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  • By TheMistress666

    Can a Migraine also be a symptom of an Allergic reaction to something?

    Ive had migraines for as long as i can remember, since i was a teen, Ive also suffered with what i thought was hayfever/dust allergy again, for as long as i remember, having periods of streaming eyes, sneezing and blocked nasal passages for weeks at a time, (but no other cold symptoms etc) and which go away with Anti histamines, now, Im due to hit the big 40 this year and in the last few years my symptoms have escalated, I think my previous work in forensics and the constant washing etc has sensitised me to something, and my allergies and migraines have become more frequent, to the point im now on vitrually permanent anti-histamines and im going for skin patch testing in a months time. I get migraines around once a week now, and if i dont catch the triggers (subtle tapping/throbbing on the soft spots on the sides of my head, and sudden extreme tiredness and falling asleep without warning when i didnt even think i was tired prior) the migraine can last 2-3 days in total.

    Ive just had my second bad reaction to loose egg (as in cooked with a runny yolk)Ive been avoiding eggs as i thought it might be a trigger, and within 2 hours of eating it, i was extremely tired, fell asleep on the sofa, so hubby took me to bed, and i woke up at 6 am feeling like Mike Tyson had punched me in the left cheek and head, it happened last time i at eggs too, so im wondering, could these migraines also be a sign of the possible food allergy?

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  • By Tammy Rome

    There is some speculation that migraine may have an inflammatory component and may (in some circumstances) be connected to histamine release. If this is true, then yes, allergies can be a trigger for migraine. Also, some foods can trigger migraine attacks. The particular foods can vary from patient to patient. The only way to know for sure if allergies are triggering your migraine attacks is to get an accurate diagnosis and effective treatment for the allergy symptoms. If your migraine symptoms improve, then it’s likely that allergies were the culprit. I sure hope this is the case for you and that you can get good results from treatment. So few of us actually have any control over our triggers.

    Here are some articles for your research:
    https://migraine.com/blog/migraine-and-allergies/
    https://migraine.com/blog/rhinitis-migraine-patients/

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  • By Kerrie Smyres Moderator

    I do not have food allergies (or any allergies), but have found that dietary histamine is a huge migraine trigger for me. Some foods contain histamine, but, more significantly, histamine is released as part of the digestive process every time you eat. Some people are more sensitive than others — I have trouble with even the histamine released as a normal part of digestion, while others only have problems with histamine-containing foods. Egg white is on the histamine list and the longer foods (particularly those with animal protein) are stored, the more histamine they contain.

    You can test whether you are sensitive to histamine in foods (and how sensitive you are) by trying a low-histamine diet and/or taking a digestive enzyme called diamine oxidase (DAO). I both take DAO every time I eat and eat a low-histamine diet, but some people are fine with one or the other. Here’s a good link for histamine-containing foods: http://www.mastocytosis.ca/MSC%20HT%20Restricted%20Diet%20Nov2012.pdf. There are MANY different, conflicting histamine food lists online. This is considered the most reliable one.

    This is a big topic that I’m trying to write about for Migraine.com. Here’s some information I’ve written on my own experience (on my own blog) to get you started:

    -Histamine, diet and migraine overview: http://www.thedailyheadache.com/2014/01/post-never-thought-id-get-write.html

    -Q&A on the topic: http://www.thedailyheadache.com/2014/01/answers-questions-histamine-intolerance-dao.html

    Please let me know if you have any questions. It’s a lot of information to digest, but I recommend looking into it. It has been a life-changing discovery for me.

    Kerrie

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