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December 03, 2007

Migraine News and Tips

By Mark Sisson
66 Comments

Did you know migraine sufferers have different brains from other people?

It’s true. The latest neuroscience reveals that those who experience migraines have marked differences in their brain structures. Migraine-prone individuals experience sensory input – including pain – differently from those who never get migraines. Their brain matter in the area that counts, the somatosensory cortex, is thicker. What scientists don’t know is if migraines cause brain matter changes, or if some folks are simply born with different brains and are therefore susceptible to migraines later in life. Folks with Alzheimer’s and multiple sclerosis have similar brain differences.

Unlike chronic tension headaches or reactive headaches (such as those brought on by consuming too much alcohol or caffeine withdrawal), migraine headaches are dangerous because they alter the brain permanently. That’s why it is essential for migraine sufferers to treat their migraines through both natural and medical avenues. Experts explain that it is imperative for migraine-prone individuals to limit the severity and frequency of their migraines; that is, it is actually safer for a migraine sufferer to take a limited amount of migraine medication in order to reduce the aggregate damage of ongoing migraines left untreated. This is a case where I don’t come down on the use of a pharmaceutical therapy (yes, you heard it from me). While migraine treatments can have side effects, the alternative – downing huge piles of pills in desperation when a migraine hits – is demonstrably worse for your health. Of course, there are often triggers for migraine, and it’s crucial to examine your lifestyle and eliminate any triggers – especially now that we know such violent headaches may alter your brain structure.

Common Triggers

– Refined carbohydrates

– Chocolate

– Overripe fruit

– Alcohol

– Sweets

– Caffeine

– Sleep deprivation

– Menstrual cycles

– Stress

– Smoke (cigarette/cigar smoke)

– Excess sun (or too little sun)

– Anxiety

Seeing a pattern here? Migraine rates have increased in recent years. While better diagnosis probably plays a significant role in this, I believe our standard American lifestyle is clearly implicated as well. Few folks eat fresh, chemical-free, sugar-free, unprocessed foods as a matter of course. Going further, our modern pace of living is incredibly stressful, both emotionally and hormonally. If you suffer from migraines, give my Primal Health lifestyle a try and see if that helps clear things up (link 1, link 2). If you’re a regular reader you know we focus on fresh, clean, wholesome foods, coupled with stress management (both physical and mental).

Migraine Myths

Curious about migraines? I’m lucky; I don’t get them. But I’ve got friends and family members and staff who have experienced these terrible, gut-wrenching, blinding headaches. For the record, a migraine is not simply a really bad headache. They are a true health condition, like inflammation or bipolar disorder. You can’t will them away and the pain is not an exaggeration.

– Migraines can’t be cured.

While this is generally true, they can often be controlled and even eliminated (if that’s not “cured”…). A staff member suffered migraines for years; after cutting out all carbohydrates from grain sources, the migraines cleared up permanently. Diet, lifestyle, and medical therapy can all help to keep migraines under control for good.

– Migraines are caused by allergies/toxins.

Conspiracy theorists wish it were true. Migraines are not caused by allergies or contaminants. While lifestyle plays a dramatic part in migraine treatment, it is unclear if lifestyle causes migraines, or if some folks are simply more susceptible to migraines due to brain differences. This recent study we discussed above seems to suggest the latter. While we all have a single genetic “blueprint” finished some 10,000 years ago, there are bound to be plenty of variations. Some of us are lactose-intolerant; others cannot metabolize alcohol; and others experience migraines. I believe migraines are likely due to a combination of slight genetic variation combined with modern lifestyle factors.

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McFly
McFly
8 years 9 months ago

It’s funny. I’ve never had migraines. I always assumed migraines were headaches for people who whine a lot. Looks like I’ve got some apologizing to do.

corey
corey
8 years 9 months ago

My mother suffers from migraine headaches, so I know that migraines can be a very debilitating ailment. I am glad to see an article focus on not only medicinal cures but also the natural cures that are available. I also appreciate the comment on lifestyle possibly being a factor and the fact that some people are simply more susceptible this disease.

tatsujin
8 years 9 months ago

I’ve never even had a headache. But two ladies in my office suffer from migraines. I feel for them when I see how much pain their in. I will show them this post. Thank you.
T.

