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January 25, 2013

No Grains Equals No Migraines

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It’s Friday, everyone! And that means another Primal Blueprint Real Life Story from a Mark’s Daily Apple reader. If you have your own success story and would like to share it with me and the Mark’s Daily Apple community please contact me here. I’ll continue to publish these each Friday as long as they keep coming in. Thank you for reading!

The first time it happened I panicked. My vision was slowly filling up with shiny blobs of light. Instinctively I went to a dark room and, 15 minutes in, I couldn’t see. Eventually it ramped down just like it ramped up. And as soon as it cleared, the pain started. I was never one for much pain medication, so I just put a cold rag on my forehead and bore it. Then the nausea kicked in. The pain subsided after a few hours. But it happened again the next week. And the next.

The third time, I hyperventilated from the pain and my boyfriend drove me to the hospital at 2 a.m. A scan cleared me of any brain tumors and I was diagnosed with ocular migraines. The doctor gave me a prescription for a drug used to help cancer patients deal with nausea and told me to get a bottle of Excedrin.

People who have had ocular migraines know what I’m talking about. It fills your world with panic. What will trigger it next? Bright white snow? Car headlights? My mother tells me my aunt gets shots to stop them, so I figure it must run in the family. I became attached to my sunglasses. I’d wear them even at night sometimes to block building or street lights. I had to pull over in my car once because I couldn’t see through the “shinys,” as I called them. It’s not a good way to live. As a college sophomore, I was kept out of class and work with pain. I eventually learned to stop the pain by taking the Excedrin as soon as I saw the flashy lights. But that much medicine would leave me in a haze for the rest of the day.

Here’s what gets me. As a sophomore, I had put on the freshman 15 and wanted to start the year eating healthy. I cut out all white grain products and switched to whole-grain bread and pasta. I ate healthy lean meats but would binge on sugar on the weekends. Years passed and I accepted migraines as a part of my life. I carried a big bottle of meds everywhere. Here’s a look at my old diet:

Old Diet

I graduated college and married the boyfriend who drove me to the hospital. He was always overweight and I, being a journalist/graphic artist, was constantly bombarded with health information and the newest studies. So we tried a few of these popular trends to help him get his weight down (6-foot, 245). I wasn’t as worried about mine at the time (5′ 7″, 145), but I figured I could stand to lose a few. We did P90X, the Abs Diet, lots of whole grains and really boring food. I still had migraines. I still had IBS, acne – oh and regular headaches, too!

Here’s us:

Pre-Primal

In late 2011 my husband found your website on some message boards. He started Primal and two weeks later, he says he feels like Superman! Able to leap tall buildings! Inspired to run around and lift things! The weight came off fast with his fasting schedule. I looked at the catalog of research online and it just seemed right. I couldn’t be left out, and he needed my support like he always helped me through my migraines. I got the book and started in January 2012 with a meal plan that looked like this:

New Diet

And yes, I dropped down to 125 pounds (high school weight) and my husband lost 70. Yes, my IBS symptoms are gone. My skin is glowing and there are no more sugar crashes. But what makes me tear up in gratitude is that I haven’t had a single migraine since.

Looking back, I have to pinpoint those grains/gluten as the migraine trigger. I’ve had sugar since (I still love ice cream). I’ve had legumes a few times, but I’ve been gluten free. And I won’t go back. In July I stopped carrying around the industrial-sized bottle of pills. If Primal just cured the migraines alone, I’d still do it. It’d be worth it. The fear is finally gone.

Katie and Husband - After

Katie

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redsnapperuk
redsnapperuk
3 years 8 months ago

I so love these stories. I look forward to them every Friday!! Congratulations to both of you for what you have achieved so far and no doubt you are feeling a million dollars!!! W00t!!!!

Marco
3 years 7 months ago

Congrats to you both! you look great! Now that I have read your story it makes me realize that I do not get headaches like I used to. Other things like the bloat, gas and lethargy I went away almost immediately, but headaches are now almost non existent for me as well. Thanks for the share!

~heather~
~heather~
3 years 8 months ago

Yay! I tell EVERYBODY that complains of migraines to ditch the wheat, preferably go completely grain free. I had migraines all the time (3-4/mo) with seemingly no triggers, until I went gluten-free. Finally found the trigger!

You both look amazing and I’m so glad you’re able to leave those nasty migraines behind!

