Migraine Question

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floridagal20...

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Posted: 10 Jul 2015, 21:35
Hi all,
Can someone give me a little insight, please? About a month ago I decided to make some healthy changes. I have over 100 lbs to lose and the thought of tackling it all at once is overwhelming. I started out concentrating on getting a sufficient amount of sleep and eating breakfast everyday. I stayed under the FS recommended 2100 calories each day.

I have lost a few lbs and I realized that I, without realizing it have, cut out most white sugar and flour. My calories this last week, after my best friend left have been ranging between 1200 and 1500. This week, I have been teaching at summer camp and have had a migraine EVERYDAY between 1:30 - 2:30. What is up with that?

Any ideas? I am still drinking tea so I think my caffeine intake is steady. Could it be sugar? I am eating fruit everyday.

Anyway, if you read this much, thanks and if you have any thoughts for me, I will appreciate it. The migraines are ocular and with mild pain. So thank goodness, not the debilitating ones!

sproe

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Posted: 10 Jul 2015, 21:42
Get blood work done. You may have a low sodium balance or maybe have depleted some other vital mineral or vitamin. It happens sometimes even when you're making what should be "good" changes. Don't wait on this, it may not take much to correct whatever your body is trying to tell you about. Good luck!
floridagal20...

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Posted: 10 Jul 2015, 21:53
Ah...sodium....now there's a thought. I just had my blood work done about 6 weeks ago and my sodium was just barely low. I have to take my son to see our doc in two weeks, I will mention it to her. Thanks for the suggestion
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wholefoodnut

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Posted: 10 Jul 2015, 22:35
Also your magnesium level may be an issue. I take it every day as a preventative because it affects mine. Nicer on my body than taking the drugs. I had to track everything for months for my neurologist as I had major chronic migraines. Another issue we found was that I have to have protein fairly often to combat them. It's funny though I've learned that plant proteins beans legumes, seed, nuts stave of the migraines better than animal ones.
"The way we eat in America makes us sick, and if we change our diet--simply incrementally-- we will be healthier." Mark Bittman Food Matters

Jeri
floridagal20...

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Posted: 11 Jul 2015, 08:25
Thank you. I will investigate that. After the birth of my second child, I have migraines monthly but were tied to my cycle. But I had 2-3 a month this past three weeks I have had around 8! So either, my hormones are really wonky, (please God let it be menopause!) or it something else. Since it seems to be targeted to a time of day lately, and isn't the lay in the bed in the dark kind, I think it must be something else. I appreciate your input wholefoodnut.
wholefoodnut

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Posted: 11 Jul 2015, 08:57
When my old doc sent me to the neurologist he had given up (his solution was pain pills) as I had had a constant migraine for almost 6 months in varying degrees of intensity. I was put on a preventative drug, some anti inflammatory drug, and a muscle relaxer. Trying to break the cycle. He had me track everything food, activities, where I went, weather, headache symptoms and intensity it was a job but worth it. I would take my journal in to him every 2 weeks and he would go through it. We slowly controlled them and decreased the meds, discovered my triggers, and as he weaned me off the meds told me to take a magnesium supplement. With the supplement and avoiding triggers the best I can I rarely have a full blown one. They will start but I can usually now counteract them quickly. It was a 2 year journey to get off the meds and be mostly migraine free. My biggest triggers are msg, nitrates in processed meats, florescent lights, the sun (I now wear a ball cap a lot as I love outdoors), and if I don't eat enough proteins.
"The way we eat in America makes us sick, and if we change our diet--simply incrementally-- we will be healthier." Mark Bittman Food Matters

Jeri
floridagal20...

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Posted: 11 Jul 2015, 09:19
wholefoodnut wrote:
and if I don't eat enough proteins.



How much protein to you typically need to stave them off?

