In the last 18 years that I've spent managing my chronic pain and invisible illnesses, I've run into plenty of road-blocks and have had a lot to complain about regarding America's current "health care" system. Now, I use the term "health care system" lightly, because it doesn't feel like America has any real interest in keeping it's residents healthy, but rather seems perfectly content in doing the bare minimum to manage their alarmingly increasing illnesses.
In the last two weeks alone I have broken down in tears more than once because of how callously I was treated and dismissed by a medical professional- and it was not even close to being the first time this has happened to me. Prevention, wellness, and big-picture medicine seem to barely be a blip the radar of American Doctors, and despite television shows and movies showing us doctors who stop at nothing to figure out the root-cause of a patient's illness, pain, or symptoms, the reality, more often than not, is waiting an hour past your appointment time only to have a prescription or two thrown at you to "try out" to "see if it helps" while being told to "come see us again in a few months" as the doctor rushes in and out in under ten minutes flat.
If the many woes outlined on the internet as well as my own personal complaints are any indication, this kind of "health care" has left a lot of people feeling like nothing more than a means of continued profit for a third party rather than a person in need of medical attention, which got me thinking: what does my ideal health care system look like? So I decided to play a little game, a game in which I build my ideal health care system, my own ideal world really- and it looks a little something like this:
Today is a moderately high but not overbearingly painful pain day, and I don't always like to take prescription medications when I can get some relief with more natural or over-the-counter (OTC) methods (aka: unnecessarily damage my liver/kidneys and/or waste the good pills when I don't need to, lol).
Now, as someone with no medical training and a terrible memory, I have a hard time knowing what OTC medication to take for what, but as a person with a chronic pain syndrome, I probably should. So, as any thirty-something would do, I took my questions to the internet! Check out what I've found below!