Natural methods for battling ophthalmic migraines
Question: I was recently diagnosed with ophthalmic migraines. One of the main symptoms is flashing zig-zags of light, which last for 15 to 20 minutes and then go away for day or even weeks. Once I even lost vision in my left eye for a few minutes. The flashing light is usually followed by what my doctor referred to as a "hatband distribution" of pain. Do you have any suggestions for combating these attacks?
Dr. Wright: Ophthalmic and other varieties of migraines are frequently helped by the same general five-step approach that's usually effective in treating "regular" migraines. It's outlined as follows:
Have food-allergy and sensitivity screening done. (Contact the American College for Advancement in Medicine, 800-532-3688, acamnet.org, for a list of doctors in your area who can help you with this and other testing/screening procedures.)
Have your doctor screen for hormone allergy and sensitivity.
Test for hypoglycemia (low blood sugar).
After allergy/sensitivity screening and hypoglycemia test, please see a nutritionist to make a diet plan, which can help you desensitize or eliminate food allergens.
After screening the following to make sure they're not on your list of allergies and sensitivities, consider using the following supplements: 200 milligrams of magnesium citrate two times a day, 200 milligrams of vitamin B6 twice a day, three feverfew capsules (which usually contain 100-125 milligrams of feverfew per capsule) two times a day, 200 milligrams of riboflavin (vitamin B2) two or three times a day, and a hypoallergenic multiple vitamin/mineral combination.
The natural route does take time. But it gets to the root of the nutritional deficiencies and other triggers that are actually causing your headaches, so you can clear them up for good, rather than temporarily masking the symptoms with patent medications. And when you rid yourself of food allergies and give your body the nutrients it needs, you'll likely notice some other great health benefits too.
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Jonathan V. Wright, M.D. has degrees from both Harvard University (cum laude) and the University of Michigan. More than any other doctor, he practically invented the modern science of applied nutritional biochemistry and he has advanced nutritional medicine for nearly three decades.
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