Pin pointing trigger with food?

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   Posted 5/30/2008 12:18 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi all
Just wondered how you all, pin pointed the foods that cause your migrianes?
Is there any other way other than a food diary to pin point trigger foods - I am having loads of trouble idenifying them and was told by the docs that you can eat somthing days before an attack?

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   Posted 6/5/2008 6:26 PM (GMT -6)   
I've been told that a strong craving for chocolate can be a signal that you are going to get a migraine within the next few days. It's also a trigger for a lot of people, but I have noticed a correlation between the craving and a migraine soon after. I get a headache nearly every day now, but it used to help me prepare when things were a bit more under control. For me, it didn't matter if I ate the chocolate or not-- I still got the headache. So I would indulge and enjoy. I was going to get the headache anyway.

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   Posted 6/25/2008 1:18 PM (GMT -6)   
I have noticed that my period is a trigger for me but not really much I can do to change that lol. I haven't noticed any foods or what not that cause it but I also haven't really been paying to much attention to it either. But this morning I woke up with a headache and hadn't had anything to eat or drink since the night before so I am not sure mine have any ryhme or reason to them

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   Posted 6/25/2008 2:30 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi guys,

There are so many things that can trigger headache/migraine where food is concerned, and it is different for each person so looking for triggers can be quite difficult!

However, missing a meal or not eating for a great length of time can also trigger a bad head, as can being a bit dehydrated!! Too many painkillers can create a rebound headache that comes every day too!

take care

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   Posted 6/25/2008 6:50 PM (GMT -6)   

You may have a problem with caffeine, if you only drink it in the morning.  If you space your intake throughout the day, you should be able to rid yourself of headache from caffeine withdrawal.

Food triggers can be tricky, especially with prepared foods, i.e. foods that have multiple ingredients.  For instance, a well-washed apple is a clean food, but apple sauce may have other ingredients in it.  The best and most successful way to get a good hold on food triggers is the "put back" method.  Basically, you don't consume anything but water, and then slowly add a single food or liquid back into your diet every few days.  It's very drastic, but can be fairly accurate in highlighting what foods, liquids, spices, or condiments that may be causing you problems.

Personally, I don't have food triggers.  My major triggers are environmental, and since I can't control the weather, I'm screwed a lot of the time.  I hope you can find your triggers and get the correct medication that can prevent or at least abort your headaches successfully.

Best wishes,

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   Posted 6/28/2008 8:47 AM (GMT -6)   
for me it looks like chocolate is a trigger * cries* lol. I have been headache free since wed which is a blessing but yesterday (friday) I had some chocolate and about 20 minutes later my head started KILLING ME. So I guess now chocolate is out

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   Posted 6/28/2008 8:52 PM (GMT -6)   
A food diary is really the best way to help pin point the foods that may trigger your migraines. I have many food triggers and actually ended up doing the elimination diet to help me to identify them.

I don't think I would have been able to find half of them if I didn't do the eliminaiton diet. Some of my food triggers include: chocolate, soy, wine (red and white), msg, sodium nitrate/nitrite, coffee and I could really go on with others I have.

I do much better with the reduction of my migraines when I avoid these food triggers. When you eat a food trigger, it can affect you up to 48 hours later which is why it is important to keep that food diary.

I wish you luck.
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