For about the last five years, I have only went had my mammogram every other year. I have a friend who hasn't had one for the last ten years because she believe that possibly the mammogram, that may find the breast cancer, may be part of the problem, of getting breast cancer. I head a talk show hostess say that she only does Doppler test, no mammogram.
I took daily cholesterol pills for a few months, about 10 years ago, and they made me feel funny. The list of side effects is endless, so I never took them again. My husband took some sort of cholesterol pills for about five years, but the combination of pills he was on about killed him a couple of years ago, he quit taking all of his medicine and only take metaformin if his diabetes is up. I think what pushed him over the edge was when he took an arthritis pill a generic of Mobic, he was allergic to it and his hands and body swelled up so bad, I had to dress, bath, and feed him. His doctor keeps trying to put him back on cholestral pill, but he won't take them. It was kind of odd when his doctor said, the only reason I want to put you back on these two medicines it to reach my medicare quota, odd think for a doctor to say to a patient. My cholesterol usually runs around 220 but my good cholesterol which ever that one is, is OK. I remember in 2008 when Tim Russert I think that was his name, the TV Sunday News Anchor, had a stroke and died. He was also on cholesterol medicine. I remember a lot of medical expert talking about it on TV, and they said a great percentage of people who take cholesterol medicine still have strokes. Some time ago my Dentist was telling me how controversial the subject of whether or not to take cholesterol medicine, I don't remember the dialog, but he was leaning against it. I asked my cardiologist last year does any doctor know how all these chemical act together and he shook his head NO!! That was all I need to hear!!
I feel exactly like you do, I don't want any more test unless it is a matter of life and death and I'm not sure I would want them at that.
I always appreciate your post and intuitiveness.
Happy Easter, PamSouth