Change in Migraine Behavior

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fievre
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   Posted 1/31/2013 3:12 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi everyone,

A little background:

I've been getting migraines since I was four years old. When I began getting them as a child, my parents took me to a doctor who concluded that although it was unusual for someone so young, it was not a sign of a larger problem, so we stuck with over the counter medicine.

My migraines have always involved auras including blurred vision in the right eye, numbness in my right hand expanding upward, as a child nausea and vomiting, and occasionally difficulty balancing, and slurred speech or outright aphasia.

During middle school, my migraines were the most frequent and most painful. In the years since then, they have become less frequent and a little less painful.

Here's the change, and my question:
In the last year or two, it seems the aura has almost become worse than the headache it precedes. Speech difficulty has become more frequent, and the numbness I get now often includes the whole right side of my face including the right side of the inside of my mouth (tongue and gums) and today, for the first time, it spread further back to my throat. So it seems like the event has shifted from being primarily blood-vessel related to nerve related (if I've got that right).

Should I be concerned about this change? And should I see a doctor concerning this?

If it helps:
I'm female, 22 years old, and take an oral contraceptive. Let me know if more information is needed.

Thanks!

TechSpec
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Date Joined Feb 2013
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   Posted 2/3/2013 5:56 PM (GMT -6)   
Sorry to hear of your chronic migraines. A study on chronic migraines in children showed that 93% of patients could stop their frequent severe migraines on an elimination diet (see first reference). For the first week of the study, the patients ate only 4 foods (ex: rice, lamb, apples, and brassica). If that helped reduce their migraines, they added foods back once a week until their diet was nutritious and socially acceptable. Similar results have been demonstrated in adult patient populations (see second reference). There is growing evidence that migraines are like a type of allergic disease.

I had a migraines that started when I was young (~8) that progressed to a chronic migraine aura for about 2 years when I was 17. I learned that my diet was by far the best way to manage my migraines. I tried an elimination diet. I cut out 7 common allergens from my diet (Milk, Egg, Wheat, Tomato, Beef, Corn, Soy) and got much better. I now eat mainly rice, vegetables, and fish and have almost no migraines.


Best,
Steven

References:

Egger, J., et al. "Is migraine food allergy?: a double-blind controlled trial of oligoantigenic diet treatment." The Lancet (1983): 865-869.

Mansfield, Lyndon E., et al. "Food allergy and adult migraine: double-blind and mediator confirmation of an allergic etiology." Annals of allergy (1985): 126.

Monro, Jean, Claudio Carini, and Jonathan Brostoff. "Migraine is a food-allergic disease." The Lancet (1984): 719-721.
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