I find it amazing that I’m getting care suggestions from my health insurance company, and my doctor says, “No”.
Not only “No”, but lets put me on Atavastatin, an anti-cholesterol Rx. An anti-lipid treatment that may help my liver issues * OR * do further damage. (Emphasis mine, as it really feels like someone is cavalierly flipping a coin to make a decision in the medical literature).
Clearly, the topic is still out for debate regarding whether or not an anti-cholesterol Rx will do good, do nothing, or cause additional damage. So, feel free to experiment with my body !
What’s really gaslight-level strange is to then open the mail to see an actual recommendation from my health insurance company recommending that I discuss the value of Metformin with my doctor during my next visit.
I don’t pretend to be a doc, and I don’t pretend to have all the answers, but… it is funny to think that a treatment I researched on my own turns out to be EXACTLY what the insurance company has determined will cost them the least amount of care funds in the long run. And, it’s even funnier that it’s the same treatment that my endocrinologyst rejected out of hand.
Of course, the discussion about pain was even funnier as I know I feel pain, point it out for where I think it is, and then am told that I am mistaken about my own pain.
According to the above graphic, I’m a card carrying member of the NAFLD or NASH brigade (Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease).
Add in tell-tale pictures of my lizzard-like spotted neck:
and one presumes that the very expensive CT Scan came back with the right diagnosis.
Nope. Because I cannot point out where the pain “should” be for liver disease (in the abdominal area, apparently), and I point to my right side and lower back on the right, I must actually be suffering from kidney issues.
… Even though stock pictures for both liver AND kidney disease show these same two images for where I feel the pain resides.
So, I have no answers. I started my anti-cholesterol Rx yeserday, and my right side is back to killing me for sleeping or rolling over while trying to sleep.
Not much left to say except that the fun with COPD just keeps giving and giving.