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.

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Lamb Is My Migraine Trigger For Sure
by: Kay Hush

I am a 32 year old nigerian who was home all my life until recently (the past year) I moved to Kuala Lumpur.

It's not as though this is a formal introduction for a seminar delivery but to create the understanding that such "migraines" could affect anyone regardless of the difference in environmental exposure.

The first lamb I ever tasted was about 4 months ago. I've repeated the action up to 5 times and every time I thought I wasn't going to wake up the next day with a terrible migraine that would follow after each meal.

Initially it was more traumatizing because I just couldn't place my hand on the exact reason until the 3rd time. The 4th and 5th time was my final confirmation after having a plate at different restaurants, that for some reason lamb is trying to kill me.

Honestly I feel terrible because the one true meat I fell in love with is trying to take my life. I won't be a guinea pig for the 6th test.

Suspect Lamb as a Migraine Trigger
by: Anonymous

I don't know what else to say except I've noticed migraines after eating lamb. The pain sometimes last for days. 😞

Lamb Triggers Cluster Headaches
by: Anonymous

You're lucky. Mine lasts 2-3 weeks.

Out of the blue I thought I would Google Lamb and Migraines and your blog came up. First on the net that I've seen of the association.
About 25 years ago I discovered lamb triggered my cluster migraines. Flu shots also. Nothing else though that I know of thank goodness.

About 3-4 days after consuming lamb (regardless of the amount) I will start getting very severe debilitating cluster migraines 2 or 3 times a day for two to three weeks. Last time this happened (had a frozen meat pie that, to my surprise, contained beef and/or lamb) my doctor recommended a drug to lower my blood pressure below the normal range. That and sleeping upright for 2-3 weeks worked great.

Since then though I read all the fine print on meat products and haven't had lamb since and no migraines. I wonder what might be in lamb that is also in flu shots?

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