Following Medical Medium Protocols [for vestibular condition] + Update on Weaning off Migraine Medication
How to even start this post... Well, I'm here to tell you about diving into the Medical Medium protocols, what that even means, why I'm doing it, and what my goals are. I I figure I should just start from the beginning.,,
Three and a half years ago my world went sideways. Enter: vestibular neuritis + vestibular migraines. [visit my FAQ page for all the details on my journey]
I was lost. I was terrified. I had no idea what was happening to my mind and body. The symptoms were all-consuming, overwhelming, and soul-crushing- feeling like my world was titled, my eyes not focusing right, raging anxiety, mental fatigue, dizziness, floating feeling, and it goes on). My search for answers started immediately and I share that experience of recovering my wellness in my book Uncovering Bliss: A Journey with a Vestibular Condition and Beyond.
And now, I'm ready to tackle the root cause and find complete freedom from the vestibular stuff. This has always been the goal really, but recovering my health has been a process. It happened one step at a time, crawling along most of the time, and involved taking 10 steps forward and 5 steps back over and over again. Around two years in, I started using the word "recovered" and for me that means that most days I feel pretty fantastic. I get occasional migraine pain and I'm in the process of weaning off my migraine-preventive medication (read all about that here). My goal is to be med-free and thriving with vibrant health.
I believe that we are meant to thrive in this human-experience and that is my passion and overall message to the incredible Vestibular Warriors that I connect with.
Why Medical Medium?
For starters, if you haven't heard of Medical Medium be sure to visit the website and listen to the podcast. Also, I found this article from Goop fascinating and it really helped me piece together what probably happened to me.
Medical Medium is all about deep healing. Getting at the root cause. I freaking love the message. Our bodies are not out to get us; we can and are meant to heal.
Medical Medium is not new to me. Holistic healing has been my passion all along. When I was first hit with vestibular neuritis in October 2016 one of the first books I bought was Medical Medium: Thyroid Healing because it talks about vestibular conditions, the underlying cause and how to heal. It was a lot to take in. It made sense to me, but my symptoms were so intense that trying to comprehend everything that was potentially happening within me was hard. I incorporated a few of the protocols- cutting gluten, sugar and processed foods from my diet (I already didn't eat dairy or eggs which are also recommended to eliminate). I followed the diet for a period of six months along with my version of the migraine diet and it honestly did help. I felt better, but I still had a ways to go. This framework of eating is still the basis for my diet, but I'm not perfect by any stretch. I've been following a plant-based diet the last decade and it is a beautiful part of my life.
I still did not understand how deeply rooted my vestibular something was and why it hit in the beginning. I was in survival mode, getting through life as a mom of two young kids (newborn and 2 year old when it hit), working, keeping up with life and just trudging through the darkness of my vestibular condition. So I followed the diet guidelines and was incorporating many other holistic pieces (pure essential oils, craniosacral work, working with a holistic doctor, meditation, etc.) but for whatever reason my Medical Medium focus sort of got put on the back burner.
Here I am, years later and so grateful to be where I am, no longer drowning in symptoms and I'm ready to really focus on the root cause. Let's talk Epstein-Barr virus.
I dusted off the Medical Medium Thyroid healing book from the cupboard and gave it a refresher read. Logically, it makes perfect sense to me. I was kicking myself wondering why it took me so long to bring this knowledge into my focus. Medical Medium's stance is that pathogen/viruses are at the root of all symptoms. That lines up completely with me. Something caused vestibular neuritis- it didn't just poof out of thin air. The virus/pathogen inflamed my vestibular nerve and then started to wreak havoc on the nervous system. [Again, if this is brand new to you, read this article]
As I read through the stages of Epstein-Barr virus, I just kept nodding my head. I had mono at 17 and just over a decade later BAM- the vestibular stuff hits. (By the way, you don't need to have had mono for any of this to have taken place) I read through the symptoms, what it would feel like, and I just kept saying "yes, yes, yesss...".
That's why I'm jumping into the protocols and I'm so excited. I've been celery juicing that last few weeks and it's my new favorite way to start the day. I've been sticking with my plant-based smoothies but incorporating Medical Medium recommended things like Hawaiian spirulina, barley grass, dates, lots of bananas). I've been eating lots of nourishing plant-based goodness and it feels wonderful.
My next step is the supplements, which I plan to do another post on once I have more to report. I'm very much catering this plan to me. We are all different and the underlying cause of our vestibular something often vary; although, may be very similar.
Weaning off migraine medication
I'm four months into weaning off my migraine-preventive medication and down by 1/2 of my original dosage. It feels gooood. [read past posts on this topic here]
I don't have much to report other than this last month I felt like my body was speaking to me to go down by a little bit more of my dosage, and so I did. I'm taking it slow and steady but this last month made a slightly bigger jump. Since I've been embracing really clean eating and bringing in some new supplements, I just felt ready. That being said, I plan to continue to take it slow as I do not want to shock my body in any way. I'm in this for the long game!
What's To Come
In writing my book and sharing my YouTube videos, a lot of what I talk about is in retrospect. I think there is something really special about that because my perspective has evolved over the course of the last few years of this vestibular journey. It's given me an opportunity to shine light to those in the darkness of the vestibular stuff.
But now, I want to share in the moment.
I want to give an honest account of what it looks like beyond recovering my wellness into what it looks like to heal from the inside out.
I hope you're listening, Universe. I plan to heal myself. I believe we should all be empowered to do the same. I'm putting it out there so that you know my drive from the start.
I'd love to connect with you on your journey!
Em's book: Uncovering Bliss: A Journey with a Vestibular Condition and Beyond
Vestibular Warrior Wellness Hub + Resources
YouTube Videos [Vestibular Warrior]
Oils Routine for Vestibular Warriors
Em's Routine When Symptoms Heighten
Migraine Vegan Diet
Bliss Out Vibes Podcast for Vestibular Warriors