Tag: wellness

Mental Wallaby, MS Reclamation, Uncategorized

Trying CBD Again 👍

I’ve tried CBD before. Being specific, I’ve tried THC-free CBD isolate and a cheap CBD extract, I think it was with the ACDC strain (historically any chance I had for ACDC I took it, since you know, ACϟDC. Probably not the soundest medical decision.)

Last week after Panic Day 2020, I had scheduled an appointment with my GP. Also spoke with my therapist and shot my neurologist a message. A friend recommended I try Lexapro for the anxiety, which I was on board for, up until my anxiety increased at the thought of taking another SSRI. I had a bad experience with Paxil in my 20s, one I very specifically prefer not to revisit. Looking into antidepressants that are good for MS patients with anxiety, I decided to ask after Effexor, and both my neurologist and therapist were on board. I waited as I wanted the final ruling decision to be my GP.

By Saturday night I had grown increasingly anxious about Effexor, polypharmacy, and everything that goes with that. I don’t think I have a chemical imbalance, I know I have an anxiety disorder, and that I’m trapped in my house without my friends/family to help me remember outside isn’t evil and coming inside to get me. […]

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Mental Wallaby, Recipes

Some Tea

[And Now for Something Completely Different.] Beverage tea, hot, iced, however not… gossip, like actual tea.

I grew up with the cursed yellow teabags. Lipton sun tea, Celestial Seasonings Orange Spice, super mainstream grocery store findings. I thought I hated tea and didn’t really consider it until I was 25 when I decided I would make better choices for my health. Fortunately, at the time I was working at a health food/supplement shop and had access to a broader variety of choices.

Since I’ve come to love and lose a variety of teas, mostly specialty or imported, and my collection is ever-evolving. 52teas ultimately shifted my trajectory and helped me move past some of my preexisting biases, particularly with regards to herbal and oolong teas. Now I hardly ever go for the “flavored” varieties, but it was an important step for me to realize the difference between quality and stuff that’s mass-produced and sitting in a box past the expiration date (as in actually gone bad, not aged).

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MS Reclamation, Research

FDA and Pharmaceutical Reporting Vibes, Resources

I’ve previously posted about what I’ve seen as symptom/side-effect shaming or whatever you would call that, within the MS Facebook community. What I didn’t get into is the absurd amount of data I’ve found, that is generally unknown by both the public and healthcare providers, whether that be through simply being unaware of resources, or deliberately for the sake of not losing sight of more prominent concerns.

A lot of the data I’ve been looking at has been resources for adverse reactions, physician regard for patient concerns, and disclosure practices of pharmaceutical companies. Or rather, a lack of, and the reasons behind this. The research I’ve been going through is more patient-focused, I hope to use it to provide a solution that benefits those that can be helped by it. I don’t want to go into details for this project yet, for several reasons, but I don’t want to sit on the things I’m seeing in case their relevancy isn’t apparent or, people just don’t happen across them.

Following is a small list of medical studies and articles, including brief summaries.

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MS Reclamation

Social Media Medical Gatekeeping Rant

Remember when you first had symptoms of your disease? When you visited three or four, a dozen doctors and specialists, had referrals from referrals, had a gallon worth of blood draws? Maybe your doctor referred you for therapy, prescribed an antidepressant because it was “just anxiety”, or “just depression”?

Recall how dismissive your friends and family could be, perhaps still are. Do you remember that moment when you found the right doctor, that one person who believed you? When you received your diagnosis, and felt validated, or even relieved, that you finally had an answer?

You may understand that your experience is not the only experience of all of those diagnosed with the same disease/disorder you share. Your immune system decided you don’t get to walk this week, but there’s a wonderful woman in your support group who’s blind in one eye and struggling to find the right words, it’s all awful and you can see and understand what’s right there in front of you.

Considering this, why do you feel like the pharmaceutical companies, your doctor, and your personal experiences have given you all of the answers? That you completely comprehend the full extent of this condition and possible side effects to related medications? […]

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MS Reclamation

My Supplements, for MS.

I apologize for any confusing language, wrecked grammar, emoji, or random segues in advance. This is likely incomplete and will be subject to edits later. Any updates or changes to my routine or experience, I’ll attempt to post here. I hope I clean this up later.

I need to take stock of what I’m taking, why, and hopefully cut back on this stupidly pricey adventure. I figured I’d share in case any of the referenced material could help others.

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