OK Cessie - you really don't want to get me started on that "man-o-pause" thing. Lord have mercy! Not another "long story"!
I understand about being scared about medicine. You should have heard the gazillion conversations I had with my neurologist, his nurse, and my sponsor when I read about the "side effect" of "Euphoria" in one of the medications I now take regular. "Will this trigger the phenominon of craving?" Good golly! I went on and on and on about it. That neurology staff sure earned their pay with an obsessing nut job like me calling three times a day.
My sponsor, with 30 years of sobriety and is a certified chemical dependency counselor - he told me just chill out a minute. He said to remember that I have a medical condition that is dangerous, and continuing without doing anything is making the "quality of life" go down to where it doesn't need to be. Medicine is in this world to help me - to improve my life - to reduce my suffering. Then he said that I'm spiritually fit enough to endure and overcome the phenominon of craving if that would actually happen. And I also have a support group and a team of doctors that are probably sick of hearing about my alcoholism by now. THEY GET THE POINT PAUL!
Then that sponsor told my busy @ss to look up the chemical action of the medication. If it effects the same "brain cells" in the same "clinical" way that alcohol or "benzo's" do, then skip it - I don't have to take it and tell the neurologist why. So I did what he told me to do, and found out the medicine did the exact opposite of what alcohol and benzo's do, which made me realize then it could not possibly trigger "alcoholic craving". I told the sponsor, and he said well try it because it might be helpful. Just do it over the weekend when you're sure you won't have to be driving a car or operating equipment.
I did what he suggested. No side effects at all. I could tolerate the prescription pretty easy. Guess what? It also helped one of the many medical problems I have. It made my life better just like it's supposed to. The miracles of modern medicine.
Now friends, you have to laugh at this. You see how long and drawn out I can write about things. Now if I do that here online, do you think I'm that much different out there in "the real world"?
I swear I must be the poster boy for "patience" in the world of medicine. Pity the poor doctor that ends up with me on the end of his fishing line? Buddy let me tell you what - there is plenty more than one of those poor fellows that are my doctors.