My name (pseudonym) is Skylar T. Loch (pronounced lock), and I am a chronic migraineur.

I have suffered from chronic daily headaches and intermittent migraines for more than 11 years. I literally always have a headache and I suffer from AT LEAST one migraine per week.

I got my first migraine at 15. Until my early 20s my migraines were episodic*. By the time I turned 23 I was suffering from chronic migraine*. In 2008, I stopped working due to the disabling effects of migraine disease.

I have had MRI’s, CAT Scans, Angiograms … seen a host of doctors and tried many different treatments all to no avail. But I have not given up. I am still on the hunt to complete my migraine puzzle; with the aim to control and/or rid myself of this crippling disease and be of encouragement to other suffers.

– Skylar

* “Chronic migraine is a distinct and relatively recently defined sub-type of Chronic Daily Headache. The International Headache Society defines chronic migraine as more than fifteen headache days per month over a three month period of which more than eight are migrainous, in the absence of medication over use. Episodic migraine is the other migraine sub-type, which is defined as less than 15 headache days per month.” – migrainetrust.org

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  2. Have you tried a nutrition approach? I used to suffer from headaches/migraines everyday for practically a year (I know, pales in comparison to your 11) but since drastically changing my diet, I get a migraine once a year, if that.

    • I have. I have tried a number of different diets over the years with no success.

      The most recent is the one found in the book, Heal Your Headache the 1-2-3 Program, by Dr. David Buccholz M.D. I did it for about four or more months, though I wasn’t as strict as I should have been. I plan to try it again in the upcoming weeks and this time “follow it to the T”. I just needed a little break. Sometimes I just get so overwhelmed.

      What diet have you been following? Perhaps it’s something I can look into. Oh and thanks for your concern and checking out my blog.

      – Skylar T. Loch

      • I see. Definitely following it as closely as possible makes a huge difference, at least in my experience.

        The diet I started approximately 5 years ago was founded by Dr. Eric Berg, a chiropractor in Virginia. His book is titled “The 7 Principles of Fat Burning”, however, it’s a bit of a misnomer. His approach is that you must be healthy before you can lose weight, and so the aim of his diet is to first bring you to a state of health wherein weight loss then becomes possible.

        For me, any other problems I was having, such as virtually constant exhaustion, migraines, irritability, bad skin, etc., disappeared before the weight loss started. So I recommend this diet to anyone with any kind of health condition.

        I’ve since modified his diet to suit a vegan lifestyle, and that has given me a whole other array of benefits, but that’s more for my own personal conviction and not a requirement of everyone else. Have a look at his website (http://www.drberg.com/) and his book (http://www.amazon.com/Principles-Fat-Burning-weight-ebook/dp/B005Q6M75O/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1377923879&sr=1-1&keywords=7+principles+of+fat+burning) and see if there is something there for you.

        Best of luck!

      • Super! Thank you very much. I appreciate the suggestion. If I can find something that works, even if I just gain more control it would make a major difference in my life.

        Take care,


    • I tried it for a bit a few years ago, though I don’t think I was strict enough and I didn’t do it long enough. I just talked to my husband this month about going gluten-free. Has it helped you?

      I’ve never had my GI tract checked before.

      Thanks for the suggestion!

  3. It helped my sister A LOT! She was diagnosed with Celiac Disease which is why I asked about your overall GI tract health. I’m not at all saying you may have Celiac but I’ve heard a good number of people say cutting out gluten really helped with migraines. Unfortunately gluten-free eating is not the easiest….but my sister feels so much better migraine- and GI-wise that it is well worth it to her. Best of luck in your quest for better health! 🙂 Leigh @ the Association of Migraine Disorders

    • Thanks! My husband and I have decided to give it a try. He’ll be going grocery shopping today. Do you think your sister would mind sharing her grocery list? If she’s willing and you can’t get it to me today, no worries, we’ll work with it when we get it.

      I feel like I have to learn to eat all over again. In addition to removing gluten, we’ll also be removing all triggers. Not easy, my self-control is terrible. But we have to do something. I’m in bed with a migraine again today :(.

      Thanks for reaching out.

      – Skylar

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    • I’m so happy your pain has lessened. I hope you have complete relief soon. Do you know what type of migraine you have? Are you a chronic sufferer?

      I agree with you about sharing with others. In fact, reading the blogs of other chronic migraineurs/chronically ill people is one of the many ways I help myself to cope.

      Thanks for checking out and following my blog.

  5. One migraine a week, that is horrible 😦
    My neurologist advised me to stop taking the pill (birth control), and that made a difference, at least for a while. But I don´t know if that could be of any help for you.

    • I wish it were but sadly no. I stopped taking them in 2006.

      In another week or so I’m going to write a post about my migraine plan of action. In the last couple of months I haven’t really been doing anything proactive. I just got tired I guess; but I can’t keep going on like this. I have to renew my fight.

      Thanks again for checking out my blog :).

      – Skylar xxxooo 🙂

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