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How many of you still drink coffee? How many feel that the migraine diet is working? is it making you less dizzy? have less headaches???
Scott, told me about the book “Heal your Headache” and I haven’t read the whole book yet but I got the concept behind it…
How many of you have tried Dr. Buchholz method and found that it has worked?
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Just as we are all different when it comes to our responses to medication, we are different in terms of food triggers too. However, there are common trends. It seems the chemicals and additives are the most common triggers. I followed Dr. Buchholz’ version of the migraine diet (my neurologist recommended it to me) for several months last year and eventually found my own migraine diet that works for me. My “almost every time” triggers are MSG, nitrates, and aspartame. My “sometimes” triggers are chocolate, onions, and caffeine. Here’s the big diet issue for me. I feel MUCH better if I follow a low carb diet along with avoiding the aforementioned triggers. I discovered this by accident. I have strayed many times from my diet, including recently, and after a few days I feel much sicker. I don’t know why this is the case for sure, although I have a few theories, but it works for me.
Coffee was/is a tough one for me. I gave it up when I went on the migraine diet. When I had bad vertigo, caffeine was a major trigger. Giving it up was key to getting my vertigo under control. However, I gradually let a limited amount of caffeine back into my diet. I am not a morning person by nature, and my MAV associated brain fog and fatigue are worse in the morning, so I have one cup of coffee just to get myself going. The reason I say caffeine is a tough one for me is because sometimes it triggers vertigo and/or my other MAV symptoms and other times it actually makes me feel better. :?
I recommend everyone try the migraine diet to identify their individual triggers, or to rule out food triggers altogether. I don’t think it is necessary to follow the entire diet perfectly forever. Just find your triggers and avoid those foods. For me completely changing my diet was not an easy thing to do, but dietary change has made the biggest difference in my recovery process. I would estimate dietary change alone moved me from an average of 40% to 75% of normal.
I think you should give the diet a try. It isn’t much fun, but it is worth the effort.