The Vestibular Migraine & Secondary Hydrops Community
Read our welcome post, user support wiki & visit our member recommended products page

Peanut butter seems to be a trigger!

Hi - I’ve just joined this community. I spent most of 2013 with a constant headache, feeling dizzy and spaced out, and with a decline in my cognitive abilities, and a GP who didn’t understand how ill I felt and who told me he’d no idea what I meant by “spaced out”. I felt as if I was watching the world through someone else’s eyes. I felt alone and fairly desperate. Then one weekend I had such a bad attack, feeling so desperately sick that I was unable to eat for several days and lost all energy for literally weeks. During the process I lost about 8 lbs in weight. Fortunately an internet search found me Dr Surenthiran who I saw privately and who diagnosed migraine related vertigo, prescribing Nortriptyline and giving me a list of foods to avoid. I gradually improved considerably and the relief of finding a doctor who understood how I felt and knew I was not exaggerating was immense. During my recovery I discovered that redbush tea was giving me headaches and added that to the list of banned substances! Then about 18 months ago I started to experience again bouts of dizziness, though none as bad as I had originally suffered. I have now realised that the recurrence is probably linked to my frequent consumption of peanut butter. I always buy 100% peanut butter, no added salt or oil, and had assumed that it was healthy. However, I can now link my attacks to days when I have had peanut butter sandwiches for lunch. An internet search has confirmed that it can be a trigger for some people. I hope this is of help to other sufferers who might not have realised the possible link. It’s great to find a forum like this.

1 Like

Hi and welcome. Glad you like Us! Thanks for posting. It’s good to share such info. Peanuts cause lots of people trouble with allergies too. Makes one wonder whether it was just the excess - you say you ate lots of it - that caused the hypersensitivity, or what. Of course nuts are off all the Migraine Diet sheets. I’m no medic but assume it’s the ‘tyramine’ contained therein to be the problem. Pity really isn’t it. I read somewhere a consultant told one sufferer ‘make a list of all your very favourite foods and you cannot eat any of them’. Sounds about right, eh. Thanks again for sharing. Much appreciated. Helen

2 Likes

Peanut butter absolutely wrecks me! I’ve noticed that if I have even so much as a spoonful I’m down for the count.

2 Likes

This is one thing I miss terribly!

1 Like

Sounds like you are a strong candidate for a strict Migraine Diet. Bad Luck. Helen

1 Like

Oh yeah… one thing I immediately knew I had to do in tandem with medication was adjust my diet. Luckily not everything is a trigger, but PB most definitely is.

2 Likes