KitC
KitC
3 years 8 months ago

My story is EXACTLY the same! I was getting up to more than 1 or 2 a week, and all those prescription pain meds were leaving me with a depression problem (a common side effect of narcotics use). No wheat/grains = no migraines!

Primal Pisces
Primal Pisces
3 years 8 months ago

+1 – used to get migraines twice or three times a month. Now I just get bad headaches, which is much better than before. I’ve been Primal for about a year and a month and won’t go back to grains. The benefits outweigh the momentary sugar gratification of simple carbs.

Metric
Metric
3 years 8 months ago

+1 I was getting weekly migraines. Gone (along with many other symptoms). I feel amazing!

Dutch
Dutch
3 years 7 months ago

+1. This story is exactly the same as my wife and I’s. Lots of lost weight, lots more energy and her once weekly migraines have been gone for over 2 years. Nirvana!

Onge
Onge
3 years 8 months ago

Worked on my migraines too, a year and counting not even a headache.

Wayne Atwell
3 years 8 months ago

That is great that going primal has helped you to get rid of your migraines. My girlfriend has really bad migraines a few times a year. She just started going paleo like 2 months ago so it is too soon to tell if paleo has helped her get rid of the migraines since they happen infrequently but I am excited to tell her about your story. I’m sure it will give her hope.

Nikki
3 years 8 months ago

I’ve had the same experience with migraines, Katie! I’m so glad that I’m not the only person that PB has worked for in that regard. Migraines can be life stopping and they really suck! I definitely identify with the fears you described about looking at headlights, snow, etc. because I had those too. It is no way to live. I hope neither of us ever experiences that again. 🙂

KatieCHI
KatieCHI
3 years 8 months ago

Me too!

Wenchypoo
Wenchypoo
3 years 8 months ago
In spite of going Paleo, then Atkins Induction, then Keto, my husband still gets occasional migraines due to his Norwegian heritage, and glare from low angles of sun. Lately, he has picked up a blood pressure angle to them: if his systolic goes below 130, he’s prone. We came to this conclusion after repeated blood pressure testing after the onset of his visual aura. Nothing can be done about the Norwegian heritage (except maybe to move there), but we’ve done all we can about low-angle sun glare with drawn shades, tinted Transitions lenses for his glasses, and we carry Excedrin… Read more »
Julia
Julia
3 years 8 months ago

Interesting about the blood pressure. Mine has always either been too low, or way too low. I don’t think it’s ever been anywhere close to 130. How does he go about raising it? I would give up every wonderful food in the universe to never have another migraine–so much better if instead the fix is to eat more bacon.

Wenchypoo
Wenchypoo
3 years 8 months ago

More salt, less potassium. Sometimes he throws in a little caffeine.

Wenchypoo
Wenchypoo
3 years 8 months ago

Here’s an example: lightning (http://consumer.healthday.com/Article.asp?AID=672820)

I bet it’s not the lightning, but the swift changes in barometric pressure that cause them–barometric pressure changes like this can bring on gout attacks as well.

Cindy
Cindy
3 years 8 months ago

It’s interesting you mentioned potassium. I had what is called “Adrenal Fatigue”. (Of course, mainstream medicine doesn’t recognize this as a real condition because there’s no prescription pill to fix it.) One of the problems is too much potassium and not enough salt. If I stood up too fast, I’d feel like I was going to pass out. My Dr. fixed me with a heap of supplements and salt water! There’s a website adrenalfatigue.org or something like that which has good information on the condition if you want to take a look.

Bill C
Bill C
3 years 7 months ago

Huh. Never felt like passing out, but my vision would shut down for a few seconds with slight dizziness. (…wait a minute…) It doesn’t happen too often (none recently) so I was unconcerned. That is was due to low blood pressure was clear enough; and I think moving my arms and legs a bit before standing prevented them. However, looking back on the few that have occurred since going Primal, i.e., since paying attention to what I eat, my salt intake was very low prior to them. Correlation=/=causation of course.

Amanda
Amanda
3 years 8 months ago

Just curious if he has tried to take magnesium and riboflavin (vitamin B2) daily to see if natural things could help. I type neurology reports, and it has worked for many.

Shary
Shary
3 years 8 months ago

You’re probably already aware of this, but low vitamin D has been linked to frequent migraines.

Kristina
Kristina
3 years 7 months ago

Check out his adrenal function. Adrenal fatigue can cause low blood pressure.