Migraineur
8 years 9 months ago
Thanks for the article. (Hey, I’m the Migraineur, of course I’d appreciate an article on migraine.) I’m curious – do you know of any research into migraines and low-carb diets? I know many doctors recommend gluten-free diets, but I fear that these are insufficient because I’m not sure that gluten is the problem. One of the first things people on gluten-free diets turn to is corn, which can’t be better. I know that there is a great deal of research into ketogenic diets for epilepsy, and that some migraine sufferers are successfully treated with anti-seizure drugs. This leads me to… Read more »
megan
megan
1 year 5 months ago
I had migraines with aura that usually lasted 2-4days. I started keto 4 months ago and stayed I a moderate (40ish on ketostix) reading. I had a huge failure recently and pretty much ate whatever. During keto, I didn’t have a single migraine. I got off of all my meds (sumatriptan and topomax…inderal didn’t work for me). It was heaven. I lived lile a normal person. Now 2 weeks out of keto, I am on day 3 of a migraine. I don’t know if it was keto. I can’t prove it. But, I’m sedinitely getting back on it.
Migraineur
8 years 9 months ago

By the way, the artwork you used to illustrate this post is not a bad example of what migraine aura is like. Not perfect, but pretty darn good.

Thompson
Thompson
8 years 9 months ago

And all this time I thought I just got really bad headaches. At least a couple times a year I would get these killer headaches and pop upwards of 5 pain killers. Looking back I was probably having migraines. Good to know there are other options.

Mark Sisson
8 years 9 months ago

Migraineur,

1) Sorry you have to deal with migraines.
2) Not aware of the keto factor in migraines. I am of the opinion that cutting all grain is more on the right track (corn is a grain, so those who cut gluten and not corn may short-change themselves.
3) Jack Challem thinks some people might benefit from extra B2 and magnesium. He thinks in those people that a certain gene is expressing itself due to whatever mechanism and that it can be sometimes “turned off” with those supplements.
4) As you know, I’m not the biggest fan of anything that increases insulin resistance.

Angela
Angela
8 years 9 months ago
Another trigger can be cervical-spinal problems — in my case, caused by a bad phone posture. Over a decade ago, I had one migraine headache, which had been preceded by two “precursor” events a few weeks/months before. After the headache (to which, I thought at the time, death would have been preferable) I went to a reputable chiropractor. He took neck x-rays and asked me if I spent a lot of time of the phone with the handset propped between my shoulder and my ear. When I responded in the affirmative, he said he thought that was the cause of… Read more »
Lullaby
Lullaby
8 years 9 months ago

As a long time migraine sufferer, I finally met a neurologist who told me about the magnesium and B2-I have fewer migraines now than I ever did. I felt like those 2 simple pills were really a miracle!
My Dr. said it’s not worth it for me to take the preventative medicine since I only get them 3-4 times a year. I didn’t know about damaging the brain-I’m going to show him this post! Thanks Mark!

Nancy S
Nancy S
8 years 9 months ago
A friend I met recently has had migraines and we got on the subject of food allergies/sensitivities, specifically wheat and gluten, and she did more research and then went to her neurologist with her findings (she also suffers seizures and has a lesion on her brain) and he is testing her for celiac. She’s cut out all gluten and says she already feels tons better. I think she should get her results back this week, and I’m curious to see if she is on the right track! My sister suffers migraines as well, hers seem to be triggered by caffeine,… Read more »
Nic
Nic
8 years 9 months ago

I suffered from migraines associated with my menstrual cycle. I have found that reducing my processed carb intake (no sweets or pasta but plenty of beans, fruits and veggies), exercising and trying to include more anti-inflammatory food in my premenstrual diet has helped quite a bit.

Sue
Sue
8 years 9 months ago

In Larry McCleary’s book The Brain Trust Program he has a section on migraines. He recommends ketosis for migraines and some supplements.

