Why Now?

I have always had health issues... but I was happy to never struggle with migraines- that is, until this year. Suddenly, I am in a whole new world of pain and blurred/double vision. Usually mine are behind my eyes. Sometimes there is so much pressure, my eyes actually bulge out a bit.

Gabapentin has helped some of the neurological pain. Viccodin helps, too, but it can cause rebound migraines.

I realized that I have been clenching my jaw and other muscles unconsciously. I was given a muscle relaxant, but I don't think it does much for the headaches! 

Anyway... just thought I'd say that I feel for anyone who has migraines or cluster headaches like I do. It sucks, doesn't it :(
Starlatheimmortal Starlatheimmortal
22-25, F
11 Responses Jul 12, 2010

Yup. I now have narrow-angle glaucoma and it is INCREDIBLY painful and is causing vision loss. I am SO suck of this medical crap.. the doctors refuse to treat me because I am young and they figure it's all in my head because I "look" healthy and pretty. OMG. Doctors are SUCH *****!!! :P

Thanks for all the information.<br />
Good luck to you all and yes, let us praise the Lord for His help!<br />
Mine has diminished to a few per annum.

at least being a vegetarian takes some of those away! <br />
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An exert from wikipedia ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tyramine ):<br />
Dietary tyramine intake has also been associated with migraine in select populations, leading many sufferers to restrict foods high in tyramine.[2] Reports on the tyramine-migraine link have been both affirmed and denied. A recent review article found that all past studies affirming a migraine-tyramine connection were scientifically inconclusive, and noted several studies showing no connection.[citation needed] Two studies validated as scientifically sound reported no connection in the population evaluated.[citation needed] A 2007 review published in Neurological Sciences[3] presented data showing that migraine and cluster headaches are characterised by an increase of circulating neurotransmitters and neuromodulators (including tyramine, octopamine and synephrine) in the hypothalamus, amygdala and dopaminergic system.<br />
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More than just peanuts, avocados, and tomatoes:<br />
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Tyramine occurs widely in plants and animals and is metabolized by the enzyme monoamine oxidase. In foods, it is often produced by the decarboxylation of tyrosine during fermentation or decay. Foods containing considerable amounts of tyramine include meats that are potentially spoiled or pickled, aged, smoked, fermented, or marinated (some fish, poultry, and beef); most pork (except cured ham); chocolate; alcoholic beverages; and fermented foods, such as most cheeses (except ricotta, cottage cheese, cream cheese, neufchatel cheese), sour cream, yogurt, shrimp paste, soy sauce, soy bean condiments, teriyaki sauce, tofu, tempeh, miso soup, sauerkraut; broad (fava) beans, green bean pods, Italian flat (Romano) beans, Chinese (snow) pea pods, avocados, bananas, pineapple, eggplants, figs, red plums, raspberries, peanuts, Brazil nuts, coconuts, processed meat, yeast, and an array of cacti.<br />
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Just put me out of my misery!

I know exactly how you feel about avocados! I live in Trinidad in the West Indies, and here we eat avocados (we call them "zabuca" locally) with everything!

Aaawww!!! All my favorite foods! :( I eat avocados right out of the skin with a touch of sea salt. So do my sons :)

Peanuts, avocadoes and tomatoes all genarate tyramine, which is a migraine trigger. I have also read about the red wine, even though it is good for the heart!

Thank God for this support group. I have had migraines since I was about 8 yrs. old. I remember my mom taking me to the doctor about it and the doctor told my mom that I was faking it and only trying to get attention! My mom also suffers with migraines and cussed that doctor out! When my daughter was 7 she starting getting the m's too and luckily by then there was a lot more research on childhood migraines. She is now 24 and still suffers like we all do but hers only come about once every 3 or 4 months. <br />
My triggers are process meats, wine and tequila. My pain always starts in the back of my head in one spot. I get visual problems, sick to my tummy and numbness in my face. I take Elavil every night and it helps but when a major migraine wants to be let out nothing will stop it for me.

I too clench my jaws and grind my teeth. I have had to learn when I am doing this and force myself to relax my jaw. Eventually I was able to prevent a migrane from becoming major from the clenching and grinding.<br />
andyneil, what does peanuts have to do with migraines? This is the first I'm hearing of this and I love peanuts. As a matter of fact, I eat them every day.

its a pity only a migraine sufferer can appreciate one! pls avoid msg and peanuts too!

Yes friend, it sucks. For great part of my life I suffered like hell!!! Your symptoms are soooo familiar!<br />
I few years ago they dis covered a chemical imbalance in my system. After we attended to this, my m's. become a lot less ans less severe.<br />
Good luck