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Illinois Migraine Treatment

We treat a lot of patients with migraines in our Illinois headache clinic, and if you are afflicted with repeated migraines (18% of women and 6% of men do, according to health experts) then you know how debilitating they can get. In addition to the pain that is typically agonizing, some migraine sufferers experience double vision, sensitivity to light, nausea, and vomiting, among other symptoms. Not just does this influence home life, but it can also impact your ability to work. The good news is, research published in the Iranian Journal of Nursing and Midwifery Research has found that dietary modifications could offer some relief.

The referenced study included 170 women who had migraine headaches and had been directed to neurology clinics as a result. The objective was to find out if their eating habits had any impact on their headache patterns. Data was gathered via a questionnaire in which each participant was questioned about their headaches and their diet, and their responses were assessed to determine if there was any connection between specific foods and headache frequency.

Researchers discovered that there were, in fact, specific food products that did actually increase headaches in migraine sufferers. From greatest to least impact they were: red meat, white meat, cereal, vegetables, fruit, salad dressing, and eggs. In addition, approximately three-quarters of the study participants told the researchers that consuming chocolate would induce a migraine.

Since the standard Iranian diet does not include the big amount of canned foods, processed meat, or fast foods often found in Western cultures, these kinds of items will need additional assessment to figure out if there is a connection between their consumption and migraine headaches. Meanwhile, if you are afflicted by migraines personally, you may want to decrease or eliminate some of the foods mentioned which could possibly be contributing to your suffering.

If you're prepared to get natural relief for your migraines, give our Bloomington, IL office a call today at (217) 249-4808 for an appointment or more information.

Nazari F, Eghbali M. Migraine and its relationship with dietary habits in women. Iranian Journal of Nursing and Midwifery Research 2012;17(2 Suppl1):S65-S71.

February 05, 2015