Excerpted from The Single Gal's Guide to RA
See the accompanying comic strip drawn by Jane Samborski
Sundays for me have always served as relaxing, lazy days when I could sleep in, fix a big breakfast with a hot mug of coffee and hang about, maybe watching a movie or reading a good book.
But now, accompanying that big breakfast are my three daily morning pills: hydroxychloroquine (200mgs), calcium (600mg) and magnesium (250mg- to help with my increasingly frequent migraines). I will also take the hydroxychloroquine again at night, along with another calcium, when I eat dinner.
I've been on the hydroxychloroquine, aka Plaquenil , since November. I think it helps now, but it was pretty slow acting at first. ... I use a drug called eternacept, or Enbrel , and I inject 25mg twice a week. When I first began the shots, I used the more typical 50 mg shot once a week, but I got insane, children-would-run-screaming-from-me-if-they-saw-this reactions at the i...
Severe changes in food triggers, what was fine is now causing migraine with auras. No Explanation for so many changes, had a dye MRI in tunnel for 1 hour and 1/2, plus 2 neurologists, plus read 4 books on Migraines including Teri Robert's, "Living Well with Migraines." Also, smells, noise, sound & light also exercising for an hour now down to 30 min, also causing MOA. are greater triggers more than ever I must at all times be aware of my environment as to NOT get another painful MOA! Thoughts....??? Jen.
Sometimes, there's no reason for these things - patterns just change. Sometimes though, when this happens, it can be traced back to other factors:
Stackable triggers. Take the foods you mention for an example. It's possible that they aren't strong enough triggers to precipitate a Migraine alone, but in combination with another trigger that's not strong enough alone, you get ...
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