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Migraine Diet while recovering from disordered eating?

I have been struggling with chronic migraine with no lasting relief for more than six years. I was considering freezing my eggs but ultimately decided against it for fear of what it might do to my migraine. I’m desperate to have a better handle on the disease and am now open to trying things.

I have never tried to identify food triggers because I have struggled with disordered eating since I was a teenager and swore off diets two years ago, realizing they would never make me happy or healthy. Does anyone have experience with this? I feel really alone, like there is no one talking about this intersection. Even just looking at the list of “okay” foods is extremely triggering. Have you gone down this path? What has been your experience. Thanks in advance.

  1. Hello hiccup88, thank you for reaching out. I hear how scary and overwhelming the thought of an elimination diet to identify possible food triggers feels for you, given your history with disordered eating. That is certainly an important concern to keep in mind when deciding if a elimination diet is a good path for you. One of our contributors wrote about her experience with this very issue and I thought you might be interested in reading her perspective: If you decide to pursue this path, I would encourage you to consult with your doctor about these concerns, how to proceed safety given the disordered eating you've had in the past, and to have support people around you who can help monitor you and alert you and your doctor if those disordered eating patterns and behaviors begin to resurface. Have you discussed what other options might be possible to gain better migraine management other than elimination diets with your doctor? S/he may have alternate suggestions to try before an elimination diet. Please know we are here to offer support as you work toward better management of your migraine symptoms. Please keep us posted on what you learn and how you are feeling. Wishing you a gentle day. ~Allyson ( team)

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