Dr. Keith Roach: The best treatment plan is one the patient will follow | To Your Good Health
Sometimes a compromise is justified. If you feel uncomfortable with 20 mg, why not take 10 mg? It also offers a significant benefit in protecting your heart and brain. In my experience, a patient familiar with a treatment plan is more likely to stick to it and may even be less likely to experience a side effect of the drug.
Dear Dr. Roach • • Should I get the COVID-19 vaccine? I am an 82 year old woman who suffered from Bell Palsy in 1989 and fibromyalgia for years later. I stopped getting the flu shots because I think that’s why I got Bell’s palsy. Is it advisable for me to get the COVID-19 vaccine? – PAA
reply • Bell’s palsy is a unilateral paralysis of the facial nerve. Most of these are believed to have come from a viral infection, especially herpes simplex virus 1, which causes cold sores. I do not recommend that you stop taking any flu vaccinations.
I definitely recommend a COVID-19 vaccine for a person like you as I don’t think there is any increased risk of Bell’s palsy, fibromyalgia, or other complications based on the millions of people who have now received the vaccine . Most of the vaccine side effects, if they occur, happen immediately or very soon after vaccination, and almost none after about six weeks. To weigh against a possible, but certainly low risk is an immense advantage of protection against COVID-19, in which millions of people worldwide have been killed. In addition to the large number of those who have died, there are many, many more who have long-term complications. The benefits dramatically outweigh the risks.