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Migraines and Low Histamine, Tyramine, Arginine Diet

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created July 03, 2012 at 2:51 PM

Has anyone treated migraines following this diet? If so, how strictly did you follow it, and what did you eat? It looks like I'm down to fresh road kill and cucumbers...and I'm not sure about the cucumbers.

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on July 04, 2012
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I forgot to mention that I don't pay attention to nightshades, either. My food triggers take up to 48 hours to manifest. I eat only twice a day, a big smoothie for brunch (coconut milk, whey protein powder, coconut oil, frozen berries) and then the typical protein/veggie supper. When I was first starting I kept emergency bacon (Wellshire Farms heat-n-eat) and a jar of coconut butter at the office in case I got hungry. If you eat only 2x per day that's fewer insulin/blood sugar hits, so less inflammation. I could go on and on, so ask if you have any specific questions or I will blab forever!

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on July 03, 2012
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Molly, I too am a migraineur. I'm 41 and have had them since I was 13.

When I was 39, they worsened. I had been long misdiagnosed with sinus headaches because the pain occurs in my forehead, over my eyes. I took so many pills one day (5 ibuprofen, Dayquil, Sudafed, antibiotics for "sinus infection," can't remember what else) that I went to my allergist as a walk-in. How could I be on so much medication and still have a bad headache?? He "fired" me and sent me to a headache clinic. Good call.

Went the medical route first. Preventives gave me intolerable side effects and didn't work very well. I kept a headache diary that showed on 82% of the days I had a headache or migraine. Maxalt worked for awhile but quit, so I switched to Relpax. I tried physical therapy--no change (but my neck felt amazing!). I tried Botox. The first round seemed to help, but not the second round. My neuro mentioned gluten-free as an option. I went all-out paleo in January.

It's been slow. The migraines didn't disappear overnight, although they gradually became less frequent and less severe. Triggers like chemical smells, pet dander, and travel can't be fixed with diet. But something clicked a few weeks ago--it's been 19 days now since I took Relpax, or any other painkiller for that matter! I did experience one aura without migraine during that time (scintillating scotoma), but it's not painful and passes after 30 minutes or so. A few times I have felt the first faint squeeze of a migraine... then a little while later I realize the feeling is gone. Astonishing.

I eliminated all of the usual neolithic suspects, plus eggs, onions, and raw garlic. No dairy except for whey protein powder and butter. I eat chocolate, pineapple, citrus, and nuts sparingly. Homemade deviled eggs reintroduced on Easter gave me a raging migraine. My vices are daily caffeine and occasional booze. I've had 5 cheat meals since January so I am pretty strict about adhering to the diet. I buy organic food and grass-fed beef. I don't pay attention to histamine, tyramine, etc., so I can't comment on that.

Supplements: Fish oil capsules, Damage Control Master Formula vitamins.

I keep my carbs low (under 50g/day) to reduce inflammation and promote weight loss, since extra weight can exacerbate migraines. I'm 5'5" and went from 179 lb. in January to 154 this week and still losing. I was a US misses size 16 and am now a size 12. I do gentle exercise (yoga, tai chi, short walks, easy swimming & stationary bike) plus a simple lifting routine with 12-lb. dumbbells.

To conclude, my advice is to stick with paleo for at least six months, eliminate eggs for at least 6 weeks and reintroduce, and do everything you can to heal inflammation in your body, which occurs at the cellular level and takes time. Read the usual paleo books to get a good grasp of everything. Paleo is somewhat inconvenient, but it's a heckuva lot less inconvenient than near-daily heachaches and migraines. Good luck!

88a669ef87f8138d6bbfbdace533a482

(425)

on July 04, 2012
at 02:13 PM

I forgot to mention that I don't pay attention to nightshades, either. My food triggers take up to 48 hours to manifest. I eat only twice a day, a big smoothie for brunch (coconut milk, whey protein powder, coconut oil, frozen berries) and then the typical protein/veggie supper. When I was first starting I kept emergency bacon (Wellshire Farms heat-n-eat) and a jar of coconut butter at the office in case I got hungry. If you eat only 2x per day that's fewer insulin/blood sugar hits, so less inflammation. I could go on and on, so ask if you have any specific questions or I will blab forever!

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on November 26, 2012
at 04:40 PM

I tried the no gluten diet for 6 weeks and not a thing happened. I did not have migraines less frequently or of less pain, absolutely nothing and I stuck to the diet pretty strictly. I was hopeful it would work but nothing. I then eliminated all dairy except for butter and this seems to have helped somewhat. I am having fewer migraines but still quite a few (7-10 per month) but an improvement from 15-20 a month. At the same time I went on a supplement called Migraine Defense so I am not sure if the supplement is working or the dairy free. I plan to test it soon when I improve more hopefully. I also went of topomax during the time I was testing the gluten free diet and then into the dairy free diet. These restrictive diets are hard though.

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on July 03, 2012
at 05:00 PM

I suffer from chronic migraines. I have had them for over 40 years. I see a neurologist twice a year. I've been taking 3 nortriptylin caps at bedtime to prevent me from waking up with a migraine. If I do get a migraine, I give myself a shot which is sumatriptan succinate injections. This will get rid of the headache.

Make a long story short, daughter went Paleo, because of gluten issues. Being we both also needed to loose weight I thought I'd do it to. We don't live in the same town but talk to each other every night on the phone. I also am married and haven't been able to change hubbies eating habits yet. Anyway this way we can encourage each other and talk about eating this way.

So...We started in March, of this year. I'm pretty faithful following the diet. No sugar, grains or beans. I try to use only the correct fats. I do use some dairy, yogurt, whip cream and cream. I've only had one migraine in 4 months. I think that was because I stayed up really late. I have seen my neurologist and I'm in the process of going off the nortriptylin. I'm down to one pill at night. So far everything is good! I told the neurologist how I'm eating now. He said his wife now is Paleo and wants him to do it also. He just hasn't had time to read the book. I"m sure he will be Paleo, next time I see him!

Best of all...we are losing weight. Our daughter has lost over 50 lbs. and I've lost 25 lbs. since March of 2012. We can't say enough good things about the Paleo, way of life. I just have to remember to eat enough fat! We never thought getting healthy would be this easy! I don't take my Simvastatin, anymore. I will have full blood work done in August.

Just a note...I'm in my 60's and daughter is in her middle 30rd's. If you asked us a year ago about doing this we would have probably said "No Way!" Just goes to show it's never to late to get healthy!

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