My wife has suffered from continuous migraines for over four years now. They are daily, most days she has managed to find a way to do what she needs to do, but several days a month she is debilitated. She is 44 and we have a lot of children (7 natural and 3 adopted) so she is busy.
She has seen neurologists, gotten MRIs done - in the process found two benign tumors Â gone to the headache center and seen many, many specialists. They have her on Topamax, but it has had diminishing returns as of late. She is getting worried that she will be miserable the rest of her life.
I grow herbs, mostly for enhancing our meals (I have over 100 herbs in a large 500 sq ft area). I had planted some feverfew last year because she likes Daisys and they have a similar look.
In desperation, several weeks ago, I started giving her Â with her permission of course Â some Feverfew. I harvest the leaves, dry them in my herb drier, crush them and put them in capsules. She canÂt stand the taste of tea, so I made pills. She gets three pills a day Â about one good sized leaf in each.
A few days ago she started her period about two weeks early. She also said it was really heavy bleeding. Not "go to the hospital" bleeding, but unusual for her. Being a guy, IÂm not sure of the exact details.
Anyway, I know Feverfew can have menstrual effects, but I wonder if my dosage is too high. Should she discontinue? She isnÂt all that concerned, but she did ask me if this was going to be her new normal.
I have noticed that she has not had a "bad" migraine in almost two week (4 total on the Feverfew), but it seems too early to attribute it to my herb. She is also a lot more chipper and seems in less pain from day to day. She says she doesnÂt feel a whole lot different, but I see subtle changes in her behavior and moods. So, IÂd like to keep using it, but if this is bad for her I want to stop. IÂm a cooking herbist dabbling Â dangerous, I know, but weÂre desperate here. Modern medicine has given up on her and told her to try and manage the pain.