Lorie
wholefoodnut

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Posted: 11 Jul 2015, 09:31
It doesn't take much for me. that's hard to quantify. I used to keep those pouches of salmon or tuna in my desk and in my car just in case, some yogurt or an egg is pretty quick protein as is a glass of buttermilk. Now I more pay attention to making sure I spread proteins across my day. Since I eat so much plant proteins having beans or lentils at lunch really helps my day. They sustain me more than meats do. Having a salad for lunch like I used to doesn't do it. I also try to remember to eat fish, chicken or meat of some kind for a couple meals a week.
"The way we eat in America makes us sick, and if we change our diet--simply incrementally-- we will be healthier." Mark Bittman Food Matters

Jeri
Mammaof2ElSa...

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Posted: 16 Jul 2015, 12:12
I used to have migraines almost everyday since the birth of my daughter. I finally went to a neurologist and after many tests and medications, I now take 10 mg of propranolol to prevent migraines. Its worked wonders!!!! I now have about one once a month, that's like a 30000% improvement! I also now have prescription medication for that day I do get it. For me, actually going to the neurologist did it, I cant believe I handled it for years before getting it properly diagnosed and medicated. Best of luck!
wholefoodnut

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Posted: 16 Jul 2015, 13:00
I was on propranolol, otherwise known as the suicide bomber drug. They give it to those bombers to calm them down so they will follow through with the plans. It did mostly control my migraines. I was not happy with the side affects the primary one being weight gain. My neurologist also did not want me to be on it forever, I took it for about 2 years and he slowly weaned me off of it. When he put me on it I had had a non stop migraine for over 6 months.
"The way we eat in America makes us sick, and if we change our diet--simply incrementally-- we will be healthier." Mark Bittman Food Matters

Jeri
Mammaof2ElSa...

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Posted: 16 Jul 2015, 14:00
Wow, that's crazy! I will speak to my Dr about that....Thanks for flashing it.
wholefoodnut

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Posted: 16 Jul 2015, 15:02
It is a beta blocker so it's not something that you can just stop taking or you can have major heart issues. He had me on a specific schedule for months and added the magnesium as he was reducing it and monitering my headach incidences. If you read my earlier post it goes through some of what we did to stop these.
"The way we eat in America makes us sick, and if we change our diet--simply incrementally-- we will be healthier." Mark Bittman Food Matters

Jeri
wholefoodnut

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Posted: 16 Jul 2015, 15:22
I always read all the side affects and also look meds up online for other info.
"The way we eat in America makes us sick, and if we change our diet--simply incrementally-- we will be healthier." Mark Bittman Food Matters

Jeri
floridagal20...

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Posted: 17 Jul 2015, 17:20
My doc gave me topamax. Some people call it dope a max. I started listing to one side and my word recall went down the tubes. After about 10 days I started a whole body rash. So I am leery of the beta blockers. However, if I was in enough pain, I would have pursued them further. I was originally have 3 - 5 a month. Then I had a uterine ablation and they went away completely. Now they are back, every day but just the ocular ones, so minimal pain. Thank goodness.
wholefoodnut

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Posted: 17 Jul 2015, 17:43
Pain etc GP put me on was tramadol, meloxicam, and zanaflex and another anti inflammatory that I don't remember. Neuologist put me on the propananol and an anti inflamartory and zanaflex to sleep.

I'm not one for lots of meds, once the cycle was broken, triggers were tracked down, the magnesium does wonders. If one starts attacking me I take an extra magnesium with food and it usually goes away before it gets bad. I usually keep an extra snack in my lunch box.

An ER treatment for migraines in IV magnesium. I found that interesting. Now if I forget to take the magnesium for a few days or am on antibiotics that it is contra indicated they sneak back in. The antibiotic that works well on my often bronchitis or pneumonia is negated with much magnesium.

The ocular thing affects my vision so it is not good. I work with millions sometime billions of dollars everyday doing transactions for a mutual fund on a computer, not being able to see those numbers does not work well.
"The way we eat in America makes us sick, and if we change our diet--simply incrementally-- we will be healthier." Mark Bittman Food Matters

Jeri
ClassicRocke...

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Posted: 17 Jul 2015, 18:03
My sons neurologist suggested he take mega doses of B2. Works for him.
SheaDlady

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Posted: 25 Aug 2016, 21:55
My son takes B3 (Niacin, NOT the Flush free kind) and Pottasium for migrain. Also Tumeric with black pepper



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