Lamb Migraine Trigger
by Peter Hall
(Paddington Sydney NSW Australia)
All my life I had been very conscious of eating good wholesome food and looking after myself. I had experiences with migraines on and off but they were related to not drinking enough water or not eating enough prior to working in the heat. Suddenly out of the blue I started getting migraines for no particular reason. My water and food intake was good, I had no reason to get these horrific debilitating episodes. I would go into a dark room with a wet towel over my head. The pain was shocking in my stomach and head. These migraines occurred more often and started lasting longer, going on for days.
It was as if I had been cursed - the ongoing torture was getting worse!
I knew my diet was healthy. I ate lots of salads, fruit and veg, fish and red meat. I wasn't a big drinker - one glass of red or one bottle of beer a day and sometimes no alcohol, but it didn't matter. My wife, who was a nurse at the time, had no idea what the cause could be. I wasn't stressed at work and we lived in a non-polluted beach side environment.
I decided it must be something I was eating and had become allergic to. I started dropping items out of my diet. But my migraines got worse. Luckily the third thing I dropped was LAMB! When I realised this my darling wife thought I was mad. She gave me some lamb a few weeks later telling me it was beef. Bang, I got a bad migraine - it lasted for 4 days. She was a true believer after that. I have had lamb once since then and that was when a friend of ours got her meats mixed up, and that attack that lasted for 5 days.
This is over 15 years ago. I have no interest to try lamb to see if the issue has gone away.
I have met other people who had this same issue with lamb. I wonder if this ‘allergy’ that I have could be quite widespread in the community?!
I tell my story to help those whom may not realize they have this allergy. God knows what would have happened to me if I hadn't figured this out.
My background was fairly normal other than being born 6 weeks’ premature back in 1952. I have had hay fever and some fungus allergy issues. I had an incident in the back seat of an old car that had an exhaust leak when I was about 7 and I was sick for a few days after that. Other than these issues I have no other real health problems.
People who have never had a migraine can never know the pain and torment it can bring.