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Melody
Melody
8 years 5 months ago
Just stumbled across the page… I’ve been getting severe migraines since I was seven years old. I am now 20. For five years now I’ve been strictly on holistic and herbal supplements/remedies, and have paid close attention to staying away from foods in which trigger my migraines. It helps, but I still get them, and when I do I’m out for days… which is difficult since I’m in college now and professors don’t like hearing sob stories about why my attendance is so low. I’ve tried to deny now for years to myself and those around me how bad my… Read more »
WifeofSufferer
WifeofSufferer
8 years 3 months ago
Hello, My husband has severe migranes. He has an almost permanent headache everyday and then on top of these daily headaches approximately once a week he has a migraine of horrendous proportions. Several times he has had to be rushed to hospital for them, he vomits, collapses and has gone unconcious at times during them. He has tried many medications both to prevent and to minimize the effects of these migraines, none of which have helped and some of those medications have had seriously adverse affects, including rage and uncontrolable irratibility. For which my husband had steadfastly refused to use… Read more »
Erin
Erin
3 years 2 months ago
I feel so sad for your husband. I never post but wanted to share what might be very helpful for him. I have had severe, chronic (20 plus) migraines a month since I was 6. Specialists, neurologists say I’m the worst case they’ve ever seen. I’ve tried EVERYTHING (gluten free, accupuncturr, chiropractic care, massage, medication, allergy shots, allergy meds, vitamin D, B, magnessium, cq10) to no avail. Preventative meds gave me horrific life long side effects (cysts, insulin resistance). I read Heal Your Headache: The 1,2,3 Plan and started the migraine diet it lays out 18 months ago. It has… Read more »
Aaron
8 years 3 months ago

WifeofSufferer,

We have a nice community of people many with their own health challenges. One loyal reader comes to mind that may be able to offer advice – either personally (she may have contact info on her site) or via her blog: http://migraineur.wordpress.com/

I hope this helps and that you and your husband are able to get to the root of this serious problem.

Deb
Deb
8 years 2 months ago
I have suffered with Migraines since I was 5 years old, I am now 39. Until lately, I just “dealt” with them…dark room, cold/ice compress, absolute silence, combinations of pills (ibuprofen, aspirin, sinus meds, etc.) and rest. I loved that this post refers to the fact that this is a condition, one which employers, teachers, family and friends should have a better understanding of. I recently started on the path of finding “the answer” for my migraines. My menstraul cylcle sets them off and they last for days; eating certain trigger foods, sunlight, etc – all triggers. BUT what I… Read more »
Erin
Erin
3 years 2 months ago
Yes! I have had severe, chronic (20 plus) migraines a month since I was 6. Specialists, neurologists say I’m the worst case they’ve ever seen. I’ve tried EVERYTHING (gluten free, accupuncturr, chiropractic care, massage, medication, allergy shots, allergy meds, vitamin D, B, magnessium, cq10) to no avail. Preventative meds gave me horrific life long side effects (cysts, insulin resistance). I read Heal Your Headache: The 1,2,3 Plan and started the migraine diet it lays out 18 months ago. It has completely changed my life. The book explains for many things we do to treat migraines make them worse. It also… Read more »
Grace...
Grace...
7 years 10 months ago
Devastated to learn that the Inderal I was on for two years may have pushed me over the edge into the high risk category for type 2 diabetes. I was walking a fine line with my first two children, barely passing the glucose tests for gestational diabetes, and then inbetween my second chiold and my third (last) was on the inderal… had full blown gestational diabetes with him and even now 18 months later seem to have irregular blood sugar. Glad I saw this post – I was considering going back on the Inderal for the devastating migraines but now… Read more »
Grace...
Grace...
7 years 10 months ago

Oh, and I forgot -I am one of those mavericks whose migraines are caused neither by food, my period or any of the other more common triggers – but I can tell you when a change in the barometric pressure is occuring a day in advance.

Finally found a doctor who didn’t laugh at me for saying the weather causes my headaches!!

Lisa
Lisa
7 years 8 months ago
After years of “healthy” vegetarian eating where I felt ok, but gained weight and had ‘occasional’ migraines, I tried to go vegan. After 2 years of migraines that lasted days on end, increasing to 10 times a month, and then adding in severe pms, weight gain, and mood swings, and getting to the point that narcotic shots were barely working, I tried a high-carb diet and really fell apart- every cycle was cumlinating in a 5 day pain fest, ending with vomiting, blindness and narcotis and 3 days of laying down. No way to live. I decided to try another… Read more »
Lisa
Lisa
7 years 8 months ago

Oh, and Grace- I can say with joy that I no longer know a storm is coming and am caught without an umbrella often! Never happened before! I laugh when it snows and rains now..
I used to be in bed for 3 days before any change.. My husband called me “the human barometer!”

celticlikeme
7 years 5 months ago

I never had a migraine until I was sick with cancer, then I would get them so bad I was paralyzed to the bed and physically could not get up to even go the emergency room. Now I take meds to keep them under control but they are definitely not made up. And if your not sure if you ever had one, you haven’t. Its not something your ever going to forget you had. Thanks for the info, I did not know some of that.

