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Reactions to monkfruit w/erythritol?

I usually average 8-15 migraines/month despite taking noratriptyline & topiramate daily and Aimovig monthly. Now that I’ve got Aimovig, usually when a migraine strikes, I can take imitrex with 3 Naproxen and it will go away, and it is never more than a level 4 or 5 on a scale of 10. HOWEVER, for the last month, it has not gone away for more than a few hours. My primary doc gave me a cocktail of drugs that made me sleep, but didn’t stop the pain and my neurologist (2 1/2 hours away) now has me on my 2nd course of steroids. The headache is still in the background though. I just realized today that one of the things in my life that has changed is that about 2 months ago, I started putting monkfruit with erythritol in my coffee every morning. I’ve used stevia before with no issues. Does anyone here have experience with monkfruit sweetener being a problem? I’m definitely cutting it out starting now just in case that is part of the issue.
Thanks for any input
Misty

  1. Hi @misty-mckinnon, erythritol is a sugar alcohol and is naturally occurring in things like wine, beer and cheese. If you have any of those as triggers, it could well be a trigger for you. Thanks for being here! - Warmly, Donna (team member)

  2. I've never had issues with sweeteners but I know a lot of people do find them triggering. I'm glad you are cutting them out to see if that helps. Please come back and update us on whether you notice a difference. April - Migraine.com Team

    1. I will, thanks. No difference so far, but I think it took a while to build up in my system maybe? Hard to say with all the different factors at play, but I will post an update after a while.

      1. Definitely let us know how that goes. In the meantime, I wanted to send you the resources we have regarding artificial sweeteners as triggers for migraine: https://migraine.com/search?s=sweeteners
        Thinking of you and good for you for searching for your triggers and removing them as you go! Warmly, Holly (migraine.com team).

    2. I also wanted to add- two things- while you're looking for triggers and eliminating things- have you tried an elimination diet in general? Might be worth a try. We have info on that here: https://migraine.com/living-migraine/elimination-diet-length
      But also- I have similarly been struggling with a migraine that won't quit- also have had to seek emergency treatment with my specialist and am on steroids to try to tamp down the pain. It's an awful cycle. It has me looking at bigger triggers too- I'm thinking back to other fall seasons, and I think those, in general, trip me up. I wonder if you have any overarching triggers like seasonal triggers? Just thought it was worth mentioning. https://migraine.com/migraine-types/seasonal-migraine
      Thinking of you and hoping your flare up quiets down soon. Warmly, Holly (migraine.com team).

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