I am not a doctor just writing an article on how I am no longer suffering from chronic migraines!
Migraines are not a pleasurable thing to live with. Just ask me and the 36 million other Americans that suffer from them.
I started getting migraine attacks in my middle teens. My doctors told me my migraine causes were from childhood stress, that made sense considering my childhood. I began to live off Excedrin.
In my middle 20s I couldn’t deal with vomiting many times per week, endless pillows over my head, bright lights that made me scream and the relentless pounding in my head. I had migraines at least 4 times per week. I couldn’t function, I was missing work, and I was irritable. Migraines are disabling. If you have ever had just one, you know. Try living with them daily for 17 years. I finally talked to several doctors and was diagnosed with chronic migraines because I had more than 15 migraines per month that lasted longer than 4 hours. I had migraines that lasted days.
I had to trial many acute and preventative migraine medications to help manage my chronic migraines.
Imitrex made me feel like I was drunk; sick and dizzy. We stopped that immediately. I was already vomiting from the migraines why would I want medication that did the same.
Zomig made me nauseous and hot. My entire body felt like it was on fire.
Fioricet had my heart racing a million miles per minute
Propranolol gave me less migraines per month but I wasn’t sleeping well and would get constipated
Excedrin was my lifesaver but I was taking more than the recommended amount.
Doctors told me there was no cure for migraines. I had to get rid of them, they were affecting my life.
Then, I changed my life. January 2013 I embarked on a journey to be healthier. This is when I started to see the light. The migraines were lessening day by day.
5 things I believe have made me chronic migraine-free for 18 months
- Quit drinking Diet Pepsi: I truly believe aspartame contributed to my migraines. There are tons of articles to back this. Did I think this was a problem while drinking it? Of course not. It is a toxin that my body did not agree with. I quit drinking Diet Pepsi January 2013. But aspartame is dangerous and not just in soft drinks. It can be found in jams, yogurt, gum, protein, syrups, juice, flavored water and so much more. Just stop consuming it.
- Magnesium rich diet: Changing my diet completely could have done it but a diet rich in magnesium has been a huge help. I never ate spinach, nuts, whole grains or beans. It has been proven that a magnesium deficiency can cause migraines. My diet is now filled with leafy greens such as spinach, black beans, nuts and seeds, whole grains including breads, quinoa, brown rice and oatmeal. Dark chocolate is also a food high in magnesium, so we add that daily:)
- Tossed out the processed foods: I lived off frozen foods especially Lean Cuisines and frozen pizza. I adored Fruity Pebbles, Velveeta Shells & Cheese and boxed potatoes. Take a look at ingredient labels of some of your favorite processed foods and you’ll be surprised. They contain who knows what and way too much sodium (also a migraine trigger). They also contain food dyes and other additives. This is why I eat mostly clean now. I want to know what the heck I’m putting into my body and be able to pronounce what goes into my body. Cook homemade, you’ll feel much better.
- Exercise: What!? My body never knew a day of exercise before January 2013. I was naturally thin so when I started to gain I knew it was time to move. The only physical activity I accomplished was cleaning my home, chasing after my kids and walking around to shop. Not real physical. Just move!
- Caffeine: I drank WAY TOO MUCH COFFEE. Too much as in two pots of coffee a day and added two teaspoons of sugar. That is way too much caffeine for any body. Caffeine can be beneficial for migraine sufferers but too much is harmful.
If you are living with migraines remove the toxins from your diet. I’ve been off medication now for 18 months and every day thank myself for what I did. I don’t miss them for anything and never want to suffer again. While doctors say there is no cure for migraines, I beg to differ. There are too many side effects in medications, I knew there had to be a cure and I found it by changing the way I live.