It’s Migraine Awareness Month!

Good thing I opened this reminder email to be aware of migraines as I literally just took a sumatriptan. Hah.

I haven’t done much migraine bloggery lately because nothing much has changed. I’m still suffering constantly and the pain greatly impacts my life. As my fellow migraineurs know, it’s not only the actual days of pain that ruin events, but the fear of pain and the avoidance of triggers which make us just as anxious, not to mention the side effects of any meds. We don’t drink or smoke, and we avoid loud crowded places, travel, perfume, bright sun, cold wind, etc. We try to stick to routines as best we can. I don’t need a bunch of suggestions in comments ~ I’ve been on top of migraine news for decades, have read all the ideas of things to try and give up, have tried many, and if I haven’t tried something there’s a good reason for it.

Right now, I’m on a low-carb diet, just to see what happens with respect to migraines. I was optimistic at first, but now I’m back to “normal” with a 3-day horrible wave of pain. I like the diet though in general. It feels good to eat meat again (sorry cows) and I’ve been tired of my habits for a while. Obviously sugar is bad, and my lazy way of eating wasn’t healthy (cookies for dinner!), even if I didn’t gain weight. It’s great to have salad and avos daily, cheese, nuts (in moderation), lox, etc. I haven’t actually eaten much meat ~ one small steak so far and a small bowl of beef soup. Mostly I have salad with a little chicken on top, and I eat eggs frequently. I’ve been doing this for around two weeks, though more seriously for this last week.

The problem with the diet overall is nausea. Besides laziness, one of the reasons I ate so many carbiful meals was not only because they were yummy but also they were gentle on my tummy. My tummy does not want salad or meat in the morning (and sometimes not later in the day); it doesn’t always want the traditional egg breakfast either. There aren’t many breakfast choices that are appealing on the low-carb plan. Luckily, I’m not that hungry on it, but skipping meals is not good for the migraine sitch. In fact, it might be triggering some of this current wave of pain. This is a dilemma that could be easily solved with a bagel, lol.

Peeps do this diet to lose weight, but I don’t know what I weigh because my scale failed (I think I got water in the battery compartment when I washed the floor) and I threw it out. I’ve been too lazy to buy another one. This is a really bizarre turn of events! I’ve never been sans scale, and I’m curious to see how long I can last. I do have a doctor’s appointment coming up, so it’s not as though I’ll be completely in the dark.

I can always hope for a new miracle cure. The drug companies are always researching new migraine meds ~ our heads are big biz. I guess I should feel lucky that there are so many of us suffering together.

 

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16 responses to “It’s Migraine Awareness Month!

  1. Carbie Barbie

    BOO. I am sad to hear you’re dealing with this. And I miss you on the book of faces. And I have somehow managed to make this about me. Sorry. Hugs from afar!

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  2. I’m so sorry, dearest. 😒

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  3. If you aren’t trying for ketosis, have carbs for breakfast! You can eat up to 100 grams of carbs a day and still be low-carb since a regular healthy diet of c. 2000 calories a day has 200-300 grams of carbs.

    I started low-carb to cure indigestion, not lose weight. Happy side-effect: Mitigates effects of menopause including weight gain. There are other good effects for me, like not snoring at night, so I stay with it.

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    • I had fruit this morning; was too naus from migraine to deal with protein. Feel okay now for salad w eggs. Happy to hear about your good results! Dunno if I snore, will ask Gatsby tonight. 🐱

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  4. πŸ’œπŸ’œπŸ’œHugs πŸ’œπŸ’œπŸ’œ

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  5. It’s hard to say anything about nutrition with any certainty, because everything changes every few months, but at least you are chasing a benchmark that is a priority–sort of like me and carbs, because of the type 2 diabetes–so I guess it comes down to you do what works.
    I’ve gotten sort of weird about eating meat. I have nothing against it, but I just wait until I start craving it. In a semi-technical sense, like, if I think a big ol’ burger “sounds good,” I trust my instincts!

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  6. I didn’t know that carbs and migraines were connected, but why not, eh? I wonder if your new diet will help your headaches? Sure hope so. I never use a scale. I stopped years ago, and have found that I rely on the fit of my clothes to tell me my weight. Much more motivating than numbers.

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    • Thanks! I don’t know if they ARE connected. I read a few times that some people got relief with the low-carb diet, and since this is one thing I haven’t tried I thought I would give it a shot. I’m also tired of eating so much sugar. I thought maybe this diet would help me have more energy too. Jury is out on that. πŸ™‚

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  7. If this doesn’t count as a suggestion — not a migraine cure, just a promo for well made protein bars and shakes. Designer Whey powders and Quest bars (the ones with stevia not fake sweeteners) are my current standbys. As a lifter who has tried unwisely to compete in bodybuilding I’ve gotten to know more than I want to about this side of life, but anyway, you can low-carb using these without feeling like you’re feasting on the guts of a moose. Pure Protein makes a not bad premixed bottled shake, too. I just have chronic muscle pain (not migraine, ever) at this point and sometimes the sheer pain makes you want to whoops, so I can vouch that these work for at least one person whose stomach is doing half gainers.

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    • That’s a great idea! I really miss bars. The ones I liked (Clif bars) are 45g carbs, so I gave them up. I drink Bai and it’s made with Stevia, so I am definitely going to try Quest bars. Thanks!

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      • Be sure to read the label. Quest makes its bars in two varieties, with both the fake stuff and the stevia. Netrition.com has the stevia kind in stock. I’m always on a quest, not to be corny, for protein bars and the like that aren’t laced with crap. They’re pretty tough, but they soften up in small bites and don’t sit in my stomach like a rock.

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  8. I’ve been looking at a keto diet lately and looking at recipes, but I want to do it for weight loss and lifestyle. But….this…” it’s not only the actual days of pain that ruin events, but the fear of pain and the avoidance of triggers which make us just as anxious, not to mention the side effects of any meds.” So true. I’d go to bed wondering if I’d wake up with that thump in the back of my head or in my temples, especially if I had a glass of red wine. UGH. I wish these things would leave you forever.

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    • Thanks, me too! Re the diet, it’s amazing how not hungry I am. I have to make myself eat, since I’m not trying to lose weight and not eating is bad for migraines. When I just ate cookies, I always wanted another one. Who doesn’t want more cookies?

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