Ditching and Switching to Plant-based Alternatives
A few years ago I sustained a concussion that derailed my career and personal life. Despite engaging every therapy modality out there for concussion recovery and improving most symptoms, I was still suffering daily from migraines. My neurologist prescribed medication for the pain. Side effects included headaches, dizziness, mood swings, and sleep changes. These were also all symptoms of the concussion. This medication was increased 3 times as migraines did not improve.

I was prescribed four more medications after the first to deal with side effects from each new medication I took. Every medication had headaches as a possible side effect. Ummm, isn’t that why I was taking them in the first place? 

At the two-year post-concussion mark, I was on four prescription medications to manage my migraines, as well as sleeplessness and anxiety (which were side effects of some of the medications). Other side effects I was dealing with included muscle cramps, night sweats, tremors, nausea, dizziness, memory issues, and high blood pressure (wth?? 51 years old, healthy diet and exercise and I had high blood pressure?). I was also popping up to eight Advil/Tylenol per day to try and manage pain levels. My neurologist told me I would likely have whatever symptoms I was still experiencing for the rest of my life. This was the turning point.

I could not live another 30-40 years taking all this medication or more. I would not have a stomach or a liver left. Do some research and look up long-term effects. Plus, they weren’t really helping. 

Then I discovered my cleaning products were triggering my migraines. I ditched everything and started using only Thieves household cleaner. One month later, migraines were 80% better. Slowly, I ditched all the medications and OTCs and started using my essential oils to deal with pain, emotions, and focus and attention. 

I’m not saying there isn’t a place for prescription medication or OTCs but, for me, it wasn’t an option long-term. Using natural, plant-based products helps me feel good and there are no side effects. Win win.

Maybe, you can feel better, too. What have you got to lose?
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