If what you are doing is not working, do something else. American/Western medicine is not the only answer. Unfortunately it is largely the only answer that is covered under most health plans. I’ve worked in that world my entire adult life, and became increasingly disappointed with traditional medical care. I was treated disrespectfully and dismissively, and saw my own patients treated this way by their doctors as well. My issues are not pain, but none-the-less I felt defeated.
I took a different path starting 3 years ago. I saw a chiropractor who oversaw natural supplements, which over time I replaced my prescription meds with. I paid about $300 a month out of pocket. In Dec 08 I began care with a wonderful Naturopath who has been practicing 40 years. He is also an herbalist, homeopath and nutritionist. I spend $500 to $800 a month out of pocket, but it won’t cost this much forever. I’ve taken out loans. Why not, I did it for a car and a house. I feel like I have my life back, and feel optimistic about the future.