Nissa Quill
Nissa Quill
3 years 7 months ago

Can you tell me more about the low angle of sunlight and Norwegian heritage? I am of scandanavian descent and have always had issues with that but I didn’t know there was a connection.

Matthias
Matthias
3 years 7 months ago

What on earth would Norwegian ancestry have to do with it? Norwegians don’t have more migraines than other people.

Norwegians are Germanic, and probably a majority of Americans have whole or partial Germanic ancestry (British, German, Dutch, Nordic – and French, although they speak a Romance language). It doesn’t give them migraines.

Brady
3 years 7 months ago
My mother had migraines all her life until she started taking magnesium. Now she NEVER gets any type of headache. For myself when I was working I would on occasion get a stress headache,but always carried peppermint oil and applied it to the area that hurt. Later,I found a roll on that I believe was called Mygrastick,which had the peppermint oil in it,it just made it easier to apply. But now I just take magnesium morning and night and no headaches…..period. I have read that 80% of the american people are lacking magnesium. I also sleep like a baby every… Read more »
Moushka
Moushka
1 year 1 month ago
I have Norwegian heritage, too, and had migraines all my life but didn’t know there was a connection. Certainly have the light connection and live in sun glasses. Getting rid of sugar and grains has helped, for sure, and I think the full fat dairy is important. Whatever has helped, since going Primal, they are fewer than ever, thank goodness. Wish I’d known about the Primal lifestyle when I was younger. Migraines nearly ruined my youth as I never knew when they were going to interrupt a planned event or even just the daily round of child care. Pain is… Read more »
Susie
3 years 8 months ago

Woo hoo!! Awesome story. It blows my mind that our medical community (or a lot of it) doesn’t think to treat THE ROOT PROBLEM. Ugh! It is so frustrating. Whenever one of my friends is dealing with a chronic something (headaches, IBS, whatever) they go to the doc and are given something that masks the symptoms. Then thye talk to me and I give them one of my favorite paleo books. 🙂 So inspired by this success!

Shary
Shary
3 years 8 months ago

Follow the money, Susie. “Chronic” means neverending drugs and visits to the doctor, whereas there’s no continuing profit in a cure.

Paleo Bon Rurgundy
3 years 8 months ago

“Chronic” also means a natural medicinal. Go figure.

Tim
Tim
3 years 7 months ago

May I say that you absolutely rock.

Lorraine
Lorraine
3 years 8 months ago

I too had migraines. I would scare the heck out of daughter who thought I was dying I was in so much pain! Gluten is a trigger! I tell people too to stop eating gluten if they want to get better.

Congrats! You two look happy and healthy!

Erik
Erik
3 years 8 months ago

I have also been migraine free (not one)for 15 months. I had siffered from them since I was about 7 years old and tried it all. What amazed me is that after all the doctors, drugs and researching migraines I hadn’t been told to try losing the grains. I had been told to ditch everything else though…dairy, chocolate, coffee, red wine, ham, nitrates….but NEVER wheat.

GOOD FOR YOU !!

Alison Golden
3 years 8 months ago

Wow, you both look so different! I wish more people who suffer from migraines (and asthma) would learn of the relationship with wheat. Congratulations!

I liked this sentence, “… two weeks later, he says he feels like Superman!” 🙂

Carrie
Carrie
3 years 8 months ago

My asthma is definitely triggered by wheat. 2 slices of pizza is a sure way for me to get wheezy. A co-worker was amazed that I didn’t eat the free pizza at work today. Breathing is easy motivation to cut out pizza! No acne is just a bonus!

Luke DePron
Luke DePron
3 years 8 months ago

I’ve never had migraines but that sounds awful, glad your not dealing with that anymore.

Always cool to see self care over health care!

Julia
Julia
3 years 8 months ago

I had a migraine about a week into going paleo, so I’m skeptical that it will work for me. But man would that be fantastic. I would rather get mauled by a bear than have another migraine (I might be exaggerating… slightly).

Cindy
Cindy
3 years 8 months ago

It takes a while to get the gluten out of your system, so don’t get discouraged! 🙂

Paleo Bon Rurgundy
3 years 7 months ago

I concur with Cindy’s comment. A week is not a long enough time. A food reaction can take 3-4 days to manifest. At a minimum, a strict 30 days. Not “GAPS” diet hardcore, more like “Whole30” hardcore. No softcore paleo.

