have suffered for many years with regular migraines, sometimes so bad that feels as if knife being shoved into my brain, i vomit for 1-2 days, can't get out of bed, have all the symptoms people describe. Doctors havent really been able to help.
So i started on the usual exclusion diets; keeping off certain cheeses helped, as did never having move than one orange per day, or white wine, never skipping a meal so that my sugar level dropped too far: again all the usual stuff. I am also allergic to certain foodstuffs, so i had to also compute those alergens into my exclusion diet and make sure i was still eating properly. But I still got the migraines, albeit less often. So i then started looking around for other ways to at least lessen the impact of the migraines - i have 3 kids and often the poor children had to survive on breakfast cereals for days as i simply couldnt get out of bed. My girlfriends were amazing, they would come round and make sure we were all still alive. My life was "on hold", as i was terrified of doing anything, like going on a plane, in case i couldnt get back cos i was having an attack.
In my case what really helped, and i stress, this is after years of suffering, was the following: daily Magnesium, at least 7.7mmol, which helps relax all muscle groups. Then, at the first twinge or flashing light, 1 tablet x 2 per day of Voltaren Retard 75mg (novartis) during 5 or more days. As Voltaren can be tough on the stomach, if i missed the "window" at the beginning, it was too late, as i'd simply vomit the tablets back up. Both these muscle relaxant methods really really helped, and i was able to "swim" the migraine without ever going under. plus always having a regular coke in the cupboard was a winner, as that (for whatever reason, be it the cafeine or secret ingredient) helps with the vomiting and sugar levels.
Yet all these things, including the meds i'd taken under doc supervision, are nothing compared to what cured me. I moved to the coast! Yep, it seems that i am particularly susceptible to air pressure, and believe it or not, so are many many migraine sufferers. I used to live in the Alps, where the air pressure can be awful and can change within hours, and consequently, it seems, i got horrific migraines. Such externalities cant really be solved by the body or what one eats or what one does. Now i live on the coast, at absolute sea level, my house is on the beach, and i am, touch wood, cured. I have not had a single migraine since i came to my new home almost a year ago. I keep my magnesium and Voltaren nearby incase i need to travel, and keep away from the cheese etc (old habits die hard and a trigger is nonetheless a trigger). Nonetheless, i am now even able to have fresh orange juice in the moring, and i am fine.
Good luck! dont give up, somewhere out there you will find a way of lessening the impact of this terrible illness, we are all so complex and our bodies a mystery, you will get better, you just need to find out how, its a long haul, i know, i went through it. I hope my story helps you believe that it is possible to get better.