Today, I had a migraine. My eyes became blurry and I began to see flying insect-like-fuzzies called scotomata. I’ve been a migraine sufferer for years and have visited specialists. I’ve kept journals of symptoms and know some of my triggers which include pizza (some sauces are laden with MSG) and soy products.
Other triggers are seasonal. A new study from the European Journal of Neurology, shows that many sufferers have a seasonal variation with more migraines occurring during the light season (spring) versus the dark season (winter) in cold weather countries. The time of migraine peak was in May
One neurologist spoke to me about using Vitamin B-2, Riboflavin in reducing migraine frequency. Studies published in the European Journal of Neurology (2004) investigated the use of riboflavin in 23 people. It was a small sample, but each migraine sufferer received 400 mg of riboflavin for three months. They were told to record the number of migraine attacks. The average number was four, but this reduced to two over a period of two months. The amount of rescue medication which can consist of non steroidal antinflammatory medication such as ibruprofen reduced.
Riboflavin is a water-soluble B vitamin found in food such as milk, cheese, leafy green vegetables, eggs, lean meats, liver and enriched cereals. It is necessary for normal cell growth and function.
In the next few weeks, I will be reporting on my progress on Riboflavin. It will be a self experiment.