my mom and my dad in past musings, but haven't shared much about my own journey…
Halloween 1989, my friends and I attended a "Heaven and Hell" party. We entered the house on the bottom floor, "hell" and went up the stairs to "heaven." Downing a shot of tequila with a beer chaser were required to pass through the "pearly gates." I obliged even though I have never been a big drinker. The party was dull and we left soon after, little did I know how much that night would change my life.
We went home, I did some homework but could not figure out why I was having trouble seeing. Strange. What followed is an experience I will never forget. I spent the rest of that night in the most excruciating pain of my life. My head was exploding in conjunction with waves of nausea. My friends told me I drank too much, but the one shot was it. Couldn't be. Through more conversations, the explanation was a migraine headache. I prayed it would be the only one I would ever experience.
Fast forward a month, another migraine, 6 months later, another, 4 months later, another… This went on for years. I tried every medication in the book and nothing worked. For no reason at all, I was wracked with awful, debilitating migraines. I tried herbal remedies, cutting various foods out of my diet, yoga, etc. etc. etc. Nothing worked. I would get them no matter what I did. There was no pattern to their appearance either. Sigh.
I figured out some things in my journey with food though. I discovered that I am sensitive/allergic to MSG (monosodium glutimate) and many preservatives. Taking these out of my diet helped lessen the frequency of my headaches. I also discovered natural foods and co-ops. Of course, it was not cool to shop at these types of stores as a college student, but I was desperate. One of the things I noticed was many of my fellow shoppers used their own bags. Huh. Being a child of the 70's a.k.a. the age of "disposable" plastic, this was new to me, and clearly made an impression.
Fast forward to the present. I still get migraines. Not as frequently as I did when I was younger (thank God) and they are not as intense (thank God again). I attribute much of this to changing my diet to mainly eating whole foods, vegetarianism, and avoiding MSG, preservatives and most kinds of alcohol. I have recently discovered I am sensitive to red dye as well. No red velvet cake for me. And, that Big Girl has the same issues. Another HUGE sigh.
My husband read about magnesium helping migraine sufferers and immediately bought me some. I have been taking it for over a year and have only had one migraine in that time. Yay! I think there is hope for me. If you get migraines too, I am deeply sympathetic. The lucky ones that don't get them can never understand how horrible they are. Try magnesium or some of the other ideas above, it might help you have more heaven and less hell in your life too.
Hugs to all you readers, thanks for visiting, you are wonderful, your comments make my day! Teresa