I’m not a doctor… or a migraineur… I’m just an old Navy fighter pilot, call sign “Batch.” I’m also a long time cluster headache sufferer, (CH’er) chronic since 2005… except I no longer suffer from these terribly painful headaches.
The purpose of this post is to start the ball rolling for migraineurs interested in a complementary alternative therapy consisting of OTC vitamins and minerals including 10,000 IU/day vitamin D3, 1000 mg Omega-3 Fish Oil, and the vitamin D3 cofactors: magnesium, zinc, boron, and vitamin A (retinol) all taken at RDA. I call this combination of vitamins and minerals the Anti-Inflammatory Regimen.
I’m not a doctor, a troll or a snake oil salesman… Accordingly, I suggest migraineurs interested in this regimen see their PCP or neurologist for the 25-Hydroxy Vitamin D3, a.k.a., 25(OH)D lab test. 25(OH)D is the serum level metabolite of vitamin D3 that’s used to measure its status. The normal reference range for this lab test is a 25(OH)D serum concentration between 30 and 100 ng/mL, (75 and 250 nmol/L). Be sure to ask for the actual results as too many physicians will interpret 31 ng/mL as “normal.” CH’ers who respond to this regimen average a 25(OH)D serum concentration around 80 ng/Ml.
Should your 25(OH)D lab results come back less than 30 ng/mL (75 nmol/L), discuss vitamin D3 therapy with your PCP or neurologist. I realize 10,000 IU/day vitamin D3 sounds like a lot… but it isn’t. The human skin can develop over 15,000 IU of vitamin D3 in as little as 10 minutes if exposed to the UV-B in direct mid-day sunlight clad in a bathing suit without sun block… The problem is most of us haven’t done this since we were kids.
I’ve spent the last five years working with hundreds of CH’ers taking the anti-inflammatory regimen at the cluster headache forum, clusterheadaches dot com. To date, better than 80% of the CH’ers who started this regimen have had a favorable response with a significant reduction in the frequency, severity and duration of their CH within the first month. 60% of them have experienced a lasting pain free response. Since December of 2010, a number of migraineurs have also started this regimen with similar results… my wife included. She was a 20 year chronic migraineur with monthly bouts of migraine headaches lasting 3 to 5 days… She hasn’t had a migraine since starting the anti-inflammatory regimen.
You can find out more about the health benefits of vitamin D3 by Googling “Vitamin D Wiki,” “Grassroots Health,” and the “Vitamin D Council”
For the moderators, I’m a member of the American Academy of Neurology. You can find the abstract of a survey I conducted titled “A Survey of Cluster Headache (CH) Sufferers Using Vitamin D3 as a CH Preventative (P1.256). Neurology April 8, 2014 vol. 82 no. 10 Supplement P1.256.