RSD Headache

We’ve all been there. You’re trying to focus on something but you can’t because your head hurts. It’s not a normal headache. Some days it’s not too bad, other days you can’t function. You really can’t do anything.

In recent months I have been trying to cleanse my liver which I knew was overburdened from years of prescription drugs.  It is this trial and error that leads me to believe this brain feeling is due to our livers being stagnant. I’m not a doctor and don’t pretend to be. But from a common sense perspective (often missing in medicine), when your liver is not removing toxins from the body efficiently, the sympathetic response (your inflammatory response) goes bananas to try to fend off those toxins. Could that be why our diet can affect our RSD symptoms? Perhaps that eating leafy greens and things that help cleanse your liver might ease your brain symptoms? And perhaps also ease the burning pain since your inflammatory response is calmed?

All I can say is I have noticed a substantial difference by adding Gentian drops (bitter root) to my water, cooled dandelion tea to my smoothies and upping my leafy/bitter greens. It may very well be that the meds prescribed to help calm our brains may be actually contributing to the very issue they are meant to treat. Your liver then has to process that pill.  Even if your liver function tests come back normal, there is a very good chance it is not functioning optimally due to the extra stresses put on it.

I am headed to the doctor this week to ask to go off the last med i am on. I was put on Cymbalta in April of this year to see if the calming of my nervous system would help the sympathetic nerve blocks last longer.  There was a slight change but the biggest benefit was for my brain. I was able to think a lot more clearly and that RSD brain ache was lessened. But I want off of it. I have not taken any Robaxin (muscle relaxer) in months and am relying solely on cupping and epsom salts for muscle issues and I took one Advil recently when my headache was out of control.  Otherwise I have relied on foods, qi gong, acupuncture and turmeric capsules for pain. It is my goal to not take any medications whatsoever.

If I dramatically improve without any Cymbalta and by continuing to treat my liver, I will be one happy girl. And then I will start my 2 week trial of intravenous Vitamin C to hopefully knock this thing into permanent remission.  I have said for a few years now that I believe the medications we are put on end up causing more problems than they fix.  I still believe that.

Dandelion

As RSD patients, our livers get quite a work out.  These work outs probably don’t make anything stronger though…my acupuncturist has told me i have the liver of a former drug addict. Sweet! Thankfully the liver regenerates..

Recently I dabbled in milk thistle to help my liver but this herb proved to be too strong for me and made me a bit sick lately.  Last night i stared at the wall trying not to vomit.  Yes, it was a rockin’ Saturday night in Tinseltown.

So, this morning i switched up my usual green smoothie and instead of coconut water & regular water as the base, I used fresh, cooled dandelion tea for some extra liver strength.

My smoothie this morning:

Dandelion tea

Spinach & kale

Frozen mango

Frozen organic raspberries

Vanilla whey powder

Chia seed (cha cha cha chia)

It’s pretty darn good. And hopefully will help my liver.