Medication Dilemma

Author: Vivid Muse  //  Category: Consumer Info, Dizzy, Health

I’ve had a lot of tests for my health issues, which include dizziness, migraines, fatigue, nausea, impaired cognitive function, stuttering, and did I mention fatigue? I’ve got a few other symptoms, but these are the ones that most dramatically have impacted my life. Only one test came back positive, and that was for something that is reportedly unrelated to all this, indicating that, like about 70% of the population, I’m susceptible to fainting under duress. This adds to what I’m jokingly calling my “delicate constitution.” (This was said by someone in my Tweet stream, and I can’t find the original tweet. Tweetdeck has been unreliable with Favoriting them. Speak up if it was you!)

As I’ve posted before, I’ve got a diagnosis by default, at least in my opinion. I’m on my second and third preventative medication and it’s been wreaking havoc on my system. The second has been ineffective to providing real relief and has given ridonkulous side effects. The third preventative added what I called the “drunkies” as I’ve mentioned before. I have mostly adapted to the meds and am waiting to see if there is improvement, then I’ll wean off the other meds and just take this one.

To be honest, with all the medication in my system, many of them having dizziness as a side effect, I don’t know how much is me and how much is resulting from taking the pills. The neurologist suggested taking Migrevent, which is an herbal remedy that has shown great promise. As my finger twitches over the “Add To Cart” button, I find myself hesitating. If I add it to the mound of pills I’m currently taking, including this new preventative, how will I know which is effective? I’ve already decided that if this latest doesn’t work that I’m going off preventatives for a period of time to get a feel for what my symptoms are naturally. I doubt my neurologist will agree, but it seems foolish after a year not to, since I’ve found no relief.

So my dilemma is, do I follow his recommendation and try the herbal remedy or do I wait until after I see the effectiveness of what I’m already on? If Migrevent does end up being the winner, I don’t want to be taking two other pills unnecessarily. Especially since their side effects are … shall we say, extremely uncool. This is the reason for the dilemma after all – wanting to know that I’m taking exactly what is working without extra meds tagging along.

I’ve always been one to avoid medications because of all the side effects and damage they can cause, and I am currently taking 15 pills a day, 16 every other day. I went from taking two pills a day (vitamins)ย  a year ago to 15/16 a day! And I have to split them into 4 times a day, so I feel like I’m constantly taking pills. If I add the Migrevent, that’s 2 more. 18 pills a day? No thanks. (Note: Not all of the meds are for migraines. After all this started, I now have high cholesterol and a Vitamin D deficiency so am taking stuff for those issues, too.)

Now, I’m extremely grateful for modern medicine AND my insurance company, but I find this situation to be a bit ridiculous. I even had to break down and buy one of those 7 day pill reminder cases, and as of my last appointment I can just barely fit all the pills in it. It makes me feel older than my gray hair, but I was unable to keep track of things with my memory issues and “brain fog” becoming more and more prevalent.

The end result is that I’ve not ordered the herbal yet. It’s expensive and I don’t want to pay for it before I am ready to take it. Hubby seems to be in agreement, although he just wants improvement for me as quickly as possible. But as long as this has gone on, I also need to think of the big picture and my life down the road.

I know some folks with migraines, has anyone tried or heard of Migrevent? It has CoQ10, Butterbur, Riboflavin and Magnesium. All of them reportedly show improvement in migraines, so I’m hopeful that the quadfecta (is that even a word?) will be even more effective.

4 Responses to “Medication Dilemma”

  1. ComicBookGoddess Says:

    There’s really not any testing required for herbal remedies. They don’t have to prove what, if anything, they do, and they damn well don’t have to see if they’re interact with prescription drugs in any way.
    Come to think of it, they don’t do combined studies for very many drugs, do they? Are you sure that any of them are helping at all?

  2. Viv Says:

    Kim – There’s a lot of testing done, it’s just not “regulated” by the FDA. That’s fine by me, because I think they are likely too easily swayed by corporate influence. And I’m guessing the placebo effect can account for some of the success that has been reported. I don’t care what fixes me, true medicinal effect or placebo effect. I just want a bit more normalcy in my day.

    I’m not seeing any improvement on the dizziness. If anything it’s more persistent now. There is a slight decrease in the number of turn-off-the-lights-and-curl-into-the-fetal-position migraines. I don’t know whether to chalk it up to one medicine, a combination of medicines or my increased exercise.

    As for combined studies, I couldn’t say. I do know that many of the medications I’ve been prescribed have other primary purposes, they were just found to also help with migraine issues.

    I’m a conundrum. ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. Heather Welliver Says:

    Viv,
    I’ve never heard of it but now I’m tempted to look into it myself! If I end up trying it, I’ll let you know what I think.

  4. Viv Says:

    Cool! I’ll do the same ๐Ÿ˜€

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