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Finally Free

After 15 months of nearly daily migraines, I am free of nearly all headaches. I had lived in the nightmare for so long that I hardly could hope it would ever end. It ended suddenly and I’m not certain why. I have had migraines occasionally since I was a teen, more often during the most stressful periods of my life. My most certain trigger is heat. Summer is just plain scary. If I get too warm, I am sure to have one. I carry a spray bottle with me everywhere. They became daily when I was forced to endure a horrible, 10 hour car ride, through the desert, without air conditioning. The headache was blasting full on while I had to drive. Once I got there I was able to cool off, but the headache just never stopped. First I counted days, then weeks, then months. I tried almost everything I could, having no insurance and little money, my options were limited. Now I have medical and have RX but it didn’t seem to make much difference for awhile. Sometimes stopping them, but they always came right back. I think now it does, but the need rarely comes up. I keep filling the RX and hoarding them, in case I ever go back into that hell. I was very lucky that all my employers were kind and supportive. I had no choice but to keep working through them financially. So….it is possible that the Ketogenic diet could be what broke the cycle, but I am not on it now and they haven’t returned. It has been 2 months, not long, but I am grateful every day. I had not had a headache for 2 days prior to going on the diet, so it is possible that they had already stopped, out of the blue before the diet. It could be there was a food I didn’t eat while on the diet that was a trigger, since I have never done an elimination diet, I don’t know. I was only on it a few weeks when I had an injury and couldn’t function in the kitchen. I haven’t returned to it and my headaches haven’t returned, so the evidence is spotty. I would recommend trying it if you have done everything else. This website has been a life saver. I have literally been suicidal from this. Hearing that other people lived with it was a huge surprise to me and hearing all the other people and different things to try kept me hopeful. I live in fear that mine could return at any time, of course. This time of pain has changed me as a person. I had to give up activities that were a big part of my identity. I had to think differently about who I am and what is worth my time. Time without headaches is more precious. Good luck to us all. Stephanie

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  • Katie M. Golden moderator
    4 years ago

    I’m so glad the Migraines broke and you’ve gotten relief. It very well could have been your diet change that did it. Migraines are so complicated. It’s sometimes hard to figure out why or how they morph the way they do.

    Now that the pain has ceased, you should discuss with your doc ways in which you can prevent this from happening again. Does he/she suggest a daily regimen of medications or supplements or believe that this diet alone is the best thing for you. I know what it’s like to be afraid of having another one.

    I am so sorry that you went through this. Migraines can leave us in deep despair. If you ever feel again that you may want to end your life, please reach out for help. Here’s a great resource if you need it in the future:

    I’m very excited that you’ve gotten relief. It gives the rest of us hope!
    -Katie Moderator

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