New Here, With Question About Eggs.

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Asked by McJess

New Here, With Question About Eggs.

Hi everyone. My name is Jess. I'm new here, but no stranger to migraines. I get them all the time and have had some form of migraine or headache every day for the last 2 months. I know I'm in a rebound cycle right now from overusing advil, and I'm working my way out of that. I'm also titrating up on Topamax (currently at 100mg) and staying VERY strict with my diet, avoiding all known triggers so hopefully I'll see some relief soon. I'm not even eating any sugar or much fruit to avoid high spikes in blood sugar.

My question is about eggs. I've never been able to tell if they're a trigger for me. I've avoided them for months now, and since I'm stuck in rebound hell right now with a headache or migraine every day, if I WERE to eat eggs, I wouldn't know if I should blame them or not. :)

My headache doc says they're not a trigger and they don't seem to be listed in the 123 Heal Your Headaches book, but I'm wondering how many of you experience eggs as a trigger? I'd love to add them back sometime, but not if it's just going to prolong my misery.

Of course I know that we're all different - I'm just looking for your personal stories on this one. :) Thanks! (If I posted this in the wrong section, please forgive me. I'm new, have a migraine right now, and this site is a bit confusing to me right now. :) )

Answer

Hi Jess,

You've absolutely posted to the correct section and thanks for your question! First, any food can trigger a Migraine for some people. I am not triggered by eggs, but there are folks who are. Some of us have lots of food triggers while others don't have any! Just because a food isn't mentioned in a book, even a good one, doesn't mean that it won't trigger a Migraine for you. We have lots of information on Migraine triggers, so continue reading Migraine triggers. Have you kept a Migraine diary? That is a good way to find out what is and isn't triggering an attack, what works and doesn't and frequency and severity issues. Try it - to see our Migraine diary, read Your Migraine Diary.

Let me say I totally understand how difficult it is to come out of rebound, now called medication overuse headache or MOH. At one point I was taking oxycontin and ended up in rebound you-know-what too! It took me about 14 days to feel better and not have any withdrawal symtpoms or MOH headache.

Let's talk a bit about MOH. It is an awful cycle to be in -you just want the pain to end and the meds you take can make it worse. To help you ease out of this cycle, one of the best approaches is to ask your doctor for help. Your doctor may prescribe antinausea medications, muscle relaxants, or other types of medication that won't really stop your Migraines or headaches, but can at least help you get through them. Even though aspirin can cause MOH, there's new research that IV aspirin may help stop MOH. You can read about that in IV Aspirin for Medication Overuse Headache.

And here's the problem -- It's not just that we need to limit the use of our abortives to three days a week to avoid medication overuse headache (rebound), but that we need to limit the use of ANY acute medications (like Advil) to two or three days a week to avoid a medication overuse situation. A really good article on this is Medication OVeruse Headache- When the Remedy Backfires.

It's really important to get an accurate diagnosis. I noticed you said "some form of migraine or headache" - have you been diagnosed with Migraine? That would be an important first step to feeling better. Having an accurate diagnosis will help simplify matters and make it easier for you to get information and treatment. You can read more about the importance of a correct diagnosis in The Type of Migraine Does Matter.

Does your doctor know that you are upping the Topamax dose you're taking? It is always important to follow the doctors orders and confirm when changes are made. We have important information on Topamax you can read in our Topamax Profile.

I gave you lots of information to get you started. Let me know what you think?

Good luck

Nancy

Answered by Nancy Harris Bonk