No Grains Equals No Migraines
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The first time it happened I panicked. My vision was slowly filling
up with shiny blobs of light. Instinctively I went to a dark room
and, 15 minutes in, I couldnt see. Eventually it ramped down
just like it ramped up. And as soon as it cleared, the pain started.
I was never one for much pain medication, so I just put a cold rag
on my forehead and bore it. Then the nausea kicked in. The pain
subsided after a few hours. But it happened again the next week.
And the next.
The third time, I hyperventilated from the pain and my boyfriend
drove me to the hospital at 2 a.m. A scan cleared me of any brain
tumors and I was diagnosed with ocular migraines. The doctor gave
me a prescription for a drug used to help cancer patients deal with
nausea and told me to get a bottle of Excedrin.
People who have had ocular migraines know what Im talking
about. It fills your world with panic. What will trigger it next?
Bright white snow? Car headlights? My mother tells me my aunt gets
shots to stop them, so I figure it must run in the family. I became
attached to my sunglasses. Id wear them even at night sometimes
to block building or street lights. I had to pull over in my car
once because I couldnt see through the shinys,
as I called them. Its not a good way to live. As a college
sophomore, I was kept out of class and work with pain. I eventually
learned to stop the pain by taking the Excedrin as soon as I saw
the flashy lights. But that much medicine would leave me in a haze
for the rest of the day.
Heres what gets me. As a sophomore, I had put on the freshman
15 and wanted to start the year eating healthy. I cut out all white
grain products and switched to whole-grain bread and pasta. I ate
healthy lean meats but would binge on sugar on the weekends. Years
passed and I accepted migraines as a part of my life. I carried
a big bottle of meds everywhere. Heres a look at my old diet:
I graduated college and married the boyfriend who drove me to the
hospital. He was always overweight and I, being a journalist/graphic
artist, was constantly bombarded with health information and the
newest studies. So we tried a few of these popular trends to help
him get his weight down (6-foot, 245). I wasnt as worried
about mine at the time (5' 7", 145), but I figured I could
stand to lose a few. We did P90X, the Abs Diet, lots of whole grains
and really boring food. I still had migraines. I still had IBS,
acne oh and regular headaches, too!
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