This is not News in the capital N sense but news in my life. I had my first neurologist consult in 4 years today, since Dr. Livingstone moved to Arizona. I am, like many of us, a complicated case. In my case the complications include my anaphylactic allergies to (apparently) most NSAIDs (non-steroidal anti-inflammatories, a.k.a. most OTC pain meds and quite a few prescription ones). My new doctor wants to go very slowly in adding medications because of these allergies, and the fact that I tend to get a lot of medication side-effects. So for the moment he added another form of Imitrex as an abortive (now I will be able to give myself injections, oh lovely) and prescribed vitamin therapy for prevention.
In a startling piece of non-news, I am sensitive to medications. He shrugged - "sure you're sensitive - you get migraines." This vicious circle is familiar to most migraineurs. Sensitive nervous system - gets migraines. Sensitive nervous system - gets side effects. Sensitive immune system (I guess) - develops medication allergies. So for the next three months, I am to try 400 mg per day of magnesium and 200 mg per day of B2 (riboflavin).
I am certainly in favor of using nutritional means to deal with illness. That fits with my holistic philosophies on life! So I am crossing my fingers. I know a number of people who have had success with magnesium, though many of them take preventive medications as well. I have to admit I'm not 100% happy, though. My recent increase in migraine frequency is taking its toll on my life. I guess I'm ready to be a bit more aggressive about my treatment. So we shall see... my new doctor search may not be over.
Read more about magnesium for migraines in The Magnesium Solution for Migraine Headaches. Let me know what you think!
So many pills, so little time!
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