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The stroke factor

We all know we are at increased chance of having a stroke with migraine with aura. I know the symptoms of stoke just in case, but would i know if I had one or would I think it is the migraine. And then there a mini strokes you might not even be aware of.

Conclusions Migraine with aura in midlife was associated with late-life prevalence of cerebellar infarct-like lesions on MRI. This association was statistically significant only for women. This is consistent with the hypothesis that migraine with aura in midlife is associated with late-life vascular disease in the cerebellum and in women.

Migraine Headache in Middle Age and Late-Life Brain Infarcts

Something to be careful of as we get older and the risk of stroke increases.

Side effects; always in effect before the drug

The side effects for Cymbalta hit me right of the get go, yet I have to wait three weeks to see if it does anything. All fun stuff. I have had some pretty nasty side effects in my day, but so far the Cymbalta is not too bad, not great, but not too bad. I have to take it in the morning because it is said to cause restlessness and make a person have trouble sleeping, which I thought would be fine, cause maybe that would help me stay alert in the morning. Because I like to be contrary I am instead getting yawn attacks in the afternoon and drop dead tired when I get home, which is also not so bad because a person should be tired when they go to bed. This drug is also said to cause dizziness, in fact that is the most common one they warn you about, but I have not had one touch of that. Mostly my complaint is that it upsets my stomach quite a bit, but then what doesn't? I will just have to watch that and make sure it is not one of those side effects that gets worse as you go, but…

My neuro gave me drugs for Christmas!

Finally got to see my neuro. And as usually it was kind of a good/bad sort of deal. The good thing is that he is putting me Cymbalta in combination with the Lyrica. This is a darn good thing because I was quite worried he would take me off everything and start from scratch... which sounds like a good plan until I cannot function or work while he is messing around with them. It is also good that this particular drug is known to help with FMS as well... so a combo of the two that work for FMS and migraines, might just do it for both. *Crosses fingers*

The bad news is that the pain I have been having in my feet and wrists is not due to a side effect of Lyrica. He suspects, like my doc, that it is the FMS. Either a flare up, or nerve pain. This sucks because that means it is not going to go away on its own and is just that much more pain I have to deal with. Potentially this new drug might help with that.

Cymbalta has never been high on my list of meds to try for FMS or migraines,…