Quote: Originally Posted by Britton30
1. Chocolate. Some who suffer from migraines list chocolate as a possible trigger food. Some neurologists say it is a migraine trigger because it contains the amino acid tyramine (see No. 4). But the connection could be that women tend to crave chocolate during stress and hormonal changes, both of which also may trigger headaches. The amount of chocolate can be an issue, too. Experiment to see if you can eat a small, but satisfying amount of chocolate without triggering a headache.
I get migraines very infrequently, thank God! I used to get one, occasionally two, a year but it's been a few years since my last one, about the same amount time I've been retired. I never could find out what my triggers were since they happened so infrequently.
Dictionaries are considering removing my picture from the PMS entry since I've been on a steady dose of Premarin for that past several years; that has stabilized any hormonal changes for me.
If chocolate affected me adversely in any way (other than being fattening), I would kill myself. As long as it doesn't contain any sugar (or very, very little), I can eat any amount of chocolate I want. Fortunately for my weight, unless I'm majorly stressed like I was yesterday, it takes very little chocolate to satisfy the craving. Even then, you do not EVER want to become between me an chocolate! It wouldn't be very pretty.
Caffeine is the problem drug for me. I very easily get addicted to caffeine so I can't have any other than the trace amounts that shows up in some foods (such as chocolate). The sad part is caffeine will not keep me awake, make me alert, give me a buzz or the jitters, nada. It will give me heartburn if I have too much in a short period, not to mention the diuretic effect. Once addicted, if I don't get some the next morning (caffeine; get your minds out of the gutter), I will get one whammer of a headache that's actually worse than the headache of a migraine (it's the nausea that comes with a migraine that's really murder, especially for me; it's possible to get a migraine without the actual headache). Fortunately, once the withdrawal period is over (two to four days for me during which suicide looks reeeally attractive), the body will fairly quickly lose the dependence upon caffeine (unlike other drugs).