I do the same thing. It is good to be educated about
side-effects, but if you are going to make yourself get them, maybe ignorance is bliss. Luckily for me, if I induce a side-effect, it usually goes away after a couple of days, especially if the med is helping me. I get really disturbed when I get a side-effect that I wasn't expecting, because that means it is real, and not self-induced. The way I see it, if the side-effect lasts longer than a week, it is legit.
36 y.o. male
Diagnosed w/ moderate UC in May '06
Meds & supplements:
Asacol, Florastor, VSL#3, Wellbutrin XL, Prozac, multi-vitamin, Allegra, Lialda, Colocort, Prednisone, flaxseed oil, L-glutamine.