Why You Should Do Yearly Checkups – Burning Mouth

Yesterday, I spent some quality time with my Neurologist at my yearly checkup. We discussed my medicines (Effexor XR and Clonazepam ODT) and discussed how the mix had changed and whether I should continue on them now that I have begun my sixteenth year with this disorder.

Our consensus together was yes. Effexor XR has lessened my need for the Clonazepam ODT with minimal side effects at the dose I am taking. I start tingling within an hour after breakfast and that sensation increases in the normal cycle of primary BMS until late afternoon/evening when I take one low dose of Clonazepam ODT.

This serves two purposes. It interrupts the cycle of intense tingling so I get through my evening when it would usually be the worst, and it allows me to fall asleep easily and quickly. Sleep is painless for primary BMS sufferers and my body gets the rest it needs. The more rested and hydrated I am, the less pain and tingle I experience.

All of this routine can be completely upended during a flare (You folks with BMS know what I am talking about!), and I have the go-ahead from my Neurologist to increase my Clonazepam ODT dosage up to 2 milligrams if necessary. Even my worst flares have not required that much Clonazepam, but it is nice to know it would be okay if it did.

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Burning Mouth Fantasies

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A friend asked the other day how I was doing. Was the burning any better? Had they found any cures?

I assured her that all was the same. I am so grateful for the efficacy of Aimovig in controlling my migraines, but it has, as expected, done nothing for Burning Mouth Syndrome (BMS). The Clonazepam ODT I take twice a day keeps the burning at a level where I can function and only occasionally do I have a flare of a day (or three) where nothing seems to touch the pain level much and staying very hydrated, sleeping and being quiet are the only coping strategies that get me through the day(s).

After we spoke, however, I found myself in a fantasy where I typed the amazing title of a blog post. “Burning Mouth Syndrome Cure is Here!” I was delighted as I daydreamed about a day when we would all descend on our doctors in droves, eager to start the totally fictional therapy that would break us out of the bars of this chronic pain prison. I imagined how gleeful I would be to write that very last post in my “Burning Mouth Journey” as I sent people on to pursue their cure and closed this shop up once and for all. Continue reading

Aimovig, Erenumab, Migraines, Oh My!

There is a new migraine prevention medicine out there that is causing a lot of excitement in the chronic migraine sufferers of the world. Aimovig/Erenumab is the first and only FDA-approved Calcitonin Gene-Related Peptide (CGRP) receptor blocker and my friends who have been battling debilitating migraine pain for years are eager to try it.

You can learn more about this at Aimovig. It is available by prescription only and right now reports are coming in that the manufacturer has been overwhelmed by the demand and there may be a wait to get this self-injectable monthly migraine preventative.

Will it work for everyone? The magic 8 ball says, “Probably not.”

That is the case for any medication, my friends. It will help some more than others, and often for reasons we don’t know or understand. But it is definitely worth having a conversation with your doctor if you suffer from chronic or episodic migraines and you have tried all of the usual suspects without lasting relief. The manufacturer is careful to say that it will lessen the number of migraines you have, not eliminate them completely.

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