Before December 2012, I’d never had a migraine before. Yes, I’d had headaches, but never the kind of headache where your temple throbs, you have stabbing pain behind the eyes, it feels as if you’re going deaf in one ear and when you blink it’s as if camera flashes are going off. And numbness all down the right hand side of my body. Little did I know that the numbness would be permanent and I’d have the migraines nearly all the time.
Four weeks before the first migraine (where I ended up in the Hyper-Acute Stroke Unit as at first doctors were unsure if I was having a stroke) – I started having Methotrexate injections as a treatment for Rheumatoid Arthritis. Although this medication had started to reduce the swelling in my left wrist, I felt sick all the time, had diarrhoea up to seven times a day, my hair started to fall out (not dramatically but it became much finer and I was losing more than usual), and I had skin rashes on my chest (leading to a visit to Accident & Emergency). I also developed a lung infection and took antibiotics for it.
The question is, could the Methotrexate injections have been a trigger for the migraine and permanent numbness? Would I have developed these problems anyway? Are you more likely to get migraines if you have Rheumatoid Arthritis or Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome? I’ve just had some Neurology tests so hopefully these will give some answers. Til then, I deal with it by keeping busy and drinking lots of water.