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Oct. 27th, 2011 10:47 am
lizcommotion: Lily and Chance squished in a cat pile-up on top of a cat tree (buff tabby, black cat with red collar) (Default)
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Does anyone else here endure weather-triggered headaches? I know sinus headaches can be bad in certain seasons or weather. I also find myself in a paradox where (1) bright sunny weather triggers photosensitivity-related migraines; (2) rain storms trigger barometric-pressure related migraines. What weather is good for migraines, then? I also know someone who has moved to be in a better migraine climate.

Poll #8398 Weather triggers
Open to: Registered Users, detailed results viewable to: All, participants: 16

Which weather is a trigger for your headaches?

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Stormy weather
3 (18.8%)

Bright sunny days
5 (31.2%)

Any change in barometric pressure
6 (37.5%)

Abrupt temperature changes
5 (31.2%)

All weather is out to get me
1 (6.2%)

Weather isn't a problem for me
3 (18.8%)

I hadn't thought about it, but now that you mention it...
1 (6.2%)

Something else that I will explain in a comment
2 (12.5%)

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Note: some of the following links (such as the one to a low-tyramine diet) have rather blindingly white backgrounds, which is somewhat ironic since it's the website of the National Headache Foundation. If such things bother you, you may want to visit the site on a day when you aren't suffering from a number of triggers.

I'm finally trying this whole low-tyramine diet thing my neurologist recommended to help prevent migraines (the effects of tyramine on migraines have been debated/studied with various results). For those who are interested, tyramine is a byproduct of the amino-acid tyrosine produced when certain foods are aged. Things include: aged cheese, deli meats, fermented soy products, etc.

In addition, some people blame foods with tannins (including many legumes, a category that includes peanuts) on the list.

I'm generally trying to follow the broad outlines my neurologist gave me. However, there are so many websites out there about how this and that food cause migraines. I don't want to jump on a nut-free bandwagon without checking things scientifically first. It's also worthwhile to note that not every food is a trigger for everyone.

I've also noticed that many of the foods on the maybe-don't-eat-this list contain protein, and are in fact my go-to sources of protein (e.g. hummus, beans/legumes, peanut butter, deli meat, aged cheese, etc.). I guess I'm going to be eating fresh meat for awhile, which is not exactly my favorite thing to do. (I was a vegetarian for many years, and I still prefer many vegetarian things.)

How have other folks handled food-related migraine triggers? What about types of protein?


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