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My Alternative Approach

I’ve had migraines for 2-1/2 years. After using traditional medicine (neurologist, endocrinologist, cardioligist, allergist, gastroenterologist, etc) for 2 years, I got no results. The closest I came to a root cause was my GI.doc found H-pylori when I had an endoscopy performed. I decided to take the holistic route. She pulled ALL my blood work. She discovered I had Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis in addition to the H-pylori and Low Vitamin D. After placing me on a strict diet, supplements and a detox plan (which included weaning me off of prescription meds), we discovered a few months later that I had mold exposure and was peri-menopausal. Essentially, the mold exposure and H-pylori which triggered the Hashimoto’s are both root causes of migraines. The prescription meds did not work for me. I have too many sensitivities. I did have to utilize continuous FMLA for 12 weeks to get to the bottom of this. Also, I have ADA accommodations for 30 min daily naps. I tried to shorten my story, but (like yours) it has been a long and weary journey. The positive side of this journey has been losing 78lbs and an extreme reduction in chronic migraines. They’ve gone from daily to intermittent (1 or 2 hours/days) migraines per month. Quick tip: When I feel a migraine coming on, I stick my feet in a tub of hot water with a cup of epsom salt and a cold compress on the back of my neck. Also, try a spoonful of mustard. I hope this helps someone.

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Comments

  • mbright14
    1 year ago

    What did you do about the mold? Did you have to move? I’m concerned this may be an issue for my daughter as well as myself. I have an appointment with a doctor of functional medicine, who specializing in mold toxicity the end this month. But I’m afraid to find out this is the root cause. We live in a 100+ yr old farmhouse. Anything we store in the basement ends up with mold on it. It’s not like we can just up and move. So if mold is the issue, I don’t know what the solution would be.

  • HArelief author
    1 year ago

    (1) I changed workplace locations and (2) had my entire home remediated. Then, I had my home professionally cleaned. I schedule a monthly cleaning. I was advised by my dr to move out. However, it’s not that easy. Also, my condition has significantly improved and I am currently still living in my home. I discovered my migraines were definitely hormonal, but the mold made them worse. Mine are a migraine/tension headache combo. You might want to find out what is causing the mold. Mold is deadly!! My cause was a leaky pipe. Since my last post, my dr performed a physical exam and discovered I had Fibromyalgia as well. But the good news is… all of autoimmune diseases are improving, the migraines are decreasing in frequency and I’ll be returning to work in a few weeks.

  • melissa1223
    1 year ago

    My story is almost a mirrored image of your case. How did you find out you were exposed to mold?

  • HArelief author
    1 year ago

    My holistic doctor started wheezing when I walked into her office for a visit. She’s highly allergic to mold (and so am I) She said I smell mold. She smelled it in my clothes, then tested me for it. And the conversation went from there…

  • Nancy Harris Bonk moderator
    1 year ago

    Hi HArelief,

    Thank you for sharing that with us. I’m so happy to hear you’ve been able to reduce your migraine attack frequency – YAY!

    And thanks for the tip!

    Nancy

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