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Confessions of a Medical Transcription Student

Sunday, June 15, 2014 | Category: Function

 

Courtney Jegla

Currently, I am going to school to become a medical transcriptionist while I’m also working at Total Health. As I’m transcribing the doctor’s notes, I started wondering about the diseases and drugs the doctors commonly prescribe. I did some research and this is what I found out when patients take medications. 

One of the most common medications that Americans take are antidepressants believing that this will help their depression symptoms. But did you know that in most cases, they stay the same or worsen? This is due to the many side effects that come along with taking this medication, such as headaches, nausea, and also suicidal and/or homicidal thoughts. (Weird...isn’t that what depression medication is supposed to “fix”?). This often times leads the doctor to prescribe more medications to try and “fix” the other side effects your body has to deal with. All this does is cover up your symptoms and stop you from fixing the real problem: your depression.

This also goes for many other health problems that doctors try to control with medications: heart problems, head colds, respiratory issues, and so on. I am currently going to school and have done an internship for medical transcription and I no longer want to go into this field after seeing all the unnecessary medications patients are put on.

For example, one patient may get put on a medication for their heart and get a headache as a side effect. Instead of dealing with the original problem (the patient’s heart), the doctor now prescribes a second medication for the headache. Then this medication gives the patient nausea, leading to a third prescription to help with that side effect. Often times, this cycle continues on. Imagine how much this breaks your body down and how much worse you’ll feel once you are put on multiple medications.

Even if a medication is considered “safe” by the FDA (a drug is only approved by the FDA when they BELIEVE the benefits outweigh the risks, so no medication is necessarily “safe”)there are always multiple side effects and not everything is known about the medication until it is put out into the marketplace.  It’s almost sickening! So instead of resorting to medication, try different alternatives that won’t destroy your body such as therapy, exercise, self-help exercises, and of course Chiropractic! These are only a few alternatives amongst many! This way you can take care of the issue, not just cover it up.

 

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