Ruth
Ruth
7 years 5 months ago

I too have migraines but without the headaches. I get the aura and blind spot and nausea and an unsettled feeling but only a couple of times in my life have I had the headache. Melatonin supplements and some other medicines give them to me, but I haven’t found out what the other triggers are. I am grain and sugar free already. It scares me when I am driving, but I have no warning of onset.

Sonsa
Sonsa
7 years 5 months ago
I am 27. I have suffered migraines for years. Untreated, i get approximately 2 a week. I went on Sandomigrin as a preventative and Imigrain for when one came along. Although i hate the idea of taking drugs everyday, I now have a higher quality of life. I am still unable to work full time but I can do things now I couldn’t before. I have looked at all the different causes and one of the causes for mine are flavor enhancers especially MSG. Another is fatty foods (ie, cheesy food, deep fried food, etc). I have found over time… Read more »
Miriam
Miriam
7 years 4 months ago
I wasn’t aware of the insuline thing with inderal. I probably need to stop it since my blood sugar was high on my last blood test. Be very careful with over the counter pain killers. Doctors told me to take ibuprofen, they said that I could take up to 4 pills at once, which I never did. I never took more than 2 at a time. Sudently my blood pressure was extremelly high, and the doctors started and kept me in blood pressure meds for more than a year. All a sudden my blood pressure dropped to the point that… Read more »
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Christina
Christina
7 years 3 months ago
I suffered years of devastating migraines…they got worse and worse, til I had daily migraines and didn’t even remember what it was like not to live on painkillers. It affected my life so much, and my career (I’m military). I have seen so many doctors, specialists etc….just more pills. A friend suggested the gluten-free diet…I laughed at it…but gave it a whirl. In 3 days I no longer had pain! I couldn’t believe it. I know it’s true because I can eat something with wheat in it and immediately I will be in agony. The pain kept creeping back,daily again,… Read more »
Melody
Melody
5 years 10 months ago
I’ve been gluten-free/corn free (well… for the most part) since I was 15… I’ve found that gluten and corn both, but corn slightly more, has accounted for most of the migraines I’ve suffered since I was 7 years old… corn, however, is nearly impossible to stay away from, even in a lot of gluten-free foods/breads/and the like, but I do try my very best (my boyfriend and I go out of our way to eat organic and healthy, and he is very supportive in helping me weed out corn from my diet). Hope the migraines have lessoned a bit since… Read more »
Lola Terrell
Lola Terrell
7 years 1 month ago
So nice to read all the good posts about mirgraines! Very helpful info. I went on a low dose of Propanolol 4 years ago for a heart issue. My migraines left. Though lately I’ve had a couple, but seem to cycle faster. Because of these posts I am going to try B2 and magnesium (which I did stop taking several months ago!) and see if they help. If not enough, I’ll try elim. some foods. Also, I had a very dramatic insight in a dream the night of the my first migraine in a long while 2 weeks ago. This… Read more »
Tisha
Tisha
6 years 9 months ago
I find myself astonished after reading these posts. I am affected by Barometric Pressure Migraines, I can tell you when we will be getting rain, because if the pressure reaches over 29 I am toast! I currently take Relpax 40mg, when one strikes and it is a miracle pill. However, sometimes it doesn’t work, and those are the migraines that last for days and I wish I could die. I have tried so many things, cutting foods from my diet, watching the menstrual cycle, and changes in the weather, and so far my worst triggers are the weather, which there… Read more »
Grace Alexander
Grace Alexander
6 years 9 months ago
That’s what scares me, too, Tisha. I have a friend with severe epilepsy and seizures of various kinds. She keeps telling me I need a neuro consult! My face goes numb in patches, my speech slurs, my vision splits so if I am driving, for instance, the right side of the road looks six inches higher than the left, etc. My hands tingle and go numb, my balance is off, and I look like I am having some sort of an episode between the slurred speech and holding my head cocked to one side squinting to be able to see.… Read more »
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Teri Eddy
6 years 7 months ago
Thank you for this article. Very informative. My diagnosis of Chronic Daily Migraine came almost 2 decades ago. I’ve seen more neurologists than I care to count and it’s sad how many discount the pain as “mental”, especially since migraineurs are typically women. I finally found a headache specialist that is local and it’s changed my life. I still get very frequent migraines (about 20 per month) but they are much more in control thanks to daily prophylactic prescription meds. When you have migraines, it’s severely debilitating. People, unless they also suffer, don’t understand all the time. It also leads… Read more »
tammy
tammy
6 years 3 months ago

which prophylactic meds do u take? thank you.

