You Are What You Eat: Diet Helps Both IBS and Migraine Symptoms

Health care professionals and researchers have known for several years that a link exists between irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and migraine, and a small recent study shows that food may play an important role in reducing symptoms in both disorders.

Researchers in Istanbul, Turkey, designed a study to evaluate the benefits of a diet in which patients eliminate foods that provoke an immune response and elevate Immunoglobulin G (IgG) antibodies. Such diets have previously proven beneficial for improving symptoms in both migraine and IBS. Continue Reading


Sharing My Headache Story with NHF – Robin

I am a 51, almost 52-year-old woman. As a young child, I had chronic daily headaches. I cannot remember a time or day of no headaches. My first migraine was at age 5. I was running up the side of a hill; when I got to the top, it felt like a bomb exploded in my head. Since exactly that moment, I have had frequent migraines. At first, it was weekly. When I hit my mid-teens, they became much worse, and even more severe with my monthly cycle.

In 1976, I had my first CAT scan. Normal. In 1978, I was sent to a pain clinic and was diagnosed with vascular migraines. I tried biofeedback for six months. Since then, I have also tried acupuncture (six months, twice a week), sought help from a dietitian and chiropractor, and had my vision and TMJ checked. Continue Reading


Diet and Headache – Foods

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Dietary triggers do not necessarily contribute to headaches in all patients, and particular foods may trigger attacks in certain individuals on occasion. Be your own expert by keeping a log of the foods you have eaten before a migraine attack, and see whether the removal of these foods from your diet reduces or eliminates your headaches. Below is a list of foods that may trigger migraine headaches and should be avoided by sufferers. Continue Reading