Migraine food triggers - what helped my wife, hope it helps someone else

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Doug N
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   Posted 3/28/2010 9:47 AM (GMT -6)   
My wife had migraines (about 5 per week) for the first 10 years of our marriage.  It sucked :(   She learned about food triggers and eventually figured out hers:
dairy (milk, yogurt, icecream)
green beans
corn and pop corn
(and not a food but strong smells -- perfume, fresh pavement, etc).
... pretty tough to find things to eat.
Avoiding all of that cut the migraines down to maybe 1 every other week.
A few years later we discovered she could have goat milk -- not very yummy, but it was something.  Wierd, but whatever...
And then a friend told us something life altering.  Our friend who also can't have dairly, found that she _could_ have organic dairy without any problem.  Oh what a revelation!  My wife is now enjoying milk, yogurt, cheese and ice cream again after going without for a long, long time!
And what is odd, we're finding she can have organic green beans, tomatoes, corn, popcorn and bananas.  (We haven't tried the others on the list yet -- getting there).
I don't have any idea why organic foods don't trigger the migraines.  My only guess is perhaps the pesticides??  Non-organic doesn't bother anyone else in the family.
After living with my wife and knowing how much she suffered, I really wanted to pass this on in hopes that it helps someone else.  If it helps you, please post on some other forum somewhere so we can get this information out to others that are suffering.
And if this is all well-known already, then sorry for the long post :)
PS I don't know if it matters, but my wife's migraines are very often a piercing pain in one eye.  Or on one side of her head.  I don't remember any more what they're called, but they can be very bad.

Post Edited (Doug N) : 3/28/2010 3:53:23 PM (GMT-6)

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   Posted 4/3/2010 8:15 AM (GMT -6)   
Thanks you so much for this info! I suffer from migraines all the time among other things and this is very helpful!
I'm a 28 yr old female finally diagnosed with:

Bi-Polar Disorder, General Anxiety, ADD, Insomnia, Night Sweats & Migraines in 2003
Prolactinoma Tumor in 2006
Polycystic Ovaries, Adrenal Fatigue/Exhaustion & Irritable Bowel Syndrome(for 23+ yrs) in 2007
Interstitial Cystitis, Endometriosis & Gall Bladder Removal in 2009

And then there's the oddball list of Hormonal Imbalances (started with birth control, yet off birth control for 3 yrs), Photophobia, Obsessive Compulsive Disorders, Weird Tremors/Twitching, Vertigo, Dry Mouth, Joint Pain, Neck and Back Muscle pain, Dark patches on my breasts (this developed in the last 8 months)...oh yeah, TMJ...still thinking...


Celexa, Cymbalta, Xanax, Trazadone, Tegretol, Adderall XR, Prelief, Percocet & Zyrtec

Doug N
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   Posted 4/3/2010 10:41 AM (GMT -6)   
That can't be fun :(

I have a home remedy for twitching (like little eye-lid twitches, or minor arm muscle twitches) that seems to work well. I figured it out after taking an anatomy class where I learned that muscle contraction works using Calcium and Potasium. I figured that if I had twitches, it might be because they were out of balance. So now I drink a glass of milk and eat a banana any time it starts (I figure the body will obsorb whatever it needs). It's always worked so far. Of course it might not work if the underlying cause is nervous system related. But give it a shot -- pretty mundance ingredients :)

I hope you find better health, or at least some peace and comfort with the current situation.
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