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Old 07-21-2004, 07:04 AM   #1
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food allergy/silent migraine

I hope someone can help me. My mother is very ill and no one seems to be able to diagnose what is wrong with her. We suspect it might be silent migrains, but we are not sure. Every time she eats certain foods the following things occur:

1. blurred vision (unable to read)
2. flashing lights in eyes (sometimes one eye, sometimes both) She takes lasix during this time and it takes 20 minutes for her to regain vision.
3. body starts fighting internal agitation
4. heartbeat changes
5. blood pressure rises
6. kidneys malfunctiion (she has to drink 8-10 glasses of water to return regular function
7. severe pain near rib cage
8. becomes extremely weak (sometimes this lasts 8 to 10 weeks)
9. pressure on neck similar to choking
10. has to remain standing for sitting makes it worse
11. unable to eat (weight loss occurs, usually a loss of 18-23 pounds)
12. when attack is over able to slowly resume regular eating (starting with Jell-O, progressing to bread and meat and lots of mints

so far her physician has run an MRI, EEG, EKG, and thyroid test. Although thyroid test proved hypothyroidism, nothing else has emerged. She is currently having blood and urine chemistry tests run on her. Unknown results at this time. If anyone knows what might be wrong, I'm all ears.

 
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Old 07-21-2004, 07:18 AM   #2
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Re: food allergy/silent migraine

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I hope someone can help me. My mother is very ill and no one seems to be able to diagnose what is wrong with her. We suspect it might be silent migrains, but we are not sure. Every time she eats certain foods the following things occur:

1. blurred vision (unable to read)
2. flashing lights in eyes (sometimes one eye, sometimes both) She takes lasix during this time and it takes 20 minutes for her to regain vision.
3. body starts fighting internal agitation
4. heartbeat changes
5. blood pressure rises
6. kidneys malfunctiion (she has to drink 8-10 glasses of water to return regular function
7. severe pain near rib cage
8. becomes extremely weak (sometimes this lasts 8 to 10 weeks)
9. pressure on neck similar to choking
10. has to remain standing for sitting makes it worse
11. unable to eat (weight loss occurs, usually a loss of 18-23 pounds)
12. when attack is over able to slowly resume regular eating (starting with Jell-O, progressing to bread and meat and lots of mints

so far her physician has run an MRI, EEG, EKG, and thyroid test. Although thyroid test proved hypothyroidism, nothing else has emerged. She is currently having blood and urine chemistry tests run on her. Unknown results at this time. If anyone knows what might be wrong, I'm all ears.
This definitely sounds like food allergy but more than that it sounds like an enzyme may be missing that helps her to metabolize proteins in her food. She may need to see an endocrinologist or other enzyme specialist. This is not to be mean or to imply criminal type behavior, but is there any possibility that your mother could be using illegal drugs that no one has considered? Please don't be offended because that is the last consideration after a thorough check up.

 
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Old 07-21-2004, 08:54 AM   #3
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Re: food allergy/silent migraine

I'd think too that it is possible there's some sort of food allergy going on.
Migraines in general will cause some of the symptoms but not all. General symptoms are of course severe headache, blurred vision, blood pressure often lowered, face feels extremely cold, white spots in vision, limb weakness and ultra sensitive hearing, smelling and sound.

Migraines are often caused by foods with preservatives in them, foods or drinks which are fermented such as red wine, strong cheese, sausage and anything with MSG in it to name a few.
If you suspect it is a migraine have her eat somthing that is not prepared and is very fresh, such as vegetables that have been thouroughly washed. This might give an indication if it is a migraine.

Also is she taking any medications? Could it be this is a side effect from it?

I agree she should be seen by an endo there could be something her current doctors are missing that they may find to be the cause.

 
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