I was having 2 cups of decaf per day until I read on this site’s MAV survival guide that even 1 cup of tea a week is enough to perpetuate chronic migraine. Have a read of it.
I gave up caffeine completely 3 weeks ago and have been MUCH better since, including 6 days completely symptom-free.
Drop the caffeine, I reckon.
I love coffee but I love not being dizzy more…!!!
From this site’s MAV survival guide:
Dr Nicholas Silver in the UK is the neurologist migraineurs see when they have failed to gain migraine control under the supervision of previous neurologists. He is extremely systematic and methodical in helping people gain control. He says the main reasons that people fail – even when they are on a migraine preventive drug – is because patients are still using caffeine in some form (coffee, tea, green tea, chocolate, colas) or they are using painkillers. Some nasal decongestants can act similarly to perpetuate the condition. A chronic migraineur should NEVER use any painkillers – not ibuprofen, paracetamol, Tylenol, or aspirin and definitely not the more heavy-duty ones such as the opiates unless it is an emergency but no more than four times per year. Even one cup of caffeinated tea per week can be enough to perpetuate chronic migraine, so NO CAFFEINE. If you’re using painkillers now, the best way to get off is to go “cold turkey”. Headaches may get worse over the first week and should then ease off. Use other methods to work with headaches such as cold packs etc.