My mom always told me that we need to “do more research” before making any decisions.
In the summer of 2019, I did just that, and found that we were wrong.
I’m not a doctor.
I’m not qualified to comment on the use of herbal medicine.
But I do know that herbal medicine can be useful for some people.
I’ll share my personal story of my herbal medicine journey with you today.
Before I started using my herbal remedy, my primary care physician prescribed a “bioactive compound” called “sulfur” to treat migraines.
She said I should “use it with caution.”
That’s why I’ve chosen to share the story of what she said to me.
My mother was right: I should not use this herb.
My mom was right, and I knew it.
I didn’t have any symptoms.
I knew I was not going to get better.
But the first time I tried it, my symptoms didn’t improve.
I had migrainias that were constant, which was odd because I’d never had migraes in my life.
I tried everything else.
I finally found an answer that seemed to be working: “You know, this is a chemical compound that works well for my migrainus.”
My mom knew about that compound, and she was right.
I’d be better off using something else.
And so I did.
The next day, I started taking it.
The next day.
I continued taking it for a week.
By the time I stopped, my migrae symptoms had gotten worse.
I thought that maybe this would be over, and that my symptoms would go away.
I was wrong.
I’d never experienced migrainas in my entire life.
So what’s the problem?
My migraine symptoms persisted.
In fact, they got worse.
I was scared to death.
I couldn’t do anything.
I spent days feeling like I was dying.
I felt like I’d lost my mind.
I went into a panic attack.
I got angry at myself.
I began feeling like my life was about to collapse.
I called my mother, telling her that my migranes were so bad that they were hurting me.
She responded by telling me that I should stop taking this medicine and to get help.
My mom was an expert in the field of herbal medicines, and her advice was to call her.
I never did.
She had never heard of a placebo effect.
I wanted to know what she thought, so I called her back, asking if she had ever heard of the concept.
She told me, “I don’t think so.”
I then went to my local clinic and talked to a doctor named Dr. John M. Goss.
Dr. Giss was my primary healthcare provider and he’d never heard about a placebo response.
I asked him to check my symptoms, which he did.
I then told him what my mom said, and he gave me a prescription for a chemical herb called “Sulfur,” which I’d used for a few days.
Dr. Gisk did a simple test, using the drug and asking my mother if she knew anything about it.
She told me she’d never read about it in medical literature, and had never been told about it by anyone in her family.
Dr Goss asked me a series of questions, including, “Is it safe?”
“Is there any risk to my health?”
“Have you used this drug before?”
And that was it.
That was the end of that conversation.
I could no longer take this herb and I was done.
I stopped taking it and stopped seeing my doctor.
The first time that I stopped using my medicine, my migraine started to go away, but not for me.
After six weeks, I was able to see my doctor again.
I explained that I was “stuck.”
I was scared and confused.
I hadn’t seen my doctor for over a month, and it seemed like I needed to get the treatment that my mom recommended.
I said I didn’ want to do it because I was afraid it would be like taking an antidepressant, but I could still get my migraine relief.
Dr Goss said that he would check me out and I would see a specialist.
I’ve been taking the herb since then, and my migras have been less frequent.
But after I started my treatment, I had another migraine attack the next day that lasted longer than usual.
I just can’t do it.
My migraez started to get worse.
It was during this time that my dad and my mom were on a road trip together.
My dad told me he felt like his whole life was going to change, and his life was “coming apart.”
My mother said that she was going through a lot and wanted to be able to help him.
And then, like all parents do, I