I've been suspecting for a while that playing my violin may be a trigger - episodes often started when I came out of an orchestra rehearsal and logic said that sticking an instrument into the side of your neck for 2 hours at a time may cause problems with the vagus nerve. I'd originally ruled it out as a trigger because episodes still occurred during a 6 month break from playing. However a change of drugs broke the weekly pattern and I got to 4 weeks before I had my first rehearsal with an episode the day after. Last week we had a rehearsal on Thursday, followed by a concert on Friday - I had warning signs on the Thursday, and went into full AF just before the interval of the concert, so played the 2nd half in AF.
There was one particular piece that we were playing, both when I had the warning on Thursday and the full episode started on Friday. It was one that I was not familiar with (having missed a few rehearsals) and I know I was apprehensive about playing it so probably more tense and maybe not breathing properly.
Rather than give up playing completely, I'm looking for other options. So far, I'm planning to try Alexander Technique lessons for posture while playing and also to increase the level of practice that I do during the week. Hopefully that will mean I am less tense while playing because I'll be more familiar with the music.
Has anyone found anything else that helps, because I really don't want to give up playing?