Harold Crews
Harold Crews
3 years 7 months ago

Also gluten can easily sneak into a meal. For instance today I had some friend okra. So some grains do come in even if you’re otherwise pretty careful.

Nikki
3 years 7 months ago

I actually got a string of migraines 3 days in a row after I first started PB. I really can’t explain why other than the dramatic shift in my diet. Since then though, if I stick with PB I don’t get migraines. If I change things up and go back to eating garbage then there they are a couple days later.

Anne
3 years 8 months ago

Katie, what an amazing story! I get ocular migraines too (though I’m lucky–I usually lose sight in one quadrant but never feel pain. Weird, huh?) But it never occurred to me they might be diet-related!

So glad you guys are both feeling so much better. Nicely done!

Nicholle
Nicholle
3 years 8 months ago

Going gluten free has also helped my migraines (they come back when I fall off the wagon). It’s also helped my depression. I’ve suffered from depression since I was a teenager (I’m in my early 50s now), but it’s no longer a problem. However, if I eat ANY gluten, the results are immediate fatigue and the onset of deep depression that takes days to go away. I’m disappointed that the medical community hasn’t spent more time researching the link between food sensitivities and health conditions, and instead pushes pills and painkillers.

Helga
Helga
3 years 8 months ago

“I’m disappointed that the medical community hasn’t spent more time researching the link between food sensitivities and health conditions…”

Disappointed, but probably not surprised. There’s no money in telling people to stop eating certain foods!

Kate
Kate
3 years 8 months ago

Depression & fatigue are very common symptoms of celiac disease, as are migraines. Unfortunately, doctors don’t always know that, so people aren’t tested. Glad you figured out what your problem was!

KitC
KitC
3 years 8 months ago

I suspect that celiac gets under-reported and under-diagnosed bceause the testing is either highly unpleasant (biopsy of the lining of the small intestine – this is the ‘gold standard’ test) or not terribly accurate (blood and stool tests have a very poor record with “false negatives” telling people they aren’t celiac/gluten sensitive, when they actually really are).

My history is just like Nicole’s; first migraine when I was 12, struggling with depression all my life, and now in my mid-50’s, gluten and grain free and free of migraines and depression. i wish I had found out sooner!

Simone
Simone
3 years 7 months ago

Gluten affects my anxiety too! Even if I have a little slip up the next day my anxiety symptoms are back…..It’s a great motivator to avoid gluten/grains 🙂

James
James
3 years 8 months ago

Great story and glad to see both of you so healthy and happy.

Vanessa
Vanessa
3 years 8 months ago

I’m more afraid of bears than I am of migraines! The sunlight is definately a trigger for me but I think it’s the squinting that causes the headache. Missing out on my morning cup of tea was always a sure way to give myslef a bad day. What I have found is that I have grown out of them. At age 51, I have only had a handful in the past five years and that sometimes a candy bar (I’m sure it’s the chocolate) can stop them.

Congratulations to you both.

Paleo Bon Rurgundy
3 years 7 months ago

Well that’s just great. You hear that, Ed? Bears. Now you’re putting the whole station in jeopardy.

CalicoGal
CalicoGal
3 years 7 months ago

Hahaha! ! Bears?! Noo! They are blood thirsty killing machines.

Nocona
Nocona
3 years 8 months ago

Yep, migraines gone too! I have to watch the wine a bit along with no grains ever. But just to have the fear of “maybe getting one” disappear, is worth the world to me. Great job guys,Superman and Superwoman…together at last.

oxide
oxide
3 years 8 months ago

Did you tell this to your doctor?

If enough people can convince doctors to at least SUGGEST going gluten/grain free to other migraine patients, then you can save others the same suffering.

melissa
3 years 8 months ago

I completely agree! If you’re doctor isn’t open to hearing how patients can self-treat…change doctors! Mine was always very keen to hear about my alternative therapies (diet, naturopath, acunpuncture etc) when it came to my colitis…mainly because meds didn’t work!

KatieCHI
KatieCHI
3 years 8 months ago

Luckily enough, I found a paleo doc in Chicago who is amazing 🙂

Lisa
Lisa
3 years 7 months ago

Do you mind sharing his/her name? I’m in need of a new doctor and I’m in Chicago too. Thanks!

Anna
Anna
3 years 7 months ago

I’m also in Chicago and would greatly appreciate if you could share who your Paleo doc is.

