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Oh, FUN.

On this, the last morning of 2008, I have made a brilliant discovery that will affect the rest of my life forever:

Wheat is one of my migraine triggers.

If you'd like to know more about migraines (and some of the foods that are major triggers), you can read about them online (like here). Dr. Theda also highly recommends this book: Heal Your Headache. Reading that book saved me a trip to the dentist to have my bite corrected during one of my worst episodes.

I'm hoping that one day, I'll actually be excited about this. (Probably sometime when I don't have a headache.) I've suffered with terrible headaches most of my life, so it's old hat (pun intended) at this point. I can't actually imagine my life improving. But a New Year is as good a time as any to start trying.

May 2009 bring a better life to us all!



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Dec. 31st, 2008 04:10 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the link and book tip! My wife suffers from wicked migraines, and at this point I'm willing to sacrifice chickens if it would help her.

Have a wonderful New Year!
Dec. 31st, 2008 04:16 pm (UTC)
I know a lot of people who are going gluten-free --- for a lot of reasons, but mostly because of the whole migraine bit.
Dec. 31st, 2008 04:46 pm (UTC)
what a great discovery, though sorry it didn't come sooner for you.

if you're interested, Valerie has many many wheat-free recipes that she's tried out (her eldest sister has a number of food issues).
Dec. 31st, 2008 04:50 pm (UTC)
But I don't WANNA have issues! I just want to be a normal kid!

(I like having an excuse to email Val, though.) :)
Jan. 2nd, 2009 12:30 am (UTC)
At first, going sans wheat is a pain in the tuckus. But the lack of pain is so blissful that you reconcile to it before long.

Welcome to the world of wheat & gluten-free living!
Jan. 2nd, 2009 07:44 pm (UTC)
In the category of too crazy for fiction, my best friend's brother-in-law has psychotic episodes due to a wheat allergy. If you need to go gluten-free, I'd be happy to wrangle his recipe book. It's guaranteed to stop the angry voices in your head...
Dec. 31st, 2008 05:17 pm (UTC)
Ugh, sorry to hear about having to avoid the wheat, but glad you have identified a trigger, and at least we live in relatively gluten-free-friendly times, where more and more restaurants are offering a gluten-free menu...if you ever come to NYC there are several which my gluten-free friends have come to adore (even a gluten-free mac 'n cheese place!)...and as far as 2009 goes, sending you a joyous one, you of the spreading good cheer! May 2009 shower you with joy and good tidings!
Dec. 31st, 2008 05:19 pm (UTC)
Hah! If I liked melted cheese at all, that would be AWESOME. :)
I do plan to make it to NYC this spring, though...I'll let you know! xox
Dec. 31st, 2008 05:25 pm (UTC)
Do! There's also a diner that has great gluten-free pancakes, which might appeal more, given your relationship to melted cheese. ;)
Dec. 31st, 2008 05:56 pm (UTC)
OMG your life will improve SO much!!!

I got diagnosed with Celiacs 2 years ago and to be able to not only control migraines but eliminate them almost completely has been utter bliss. Learning to eat differently is easier when you know what eating the wrong thing will result in - there is a ton of stuff you can eat so no fears :)

Enjoy the absence of headaches :)
Dec. 31st, 2008 07:04 pm (UTC)
Glad you identified a major trigger, though downer that it's so common a food. Of course, with the rise of gluten-allergy diagnoses there's more and more gluten-free food on the market. My own migraines were caused by high blood pressure; proper medication of that problem fixed them, luckily for me.

Also, the first time I looked at that picture, I didn't see the Sydney Opera House under the fireworks. I saw Kermit the Frog. Actually, the first two times.
Dec. 31st, 2008 07:39 pm (UTC)
I find that quinoa/corn pasta is mighty tasty.

Glad you've figured this out. Sorry it's such a common food item.

And Happy New Year.
Dec. 31st, 2008 08:10 pm (UTC)
My boyfriendguy is gluten intolerant, so I've got loads of tips/info/recipes if you want em. :)
Jan. 1st, 2009 06:18 pm (UTC)
Another way to avoid the FDA approved witchdoctors and their often destructive allopathic approach is to make an effort to identify exactly WHERE the headache originates within your skull. This may involve a bit of suffering, and a bit of objectivity that requires an abnormal amount of effort under the circumstances. Once you have identified the location(s) subjectively, use a chart to identify the names of these places. From there, go on-line (or use the appropriate reference books should you have access to them) to discover what herbs/homeopathic remedy/supplements feed and strengthen these places. If your headaches are reoccurring, and cannot be traced to specific reactions to either physical or psychological stimuli, you may need to "feed" these places, which include glands, parts of the brain, eyes, ears, etc... If this doesn't work, try a real doctor.
Jan. 2nd, 2009 12:28 am (UTC)
I'm glad you figured out one of your triggers! :) :)
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