Monthly Archives: September 2007

September Update

This week I had a revelation, of sorts.

I had an appointment with my neurologist and we discussed my current symptoms:

Headaches, dizziness, lack of concentration, tunnel vision, occasional nausea, occasional lack of appetite, tingling and pain in my fingers and hands and my toes and feet.

The neurologist, Dr. Takahashi, introduced me to the book “Heal Your Headache” written by David Bucholtz, MD (http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0761127984/robrob8sminimall ).

Within reading the first two chapters this book had identified all my symptoms, and the possible causes of them. Could all of this I have been going through since January be a matter of migraine? Could migraine be the culprit giving me headaches of varying degrees? A variety of illnesses that track back to my threshold for migraine triggers in my daily diet?

Could be!

And it’s definitely worth following up on.

There is a 4 month suggested diet modification that is to eliminate migraine triggers from my daily diet. Caffeine, MSG, nitrites and nitrates, sulfites, citrus fruits, onions and more need to no longer be consumed (don’t forget chocolate!) to affect change in this “1-2-3 Program” diet. At the 4 month stage I may be able to find a difference in my symptoms and move forward from there.

It’s harder to cook for this diet, since so many foods are preservative based, canned, cured, and otherwise processed with the harmful, migraine triggering, elements. It is a challenge.

Additional meal and snack planning is required. But with the support of my wife, Sheila, I believe that this 1-2-3- Program for migraine relief can be accomplished.

I’ll keep you updated.

 

Medication update:

I’ve been switched from Lyrica toGabapentin (300mg 3 times daily);

Zopiclone (7.5 mg X 2 at bedtime);

PMS-Nortriptyline (10 mg 1 at bedtime).