There isn’t a day that goes by that I haven’t seen medical clinical trial advertisements on the train. Through volunteering for a clinical trial, I am convinced that I can make a difference in the lives of millions of people with food allergies. Often times, they offer transportation, costs of medical supplies and compensation. Researchers were evaluating interventions aimed at identifying my allergies with milk. (Not to be mistaken with being lactose intolerant.) Most diary products like cheese and butter will cause me to have an allergic reaction. This made me prime candidate for medical research. My first clinical trial would give me the opportunity to contribute directly to the research for new treatments and a possible cure for my condition, and others alike.
I contacted the number associated with the advertisement involving medical research for my allergies. At that point I had decided to participate in my first medical clinical trial. I was then given a time and date to fill out a questionnaire to see if I was eligible. I was informed that this was protocol to safeguard my health and privacy. The questionnaire included several specific questions. For example, how long will I be able to participate in the study and any drugs and/or medicines that I am allergic to. I did well on the questionnaire and this particular research was seeking actual participants with dairy allergies. I received a call within a few weeks telling me that I could participate in the research trial because I was a great candidate for this type of research.
My clinical trial lasted (16) weeks. It was important to get the drugs and medical products that were meant to help my condition. This is one of the main basis for medical clinical trials. Along with contributing to a cure, this is why I chose to participate. Any notion of benefiting from promising new treatment before it became available was inviting. All procedures were performed at a nearby medical clinical research facility. My family medical history was very essential in collecting data for research.
I also went through a series of tests by allergists and dermatologists to determine why my immune system had an allergic reaction to milk. Before the actual research began, I was required to take a series of medication for (4) weeks. During this time my blood was tested. My reaction to diary products is minimal. Ingesting small amounts of diary products under the regimen of the experimental drug was the medical clinical research, in a nut shell. I was informed of the medical risks of the experimental drug and ingesting diary products with my allergic reaction. I only noticed slight side effects. (I noticed a changed in the color of my stool.) However, family and friends had me more reluctant to participate in medical research. It was encouraging to discover that I had not “lost all my hair” or “grew a beard” as family and friends had predicted.
I received monetary compensation for being a study participant. Although, I do still have an allergic reaction to diary products. I went through the same series of medical tests and doctor’s before I was compensated. I also signed an additional waiver acknowledging that I was a willing participant in the research study trial and that my personal information will remain confidential.
I feel great, not because I am cured from my diary allergic reactions, but because I participated in a study that benefits millions of people including, myself. All of which, in hopes of finding a cure.