But first, DISCLAIMER:
I have to tell you that this breakdown is just what I did to get off my Multiple Sclerosis meds. It wasn’t intentional, meaning that I wasn’t trying to get off meds, I just happened to start using some natural options and was slowly able to get off the drugs. We are all different. What worked for me, may or may not work for someone else, but people are always asking, so I wanted to share in case this information is useful to someone else.
I am not a doctor. I can not treat, diagnose, cure, or recommend supplements or any other natural option for any illnesses. This post is for informational purposes. Please consult your doctor prior to trying any natural options (especially to make sure there won’t be any conflict with your current medications) and to keep her/him informed of what things you are trying.
The Steps I took to Get off Multiple Sclerosis Medications
One of the most common questions I get asked is how did I get off my Multiple Sclerosis meds and what am I doing now to help MS symptoms.
I haven’t written about Multiple Sclerosis in a while. I think breast cancer has been on my mind more, but I thought I should post again about it and give a quick overview of how I got off all my meds and treat my symptoms naturally.
I think this information could be helpful to anyone looking to live a healthier, more natural life. Not just people with autoimmune disorders or other illnesses.
So for those of you who haven’t been following me for very long, I’m Rebecca Heriz. Military Wife, mom of 2 awesome boys. Breast cancer survivor, Multiple Sclerosis warrior, and dog lover.
I was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis almost 20 years ago.
By 2005 I was on 17 different prescriptions and OTC meds. It was such a pain going to see a doctor and having to go over that long, long list each time, confirming how many Milligrams per dose and how many doses per day… Eventually I just kept the information on a little card in my wallet to hand to the nurse checking me in.
Early on, I was not the natural-remedy seeking soul I am today. I was very reluctant to try anything alternative for treating the disease. And had no faith or confidence whatsoever in vitamins, acupuncture, or chiropractics.
But In 2006, a close friend who was battling cancer, recommended an acupuncturist about an hour from my home. She told me this doctor eased some of her pain and gave her a little energy, so I decided it would be worth trying. I was blown away by how focused and energized I felt after my first appointment. And BONUS, I loved that she would treat anything that was bothering me too… like “I have a sinus headache” or I’ve got a giant zit on my chin.. can you help?” and she always did!
In 2007 I got pregnant with our first child. I was able to go off a lot of the medications, for the safety of the baby. (WHOOP!) Copaxone was a daily injection that I was allowed to quit. I was so happy! Even though I strongly believed that medicine was helping me, I didn’t want to go back on it. I hated the shots. They hurt and I had divots at the injection sites where it looked like the drug was eating away my muscles!
After the baby was born, a friend who knew I wanted to stay off those meds, sent me a link to a book she thought I should check out, called the MS Recovery Diet. It was an early version of a primal or paleo diet, back before paleo was a thing. It was SOOOO restrictive though and I didn’t feel ready to go that far, so I just cut out dairy and gluten. The results were pretty remarkable. I cut those out for 2 weeks, then tried a piece of birthday cake to test it out… and I couldn’t walk the next day, and struggled for the following week . I was worse off than I’d been 3 weeks ago! Like my body rebelled against having the gluten in the cake (and possibly all that sugar too).
In 2009 I lost my Dad to cancer. A few months later I got pregnant with baby number 2 and suddenly became hyper aware of phthalates in shampoo and toxic ingredients in cleaning supplies. I wanted to eliminate carcinogens in our home to protect my kids, including the little guy in my belly, from cancer. I changed out our skin care and hair care products, and began using more natural cleaners and learning how to make my own cleaning products. Little did I know that doing this would also have a big impact on my overall health. Looking back, I think the odors and fumes in cleaning products were triggering some of my MS symptoms (I’m just guessing… I’m not a scientist… all I know is that changing how we cleaned really helped me.) Now, if I go into a bathroom that’s just been cleaned with bleach, I get headaches and become super nauseous.
After my second son was born I started taking medical grade vitamins. It was kind of a fluke. They came in a weight loss kit I’d ordered (put on way too many pounds that second pregnancy!) I took them, only because I had them, but I wasn’t expecting anything from them. By the second day I could feel that MS fog lifting.. a cognitive fog that impacts ability to focus… and I was feeling more energetic. I was amazed. They weren’t anything special, just a multivitamin similar to waht you’d get from a health food store or a Doctor’s office. Prior to this experience I figured that all vitamins were the same and why would you pay $40 for a bottle of Vitamin D from the health food store, when you could get the same thing from rite aid for $9?
This awesome experience with the multi vitamin got me doing tons of research about nutrition and health, and what supplements could help my different symptoms. I started thinking about my restricted diet in a less negative way. Instead of dwelling on what I couldn’t have, I focused on what new things I could add, that would fill me up and leave me feeling great, instead of feeling deprived because I could have certain things anymore.
It’s been a long journey figuring out the things that have helped me. In September 2013 I was able to quit my last pharma medication. Going from 17 meds to zero is really awesome! It was a slow process, 2006 starting acupuncture, until I was able to get off meds in 2013… and I’m still learning and still adding new techniques. And this year I truly started researching and learning about essential oils, and what they can do for me. I’ve been using EOs for years, but not regularly, with any actual knowledge of safety or proper use. Now there’s oils in our kitchen, the pantry, my bedroom and my bathroom. There used to just be 5 or 6 bottles in the medicine cabinet of my bathroom. Now there’s probably over 100 oils in our home! I love that my eyes and mind have been opened to trying natural things. I feel SOOOOO much better!
We are all different. Disease affects us differently. My journey will be different from anyone else’s, but I believe there are a few natural living techniques that can help everyone.
• Good nutrition.
• Eliminating toxic chemicals wherever possible.
• And thinking outside of the box can benefit any mom and any home regardless of current health status.
My Current Multiple Sclerosis / Health Regimen:
• I try to make a fresh pressed green juice every day
• Taking vitamins/Supplements
• Replaced OTC medications with supplements and Essential Oils
• We don’t use any conventional cleaning products in our home
• Exercise / Yoga / Pilates (lots of stretching)
• Eat 80% whole foods diet
• Limit Stress and manage energy output
• I’ve learned to say “no” when I feel like I’m spreading myself too thin. If I don’t take care of ME I can’t take care of my family!
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