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SLIMMERKIWI Posts: 26,032
3/22/13 6:53 A

Check with your Dr! There are many causes for migraines and you really need to find the cause so the appropriate treatment can be received - not assume by playing guessing games and possibly depriving yourself of certain food groups that are otherwise very beneficial.


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3/21/13 3:28 P

I get migranes if I have MSG. A lot of potato chips and other things have it. Check your pringles.

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3/21/13 1:31 P

re:chocolate & breakouts - there is a fairly common allergy to chocolate that causes a rash type breakout (usually on the bum!)

I seem to recall a town in England where this was so common the locals just refer to it as 'spotty bottom'

Edited by: OBIESMOM2 at: 3/21/2013 (14:10)
3/21/13 1:26 P

I would suggest that you work with your physician or neurologist since you have a history of migraines. If you have, you probably know that migraines can be triggered my many situations---food is just one trigger for some people.

Most physicians will advise you to keep a very detailed food journal of what you eat and drink as well as your migraine occurances. This will help to discover IF certain foods trigger a migraine and possibly what foods may lessen the pain.

Within this thread there is some accurate advice, inaccurate advice and a lot of incomplete advice. This site, our experts and our members can not provide the interventions that really will get to the explanation of your situation....please work with your doctor. There needs to be more individualized treatment to really see what works and does not work for you.

SP Registered Dietitian Becky

NIRERIN Posts: 14,102
3/21/13 9:01 A

how were you doing on fat and calories before the cookie? because to me that looks a little light. which could mean that anything that you eat that has fat and calories would make you feel better in that scenario.

SUNSHINE6442 Posts: 2,165
3/21/13 8:17 A

Improper nutrition, fluctuating blood sugar, and dehydration can all cause headaches.

Spinach, sweet potatoes, white potatoes, mushrooms, broccoli, Swiss chard, fresh amaranth, quinoa, sunflower seeds, brown rice are foods with magnesium and the spice ..rosemary....all those things may help prevent or lessen headaches. Maybe eat turkey, tuna and add seasame seeds to salads and veggies daily.

Stay away ffrom wheat, milk, cheese, coffee, sugar, peanuts, pork, nitrites/nitrates (lunch meats and hot dogs) and MSG, sugar...even chocolate as they can trigger a migraine in some people.

The cookie made with cocoa dulled the inflammation that is associated with migraines. I also heard that drinking a cup of hot chocolate will lessen the pain.

So Yes it's probably normal to answer your question.

Edited by: SUNSHINE6442 at: 3/21/2013 (08:24)
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3/20/13 11:28 P

I think tea would be a good alternative -- next time you get one, try it and see if it helps.

I would like to add, that if they continue and are frequent, you should check in with your Doctor just to make sure all is well.

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3/20/13 10:30 P

There's little evidence that chocolate actually causes breakouts; however, many women crave chocolate around their period, which is a time they naturally tend to breakout. They haven't been able to prove (nor disprove) the chocolate/acne connection. So far, there is only correlation.. NOT causation.

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3/20/13 8:40 P

Ok so now I have another question about the caffeine issue. I have noticed before that eating chocolate tends to make me break out. Is this from the caffeine? i guess that's a big pain if caffeine helps headaches but causes there a correlation there? I thought of this because I have noticed that too much coffee does the same thing

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3/20/13 8:14 P

Ha, I can't believe I didn't think of that....that makes a lot of sense. If its caffeine that's the issue I wonder if I could do tea...maybe that would be healthier than coke or chocolate anyway...

SHERYLDS Posts: 17,151
3/20/13 8:09 P

I am not a medical professional but I agree with CORTNEY-LEE
A friend of mine suffers from migraines and she takes 1/2 an excedrin
when she feels a migraine coming . It's the caffeine that helps her (as per her headache dr).

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3/20/13 8:04 P

it could be caffeine -- there is caffeine is chocolate that is naturally occurring, which would explain why the pear didn't help - there isn't a ton of it in there, but there are small amounts. It would also explain why the cola helped.

My doctor told me once the best cure for a migraine is a cup of strong coffee and 2 aspirin.

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3/20/13 7:54 P

I'm going to explain an incident but it has not been a one time thing. It seems this pattern has developed for awhile and I am wondering if others have similar experiences.

So I ate really well today.....breakfast yogurt, oatmeall, blueberries, lunch roast beef sandwich, carrot sticks and fat free Pringles, snack pear, and then at 2:00 I developed a horrendous headache. I had to go to a meeting for work this afternoon and I seriously didn't think I would make it through. I have had a lot of experience with migraines so this was nothing new. Anyway, at the meeting there were chocolate chip cookies and I took one even though I hadn't planned it into my calories. And OMG I was halfway through it when I felt amazing!!!! My headache completely disappeared....folks, I mean DISAPPEARED. I was energetic and participating in the meeting when moments before I didn't think I would be able to attempt to sit through it.

So I guess I feel bad that I apparently needed "junk food" in order to feel better. When I first got my headache I ate the pear which has sugar but that did nothing. What was it about the cookie, and is that even normal? I am asking because there have been times when this same scenario presents itself. Before, I have turned to coca cola and that has helped a lot too, but again, I feel it is totally undoing all my other good eating habits when I do this. I dunno if its the sugar or carbs or what that I am missing that makes me feel better....????

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