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Post  pen on Sat Jan 23, 2010 1:32 pm

I had an intolerance test done in November.
Although I got a few amber warnings, Ididnt get a single red.
Most of my ambers were fruit....

How many of you have been tested please and do you feel diet is a trigger.
I have done the chocolate and cheese and wine thng to death.
I only eat chocolate out of the three and am certain it isnt a problem
But one guy found cinnamon was tripping him....

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Post  crt on Sat Jan 23, 2010 1:59 pm

Pen,

I have not had official food testing, only my own experience. All the "usual" food triggers: cheese, chocolate, red wine, etc. don't bother me at all. The only things that seem to trigger a migraine - and I am reluctant to call them food, are aspartame and MSG. Ironically, there is a small amount of aspartame in Maxalt - Mlt. Apparently the amount in Maxalt-Mlt is low enough that it doesn't both me. But a diet soft drink with aspartame? Pure hell.

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Post  pen on Sat Jan 23, 2010 3:48 pm

I think I might have a problem with Chinese food. Never been sure, but now I just dont eat it.
A take away here does MSG free.
One day I will find the courage to try it.
Not a problem I dont care for it that much.

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Post  alli on Sat Jan 23, 2010 4:06 pm

MSG, Nitrates, Nitrites, chemicals in general are my worst food triggers. I cook 90% of my meals from scratch and keep as many chemicals out as I can.
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Post  pen on Sat Jan 23, 2010 4:19 pm

I know this sounds like a stupid question Alli, but how'd you find out.
They say it can be up to 72 hours after you have something to react.
Sounds impossible to determine, unless its a quicker reaction than that...
I have pretty much decided I dont have any dietary problems.
I dont want to overlook that.

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Post  AuntieBubbs on Sat Jan 23, 2010 9:37 pm

MSG is one of the few triggers that I know bother me, it hits me fast. Like within 5 minutes. If I eat in a restaurant that uses MSG, I'll have a migraine before the bill is paid. I try to eat Chinese only at places I've eaten at before.

Aspartame doesn't bother me, but I don't drink diet soda, or use Equal or Sweet 'n Low. I do use Splenda in my coffee, and I like the 0 calorie Vitawater and Sobe Water. I don't drink it alot though, and haven't had problems with it.

Never had official testing for other foods, just done my own trial and error.
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Post  crt on Sat Jan 23, 2010 10:03 pm

My reaction was 4-6 hours after having the aspartame or MSG.

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Post  theresae on Sun Jan 24, 2010 7:41 am

hi pen, i had a food tolerance test some years ago, which involved the women using my hands and fingers with some contraption, one of which was a probe that she ran along one of my fingers, cant remember what the other one was, and i had a great big long list of things that i was intolerant to, including, all dairy (great) tomatoes, and anything with tomatoes in it which turned out to be alot of stuff, caffeine, pork and any other meat from a pig, wheat, aspartame, monsodium glutamate, dust and tree pollen, and air born mould, and it showed that i was low on several minerals,

so i embarked on a complete lifestyle change, and i stuck to it completely for 8 months solid, it was hard work, i spent a fortune in the health food stores, and in the ethinic isles at the supermarkets, and it didnt not make one bit of difference, i also bought good quality vit& minerals from health food store,

i then introduced each food back into my diet one at a time over several weeks, as advised by the lady who had done the test, again it made no difference what so ever, i am still undecieded, about MSG,as i quite often get a M, if we go to a chinese, indian, or thai restuarant, but it could also be the late night, and drinking, alcohol or coke, or a mixture of all of it, so try to avoid that now,

so make of that what you will,
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Post  WitsEnd on Sun Jan 24, 2010 11:00 am

Pen,

did you have your food testing done in the UK? I've asked loads of times and keep getting told:

"No no no, we don't do them"

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Post  pen on Sun Jan 24, 2010 11:17 am

Hi Theresa,
Thats Vega testing, and it is usually very good. BUT it really needs to be done by a doctor (as it is in Germany where it is used a lot), because like many tools it is only really useful in experienced hands. I have had it a few times and the second person I saw was rubbish, she just used it like some computer programme and didnt have any back ground knowledge. My last time was with a doctor in private practice.

Witsend. You cant get it done on the NHS if that is what you mean. You can get it done privatley. If you google food testing lots wil come up, bur I wouldnt recommend where they test a piece of hair. York Labs are the most well known, it costs between £100 and £200 I think. Hope that helps.
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Vega testing is more like £50

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Post  WitsEnd on Sun Jan 24, 2010 11:24 am

Thanks for the info. I will look it up Very Happy
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Post  pen on Sun Jan 24, 2010 11:46 am

Wits End do I take it you are in the UK?
If you are, PM me as to whereabouts, I might be able to point you in the right direction.

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Post  milo on Sun Jan 24, 2010 11:57 am

I've confirmed alleries to pretty much the entire North American diet. I have cut out every possible allergen and have not seen any change in my headaches.
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Post  pen on Sun Jan 24, 2010 12:53 pm

Im not surprised Milo. I had it suggest to me that it isnt actually food types that effect us.
In fact most of us dont get headaches from food (I am told).
It is more likely combinations of food and additives rather than the actual food.
In other words its a minefield....

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Post  theresae on Sun Jan 24, 2010 1:34 pm

hi pen yes i did feel better by avoiding those foods, as in my stomach was less bloated, my completion was slightly better, my nails and hair seemed to grow faster, but the migraines stayed the same unfortunately,
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