Anne
Anne
6 years 6 months ago
“downing huge piles of pills in desperation when a migraine hits – is demonstrably worse for your health.” Well, its a bit of a double edged sword. On the one hand you don’t want to take too many pain killers increasing the risk of rebound headaches. On the other hand, not treating the migraines aggressively can lead to them turning into a much harder to treat chronic condition which is what happened to me. I think it’s misleading to link to an article which is talking about drugs that don’t contribute to the potential for rebound headaches like pain killers… Read more »
Kell Brigan
Kell Brigan
6 years 5 months ago

You’ve left off fragrances from the list of triggers. Fragrances are one of the primary environmental migraine triggers, and not mentioning them prominently is misrepresenting the situation.

Chetan
Chetan
6 years 4 months ago
Hi folks, I have had migraines for several years now. At first I did not even knew they were migraine attacks. Just passed them as severe headaches occuring now & then. My doctor prescribed me some medicines. I took it for 3 months. It did not work at all. Another doctor prescribed me some different medicines which did not work too. A relative of mine told to try HOMEOPATHY. I was reluctant at first because I had not got any effects for my acne problems. But still I decided to give it a shot. And there you are in 2… Read more »
Carrie
Carrie
6 years 4 months ago
Lots of good info here. I have suffered from migraines since adolesence but not diagnosed as such until midway through my 2nd pregnancy, 5 years ago. I have been on Imitrex (didn’t help), Relpax and Zomax which got me through (both helped greatly but left with a medicine-hangover the next day), prophylatic Propranalol and then Nadolol (neither helped), continuous birth control (Seasonale), didn’t help. Also tried acupuncture which didn’t really help either, though it was suggested I needed to eat warm foods and avoid shocking my system with cold foods. Anyway, just over a year ago I was diagnosed with… Read more »
Tara
Tara
6 years 1 month ago

From high school to now (over 20 years), I’ve gotten migraines at least once a month. I was fairly certain that hormones were the cause, because the migraines always hit during my period, and they stopped completely while I was pregnant.

But in the 7 weeks since I began eating at least 80% Primally, I have not had a single migraine, and I am beyond grateful. If I never have to scramble for a dose of Imitrex again, I will be a very happy woman.

Carrie
Carrie
6 years 1 month ago
As an update to my previous post, I am now into my 3rd trimester of pregnancy, migraines have significantly improved (and are treatable with tylenol or the occasional excedrin, ok’d by my Ob), despite my eating many more carbs than I was pre-pregnancy. The hormone stability at this stage of pregnancy is definitely playing a positive role. I have also been training in biofeedback with a neurologist which is very intriguing and seems to be working as well. I know I will likely be in for a potential migraine onslaught post-delivery, and won’t be able to fully acclimate back to… Read more »
Lorrii
Lorrii
5 years 10 months ago
I’ve suffered with migraines since I was 14 years old. I’m now 47. The last three years have seen a huge increase in the amount of migraines. Averageing 14 a month. I’ve been following a low carb diet for about 18 months, with 2 lapses. After the last lapse I went totally ketogenic. My migaines stopped. As in, stopped completley for two months. I got lazy, ate some fast food here and there, relaxed on the carbs, still low carb, probalby about 20 – 50 per day. The migraines came back. I’m back to ketogenic and migraine free. I can… Read more »
Tam Warren
Tam Warren
5 years 10 months ago
You said that you ate fast food… I also experience severe migraine and mine are triggered by msg (didn’t know that until I started this diet). I live migraine free now but I know it isn’t due to carbs because I’ve cheated on occasion with no relapse BUT I’m now positive they are MSG induced. Not just “MSG” but all 16 names that it can be listed under. the way I found out is buy ordering Wendy’s chili thinking it was “carb-free”. It has MSG in it and damn near put me in the hospital! You should really watch and… Read more »
stephanie cole
stephanie cole
5 years 2 days ago

Hi sounds like we are trying the same approach! How are you doing? I just started ketogenic diet for migraines only 2 days in so far,

