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Migraines cured by chemo?

Hi there - I have suffered from migraines since the time I was about 15 (I’m now 25). I would get really debilitating symptoms such as visual aura, confusion, sensitivity to light/sound, nausea, etc. I pinpointed that cheddar cheese was an immediate trigger and many other hard/aged cheeses could bring on an attack. While following a strict diet & exercise regimen, I was able to have only one migraine every month or two, but I still got them every so often. In 2015 or 2016 I had an MRI after the neurologist was concerned that I was having trouble speaking during a few episodes but it came back clear.

Last year I was diagnosed with a form of non-hodgkins lymphoma and had six rounds of very intense chemo. Thankfully, I have since been in remission. But what’s more, I don’t seem to get migraines anymore! It’s been more than a year that I haven’t had one. I’ve even went so far as to try cheddar cheese a few times and nothing happened. I’ve told my doctors about this but since it really isn’t an issue nobody seems to care - my question is: has anyone else ever experienced something similar or heard of such a thing? My hypothesis has been that I had a tyramine sensitivity that maybe has to do with the blood and since I had a blood cancer something changed? Not sure but would love any insight!! Thanks, Max

  1. Hi Max! I don't have any answers for you, but I did want to thank you for sharing your story with us. I'm so glad that you're in remission now; that must have been such a scary experience! What an unexpected and beautiful surprise that your migraines are gone as well. I think your theory is a good one, and I'll be curious to see if any other cancer survivors have had this happen. Congratulations and thanks for being part of our community! ~elizabeth (patient advocate)

    1. My mother in law has experienced the same thing. She did not have blood cancer though, it was in her uterus. Prior to undergoing chemo, she had frequent migraines. In the past 8 months that she has been in remission, she has had none.

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