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I’ve been saved by my diet!

After suffering for 40 years (58 year old female), and trying numerous meds, massage, physical therapy, chiropractors, acupuncture, biofeedback, and although Zomig works extremely well for me but I was taking them almost daily, I changed my diet. A gluten and dairy-free diet turned out to be a miracle, reducing my daily migraines by about 85% and the severity has also decreased. This was almost immediate, too. I’m still learning what is and is not gluten-free and alcohol of any kind is a definite NO. Severe changes in weather seem to be bothersome. I am also on the Nuvaring for hormone replacement therapy and every time I try to get off of it or change to a different HRT, I get severe migraines. I may have to be on the Nuvaring until I die! Yikes! Anyway, the diet has worked for me the last 1 1/2 months. I do not have Celiacs disease. My doctor at the Neuro Science Center advised me to continue this for six months before we discuss discontinuing Topamax, Migravent and Propranalol. I hope this is helpful to others in the migraine world!

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Comments

  • Jenny Ash
    5 years ago

    I’m so glad that you’ve been able to reduce your migraines by avoiding gluten and dairy. I’ve been avoiding gluten for a couple of months now, and it has helped to give me an extra week or so between migraines. Also the intensity has lessened. I’m now thinking of avoiding dairy as hard cheese is one of my biggest triggers. It will be great if you can eventually stop your meds and remain in control. I wish you all the best.

  • Anne
    5 years ago

    I also do gluten and dairy free – and no eggs, corn, soy, peanuts, no artificial sweeteners, no nuts and limit my sugar intake. It hasn’t given me less migraines, but I think it helps the severity. Basically, removing foods that cause inflammation so that the inflammation that comes with a migraine is less. I’m glad you found something that really helps!!!!

  • Katie M. Golden moderator
    5 years ago

    Gsqueen,
    I’m so excited for you! You must feel like you have a new life.
    Even if you don’t test positive for Celiac’s disease, someone could be gluten sensitive and a gluten free diet can greatly help reduce Migraines. Here’s an interesting article about a study on the topic.
    http://migraine.com/blog/gluten-sensitivity-and-migraines/
    I hope this is the answer for you and you’re able to get off other meds as well!
    -Katie
    Migraine.com Moderator

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