When I first met with Dr S and saw dairy on his list, I thought yeah, right, no way is dairy a trigger as I hadn’t read it anywhere else, and I’ve read A LOT about migraine diets. But in a desperate attempt to try anything, I gave up dairy (along with everything else on the migraine diet according to Dr S and the ‘Heal Your Headache’ book) and found dairy a MAJOR trigger for me. Go figure. I gave up eggs for a few months but added them back as they weren’t a trigger (thankfully as I was running out of things to eat). I’ve also added back tomatoes and onions. I’ve added back things one at a time and very slowly to see if I have a reaction. But I still avoid the major C’s - chocolate, chinese (MSG), caffeine, citrus, chianti (red wine), and lots of other things.
Eating out is hard as dairy is in everything and even cooking at home is tough, but adjustments are so worth it. I’ve lost quite a bit of weight, my skin has cleared up and, along with Topamax and Pregabalin, I feel much better. I’m even able to exercise again. Still can’t manage a computer for long or travel well, but life is much better. Not saying getting rid of dairy did all this (its mostly the drugs), but it did make a huge difference as I ate dairy every day in some form or another and, like I said, I must have been somewhat lactose intolerant or something as my skin was affected and I was bloated on dairy.
I don’t drink soy milk as I try to avoid soy products but love rice dream and coconut milk (Koko?). I also use Pure non dairy butter. Not the best tasting stuff, but it’s okay on toast.
I still avoid bananas but may add them back soon.
Just saying, never say never. Giving up dairy was hard, but the results were truly worth it. Dr S knows what he’s talking about.