Saturday, June 23, 2012

Drinking Kool-Aid

Migraine Awareness Month #23: "I Drank the Kool-Aid!"

Today's blogging Challenge Prompt is: We all try things out of desperation, even when our common sense is telling us they're not going to do anything. Share your experience with this.

Wow, what haven't I done in the name of curing migraines? I've said I would sky dive naked into a forest of thorn bushes if I thought it would cure me. I've tried what seems like every drug known to man, although I know that isn't true, Botox, physical therapy, acupuncture, chiropractic, trigger point injections, nerve blocks, herbal remedies, massage therapy, and I am sure I am missing some things. I guess the thing I tried that made the least sense was seeing an alternative medicine practitioner.

It's not that I have anything against alternative medicine. It's just that this particular treatment was a little expensive, and as it turned out, ill-advised and quite unnecessary. I trusted this particular doctor because she was an actual M.D., she just chose to focus on alternative medicine. I had my first consultation, and she asked me to do a series of saliva tests so she could check what I think where neurotransmitter levels (serotonin and that sort of thing.) She got the results back and every single thing she tested was off the charts out of whack. What she didn't take into account though, is that almost every single medication I take alters just that particular part of my brain chemistry. I also wasn't smart enough medically to realize this. SO, I am completely excited that we FINALLY have figured out something wrong with me that might be fixable. She prescribes all sorts of compounded remedies that of course she sells and that are very expensive, and off I went to take handfuls of new pills per day, along with all the other migraine and depression preventives and abortives I was currently prescribed, thinking I would soon see a complete turnaround in my migraines and be on my way to a long happy life. I saw my regular doctor soon after, who of course, could not believe that anyone would expect that particular aspect of my brain chemistry to not fluctuate given the preventive and abortive medication I was on, since the medication was designed to alter those chemicals in the first place. After doing some research on my own, I was convinced my new alternative medicine practitioner didn't know what she was talking about. So, I had a cabinet full of compounded, herbal type of remedies that cost an arm and a leg that never got taken, and a temporary Kool-Aid stain around my mouth!

Since that time, I have shied away from these kinds of "doctors." We have a very, very small town close by with a doctor/faith healer/alternative medicine specialist/whatever you want to call it. People swear by him. Supposedly he takes one look at you and tells you you have undiagnosed scoliosis or an abscessed tooth or infected adenoids or some strange something that you go get fixed and are healed. Most of the time though, what he tells you is that you have some chemical imbalance that he, of course, just happens to sell the remedy for. This makes me a bit skeptical. I also am skeptical of anyone who says they have some sort of divine powers. I know the Bible says something about faith the size of a mustard seed, but I'm pretty sure my mustard seed isn't big enough to believe in this guy. So, I don't know, maybe I should be willing to go see him and try anything, because I am pretty desperate, but then, I hate to be taken in again by someone who has no clue what they are talking about, how to work with my current doctors and regimen, which I am not willing to stop, and who just wants to sell me their products. No more Kool-Aid for me, thank you very much!

What would you do?

National Migraine Awareness Month is initiated by the National Headache Foundation. The Blogger's Challenge is initiated by www.FightingHeadacheDisorders.com."

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