Nikki
3 years 7 months ago

Add me to the list who would love to know who this doctor is!! I actually even joined Angie’s List to try and find a paleo doctor and came up with nothing. I’m so frustrated with my CW doctor that I basically have stopped going.

hoopchi
hoopchi
3 years 8 months ago

Frequent, debilitating migraines (3-4 a month) before going Paleo and ditching grains in 2009. Have not had a real migraine since. A few headaches, mostly tension related but thankfully, those days of hiding in the bedroom with the lights off just to survive are over.

Chica
Chica
3 years 8 months ago

My step-daughter has suffered from migraines since she was in her teens, still has acne at 30, has had digestive troubles for years, struggles with her weight, etc., etc. But will she even consider going Primal, in spite of seeing her father and me glowing with health? No.

It makes me so sad that she persists in suffering because, “Oh, I could never give up bread.” I’m afraid yesterday’s comments about suffering becoming a part of someone’s identity applies to her.

Lindsay
Lindsay
3 years 8 months ago
Great story! My boyfriend also suffers from migraines from time to time. He’s been mostly primal for his whole life, but being Chinese means dim sum and white rice is the norm, so he still has that occasionally at group gatherings/family outings. We started to notice a pattern though — whenever he has some wheat or even rice, within a week he suffers some type of migraine or headache. At home we are completely grain/wheat free, so its really only on special occasions that he’ll have any grain or flour (which he admittedly adores) but he’s starting to really feel… Read more »
Pam
Pam
3 years 8 months ago

Flickering lights in a store (Sam’s Club is the worst) or restaurant… this is my trigger. I got my first ocular migraine (pain free) at the age of 45, and have only had 3 total. I am wondering if my low gluten diet on/off for the past decade had played a role. I am happy to hear you found relief. Continued good health to both you and your husband!

Charity
Charity
3 years 8 months ago

AWESOME story, thank you so much for sharing!

Grokesque
Grokesque
3 years 8 months ago

Oh I so love Fridays – and amazing success stories like these! Well done to both of you!

Cindy
Cindy
3 years 8 months ago
I was shocked and amazed when I saw that your post was about ocular migraines! I’ve been gluten free for a year and Primal for about 6 months now and have had nary a migraine since. But this last Friday, I was at my Mom’s and experienced my first ocular migraine ever. No pain, just wild psychedelic pinwheels of light in my peripheral vision. I had never heard of ocular migraines, and thought I was having a stroke. Has anyone else found that a certain food other than grains will trigger an ocular migraine? I have been under a lot… Read more »
Linda A. Lavid
3 years 8 months ago

For me Ocular Migraines are caused by artificial sweeteners.

KatieCHI
KatieCHI
3 years 8 months ago

I would also get them after Chinese food a lot. Not sure if MSG might have been a trigger. Don’t eat that anymore either.

Meeshar
Meeshar
3 years 7 months ago

Aspartame and MSG are migraine triggers for me. I’m mostly migraine free since going Primal, I do still get a mild headache just before my period, but I’m not even sure I’d call it a migraine anymore. It used to be a 3 day, hide in a dark room ordeal before.

Kristina
Kristina
3 years 7 months ago

Are you sure it was a migraine? I thought I had a migraine once and it turned out to be a detached retina.

Yasemin
Yasemin
3 years 7 months ago
My goodness, what a story! i also ave ocular migraines, thank God not so often, once or twice in two years, but really bad ones.. Two weeks ago I decided to go gluten free and now I see that I have done the right thing.. I had a lot of bloating etc as well.. My little son is eating gluten free with me, since I think he has some intolerance as well, although his doc only thinks that he is not growing much becuase he is just like this.. He has alergic asthma, dermatitis that doesn’t go away, stomach ahea,… Read more »
cindyk
cindyk
3 years 7 months ago

I went to the Dr. to have him check out my eyes and he said everything looked fine and that it sounded like an ocular migraine. Would have gone to an Opthomologist, but also walked into a low-lying branch because I had my hood down too low when the wind was bitterly cold last week. (Thought I broke my neck…also broke Marks don’t do stupid stuff rule).

I don’t use any artificial sweeteners and avoid msg like the plague, but of course, msg is hard control when you don’t make things your self.

Sharon
Sharon
3 years 7 months ago

I got non painful ocular migraines when my platelet count got too high. If the ocular migraines persist, getting a blood test that includes a platelet count might be an avenue you could pursue.

