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On Sunday I went on my first bike ride of the season! The Helpful Hubby and I rode just under 12 miles in great weather. Although my body felt pretty good, I probably should’ve gone for a shorter ride for my first ride. My tush had forgotten what it is like to sit on a saddle for that long and started hurting just 2 miles in. Even with my padded shorts, my sit bones were sore for three days. I also ended up with a horrid headache a few miles in. I didn’t want to stop just after starting, so I biked through it. Of course, a higher heart rate makes headaches seem to pound even more, so I took tons of breaks along the way. Breaks did give The Helpful Hubby and I time to sit and chat in the sunshine though.

After returning home I ate an apple, took Tylenol, showered and crashed into bed. I was hoping I’d be able to sleep my headache off, but that didn’t happen. I forced myself to eat something for dinner and a couple hours later my head hadn’t improved at all. At that point I took and an opioid pain killer. Even that barely lessened my headache pain. When I woke up on Monday my headache was still there, but at a much smaller level.

I have had some other headaches recently, so the Registered Dietitian (RD) that I’m working with on my elimination diet became concerned. She thinks that something we’ve added more of (than I typically eat) is causing the increase in number and severity of my headaches. She suggested that I may be sensitive to foods high in vasoactive amines and had me remove all nuts from my diet, except cashews. After I had another mild headache she had me remove even the cashews from my diet. I’ll keep you updated on the effects that has.

On a more fun note, I got my haircut and my eyebrows shaped this week, in preparations for a wedding I’m attending this weekend. I was SO excited that the spa I get my brows done at started selling Sombra Natural Pain Relieving Gel again, because I was about to run out! I also bought my first ever maxi dress, which was already on sale and I then I used a $20 off coupon. I love good deals!

Do certain foods cause you to have headaches?

ducks floating

As requested, a picture from my bike ride. We watched these ducks while taking a break, under a bridge


Comment from Heather
Time June 30, 2011 at 7:22 am

Yes foods can cause my headaches. MSG is a big one for me and artificial sweetners. But also certain cheeses and if I am already on the verge of being in a flare, bacon. Hope you figure out the headaches and get rid of them.
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Felicia Fibro Reply:

Thanks! I’ve never been able to figure out a food trigger for my headaches/migraines, so I’m interested to find out what it is, if it is food related. Although, like you mentioned, MSG sometimes seems to trigger them for me.


Comment from Moomin Girl
Time July 1, 2011 at 5:59 am

I get migraines from MSG.

White bread, white rice, and too much sugar (soft drink, fruit juice, icecream) will give me a high-blood-sugar-headache.


Felicia Fibro Reply:

Thanks for sharing the migraines and headache triggers that you’ve found!


Comment from Lee
Time July 4, 2011 at 5:03 am

Definately MSG and cheese and sometimes wheat.
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Comment from Selena
Time July 12, 2011 at 7:16 am

Love the picture from your bike ride. Thanks for posting it. :-)
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