(03-04-2016, 11:45 AM)Phill Wrote:(03-03-2016, 02:47 PM)archangle Wrote:
I often badmouth the medical mafia myself.
However, we need to realize that modern medicine is a true miracle in many ways. The important thing is to figure out when they're good and when they're bad.
CPAP is a true miracle for many people, even when done badly. The sad thing is that so many people who should be using it fail to get treatment because of stupid doctors. Or try and fail due to stupid doctors and bad DME's who give poor support. Or use it, but fail to get the full benefit.
Don't forget that vaccines save an enormous number of lives. Smallpox killed something link 300 million people in the 20th century alone. No one in the USA has had smallpox since 1950.
We may badmouth chemotherapy, but many thousands of people are alive and healthy today because of it.
We need to remember that most of the time, the doctors ARE actually offering us beneficial treatment. We need to take a bigger hand in managing our own treatment, but that does NOT mean simply rejecting the doctor's advice when we don't like it.
Most importantly, don't fall for alternative therapies. 90% or more of it is unhelpful at best, and actively dangerous if you use it instead of science based medicine.
Having been told to take the medication as I am not really sure what is wrong with you "I had better do something", a totally spurious diagnosis of high blood pressure, and abysmal treatment for Apnea, I would suggest I have every right to badmouth the medical so called profession.
As one who is also leery of both conventional and alternative medicine, I feel you have every right to complain. But I agree with archangle that it doesn't mean the diagnosis of sleep apnea is bogus. Unlike other conditions that can easily be misdiagnosed, with all the data that is being taken at a sleep study, it is pretty hard for this happen with sleep apnea.
And abysmal treatment for a condition doesn't mean the diagnosis is bogus.