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Could You Share Any Dietary Changes And Tips That Have Helped With Migraine?
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posted March 26
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I took an MRT blood test. This test tests about 157 foods, spices and chemicals that have proven to cause inflammation in the body. My results were stunning things like apples, cinnamon, basil, beef and biggest soy. This test changed my life and avoiding these foods has made a significant impact in lowering my migraine attacks.

posted March 26
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I find eating meals at regular times and having a small snack in between helps me a lot. I can’t drink due to diverticulitis so no issues there. I do find if I have too much candy it can start a headache. Like a movie box of Junior Mints. :)
I’m gluten free due to celiac but otherwise I haven’t noticed anything unless I get off time with my eating.

posted April 3
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I’ve had to cut out alcohol, caffeine, MSG, preservatives like sodium nitrate and sodium nitrite, certain sugar substitutes like aspartame, xylitol, sucralose and specifically erythritol that isn’t straight from a stevia plant leaf for some reason? As I got older it wasn’t just the MSG but naturally occurring glutamates in food that would make my head angry, too - yeast extract, celery leaves and mature mushrooms, anything too delicious and savory and packed with umami all seem to be packed with delicious glutamate! It’s in almost everything XD the more savory and delicious, the more glutamate it has. I can’t have excess sugar either now or it spikes me too. I feel like I’m just being prodded towards eating the most boring things possible, basically.

posted April 5
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The previous answers covered almost everything, but (aside from reviewing known triggers) I noticed a few that might be missing. If you drink red wine, that is known to be a popular trigger (due to the tannins). Personally, I cannot consume anything with artificial sweeteners. Pretty much anything labeled as sugar-free sets off severe migraines. I'm usually good about checking labels, but once in a while, something will slip through and make me pay for it in the worst way. Definitely aged cheeses of any variety, but for me, the bad one is Parmesan cheese. Barometric pressure, will do it and florescent lighting. Also, if I get overheated, I can almost guarantee an episode. I've always been a "hot" sleeper, so I wrap a large ice pack in a hand towel (I find the gel kind works best) and sleep with them every night. So, not all dietary restrictions, but possibly something to think about if any of these are in your life. Good luck 🫶

posted March 26 (edited)
A MyMigraineTeam Member

I haven’t found that food is a trigger for me with the exception of red wine which is ok if I have 1 glass but my preference is to eliminate it completely.

posted April 9

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