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Offline suze

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Migraines
« on: December 18, 2006, 04:55:29 PM »
I should begin by saying I have been a lifelong sufferer of serious migraine headaches.  During some stressful times I have endured two a week, with all the throwing up and pain etc.  Not fun.  Lately I have been having them about once every other week, on average.  But since I started this eating regimen (won't call it a diet, because diets end and hopefully this won't) around six weeks ago, I haven't had ANY.  Not one.  Even when I was taking topamax (a well known preventative) it didn't cut them back that much.  I realize it is probably too early to publish a scientific paper on the subject, well the sample size is too small anyhow, but I am very gratified to find I am now migraine-free, without any drugs whatsoever.  I have done lots of research on Google about this, and can find no one citing the paleo-diet as a treatment for migraines, only things about chocolate and cheese.  Which I have given up, but didn't seem to be triggers for me anyway.  I am wondering if anyone has had the same experience.  Discussion?  Suze

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Re: Migraines
« Reply #1 on: December 18, 2006, 07:20:32 PM »
I have heard that migraine headaches are involved with a sort of low-grade chronic inflammation which is brought on and exacerbated by modern foods such as grains, corn-fed beef, and dairy.  The omega-6 fat content in particular seems to promote inflammation.  Anyway, a paleodiet eliminates most inflammatory foods, so it is no wonder that you have fewer migraines.  :)  Here is a short page/article I found through the paleofood.com mailing list which may lead you to some more useful information:

http://www.stopinflammation.com/introduction.html


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Re: Migraines
« Reply #2 on: March 11, 2007, 11:26:29 AM »
I used to suffer migraines in much the same way you do, starting when I was 16. I still get the occasional headache, but my migraines (and heart problems) have mostly gone away.

The only thing that worked for my migraines was a raw-food diet. But I think if you were high-raw/paleo that would help a lot too.

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Re: Migraines
« Reply #3 on: March 11, 2007, 11:48:13 AM »
Hey Teegan, what kind of heart problem?

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Re: Migraines
« Reply #4 on: March 16, 2007, 05:18:39 PM »
It's hard to explain. It started when I was 16.

Basically, it was random. Random tachychardia (heart-rate over 100bpm), and then suddenly slow down to very slow, but thunderous beats. So it would go from bumpbumpbumpbump to BUMP;...BUMP....BUMP.... And then I would sometimes get this tickling spasm feeling that would make me cough and jump, and during this my heart would skip a beat or something.

When I exerted myself my heartbeat would get really fast, but weak. When I stopped, it would immediately get slow and thunderous, and if I inhaled too quickly would stop for a moment altogether.

Nowadays all I get is a random spasm-skipped beat when exerting myself. But I don't have very good cardiovascular endurance. If I did I could run more than two laps at the track. :(