Re: 6 month 24/7 migraine - please help!
I wanted to add to the ongoing saga of the headaches. I too have gone thru what you are experiencing, the good news, I have pretty much been headache free now for almost 10 years. I had the daily headaches that lead to vomiting, light sensitivity, smells bothered me and most of all, the thought of having another one was more scary than anything else. I would dred everyday of just being awake knowing another one would be there. I went to at least three neurologists, two chiropractors, had three family doctors and was on every drug available at the time. I was giving myself injections of imitrex at the time since the oral form was not yet available. No one had an answer, I was asked about my diet and nothing was the cause. I went to the dentist who also fitted me with a night guard. Then I got pregnant. No way could I use Imitrex during pregnancy so at my Ob's office, I told the nurse that I feared another migraine and couldn't take anything for it. She told me to cut out all peanut and peanut oil products (which is in alot of things), no aged cheeses (I stopped all for a while), no bananas or any chocolate and tomatoes and citris fruit. Guess what, no more headaches. There were definate rebounds from all the pain meds I would take to try and prevent them and the combo of that and stopping the foods mentioned, I can control the headaches to this day. This was a very hard thing to do since I lived on those foods daily. I am now able to eat bananas, citris fruit and tomatoes in moderation and I can eat chocolate if there is no peanuts in it. I can not have peanuts or cheddar cheese yet (when I try-I get a nasty headache) I do still get a migraine with my period occasionally, but nothing like before. Imitrex 50mg is my cure now. I may get a tension headache that excedrine helps but my life is completely different now. I will tell you that people have thought this is not their problem (food allergy) but what can it hurt? Eliminate those foods from your diet for about two months and see if they start to subside, along with the pain meds since they will cause rebound. It can't hurt to try. I hope this may be the cause and it is an easy fix. No doctor could find this answer, an OB nurse did it for me. I also got a book on food intolerance/allergy and read all about it and was totally amazed of the people who suffer all kinds of problems from additives in everyday foods and you can eliminate the food for a period of time and re-introduce it and maybe never have another problem with it, or like me, I can never eat these things, but at least I know the culprit and avoid it all together. Keep me informed, I know it worked for me when nothing else would work.
Take care and I hope you all don't think I am a quack for this suggestion, I only want to help with what I know worked for me when nothing else in the world of medicine did.