2. The need for a quick and proven solution, particularly in the absence of an appointment.
3. An OTC makes sense (to the person using it anyway).
5. Suggestion from a friend or relative.
6. Self diagnosis.
7. Belief in "alternative" or "complimentary" medicines. (No knock here, I use them too.)
9. Lack of health care, funds, transportation, etc.
10. Distrust of doctors, medicine in general, and horror stories heard on the news.
11. Our fervent and undying belief that NOTHING IS WRONG! And an OTC is an acceptable level of medicine, one we can deal with emotionally, unlike an antibiotic or cancer drug that carries some serious mental baggage.
Being sick sucks. Having a chronic condition sucks. Thank God there are still drugstores and online pharmacies. But being really sick, having a bad disease that might kill you? That is a job for the Professional and a whole other level of treatment, certainly not one that can be had at CVS or Walgreens.
Is my problem with IBS over? No. Have I become my own GI doctor? Yes, in a way I have. I feel like each day I get a little closer to a better overall understanding of the condition. I have given up trying to find the perfect OTC remedy. (OTCs can help but can also in fact exacerbate the situation and leave you feeling worse than when you started.) I will be writing another post about what I am doing that is sort of working. But for now, I leave you with this question and challenge. Can you guess which medicine shown above actually works the best? There may be a special prize for you if you guess correctly.
Thank you for reading and as always, if you have a question or comment let me know.