Monday, May 06, 2013
I had a migraine on Friday. It was one of the worst. I usually get visual disturbances before the pain begins. In an effort to nip it in the bud, I took some OTC medications within a minute of having my visual field distorted. I thought for sure that I could just close my eyes for 15 minutes and beat this one. Nope. I ended up having someone drive me home from work. The pain was severe. Nausea and vomiting--not a pretty site.
I don't get migraines as frequently as I used to. I've worked on identifying and eliminating my triggers. Though hormones does have an influence on my migraines, most of them are caused by foods. As I was in bed, writhing in pain, all I could think of was that I had poisoned myself. I had eaten something that was causing my body to suffer. Something my body tried desperately to get rid of. It must have something in the prepackaged meal I ate for lunch the day before. I read the labels of microwave meals and am usually pretty good at discerning the tricky names for hidden triggers--nitrates, nitrites, autolyzed yeast, monosodium glutamate. Something must of gotten past me, and I paid for the price.
Friday's experience illustrated the powerful effect that food can have on my body. It makes me wonder what else my food intake is doing to me. I imagine that I may have become so acclimated to feeling cruddy that I can't remember what great health feels like. Thanks for the reality check, Body.