Dear Dr Collins, I have been having Migraine (?) - all other tests have ruled out any other problems - for the last about 40 yrs. I am 64 yrs. Most of the times it is triggered by food - butter, cream, oil, sour, cheese, direct sunlight, chocolates etc...or with heavy mental activity. I do daily walks and a short jog with about 15 minutes of Yogic exercises including breathing.
I have been getting relief by drinking 3 to 4 glasses of water and then I induce vomiting by tickling my throat area with my fingers. This I do about 2 to 3 times spaced 1 to 3 hrs apart . I also skip 2 or 3 meals. When I induce vomiting, sour liquid with undigested food. When bitter fluid comes out the relief is faster. This inducing vomiting and skipping meals has helped and am back to normal within a day. If I eat food before my Migraine goes away, the Migraine lasts for a longer duration - some more days.
The induced vomiting is recommended by Yoga teachers and a Teacher who taught me stress relieving exercises. In the Ayurveda system of Medicine, they say that an imbalance of Vayu (Air), Kappa (Mucus) and Pitha (Bile) is the cause of most ailments.
About 4 yrs ago I did this repeatedly for 2 or 3 days (Instead of just one day) and my Sodium level went down to about 110 when I had to be admitted in a hospital. I was given saline drip with Sodium administered to bring my Sodium level up along the std Migraine medicines. I had a memory loss for a a week or more after I was discharged. I tapered off my Migraine medicines and am continuing with my induced vomiting. I use the Migraine medicines as a SOS only, when I require to carry out important work.
I was told by some Doctors that inducing vomiting was not a good option. I am afraid of Medication as my kidney is not working too efficiently and the urine smells foul though it is clear. The std test for BUN & Creatine are well within normal limits. The Urine tests also normal.
I find it easier and confident to Manage my Migraine by Diet control and induced vomiting when I get fortnightly and sometimes weekly attacks.