Hello my name is Lina, I’m 20 years old and was diagnosed with MAV about two years ago (though I have been dealing with the associated problems all throughout my life). Sorry if this post is long but please read!
Anyway, I started the Buchholz diet about a month ago. This past summer has been the worst in terms of my migraine and vertigo symptoms - everything from visual and other sensory auras, vertigo, constant unsteadiness, throbbing headaches, etc. My neurologist said I was in a “constant state of low-grade migraine”. (Migraine 24/7 for the whole summer?! Scary!) So she prescribed me steroids to “break” the migraine. She also prescribed me Verapamil, a very low dose at 40 mg. a day.
I felt the combination of the three treatments (diet, steroids and Verapamil) were very successful in getting rid of the actual migraine symptoms and auras, but not the vertigo. I have been pretty good about the diet, but let’s be honest, I haven’t been PERFECT (I probably follow it about 60% of the time).
Anyway, last night I went to a Mexican restaurant with my friends and, because they knew the owner, I ended up eating a lot of the food I knew I shouldn’t because I didn’t want to “offend” the owner. Last night I ended up having bad nausea and vomited. And this morning I woke up with the worst, most painful throbbing migraine I have ever felt a long time with spinning-sensation vertigo. I haven’t felt this bad in a long time.
I guess I’m just asking for some encouraging words. Do you think the foods were what triggered my migraine/vertigo episode today? (I had a similar experience of migraine/vertigo/nausea when I went to another Mexican restaurant a couple weeks ago. I think because a lot of the foods they provide - salsa with raw onions, cheesy foods, sauces that probably have MSG in it- are triggers). How many of you have had good results from Buccholz’s diet? Also, this summer has been particularly stressful for me due to outside circumstances (break-up with boyfriend, taking intense summer classes, stressful internship, etc.) It’s just really hard to feel like you’re getting somewhere (my neurologist said I’m “not better yet, but on the path toward getting better.”) and then to have a setback like today.
Anyway, please send me your stories, encouraging words, advice, diet tips, or even migraine-friendly recipes (keep in mind I’m a beginner chef!) Thank you all in advance and thank you for having this community!!!