A life with Migraine

I am 62 years old. I had my first migraine when I was 5. Back then it was not diagnosed, and for a very long time. I used to get those terrible headaches when there was a storm coming in, or a strong wind, or a sudden change in weather. Around 35-37 years old the migraines started to really affect my life and by the time I was 43 it was a daily nightmare: nausea, aura, sensitiveness to sound, migraines for 12-14 days in a raw. Sometimes I would hurt myself somewhere else on my body to try not to feel THIS pain. I was diagnosed, though only 3 years later. I went a few times in the ER, and was put on morphine in IV. To make a long story short: migraines come with depression and despair, and anger and tiredness. I was a mess; could not function really, although I went on working, and taking care of my three children and family. Eventually, my husband left and divorced. (I had two cancers on the road) I tried to look for anything that could help beside and with the “normal” treatment. I went through many different treatments until we could find the one that was good for me: Topamax as a prophyllactic and Zomig when I have a migraine. But I was eager to find something which would help me getting healthy altogether. So I looked on the web: I tried acupuncture, homeopathy, raiki, etc… nothing really helped. (I am in psychoanalysis for the last 12 years, it did not help for my migraine, but it helped me through the depression and the bad times.) And then I tried …food. And again to make a long story short: three years ago, I stopped eating: dairy products, garlic, onions, spinach, tomatoes and potatoes and eggplants, most fruit. Then my migraines were in control, nearly everyday, still, but with half a Zomig, I could get rid of it and it did not come back until the next episode. Ten months ago, I stopped all sugar, became vegan and started a raw food diet: and it is unbelievible! I have, more or less, one migraine a week, weak, I have so much energy, and optimism. I thank G-d everyday for this. I wish two things:
1- to be completely free from migraines
2- that my experience may help someone else
Please, excuse my English, I was born and raised in France, I live in Israel. English is a second language for me.

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  • Jenn Lebowitz
    3 years ago

    Hi Isabelle –

    Wow! Thank you so much for sharing your story with us! We are so happy for you and the results you’ve found.

    We’re also really glad to hear that you made use of other supports, such as psychoanalysis, to get through such difficult times, and we’re so glad that you were under the care of a professional for such things as self-harm. These are very real challenges and as you know, you deserve all the support you can get.

    We hope that even though the diet is working for you, that you stay under the care of a doctor for migraine treatment, and we support you in your goal to be free from migraine and also to help others! That is so admirable, and we really appreciate your being part of our community.

    Thank you for being here, and for sharing your experience with us.

    Best,

    Jenn (Community Manager, Migraine.com)

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