Nettie
Nettie
3 years 7 months ago

I can totally relate. No headache–just the aura. Have you had your estrogen levels checked. My estrogen level was thru the roof–switched to paleo, addressed leaky gut problem, started seeing a homeopathic doctor–no aura since.

wendy
wendy
3 years 7 months ago
I also get ocular migraines. I lose partial vision, get zig zags, confusion, etc… but no pain. I haven’t found a food that helps. I did b12 shots several years ago and the migraines went away for 3 years. Then, I would get 1-2 a year. I started getting them more frequently this fall. I’m back on b12 shots and have not had one in three months. I have still been eating gluten a few times a week. (I know I shouldnt.) This article has given me the push to stop eating it.
melissa
3 years 8 months ago

Great post! I love that this links to overall health and well being (and migraines!) with the weight loss being a secondary “bonus”.
More of these types of success stories please!!!

bjjcaveman
3 years 8 months ago

Excellent story. So happy you found a way of eating that helps your migraines! I look forward to these stories every Friday… I also look forward to Fridays..

Ruth
Ruth
3 years 8 months ago

If only I can convince my husband to go primal. He gets a migraine about every two months. However, he categorically refuses to give up wheat. In fact, he calls paleo a cult! Arg! He argues with me having our kids gluten-free (haven’t gotten them paleo yet) even though they have both had positive effects from it! I think he may be a lost cause. He can buy his own raisin bran. I’m not supplying his habit.

Amy
Amy
3 years 7 months ago

That’s really hard when your husband isn’t on board. 🙁

bruce
bruce
3 years 8 months ago

Well, I guess migraines (my grains) are aptly named! Get rid of your grains, get rid of migraines! Ok, I’m done now.

Helga
Helga
3 years 8 months ago

Clever! A bit like “real eyes realize real lies”.

Paleo Bon Rurgundy
3 years 7 months ago

Scrumtrulescent wordsmithing

Darlene, San Francisco, CA
Darlene, San Francisco, CA
2 years 9 months ago

That line just went in my book of quotes. Thanks, Helga! 🙂

Melissa
Melissa
3 years 8 months ago

This just made me so happy haha so clever

Keith
3 years 8 months ago

Love the graphic representations of what you eat. That would be so helpful! Congrats on your primal success!

Kate
Kate
3 years 8 months ago

Migraines + IBS that goes away when you drop grains = probable celiac disease. Not worth going back on a gluten diet to get tested (unless you really want to) – but you should see if you have the genes for it and encourage your relatives to get tested. I’ve got celiac, and my main symptom was frequent migraine.

Pastor Dave
3 years 8 months ago

I too love Fridays– the sheer encouragement of fellow MDA success is always a boost to my continued primal living.

Although I do have to wear wingtips when I preach on Sunday monrings!

Joanne
Joanne
3 years 7 months ago

Pastor Dave, when you wrote “wingtips” the image that came to mind was angel wings on the tips of your toes. 🙂 Rock the wings!

Deidre Skrudland
3 years 8 months ago

I, too, suffered from migraines and ever since I made the switch to Paleo, they have not returned! There are SO so so many advantages to eating a Paleo lifestyle. Who doesn’t want to feel amazing 24/7!? Great story, thanks for sharing!!

KatieCHI
KatieCHI
3 years 8 months ago

Thanks everyone for the amazing comments! Glad I could be a part of success Fridays!

lisa
lisa
3 years 8 months ago

Wonderful success stories.
I’m completely sold on the Paleo way of life however, my migraines are monthly hormone-induced, every month in the middle of my cycle like clockwork.
Has anyone had any luck with a diet change changing their female-hormone-induced migraines?

Ruth
Ruth
3 years 7 months ago

When I gave up coffee and brassicas, and added Vitex and Evening Primrose Oil, my menstrual migraines stopped.

Carla
Carla
3 years 7 months ago

This was when mine were the worst! I had migraines so bad and missed work so often that I couldn’t be fired because it was a chronic condition! Believe me….going without sugar, grains, beans isn’t that hard! Migraines are hard! Good luck to you!

Diane
Diane
3 years 8 months ago

Great success story. I wish I could get my BF to try Primal because he gets the auras without the pain. He’s also got so many of the other problems that are usually cured by eliminating wheat, too. But he is stubborn and won’t even visit this website just because he now has SO MUCH invested in being right.

