Invest in ME Conference 12: First Class in Every Way
OverTheHills wraps up our series of articles on this year's 12th Invest in ME International Conference (IIMEC12) in London with some reflections on her experience as a patient attending the conference for the first time.
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Do you get anxious while trying a drug that's new to you?

Discussion in 'General ME/CFS Discussion' started by Mor, Sep 9, 2016.

  1. Mor


    Am I the only one who worries when taking a new drug or supplement? I'm very comfortable with what I'm used to taking, but if I get a new drug from my doctor—or even a new supplement that has some risks—I can get very anxious taking it, almost waiting for a bad reaction. It's a horrible mindset to have, because you have to move forward; you have to try new things.
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  2. TiredSam

    TiredSam The wise nematode hibernates

    I don't like trying new supplements, mainly because I achieve pretty good results from very disciplined pacing and am worried that I may be throwing them away by trying a new supplement. This has usually been the case (NADH, B vitamins, CoQ10 all buggered up my head and took a week or so to recover from), so I'm very half-hearted about trying anything new now. I think I'm better off to just keep living my very limited lifestyle and wait for the experts to come up with something in our ever-improving climate. I appreciate that being mild and fairly symptom-free if I behave myself influences that approach, and that if I was more severe my attitude may be very different.
  3. helen1

    helen1 Senior Member

    I did get anxious about it but have found a way around that. I start with tiny amounts, at the most 10% of what most people might start with. Also I never try something new in late afternoon or evening as many things have caused me bad insomnia. I get very little anxiety about new supplements or medications now.

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  4. taniaaust1

    taniaaust1 Senior Member

    Sth Australia
    No I dont usually get anxious about this (as long as there is something else I can trial if it doesnt work out) as I do what helen does and start with only very little amounts to test it. (I usually start with only 25% of whatever a doctor has prescribed for me).

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