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Michelle
5 years 5 months ago
This is an older thread but I thought I’d comment because I don’t see anyone with a similar experience and it may prove helpful to someone. I have been getting migraines since I was 27. They started at a time when other seemingly unrelated things were going haywire in my body (reflux, sinuses, chronic fatigue, back pain, hair loss, joint pain, bowel trouble.) Several years I happened into a chiropractor’s office. He was the first doc to listen and theorize on how and why all those crazy things happened at once: it was the end of my second pregnancy and… Read more »
Amy
Amy
5 years 4 months ago
Chocolate Caffeine Insufficient sleep Hormone changes Barometric pressure changes Wine (sulfites – so even when used for cooking) Processed meats (sodium nitrite – so all of the tastiest meats) Migraines are tricky. I can get them sometime swith no pain at all, just the visual disturbances, nausea and stiffness. On the other hand, when I get one with pain it’s a pretty easy guarantee that I’ll have it for 3 days. Really awful. I think the scariest was one I had about 15 years ago, when I was in my early 30s. It was a pretty bad one, and when… Read more »
Barry
Barry
5 years 1 month ago
Been Paleo/Primal (essentially Low Carb/High Fat with some dairy- cheese and Heavy Whipping Cream with berries and my coffee) for six to seven months. For 30 plus years I have suffered at least one to two debilitating migraines per month: blind spots/auras, etc. In fact, that picture on this post makes me want to have one. Although, I’m already suffering just my second migraine in those seven months. Don’t know what triggered it the first time, but guess what I ate yesterday? Pop Chips. What do they have in common with another known trigger of mine (Slim Fast shakes- used… Read more »
Kevin Thoroughgood
5 years 9 days ago

An interesting article and certainly a good read about migraines

Kevin
Kevin
4 years 10 months ago

This is what I was looking for. I started the Primal Blueprint about 2 1/2 months ago and noticed I haven’t had a migraine since. I was wondering if this was the cause of my happy news. So in addition to “curing” my arthritis, the Blueprint has “cured” my migraines. I don’t see how I can turn back. The 43 lbs I’ve lost so far don’t hurt either!

Elaine
Elaine
4 years 8 months ago
I have to agree that I also used to have daily migraines which were stopped with a gluten free diet. I think your dismissal of food allergens is unproven by research. Do a quick search of gluten intolerance and migraine. There are quite a few studies backing this in reputable medical journals, though I don’t disagree with other things you said. Reduced insulin sensitivity is also a factor for me and I’m sure is related to success for others with eating gluten free. I now avoid anything that will spike my blood sugar levels and try to eat frequently and… Read more »
Kate
Kate
4 years 8 months ago
Any one else get sleep paralysis with there migraines? The scariest thing that has ever happened to me! And it happens every time I have a migraine pretty much. Your awake and conscious but your body is cometely paralyzed, which is freaky enough without the visual and auditory hallucinations, sometimes it’s so real. And if you struggle it just makes it worse! Hopefully my migraines will completely clear up when I fully go primal after coming back from Cambodia and Thailand in two weeks.. Only problem then, if I don’t take me preventative meds, which are actually a small dose… Read more »
MyPrimalAdventures
4 years 7 months ago
I am also a chronic migraine sufferer–I get regular headaches about 2-3x/week and about 1-2 migraines/month if I medicate on time. I get 1-2 migraines/year that send me to hospital because after several hours of vomitting, I usually go into shock and suffer from convulsions. I usually deal with them by taking at least 3 advil and either a gravol or benadryl to make me stay very still and help me snooze while I wait for the next 8 hours to pass… I take magnesium and vitamin B. I knew that eating primal/paleo was helpful, and THOUGHT it was due… Read more »
Roxanne
Roxanne
4 years 1 month ago
I suffered with migraines my whole life. Miserable, throwing up, bedridden, can’t move and inch, can’t stand light type of migraines. I drank Dr.Pepper out the wazoo, consumed mass amounts of sugar, breads,and pastas. I tried 3 different migraine prescriptions and had finally ended up just popping Excedrin when one came about. Then a year a go, I went primal and cut all of that out. My migraines stopped. Completely. I was getting them a minimum of twice a month and all of a sudden I wasn’t getting them anymore. It was a miracle, a relief, an act of God….but… Read more »
Hilary
Hilary
3 years 11 months ago
I’ve had migraines consistently since I was 12. That is 20 years of migraines. I always get them, without fail, during my period or if I have alcohol. I have a few other triggers as well. My menstrual migraines effect me for anywhere from 2 – 5 days in a row a month. I also usually get 1 other 2-day migraine a month. Well, I’ve been primal now for about 60 days, and went off the birth control pill. Not only is my period much lighter with no cramping, but I haven’t had a migraine this period either. I’ve just… Read more »
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