Happy Friday fellow readers! I am so excited to finally see the light at the end of the tunnel and my weekend coming into view. Yesterday was a very long and rough day for me as I was blind sided with a migraine. Which in turn made me decide today to write about migraines, how they have impacted my life, and how Keto has changed them for me.
I have suffered from migraines since I was about ten years old, maybe even earlier than that but I can’t really remember before that time. As a kid there isn’t a whole lot that can be done and being in bed all day with a headache is no fun. As I grew up my migraine problems only increased. By the time I was in my older teens I was experiencing at least 2 migraines per week. I chose to treat them with OTC medicines such as execedrin migraine and was told to chug a coke. So that is exactly what I did an they never got any better.
In my mid-twenties I started to develop vertigo in conjunction with my migraines and this stopped me dead in my tracks. I decided it was time to seek out a neurologist. Problem solved….NOPE! The first neurologist was just a trip to many others until I found the perfect one. The first one completely mis-diagnosed me with a disorder that I had zero symptoms of other than the migraines. The second one decided it was simply a vertigo induced migraine. This meant that the vertigo was my body’s reaction to an upcoming migraine. Other than that there was no logic behind it. I was prescribed maxalt and sent on my way. I thought this was the winner because even though I was still having the migraine the meds helped.
Welcome to my thirties and yet another change in my migraine patterns and medication failure. I was now not only having vertigo with the migraine I was experiencing limb numbness. So off to neurologist number three. This doctors solution was to throw every medicine at me humanly possible. A pill for the migraine, a pill for the side effects of the migraine and a pill to try and prevent the migraine. Months of trial and error and medication side effects ranging from severe weight gain to extreme mood swings. All that on top of anxiety and depression was not a good combination.
Finally I got the break I needed when I moved to a Chattanooga, TN. I had to find a new neurologist and I hit the doctor jackpot with this one. He actually listened to me and my symptoms and wanted to figure out what exactly was possibly causing them. It took months of frequent visits and a few medication trial and errors, but in the end we figured out what worked for me. While I still have a migraine pill I have to take when I get a migraine, I have went from having 2-3 per week to 1 a week.
Then I found Keto and started eliminating sugar and within three months that once a week suddenly turned into 1-2 a month. What I have discovered was that a vast majority of my migraines were food induced and the few I still have each month I have deduced are linked to hormones and monthly cycles. In 2018 I was released from my neurologist and told I could manage what few I was still having through my primary care doctor. All because I chose to eliminate the sugar that was poisoning my brain!
The next step for me to take will be to discuss with my family doctor about testing my hormones to see if they are where they should be. I hate that I still have migraines and I hate even more that the meds completely drain me. The difference now is I don’t let them control me. Yesterday I made myself do my weights and made myself stay up and move instead of retreating to bed. I accredit being able to do both of those because I am fueling my body with whole foods that it can use the nutrients from and not crap that is wasted.
If you are a migraine suffer take time to notice what may or may not be triggering them. An example is for me I cannot tolerate any fake sweetener such as sweet-n-low or equal. One taste of those and it’s like insta-migraine. If I get super stressed it can also trigger one. Get to know your body and make a journal as to what you were eating and doing when the migraine hits. Secondly find a doctor that will listen to you and not just throw pills at you. Pills may be necessary but they are not necessarily the solution to the matter. Educate yourself as much as possible. The more you know the better position you will be in talking to your doctor.
Has Keto cured my migraines, no, but it has made them way more manageable and way less frequent. Your diet may be your biggest trigger and you not even realize it. I always swore that mine were not hormonal and come to find out they apparently are to a point. Don’t live in fear of talking about it or trying to improve it, just give it your all. Until next time Keep Ketoing On!