Hi Leigh Ann,
I have the same frustrations. I have been sticking as closely as possible to the Migraine Diet outlined in the book Heal Your Headache: The 123 Program For Taking Charge of Your Headaches by David Buchholz M.D. After I had been on it a while I added back things I thought didn't bother me and was quite successful. This list is good for foods. As for other things my neurologist provided me with this list:
Job Loss / Change
Let Down Period
I think there is ambiguity in the lists because it's different for everyone. For me caffeine is deadly, but I've read about people who find it helps them. Stress is also an immediate trigger for me, though there was a time when I could work 6 or 7 days a week for 12 to 14 hours without getting a headache. For me dairy isn't a trigger though the bacteria in yoghurt and aging process for cheese are killers. Dairy will create more mucus and cause sinus problems which can trigger headaches and if you're lactose intolerant will cause stomach problems.
I hope this helps a bit. I empathize with your frustration. I can't seem to stay away from all of the triggers, though I try. If you read or have read the book I mentioned MSG comes in all forms and staying away from it is really difficult, though I notice how much better I feel when I do.
Bottom line is that triggers are different for different people. My triggers are even different for me at different times. I suggest you read Heal your Headaches, it goes into some detail about triggers and THRESHOLD, which is basically your limit before you get a migraine and what can put you over your threshold. It is great information that everyone needs.
P.S. I get frustrated when people try to list their triggers for you...no one can ever tell you what is and is not going to be a trigger for you, and like I said there are things that will trigger a migraine for you one day and not the next...it goes back to the whole threshold conversation...
Hang in there...
We have a television show in Canada called Balance hosted by a medical doctor and she invites various guest experts. On a recent show she had a nutritionist who said that people who are sensitive to MSG can overcome the sensitivity by taking 50 mg of B6 a day. This helps the body metabolize the MSG properly. I haven't tried it yet but am going to.
Mel - I'm with you on the weather. I get so frustrated when I'm avoiding food, exercising regularly, monitoring my stress and then a storm moves in and there's nothing I can do. I can feel the headache coming as the clouds move in. We live in the Pacific Northwest so most of the winter it rains.
I had a really greasy cheesburger the other night from a fast food place (Wendy's) I mean this baby had grease dripping through the wrapper...it was like slimy, but I was starving and it tasted good at the time and by the last bite I knew I was in trouble. I was down for the count...
I think it was the grease and not so much the actual food...not that I am going to test my luck and try it again
See you all at the chat?
Not to depress you about food.
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