Massive Migraine: MSG or Flourescent Lights?

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Melissa D.
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   Posted 12/28/2008 3:01 PM (GMT -6)   

Hello Everyone;


The day after Christmas my daughter asked me to go shopping with her; we don't do much together so I agreed. We meet some friends for lunch at a Japanese restaurant then went shopping for a few hours. My daughter asked several times how I was doing, I told her I was a little tired and had a bit of a headache, but I would be okay. I didn't want to disappoint her and tell her I needed to stop.


Well, by the time I got home that afternoon I needed to lie down. My head was hurting a bit more, so I took some medicine and cancelled the plans we had to go to a friend’s house. Long story short, by 3am I was awoken with massive migraine! I was so nauseous and my head was pounding, I haven't had a migraine of this nature in a long, long time. Of course, it woke my husband up with me in the bathroom throwing up. He asked, "What could have caused this?" I told him "I'm not sure, it could have been all of the fluorescent lights in the stores we went in or perhaps the restaurant we ate at used MSG." I've read that MSG can be very bad for lupies and can throw us into a flare; of course, as many of us know fluorescent lights can be as bad as sunlight.


I called my doctor yesterday morning, she called in some migraine med and stuff for nausea and I literally slept until today until 11am. I still have a bit of a headache, but nothing to the degree, it was. Just curious if any of you have experienced issues with MSG or fluorescent lights and migraines?



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   Posted 12/28/2008 3:24 PM (GMT -6)   
I get headaches from MSG - I also get headaches from fluorescent lights.

I am lucky in that my headaches don't get nearly as bad as yours apparently do -- a cold dark quiet room and a few hours sleep are all I need to recover, and I don't get the the nausea/upchucking/etc symptoms.

My wild guess is that the stress of looking good for your friends & daughter, + MSG + lights + music + crowds.... = a headache++. Hopefully you won't overdo again for a long time & everything will be well.

I generally have to limit myself to one thing a day - lunch/friends OR daughter/shopping OR evening plans. It takes getting used to, but personally I find it easier to limit than to deal with headaches, exhaustion, and whatever other kickbacks may occur....

I hope your headache is gone entirely soonest!

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   Posted 12/28/2008 4:08 PM (GMT -6)   
The weather really affects my headaches. I used to get migranes like that close to 3 times a week. My Doc started me on blood pressure medicine and they have greatly decreased in frequency and severity. Cloudy weather still gives me a kind of pressure headache, but not nearly as bad as I used to get. With two very loud small boys, it's truly been a blessing to have the headaches more manageable.


PCP pretty convinced- Lupus , Taking plaquenil,Propranolol,  Flexeril,Claritin, Zantac,Ambien,vitamin B-12, multi- vitamin, Lortab.   Mom of 2 boys 1 and 6.  Symptoms: Fatigue, joint pain, heat/sun sensitivity, mouth and nose sores, malar rash, migranes, awful hives, positive ANA, and RF.



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