how to do an elimination diet?

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   Posted 3/10/2017 9:17 PM (GMT -6)   
TechSpec said...
Sorry to hear of your chronic migraine. There is growing evidence that migraines are like a type of allergic disease. 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. This was done under the guidance of a dietician or physician. Similar results have been demonstrated in adult patient populations (see second reference). It may be worth a try. You may also want to reduce exposure to environmental allergies (use hypoallergenic pillows, hypoallergenic mattress cover, remove dusty rugs in the bedroom, etc.) An allergist could give you a simple prick test to find environmental allergies, although these tests don't work well for detecting food allergies (see reference 1).

I had a chronic migraine aura for about 2 years and 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.



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.

The post I'm quoting is old. I don't know if the person who wrote it is still around.

I have a terrible problem with migraines, and I'm motivated to find a solution now because I have terrible health insurance that won't pay for my medication or any good doctors (my very big mistake - I'm trying to get NYS to grant me a special enrollment period so I can switch back to BCBS).

Anyway, given that I may not be able to get rescue meds and I do not want to live in agony, I'm now more desperate than ever to find a way to prevent the migraines which are nearly every day. I will sometimes get a reprieve of a week or two, but not too often.

I've spent most of this day and evening researching food sensitivities because it's the one thing I haven't really tried and I think it may be a significant factor. I found this thread because I was trying to read the articles referenced in this post, but couldn't find a way to do it without paying Big Bucks. Is there some place to read these articles without paying a fortune to do it?

I'd love to hear more about the elimination diet. I very badly want to do this, but feel overwhelmed by it. The list of things not-to-eat is so long, it seems impossible.

Also, my head is spinning because I think my worsening migraines may be caused by the YOGURT I've been making to treat my other serious health condition, ulcerative colitis. This body of mine... No prize, let me tell you. (((sigh)))

Anyway, any input into the elimination diet or other success with it would be of great interest to me.

(As for the Cefaly (which someone else in the same thread mentioned)... Holy God, it GIVES me migraines - worst migraines of my life!! I did it to myself TWICE with that thing. After some months, I forgot why I'd stopped using it. If you ask me, the Cefaly is evil.)

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   Posted 3/12/2017 2:04 PM (GMT -6)   
I suggest that your contact a certified nutritionist for guidance on this.

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   Posted 3/16/2017 1:45 PM (GMT -6)   
I've been avoiding foods with tyramine, caffeine, and other big ones on the "common migraine trigger" list, and so far so good.
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