I found it helpful to read other blogs about their Aimovig experience and felt inclined to add mine as well.
Injection Date: 10/01/18
Dosage: (1) 70mg
Month One: 10/01/18 — 10/31/18
Some of these side effects I dive into a little more in the weekly recap below. — Lightheaded
— Decreased appetite
— Brain fog (no more than usual)
Week 1 — 10/01/18
- Day 1 through 4: I felt dizzy and lightheaded first thing in the morning. Then I’d feel fine after a cup of coffee.
- Day 4: my pain intensity started to fluctuate, a noticeable up and down shift in pain. It really felt like the drug was trying to work.
- General brain fog. No more or less than usual, and I don’t have an articulate way to describe this it just felt different.
Week 2 — 10/08/18
- Lower pain intensity but still experiencing just as many migraines.
- Day 13: intense “electric shocks” began! The shocks located in my head, mostly on the left side. The pain would happen without any warning and with force, sometimes in the same spot but not always. Previously had an ice-pick feeling for the past 3 months that was fluctuating in intensity and frequency, once these “electric shocks” took over no more ice picks.
Week 3 — 10/15/18
- I started asking around on Instagram about the electric shock feeling. Six individuals came back to me saying they also experienced these, two experiencing in the body/gut, and 4 telling me the pain disappeared after month 4.
- The “electric shocks” have diminished a little bit in their intensity but have increase in their severity.
Week 4 — 10/22/18
- Day 26: my daily headache started to decrease. Similar relief feeling that I get while during a migraine attack, and now the all day headache.
Week 5 — 10/30/18
- Definitely have felt a decrease in pain severity but not in the frequency of my migraines. If anything I have felt this past week was the hardest and now I realize maybe it’s because the drug lasts about 28 days in your system. Don’t quote me on that though… it’s just something I’ve read multiple times on social media, and certainly felt I was ready for the next injection.
- Started to notice my loss of appetite this week.
I was cautiously optimistic getting the Aimovig injection. My episodic migraines which I had since August 2016, became chronic in January 2018. I have been on six preventative medications prior to Aimovig, and with each prescription I experienced some of the worst side effects. So, my fear going from daily oral medication to monthly injections was quite scary. I wasn’t sure what type of side effects I might have to endure.
With the “electric shocks” I started experiencing on day 13, I wasn’t sure if this was a side effect or another shift in how my migraines continue to change especially after a new drug is introduced. They freaked me out and my husband wanted to take me to the ER after seeing me wrestle with the excruciating pain. Suffice it to say, my neurologist seems to think this is Aimovig doing it’s job.
For month two my neurologist is increasing my dosage to 140mg. I am feeling a little nervous that the electric shocks will continue. I’m also excited and hopeful because so far my experience does seem mostly positive. ::fingers crossed::
This post is not sponsored and all of these thoughts are my own.