I'm really sick of thepress coverage of Michael Jackson, but I was really disgusted by the many comments made by these "pundits" who will say that he had alpha antitrysin deficiency (which runs with other problems like Wilsons liver disease) and vitiligo and then say he had "no chronic diseases".
They also criticized his depigmentation, but they don't realized that depigmentation is the standard treatment for people with vitiligo with more than 50 pct pigment loss,and is sometimes a preferred treatment because pills can be givento depig, rather than coating yourself with creams twice a day and laying under lights, and the pigmenting creams have bad side effects.
The NIH is investigating all autoimmune condtions as being different facetsof the same problem: including vitiligo with MS, scleroderma, lupus, etc. since they often overlap.
While I think the strength of drugs he was on was strong, I don't like the habit that is occuring of the media judging celebrities, well anyone, and criticizing how many drugs aperson may need, and making uneducated judgements about anyone's pain level.
Unfortunately, the pain drug of choice with people with severe liver disease is oxycontin, which is extremely strong, because it contains no added tylenol or other liver irritants, just pure narcotic, and so going up from there doesn't leave much room.
I refuse to take oxycontin because I don't like it it is too strong, but I would like to think that it is an option if I need it.
Michael Jackson looked very ill and frail, and Anna Nicole had problems too. I just want to tell these media guys, you live with their illnesses, then tell me its painless. Its just so obvious that they are ignorant, and I wish they would spend as muchtime researching these illnesses as they do getting lists of pharmaceuticals, they might be able to raise some awareness and some good may come, instead of scaring physicians from reducing our suffering. What do you think?