HilliardJoe
HilliardJoe
3 years 8 months ago

My wife, while not as stubborn, is trying to lose the CW way (cut the fat, up the whole grains, exercise more) while I am going Primal.

Her success has been slight and she doesn’t always feel good and she’s hungry a lot.

I am hoping her seeing what I am eating and having the success I am will get her to switch.

I know I can’t push too much or she’ll dig in and fight it. I figure I’ll just be an example and she’ll figure it out in time.

Zusiqu
Zusiqu
3 years 8 months ago

I am now free of migraines too! SO, SO happy about this!

Adriana
Adriana
3 years 8 months ago

I used to have migraines 1 or 2 times a month until I started eating Primal last october. I had only one migraine in the last 4 months (and after a cheat-weekend). =)

I’m actually only 80/20 primal, but I’m pretty sure gluten is my trigger too.

Alex
Alex
3 years 8 months ago

+1 on migraines + acne and you can add allergies to that, too!

ALL GONE since I cut the crap (crap = grains & sugars, with an emphasis on wheat & refined sugar).

So grateful, and at the same time I keep thinking, “Had I but known, had I but known 17 years ago. . . “

Carla
Carla
3 years 7 months ago

Exactly! Mark… could write a book just on all the people who no longer have migraines since going Primal!

nbongo
nbongo
3 years 8 months ago

Congratulations to you both! Migraines have so many causes, and different ways to treat. I’ve been primal for a couple of years now, and my migraines still come (though not as often), because they’re hormonal, so I know to be careful all around my period, but I haven’t found a way (food, supplements) to prevent these.

Siobhan
Siobhan
3 years 8 months ago

Your hub lost 70 lbs! WOOT! Congrats to both of you! Thanks for sharing your story.

Melissa
Melissa
3 years 8 months ago

This is so awesome! And I can completely relate. I also was diagnosed with ocular migraines, and for years, I was afraid to anywhere. Going on a trip was out of the question, especially if my migraine meds weren’t readily available. I felt like I was living in a bubble of fear. But as soon as a went Primal (kind of, I splurge every so often) and COMPLETELY gluten-free, my migraines magically went away. Who knew simply cutting out grains from my diet would change my life forever?
Grok on!

The Crunchy Mama
3 years 8 months ago

Awesome! Congratulations to you both! You both look great!

Alyssa
3 years 8 months ago

Katie, your story made my day! I’m so happy that you’re finally free from migraines, and reading all the comments of people who have also healed themselves is amazing! Thanks so much for sharing, and congratulations (:

Sandra Brigham
Sandra Brigham
3 years 8 months ago
For 25 years I had daily migraines, all on the continuum. No kidding. Landed in the ER a few times. Tried all the different meds, food diaries and even biofeedback. Had to stop taking meds at one point because of the rebound headaches/migraines they gave me. People would always pass me at work and say “Smile, it can’t be that bad”. I’m sure they thought I was a bitch and anti-social. Everything overstimulated me – lights, noise, commotion, tv, music, laughter, arguments… I just needed to be alone all.the.time. I was just trying to get through each day. Went Paleo… Read more »
Vanessa
Vanessa
3 years 7 months ago

Good for you Sandra – what a relief!

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Lizaster
Lizaster
3 years 8 months ago
This story is just what I needed today. I have been primal-ish for the past 5 months. When I follow it accurately it has been awesome. But for one reason or another I always fall back into bad habits. I get migraines about once a month. I started a paleo challenge with my gym and have been following it since this past Monday. Yesterday, I got a crazy migraine and still have it today. I know things won’t improve overnight and I have to follow the diet to see improvements, but I’m really hoping that this helps in the long… Read more »
Susan Slattery
3 years 8 months ago

Katie,
Your post-primal macro ratios look just like mine!

Sarah
Sarah
3 years 7 months ago

I’m very happy for you. I’m immediately passing this on to my friend who just started getting migraines.

Paleo Girl
Paleo Girl
3 years 7 months ago

I used to get optical migraines too. I find that I still get them sometimes on primal when I go out to dinner and have fancy salads. I think it’s the MSG or perhaps the preservatives in the salad dressings that causes them. It’s always the day after a dinner out that they happen. I get the annoying shinies and everything too. But yes, definite reduction in incidence since I’ve gone primal!!!

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