Migraines and Onions!

Nancy Harris Bonk Health Guide May 20, 2008
  • Just when I thought I had most of my Migraine triggers sorted out, I was hit with a new one this afternoon - chopping onions!  Eating raw onions is one of my Migraine triggers, but I've been able to cook and chop them without a problem.

     

    While making Chipotle Pork Posle for dinner today, I needed a medium chopped onion. I peeled, sliced, cut and started to chop it, and (I like the way they do it on the Food Network Smile) my eyes began to tear. This is totally normal for me. What was not normal was the searing pain in the back of my head as I continued to chop the onion. As I resumed chopping, the pain stopped me. I wasn't halfway through the first half of the onion. I stepped away from the onion to figure out what was going on. I guess I am a slow learner. The pain subsided a bit. It couldn't possibly be the onion, right? The posle needed to get finished, meaning the onion needed to be completely chopped. So, I stepped up to the cutting board once more, begin to chop, and sure enough, the pain intensified. In fact, it got quite bad.   

     

    I deceided I had enough onion for the soup, stopped the chopping and dumped it into the pot and took an Axert, one of my Migraine abortives. Thankfully it worked. The soup is simmering, and we had a wonderful dinner.

     

    It is interesting how Migraine triggers can changer over time. They can come on suddenly or be "stackable." Some triggers we can avoid. I could choose to not chop onions ever again, or find alternatives, such as dehydrated onion flakes or bits.

     

    Other Migraine triggers, such as weather changes and hormones cannot be avoided. Our Migraine Trigger page is a great resource Migrainuers have to deal with. In addition to managing our triggers, here are some helpful Tips for Living Well All Year - by Teri Robert.

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