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Migraines … in search of a cure

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I have suffered from Migraines for over 20 years – sometimes they are a constant for up to two weeks a month – sometimes a couple of months pass without any. I have tried many things and eventually – after eating some cream – I had such a strong reaction that I finally made the connection between cows milk and diary and my migraines.

I began keeping a food diary a few months ago, just a note book on the kitchen counter – it had to be handy otherwise I wouldn’t fill it in!

After a while I ended up with a more comprehensive daily sheet that others might find useful.

Wellness journal food sensitivity log

 

The difficulty with any food sensitivity is that you never eat one thing in isolation – there are so many variants and factors that can trigger an attack. For example, I made the connection with feeling bloated after eating bread and butter, but I assumed it was wheat as bread was the main component, I disregarded butter as a potential cause.

Wellness journal log of wheat dairy

So each meal has a little circle tick beside it to identify the main culprits Wheat Sugar Dairy Caffeine – and another tally box on the right hand side. There is also a section for ‘how I felt after eating’ to enter bloating or other adverse reactions.

Dehydration can be a problem so there are logs for water and hot drinks – it also clarifies the caffeine from herbal teas.

There is also a section to log when a headache occurs – I sometimes would be fine but after my mid morning latte I would find that a blinding headache began about ten to twenty minutes later.

It is not easy to find out the exact cause – and while my headaches have greatly reduced, I find that other things can upset the balance – not getting enough sleep for example or eating jelly sweets! So there is a specific section to also track how well I slept and if I did any activities that helped me with stress levels, like reading or meditation or even going for a walk.

Wellness journal food sensitivity other factors log

Sometimes there are other factors – workplace stress or just a general life difficulties which can up stress levels so there is a big notes section at the bottom of the page.

food sensitivity log notes section

I hope, if you are suffering and seeking a cure that you will find this sheet useful.

Wellness journal – Migraine tracker

It links all sorts of related issues such as sleep and stress.

Free for personal use – but please always refer back here to give due credit.

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9 thoughts on “Migraines … in search of a cure”

  1. Hello Fred,
    That is very interesting about your link to dairy as a trigger. I am very fortunate in comparison is I probably only have or two migranes per year (always with more problems with distorted vision) and I usually put it down to too much caffeine and triggered by contrasting light and dark spaces. But now I am wondering if it is not the caffeine, but a lot of milk in my caffeine drinks? I shall pay more attention next time it happens. Thank you, and hope you are experiencing better management of them.

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  2. What beautifully presented charts – and, how kind of you to share them. 🙂
    Because of my asthma I drink almond or coconut milk (the more you drink it the more you get used to it and actually enjoy it!). So it’s that or lemon in my tea these days.
    I read about your vegan chocolate which I might like to try… xo

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      1. The weather triggers my migraines…the heat and the pressure. Oh, I’m drinking some lovely mixed green teas from Twinings…sleep tea and awake tea (blends). I cannot stand this heat 😦

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    1. Oh my Michelle, I am sorry to hear that. I discovered recently that cows milk triggers mine – it has made life so much better. I wish you well, and thank you for your comment, it is always lovely to hear from others!

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