I too think of the women in 3rd world countries & how horrendous that must be & I thank God everyday that I even have these meds now! But I have to admit I'm afraid ...very nervous about the future! What would I do without meds if with them I am barely functional? (not doing well now ...subzero temps here in ND & I believe its triggering a flare as ive been asleep for 3 days but I'm not about to go out there until its above zero!)
Thank u everyone for responding btw :) my husb is usually understanding but w it getting this bad I can tell he's annoyed ..but who can blame him?!
I think the reason I get the evil eye everytime at the pharmacy is bc I'm a Rph but these ppl do not know me or my disease(s)! And we've only lived here for 3 yrs & I haven't practiced here (I haven't been able to work for several yrs & we were forced to move here so my husb could get a higher-paying job!) Here is the clenched - everytime I go to pick up my meds my husbands students are there (he is a professor & administrator) & they - every single time - recognize my last name & say "Are you related to Dr __?" Then they automatically look at my meds & I see their eyes get big. Its so frustrating! Bc its bad enough that the technicians & Rph's look at me like I'm a Leper but it just adds to it! (I had a bad situation when we 1st moved here w 1 of the techs -long story- but she didn't do her job & I didn't have the meds & almost ended up in the hospital! Yeah..not fun.
I tried to.go to different pharm but small enough city that its no diff & the 1 pharm we use is convenient bc in same building as Dr. So..that's it. It's something I've never talked about in detail for fear of being recognized..but noone knows me here! :) thx all!
Oh & re: the friend that makes comments - her husb is a Dr & I have a feeling he has heard "thru the loop" @my meds & said something to his wife (yeah..so much for confidentiality & so-called Hippa laws!)
dx: MCTD(LUPUS), RAYNAUDS, FIBROMYALGIA, L4L5 disc herniation, fracture in L3 fro EPIDURAL in childbirth
meds: Arava, prednisone, Nifedipine, estropipate, cyclobenzaprine, Cymbalta, sulfasalazine, gabapentin, hydrocod (4BTP), fentanyl patch, methotrexate - MTX (on hold), minocycline, clonaxepam (sleep), vitamin D, B stress complex, PRILOSEC, Transderm-Scop (on hold)