I don’t often talk about personal things that happen, because I feel they are part of life and I don’t give them much power. However, last July I had a serious accident, fell, and hit my head. One fall turned into multiple as my children were too young to call for help, and I kept losing consciousness. Since, I have been told I am experiencing Post Concussive Syndrome which I would not wish on anyone. However, this is not the point of my story… The first Neurologist I saw basically told me I would simply have to live with this and “hopefully” my brain would find a new pathway around the damage. But more than a year later, I decided I could not live this way anymore. I am not getting better. As a single mother of three small children you can understand how this would have a serious impact in the quality of your life (without getting into the details). I saw a different Neurologist this week at another top hospital in Boston. After about 25 minutes he proceeded to tell me my symptoms were similar to migraines (which I don’t have), but that he can prescribe a drug to help (by the way PCD symptoms are similar to about a thousand other disorders also). He said the drug was originally developed in 1920 for depression but has been “found to help” with other disorders. I basically told him NO WAY, I would NOT take ANY type of drug that chemically altered my brain. No thanks. I would find alternatives. He giggled a little (yes giggled), and said there were three other options we could try. First, Magnesium. Your brain may actually be deficient but not your body. It is a mineral in most daily vitamins, but has to be in a specific form to break the brain blood barrier; Magnesium Oxide. After being pregnant four years in a row and nursing three children I am not surprised my body could be depleted of anything, it takes a toll on your body creating and sustaining another life. I had deathly low levels of Vitamin D after my last child which caused significant fatigue. The Neurologist told me Magnesium Oxide worked in 70% of patients (yes 70%) who find relief to PCD and migraines. The two other things were Riboflavin and Vitamin B2 if Magnesium did not work. All natural. Praise to this Doctor for not pushing the drugs and offering natural alternatives to try. I am not sure this will resolve my issue but I became my own advocate and will not settle. To top this off my insurance would not cover the $7.50 a month for a naturally occurring mineral but without question would cover the hundreds a month for the drug. We each MUST become our own advocates of our health and take responsibility for it. It should be a collaboration with our Doctors who first recommend natural cures… Please research and own your power! Much love. © jodihealy.com – if you like this please share, someone else may too 🙂
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