Some of you may know that I am a breast cancer survivor. This blog is NOT about breast cancer, but it is about health and how you can prevent or eliminate headaches and migraines from your life and start living.
You may also ask yourself what does breast cancer have to do with
headaches and migraines? The breast cancer that I HAD was "Estrogen
positive." Which means that my cancer was caused by estrogen. I had a
partial hysterectomy when I was 38. My Dr left my ovaries because, as he
said, "38 was too young" to go into menopause. I knew that I was having
"periods" every 14 days for the better part of 5 years. Mainly due to
the fact, that aside from the "normal" changes to my breast when my periods would have occurred, I was suffering from migraines every 2 weeks. They were my "blessing and my curse" in that regards.
I am going to begin with saying that diet IS a major contributor to headaches and migraines. Several
years ago I learned that when I eat cold cuts like bologna or hot dogs
that I would get severe migraines within 24 hours. They contain nitrates
and nitrites. Certain cheeses also contain them. I also noticed that my
"once a month" craving for Dorito's and salty snacks were also
contributing to them. What ingredient does Dorito's contain that causes
headaches and migraines in some people? Monosodium glutamate, also
known as MSG. It is a preservative that manufacturers add to their food
to make it taste better and add to the shelf life. Some
manufacturers are getting wise that some people are not purchasing their
products that contain msg and have stopped using that ingredient. They
are now substituting an ingredient called, "autolyzed yeast extract or
yeast extract." It IS essentially the same thing as msg and also has the
same effects on the body that msg does.
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Eating too much sugar can also contribute to headaches and migraines.
Consuming high quantities of salt, which has been proven to increase
blood pressure can also cause headaches and migraines.
Some prescription drugs also cause headaches and migraines. I began
taking one of those drugs in March to prevent my cancer from returning. I
will be on that drug for 5 years. My headaches started coming more
often and with greater intensity until last month. I will tell you what I
I also recently discovered that chocolate, which contains magnesium
and is good for you, also contains copper. Some people are allergic to
copper and are not aware of it. I believe that dark chocolate, which is
"supposedly" better for you contains more copper than milk chocolate can
also contribute to headaches and migraines. This is based on my own
personal experience. I can eat milk chocolate in moderation, but dark chocolate, even in small quantities gives me migraines.
Now, back to my breast cancer story. When I went in for my follow up
visit with my gyn, who removed my ovaries, I told him that my migraines
were getting worse. (Which happens to about 50% of the women who enter
menopause naturally or surgically). I asked him what I could do to
prevent them. He told me "nothing," because my cancer was Estrogen
positive. He also told me to do "what works for me." and walked away. It
took me 6 months of trying different things before I came upon the
I mentioned in my profile, that I collect books. I came across a book titled, "The Vitamin Bible" by Earl Mindell.
It has been sitting on one of my book shelf's for at least 5 years.
Most of the books that I use for reference material have listed
magnesium deficiency as a possible reason for headaches and migraines.
For several years, I have been taking 500 milligrams of magnesium and 250 milligrams of calcium. I believed that I was, at the very least,
minimizing the frequency and intensity of my symptoms. I was wrong. It
turns out, that according to the information that I found in Earl
Mindell's book, that headache and migraine sufferers can benefit from
taking twice as much calcium as magnesium. I made the switch. I am currently taking 500 mg of calcium twice a day. Within 2
days, my headaches and migraines completely disappeared. I also take
1,000 milligrams of Vitamin D3 and a Super B-Complex every day. For the record, your body NEEDS magnesium and vitamin D3 to help your body absorb calcium.
The only time that I suffer from headaches and migraines now is when I "accidentally eat something" that triggers them.
Also, for tension headaches and for overall health, you can't go
wrong by doing 30 minutes of aerobic activity every day. Adding a
pilates, yoga or tai chi works great for preventing headaches and
migraines as well.
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and share it with your loved ones who are suffering from headaches and