taking antidepressants. Following doctor’s orders, I took them every day for twenty-six years. During that time, I attempted%2
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