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Thursday, March 24, 2011

MSG and Migraines: Something to Be Thankful For? on Thankful Thursday

Thankful Thursday, and I started out the day depressed.  It came on suddenly yesterday afternoon--I could almost tell you the exact hour. (That's unusual.) Didn't know why. Yes, there are some very sad things:  the death of my very good friend's dad yesterday (but after the depression had already begun), and other friends who have recently begun counseling and are going through some serious problems.  But, the depression didn't coincide with these events.  This morning, again, feeling hopeless and down. Why?

Then I realized that there was a connection:  I've spent most of the week with a migraine.  Moments when it wasn't winning, I would run around trying to get something done.  Today I googled migraines and MSG, because I have come to realize that most of my extreme headaches (I fortunately don't get them often) are triggered by something I ate containing this 3 letter torture-bringer, MSG (monosodium glutamate).  I have not been as diligent  as I should have been lately at keeping this horrendous ingredient out of my system, but I was wracking my brain to think of what I had eaten that could have triggered this depression.  Really paying the price this week with the migraines.

I was surprised to find through my online search that many natural foods which are considered healthy can trigger migraines:  citrus fruits, such as oranges and clementines, nuts (all kinds), and bananas:  guess what I've been eating quite a lot of lately?  Studies on MSG consumption have shown headaches to be a common reaction.  (Read this informative article on MSG for what other names it is called, and what foods you can eat safely.)  I am glad that I have the internet at times like this.  My searches have solved the mystery, on more than one occasion, as to what was causing my physical and emotional symptoms:  swollen lips, headaches/migraines, rashes, extreme emotions/crying--all of these were due to salicylates and MSG present in the foods I eat.

Though painful and difficult when I'm experiencing these symptoms, these trials cause me to go to the Lord.  He is always faithful to hear and help me when I cry out to Him, as He was this morning.  He points me to the answers which will help me.  He lets me know He is near.  He reminds me of Scriptures that will touch my heart, and strengthen my faith.  He encourages me.  Today, He did all that.  I was able to feel encouraged (a specific prayer request) and get going around the house accomplishing some necessary work.  Another answer to prayer was that Kelsey was feeling well enough, after 4 days of being sick, to do a little cooking--that is something that actually makes her feel better, and it allowed me to go through a large pile of papers which had accumulated--and that was a huge help to me.

I still have a dull headache. But, God helped me so much today, and I am so thankful that He is my Lord, Savior and Friend.  There is no other like Him.
To read other thankful hearts, visit Iris at Grace Alone--thanks, Iris, for hosting this month!
Related Article:  "Part 1: PMS and MSG: When the letters of your life don't spell happiness."
"Part 2: PMS and MSG--When the Letters of Your Life Don't Spell Happiness"
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Blogger Nancie(More Than Conquerors) said...

Dear Wendy,

I am praying for you. Hope you are feeling better. Yes, MSG can do a lot of harm. I am avoiding it as much as possible. Sorry to hear about the death of your very good friend's dad and the problems your friends are facing. These must have affected you a lot. Thank God that He is with you and He is strengthening you and keeping you near to Him.

Thank God that He is with us through all the changing scenes in life and He loves us dearly. This is a great comfort to me too. May God continue to strengthen and restore you. May He keep you in His love always. Take care and God bless!

With love and prayers,

March 24, 2011 at 8:14 PM  
Blogger Redeemed1 said...

I hope you feel better soon. We have MSG problems around our house too. We have to be so diligent to avoid it.

March 24, 2011 at 8:36 PM  
Blogger Whidbey Woman said...

Hi Wendy, MSG is a trigger for my asthma. I try to avoid it like the plague! I am so glad that the Lord led you to some helpful information about migraines and what can set them off. Hopefully you'll feel better soon. God bless.

March 24, 2011 at 9:18 PM  
Blogger Wendy said...

Thank you for your prayers. God has helped me greatly. I must be more diligent to avoid MSG. I really appreciate the support and information I've received from friends like you. I hope you're doing well! I haven't been over for awhile. Good to hear from you, my dear!

March 24, 2011 at 10:06 PM  
Blogger Wendy said...

It's amazing how many people are affected by MSG, and yet they put it into everything! And hide the ingredients by renaming it. We need to be diligent in avoiding it, but that's becoming more and more difficult. Thanks for your kind thoughts.

March 24, 2011 at 10:08 PM  
Blogger Wendy said...

Really! Your asthma is triggered by MSG? I didn't know it did that. Our friend's children have real problems with asthma. I wonder if they know that. I am so thankful for each new bit of information which you, my friends, give me! Thanks so much! I really appreciate the love and concern.
Bless you!

March 24, 2011 at 10:10 PM  

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