Gluten, Dairy and Migraines

I really don’t know how long I’ve suffered migraine because I have been treated as having sinusitis since I was young. I’m 67 now. I was taking antibiotics, nasal sprays and more antibiotics over the years. After going to allergists, two ENTs, neurologist, having CT-Scan of the face, MRI, MRA, I was diagnosed with migraine. I don’t have sinus problems, I have migraine due to allergies. My neurologist told me to play detective to find out my triggers. I found out that my triggers are MSG, soy sauce, skipping meals, spicy food, stress, red wine, lack of sleep. I was still getting the headaches, by this time I was on medication for migraine. I wanted to find my other triggers and stop the medication. I went to see a holistic doctor who told me to go on a gluten and dairy free diet. I haven’t had a headache in the last two weeks. I know is a short period of time but I used to have either a headache or foggy head every day. I feel normal again.

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  • RobertCan
    4 years ago

    Managing diet is a key part of uncovering and managing our migraine triggers. Discovering that gluten and/or dairy play an important part in lowering your migraine activation threshold must be nothing short of a miracle. I celebrate every migraineur’s victory over this insidious neurological disease.

    Many of those battling chronic migraines have tried elimination diets, nerve blocks, holistic therapies and more traditional forms of migraine management, all without success. Or maybe we’ve had enough success to get our hopes up, only to have those hopes crushed by the ever-changing nature of our pain monster.

    Every individual story of victory has great value in our overall understanding of this disease. The frustration many of us feel comes from not winning when we’ve tried the same approach without success. What denali3’s story proves is that victory is always possible and always worth pursuing, however short-lived it may be. Many of us can only dream of a single pain-free day but to have two weeks would certainly qualify as a victory. For those who suffer daily migraines, two weeks is fourteen battles won, and that’s worth celebrating by anyone’s definition.

    May your victories be many!

  • Imanuel
    4 years ago

    Same with me, but untill now i still got migraine with aura scotoma.

    You Are so lucky

  • Gael Lafond
    4 years ago

    Gluten and dairy? Who would had tough of that. Did you do an allergy tests to see if you are allergic to either gluten or dairy?

    I’m glad you found a medication free solution. You are one of the few lucky ones.

  • Katie M. Golden moderator
    4 years ago

    Denali3,
    You’d be surprised at how many people think they just have sinus headaches and go undiagnosed with Migraines for years. I’m sorry it took this long to figure it out for you, but I’m glad you are finally starting to relief!!
    -Katie

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