Hi Debra, since folowing the plan i can honestly say that the blackness that has thwarted my life has lifted. I actually feel normal. so a big thankyou to you.
however, this coincides exactly with my monthly migraines taking a big turn for the worse. Their intensity and longevity have both greatly increased. Any ideas.
ps i dont drink alcohol at all so its not that. they always hit the 10th day before my period so that would make it a hormone related issue rather than an external trigger right? i think its the oestrogen? any natural remedies? i hate taking meds!
Okay, yes...most likely hormone related but may be triggered by something you are eating, smelling or coming into contact with.
The stickler is figuring it out. Most commonly: Citrus, chocolate, sulfite/sulfates (preservatives), blue cheese or aged cheeses, wheat, (gluten) and of course wine and alcohol...this is for the benefit of others reading here .
Write down what you're eating on that day and start eliminating each one.
Have you talked to a doctor about your migraines? I know I mentioned gluten to you before but you may want to try eliminating gluten the week prior to see what happens. A gluten intolerance doesn't always manifest with GI problems...many times it's neurological.
If you eliminate wheat, rye, barley and still have migraines than you might want to consider bio-identical hormone...possibly progesterone, but you'll want to do a saliva test to make sure you're indeed progesterone deficient.
This study is too small to have a large amount of weight, but I've also noticed many of my clients migraines have diminished while increasing calcium and vitamin D. Some women get headaches from food intolerances.
Vitamin D and calcium in menstrual migraine.
Two premenopausal women with a history of menstrually-related migraines and premenstrual syndrome were treated with a combination of vitamin D and elemental calcium for late luteal phase symptoms. Both cited a major reduction in their headache attacks as well as premenstrual symptomatology within 2 months of therapy. These observations suggest that vitamin D and calcium therapy should be considered in the treatment of migraine headaches.
The maximum UL for calcium is 2,500mg a day from all food sources so don't take more than a total of 1,700mg in supplements to make room for food sources.
The more important nutrient is vitamin D, you need at least 1,000-2,000 IU's a day especially in the winter when we don't make it in our skin. This may be different for anyone living further south who still may be able to get more UVB.
note: this study is only looking at calcium and vit D... if you are gluten intolerant (which I suspect), inflammation in the upper GI tract will reduce absorption of not only calcium and vit D, but other important minerals: magnesium, zinc, copper, iron, potassium, phosphorus, not to mention the B vitamins.