Posted 12/10/2008 11:43 AM (GMT -7)
Wanted to share my discovery of how to prevent migraines. It's working for me. I suffered from migraines for more than 25 years, spent lots of money on specialists and tests with negligible results. I knew that something was triggering the migraines and while some triggers and pathogens were revealed to me by specialists, I continued to get severe migraines. I was convinced I missed a trigger.
One day I took prescribed cough medicine that I had taken with good results previously, only this time I had sudden onset of a migraine that started right after I took the prescribed pill. I hadn't even gotten out of the store and returned to the pharmacist who looked up my history. She said the last time I'd had this particular prescription, it was a certain brand. But the one I had just been given was a generic. She said the only difference was the generic had yellow dye in it and she suggested I might be allergic to the dye. We discussed dyes in meds, both prescribed and over-the-counter, as well as in packaged foods & beverages. I started investigating and learned that all the meds I'd been prescribed for migraines in the past had dye in them for marketing purposes. No wonder the migraines lasted for days because every time I took one of those meds, I'd start the cycle all over again. I even learned that most over-the-counters remedies for various ailments had dyes in them. I started looking at labels and immediately eliminated all dyes from my intake, not easy to do! I shared this with my doctor who helped me try to find over-the-counter products withouts dyes and it was no easy task. I finally discovered that Walgreen's brand has some products in their diabetic section that are without dyes. Now, when I have a headache coming on from wine or some other chemical agent, I take Walgreen's Ibuprofen or Acetaminphen (not all their products are without dye) and it's gone.
I really feel we need regulatory action from FDA to ensure that we have a supply of products without dye which serves no purpose other than brand marketing.
I felt compelled to share this info, hoping it would provide relief to others. Several years ago, I was searching for info on how to prevent or treat rosacea. I learned from a chat room that exposure to sun, without wearing sunscreen, and mint in hair care products was a trigger. What relief! And the absence of rosacea brought back my self confidence. It also helped me control blepharitis of the eye. I understand that rosacea and migraines somewhat go together. Hope this helps you!