A four in four who suffered from crippling migraines for half a decade claim that her symptoms disappear after she stops eating eggs.
Tracy Richardson, 55, had been plagued by debilitating headaches since 2014, causing her to walk through her bed for days and struggle with work.
The sales administrator said her migraine left her sick, listless, paranoid, and dizzy for & # 39; 20 of the 30 days & # 39; of the month.
Mrs. Richardson, from Wallingford, Oxfordshire, mistakenly thought the headaches were signs of an impending menopause.
But in March, the desperate mother took a food intolerance test – as a last resort – on the advice of a friend.
The results showed that she had sensitivities for eggs, milk, yeast and gluten, as well as for cashews and sunflowers.
Tracy Richardson, 55, suffered crippling migraines for half a decade, leaving her in bed for days and struggling to work
She claims that her headache suddenly disappeared within days of changing her diet.
The exact cause of migraine is unknown, but they are believed to be the result of abnormal brain activity that temporarily influences nerve signals and blood vessels in the brain.
It is known that the chemical tyramine – found in large quantities in cheese and wine – dilates and narrows blood vessels, causing sharp pains.
But experts say that some migraines are caused by & # 39; food intolerance & # 39 ;, which is compared to a miniature allergic reaction to certain foods.
The mother of the four claims that her headache suddenly disappeared within a few days after she removed the eggs from her diet
Mrs. Richardson said: & # 39; Nine weeks ago I lived a completely miserable life – and now I feel like a completely new woman. I feel like someone is turning on the lights.
& # 39; As soon as I received my results, I cut all the food out of my diet – and since then I no longer have a headache – I haven't even taken painkillers. & # 39;
Mrs. Richardson said she has her life back and believes that the amount of eggs she ate contributed greatly to her headache.
She added: “I feel like I've saved my own life – I know that sounds a bit dramatic, but that's how it feels to me, I'm in control of my life again.
& # 39; My husband Neil said to me last week: "I feel like I have my wife back".
& # 39; I think the eggs caused me the most problems because they are in everything I was eating.
CAN FOOD TRIGGER MIGRAINES?
The exact cause of migraine is unknown, but they are thought to be the result of abnormal brain activity that temporarily affects nerve signals, chemicals, and blood vessels in the brain.
They can be caused by food triggers, including:
– Missed, delayed or irregular meals
– Caffeine products, such as tea, coffee and energy drinks
– Specific foods, such as chocolate and citrus products containing the substance tyramine, including salted meat, yeast extracts, pickled herrings, smoked fish and cheese
Tyramine dilates and narrows blood vessels in the brain, causing headaches.
But experts say that some migraines are caused by & # 39; food intolerance & # 39 ;, which is compared to a less severe allergic reaction.
When food particles enter the bloodstream, if the immune system identifies them as foreign, antibodies are produced to attack them.
This can cause inflammation and headache.
A variety of foods can cause food intolerance, but the most common perpetrators are:
– Cane sugar
– Cow milk
Diagnosing a food allergy headache is extremely difficult.
Although food allergies are being tested, they are not very accurate, resulting in a false positive result of around 40 to 60 percent of the time.
& # 39; Another of my worst offenders was vinegar because it contains yeast and I eat a lot of salad with dressings on. & # 39;
Mrs. Richardson has endured half a decade of headache that left her bedridden for days.
The migraine forced her to stop working hours to go home and rest.
She said that by the time she got home, she was often too sleepy to walk the dogs and eventually fainted.
& # 39; I would have a headache or migraine for twenty of the thirty days, & # 39; she added.
& # 39; And when I say a headache, I mean those who give me 3 o'clock & # 39; I would wake up in the morning and I could not fall asleep anymore.
& # 39; It was completely debilitating. I always had free time because the pain meant I couldn't get out of bed – no amount of pain killers would work. & # 39;
She has shared her experiences with the 10,000 people who follow her blog: Words from a Bird.
The mother told her readers that she can now walk 30 miles a week – something that was impossible months ago.
According to charity The Migraine Trust, migraine is the most common and debilitating neurological disorder in the UK, affecting one in seven people.
Symptoms can also include impaired vision, sensitivity to light, sound and smells, nausea and vomiting.
When food particles enter the bloodstream, if the immune system identifies them as foreign, IgG antibodies are produced to attack the problem food.
With a blood test, YorkTest Laboratories can analyze a person's IgG responses for up to 208 food and drink ingredients.
But testing for food allergies, according to the National Headache Institute, gives a false positive result some 40 to 60 percent of the time.
YorkTest advises people to cut out their food intolerances for 12 weeks, with the option of slowly reintroducing them – but Mrs. Richardson says she will not go back.
Dr. Gill Hart, a biochemist and scientific director of YorkTest Laboratories, said: “When a person has food intolerance, the natural defense mechanism of their immune system is to ward off the harmful invaders in the body, and this can cause inflammation.
# Swelling, IBS, acne, migraine, eczema, rhinitis, lethargy and general fatigue – can all be the consequences of eating food for which a person is intolerant.
& # 39; Symptoms manifest in many ways – and with Mrs. Richardson who has a number of intolerances and cuts them all out – I am not surprised that she has experienced such life-changing results. & # 39;
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