You are stronger than you think
I apologise for not posting in so long. The truth is I have been on an up and down journey over the pass several months. I started getting ill from my medication side effects, it was destroying my immune system and quickly reducing my red and white cell count. Causing a huge amount of fatigue and viruses. And I was also balancing having a crazy busy time with university. In this post I will be discussing how vitamins and minerals saved me from these awful side effects and allowed me to live a healthy, normal life again.
I was struggling hugely with my fatigue and due to my medication my red and white cell count was low. Therefore I had low iron and my immune system was poor. To put it into perspective I couldn’t go through the day without a nap and every other week I was getting ill with a virus due to my poor immune system. I came to a point where the side effects from the medication had fully taken over my life and something had to be done. So I spoke to my consultant and we suggested various vitamins to get my body healthier. Honestly I thought how can these little vitamin pills help me that much. But I was willing to give it ago to help my body.
So I started taking a combination of vitamins and incredibly it has mad a massive difference. I have started taking a mixture of vitamins ; Iron and vitamin C, Magnesium and Complex B. Since taking them I haven’t been ill with a virus for months. My energy, dizziness and general health has improved hugely. It is also helping towards my sleep, mood and anxiety.My skin, hair and nails are healthier. And I haven’t had a migraine or nausea since. I wish I started taking them sooner!
For the first time in ten years I feel more like the old me before the medication side effects, of course I am still not 100% and I have hard days but in contrast to how I was it is a vast improvement. It has made me think so much more of what I want to do once I finish university. I feel now I can get a full time job and I am now keen to travel the world whereas before I felt my health would stop that. I have been doing things I never use to be able to do, cycling and horse riding for example!
From writing this I hope people give it a go as I know how nasty side effects can be and the struggle. I just wish I had found out sooner how these vitamins could help my body. I have learnt so much through my journey with epilepsy. And now I realise I am working with my body to fight epilepsy, not against. I am building it to be strong and healthy.
I realised the medication I take it is amazing how it can control the seizures but equally it is harsh on my body so giving it vitamins to help it along balances it out more. My cell count is up to a normal and healthy amount. And my immune system is fit and healthy! So my advice would be figure out how your medication effects your body and match the right vitamins for you and the change you could see could be vast.
Below I have written what my vitamins do to help my body and also there are others you can take so I have placed a link to a website explaining in detail what they do.
Website link - https://medlineplus.gov/ency/article/002399.htm
Iron and vitamin C - Iron helps towards my fatigue as it builds up my formation of red blood cells. This is very important as my medication reduces them. So this helps balances them out so I have a normal healthy amount. It is also helping to transport oxygen around my body therefore I don’t get as dizzy and out of breathe when walking long distances. The vitamin C is helping boost the absorption of the iron and also contributes towards keeping my immune system strong and healthy!
Magnesium - Helps to reduce fatigue, headaches, and migraines. Also reduced anxiety and depression.
Complex B - Helps towards healthy cells and immune system. Reduces tiredness. Boost immune system. Helps to level out your mood.
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