Migraines and Onions!

Nancy Harris Bonk Community Member 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.

11 Comments
  • Anonymous
    first time goer
    Aug. 17, 2010

    I thought I was being a bit of a weakling, but I too was cutting onions for a receipe i got from a cookbook. When i first started cutting the onion i expected to get a little teary...did not expect to get sinus like migrane after only cutting half of it. Because I didn't put it together, i tried to bare it and still tried to cut the onion...AWFUL!...

    RHMLucky777

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    I thought I was being a bit of a weakling, but I too was cutting onions for a receipe i got from a cookbook. When i first started cutting the onion i expected to get a little teary...did not expect to get sinus like migrane after only cutting half of it. Because I didn't put it together, i tried to bare it and still tried to cut the onion...AWFUL! NEVER AGAIN!

  • Anonymous
    Taylor Marie
    Jul. 17, 2009

    I thought I was alone in the Onion Trigger!  It was refreshing to read your story.  I figured out onions were a trigger about two years ago while enjoying my mother-in-law's raw Onion Dip.  At first I thought it was the sour cream - but eliminating that didn't help.  I never thought about the effect of chopping onions - so thank you! ...

    RHMLucky777

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    I thought I was alone in the Onion Trigger!  It was refreshing to read your story.  I figured out onions were a trigger about two years ago while enjoying my mother-in-law's raw Onion Dip.  At first I thought it was the sour cream - but eliminating that didn't help.  I never thought about the effect of chopping onions - so thank you!  I'll have to watch out for that.  (And cooked - no problem either!)

    • Nancy Harris Bonk
      Jul. 18, 2009
      Someone mentioned buying frozen onions to keep on hand so I don't have to chop them.... not a bad idea. Of course, I haven't done it yet, but when I do, I'll let you know how they work.
  • Anonymous
    Katherine
    Jan. 12, 2009

    Food processor! :D I got my first one for christmas and love it. especially for chopping onions!

  • MACDOODLE
    May. 22, 2008

    http://www.sevendeals.com/p-3971-food-chopper.aspx?gclid=CNGmwdSfupMCFQuYggod2VF1Cw

     

    i got a small black and decker food small chopper awhile back did wonderful.still have to do  rough chop . small onions only require a quick in half. on sale it was about $10.00

     

     

    some people put the onion in the frezzer fro a bit first or run cold water...

    RHMLucky777

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    http://www.sevendeals.com/p-3971-food-chopper.aspx?gclid=CNGmwdSfupMCFQuYggod2VF1Cw

     

    i got a small black and decker food small chopper awhile back did wonderful.still have to do  rough chop . small onions only require a quick in half. on sale it was about $10.00

     

     

    some people put the onion in the frezzer fro a bit first or run cold water over the onion.

     

    do a bunch at once - freeze your own.

     

    green onions  red onions -add more as they are mild -add nice flavor with far less tears. too.

     

     

  • mcmurraychick
    May. 22, 2008

    chopping onions can depending on how strong the onion is, reduce me into a crying baby. great little find that is in my produce section.... pre chopped onions.

     

    and if you don't have those.... place the onions in the freezer for 10 to 15 minutes before you chop............. the juices don't flow as freely, and i can get through chopping it.

     

    nad...

    RHMLucky777

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    chopping onions can depending on how strong the onion is, reduce me into a crying baby. great little find that is in my produce section.... pre chopped onions.

     

    and if you don't have those.... place the onions in the freezer for 10 to 15 minutes before you chop............. the juices don't flow as freely, and i can get through chopping it.

     

    nad onions are the one trigger food i have that i love more than any other food. ( if it didn't make me hurt so bad i would happily eat an onion sandwhich)

    • Nancy Harris Bonk
      May. 22, 2008

       My sister in law also suggested frozen onions. 

       

      You guys are the best.

       

       

  • Jamie
    May. 20, 2008

    It's no fun to find a new trigger. Especially when it's something that you like, or can deal with in another form- but has to be changed from one form to the acceptable one. Any chance you can get someone to chop onions for you? If you're able to eat them once cooked, that's a different story than if they were just totally out... (just a thought)

     

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    RHMLucky777

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    It's no fun to find a new trigger. Especially when it's something that you like, or can deal with in another form- but has to be changed from one form to the acceptable one. Any chance you can get someone to chop onions for you? If you're able to eat them once cooked, that's a different story than if they were just totally out... (just a thought)

     

     

     

     

     

     

    • Nancy Harris Bonk
      May. 20, 2008

      Not a bad idea, Jamie. Sam likes to cook, so next time maybe I can enlist his help. Thanks for the idea.

       

      Be well sweetie!

    • Anonymous
      NH Frannie
      Apr. 16, 2010

      I figured out a long time ago that raw onions were a triger, my main one, my tolerence has continued to go down that even one small itty bitty onion -- like in potato salad -- starts the headache, heartburn, and I'll tast it for a good day.  Then last fall I had a run in with chopping onions for a soup and not only did the pain start to come, I had a massive...

      RHMLucky777

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      I figured out a long time ago that raw onions were a triger, my main one, my tolerence has continued to go down that even one small itty bitty onion -- like in potato salad -- starts the headache, heartburn, and I'll tast it for a good day.  Then last fall I had a run in with chopping onions for a soup and not only did the pain start to come, I had a massive breakout of hives.  trigger and now allergy!  I have to carry an epi-pen