Sunday, May 31, 2015

So Begins My Quest To Dump Pharmakeia (Spelling?) for Headaches

After listening to Dr. Ted Broer on Hagmann and Hagmann as he spoke about living a more healthful life (now this is a 55-year old guy who honestly looks like he's in his 30s!), I used some coupon code thing to get a Magnesium Malate bottle of capsules from his site Health Masters. But it's going to take more than two magnesium capsules a day to prevent me from getting migraines!

I have been taking Imitrex (or generic sumatriptan) since 2003 when I had to go to the hospital overnight (cost: about $8,000.00!) because I was throwing up blood due to the pain of this migraine headache I had...I had ruptured, but not tore up, the duodenum, the upper section of the small intestines, which would eventually heal unless I kept throwing up. Now my doctor had known for years I got migraines but until this happened he didn't believe me about the severity of the migraines. So now that he believed me he prescribed Zomig, then Imitrex later.

Yes, Imitrex will get rid of the headache after a while. But there have been two issues I have had due to taking Imitrex. One, it has made my tinnitus worse and does make me drowsy and a bit airheaded when I have to take it. Two, I am retiring soon and going on Social Security (but likely not Medicare, which is the dumbest program ever invented...if this is socialized medicine then why do I have to pay for Part B? About $100 per month? For what? I'd rather pay $150 a month for Liberty HealthShare and get real benefits if I need them AND help my fellow Christians at the same time) and since I have not worked my whole life I will not get the monthly amounts that some would (when I was teaching, I did not always pay into SS and MC...don't remember why). So I will get about $500 a month. Since Imitrex is having a negative affect on my cognitive abilities, it is time I started to wean myself off this medication.

After doing research I have found that the magnesium, along with Feverfew and Butterbur, herbs that while they do not cure active headaches do try to prevent headaches from happening (along with a healthier diet of course, meaning more organics, less GMOs and HFCS), I have purchased both...Feverfew is cheap, Butterbur is not (about $35.00 a bottle of 60 capsules...ouch!)

We'll see how this goes, but it can't hurt...

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